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Surely you jest: The parks department

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


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.

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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
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