I took a manufacturing job back in August with a new company. Suffice to say I'd rather not say, but if I did happen to say, you'd recognize the name immediately. It's a Fortune 500, but not the Walmart, Amazon, McDonald's kind, so yeah, we're playing in the majors.
My career trajectory has had a few interesting turns. Previous to '95 I was a job butterfly. I flitted around from job to job, some good, some bad, but never stayed anywhere for any significant amount of time. One year I went through 10 different employers, and never once during those days did I ever go on unemployment or welfare. Jobs came easy for me, and I always paid my way.
Back in '95 I landed a position as a Robotics Technician for a company controlled by General Motors... But I didn't actually work for GM. I absolutely love robots. I had that job for about two years, but things started getting rather dicey around there, so I got out. Good thing too, because they went out of business less than 6 months later.
So in '97 I took a job at a plastics company. At first I couldn't believe I had found such an amazing place. The pay was nothing to write home about, but the work was easy, the environment was laid back, the coworkers were great, the benefits were decent, and the 3rd shift hours worked well for me. After a few years I was even able to buy a house, but 9-11 happened less than a month later and everything was different.
The aftermath left me feeling a bit gutted, and I wanted to do something. While still working at the plastics company I joined the Army Reserves back in the fall of 2005. It's something I look back on fondly, but I really think it was a major mistake on my part both financially and physically. Other than being able to say I was there, I gained no benefit from that experience. After 6 years I got out. Two years later my honorable discharge arrived in the mail. That's all I have to say about that.
Back to the plastics company where I was still employed: Over the years things changed. The benefits dwindled, the hours grew longer, the pace grew more frantic, a lot of coworkers retired and/or died, and while I eventually ended up in a leadership role, I felt something was very wrong. So I got a job working for Amazon delivery.
Yeah, but I never actually made it to Amazon. A head hunter caught my resume and saw robotics and plastics. I was a perfect fit for this tier 1 auto supplier, and the money was actually really good. I was on track to pay off all my old debts in under two years but 10 months later I bought a new car, and a few months after that things started going off the rails. They fired a bunch of people that shouldn't have been fired and it started a chain reaction. People were already overworked, so the resignations started piling in. On top of that, they were increasing monthly insurance premiums by $250! Suddenly this wasn't looking like a place I wanted to be anymore, so my resignation was about to be added to that pile.
But before I left, I started putting out job applications on Indeed, and wouldn't you know it, I got a lot of responses. Some good, some bad, but then there was this one response from a long shot. I honestly didn't believe it at first. They reached out again, but I thought it was just some automated form they send to everyone who clicked. After the 3rd Letter I called them. Like a dork, I naively asked if they were serious about wanting to hire me, and the person said, "Yes! We've tried to contact you three times already!"
Sometimes I can be such a dense headed putz! Fortunately for me, their impression was more professional, and the interview went great! I got the job, and kissed my robots goodbye for a second time. I really miss those guys.
So in a way it's like when I started working at the plastics factory. I'm on the night shift, which is what I prefer, the work is easy, the environment is laid back, the coworkers are great, they benefits are nice, and frankly the pay ain't too shabby. Like most companies, they have their strengths and weaknesses, but over all, I feel like this is a place I can hang around till I retire.
So that's that. I'm still alive and kickin'. The house is a mess, but I'm grateful to have a home. I still owe an obscene amount of money to my creditors, but my bills are paid. I've even been dating someone who I have almost nothing in common with, but we like each other's company, and she doesn't seem to mind my warped sense of humor. She's also trying to get me to lose weight and make better food choices. (Yes, I am way too fat again. Go figure.)
So a special thanks to everyone who's contributed to the content of this site over the years. I'm sorry I haven't been maintaining it of late, and even sorrier still that I have decided to retire the submission page. It isn't here now. The submission page went away. The submission page is gone.
I'm not sure where I'm going with this site just yet, but if you have any suggestions, you can leave me a comment here or contact me through email. My username is flush2x on gmail, and from there I'll let you figure it out.
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What is Flush Twice?
Flush Twice is a JOTD (Joke of the Day) website. New jokes are published every Monday through Friday (midnight EST). There is also a comic and a personal blog in the sidebar that updates on the weekends. We’ve been operating since May of 2003.
Jokes are generously provided by friends and visitors such as yourself. If you would like to contribute, please check out our submission page, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If you know anyone who constantly e-mails you jokes, forward them to us! We’ll take what we can get!
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It all boils down to a sudden shift in perception. The story starts you thinking one way, then the punchline turns that thinking on its ear. The art of the joke is to craft a short story that isn’t overly contrived, then deliver a punchline that suddenly shifts your perception about the story you were being told.
Many of the jokes on this site are offensive, and we make no apologies for it. Offensive jokes work by making the reader uncomfortable through the use of a taboo subject thus enhancing the underlying humor. Without the offensive element, the joke would simply not be as funny.
This isn’t bad, but I swear I read it on Usenet back when Usenet was a thing. (rec.humor.funny?) It’s hard to laugh when a joke is so long in the tooth.
You know, when George sends me these jokes, I usually have to re-write them. Present or mismatched tenses, first person narratives, lines beginning with greater than signs, bizarre punctuation, and of course, tons of typos. I have no doubt that this particular joke was a copy/paste from usenet. How do I know?
Back in the late ’80s, I used to have a Vax account at the local university. I also ran a local BBS on a 286 computer with a 20mb hard drive and a 2400bps modem. My friends were computer geeks, and I was an outsider even among the outsiders. Nevertheless, as everyone I knew started to spread out and enter into their soul sucking careers, I still kept in touch with them through the e-mails they would send. They were filled with funny pictures and jokes… the same old jokes that we had passed around time and time again over the BBS’s and Vax accounts.
By the end of the ’90s, BBS’s were mostly gone. I had taken a factory job and started drinking with an old Army Sergeant at a local bar. (Yeah, this was the same guy who eventually got me to go into the Army.) He always had a joke to tell, but cautioned me that he had also heard them all. “All jokes are old jokes,” he’d say, and if I told him a joke, he’d be able to tell me an earlier version from whence it was derived.
In the early 2000’s, my attempts at making a notable website was not successful. There were a lot of discussions back then about intellectual property, and technically literate people were a little paranoid about putting a lot of work into something, only to have a bunch of lawyers tear it down because someone else could claim ownership of the IP.
After my upteenth failed attempt at creating a non-cringy vanity site, I had this idea to take all the jokes my friends would e-mail me and put them in a website that came to be known as “Flush Twice”. Since the jokes were mostly old jokes that one could easily find in a usenet news group, it was unlikely that posting them to a website would result in a DMCA take down.
So for you, this is an old joke that is tired and worn out, but for me, it’s a piece of my history. It reminds me of a time when I was hanging out with my friends, geeking out on computer tech, going to Pink Floyd laser shows at the Boonshoft Museum, checking out Hamvention at Hara Arena, and climbing onto the rooftop of an abandoned building so we could shoot fireworks into the night.