baltimoresun.com

« Stirring up the animals | Main | Watch out »

Surely you jest: The parks department


Posted by John McIntyre at 7:21 AM | | Comments (5)
        

Comments

My son spent a couple of college summers working for the State Highway Department. This is more true than you think.

As someone who works in government, I think you are missing some keys steps.

First, you get an environmental impact study in order to dig the hole. Then you have a public hearing to dig the hole. Then you wait for state funding. It comes over a three year period. Eventually, you dig the hole.

You then get an environmental impact study in order to fill in the hole. Then you have a public hearing to fill in the hole. Then you wait for state funding, but you find out that the state only participates in digging holes not filling holes. You then have to wait for County funding. Eventually you fill the hole.

Excellent rendition of a classic.

So what you got against Swedes?

The same thing I've got against Englishmen, Welshmen, Irishmen, Scots and the butts of the other jokes in this series.

Post a comment

(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)

Verification (needed to reduce spam):

About John McIntyre
John McIntyre, mild-mannered editor for a great metropolitan newspaper, has fussed over writers’ work, to sporadic expressions of gratitude, for thirty years. He is The Sun’s night content production manager and former head of its copy desk. He also teaches editing at Loyola University Maryland. A former president of the American Copy Editors Society, a native of Kentucky, a graduate of Michigan State and Syracuse, and a moderate prescriptivist, he writes about language, journalism, and arbitrarily chosen topics. If you are inspired by a spirit of contradiction, comment on the posts or write to him at john.mcintyre@baltsun.com.
Baltimore Sun Facebook page
-- ADVERTISEMENT --

Most Recent Comments
Sign up for FREE local news alerts
Get free Sun alerts sent to your mobile phone.*
Get free Baltimore Sun mobile alerts
Sign up for local news text alerts

Returning user? Update preferences.
Sign up for more Sun text alerts
*Standard message and data rates apply. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.
Stay connected