Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The last debate

Ok, I promise this is the last post on Health Care. Even Im getting bored with it, but I have to mention what happened today.
Like the last post, this one also has a Bob in it, and it also has to do with health care, but only for a bit.
I was taking fuel on the tug today, a process which entails us going alongside a fuel barge. The tankerman on the barge asks us what amount of fuel we need, and then he pumps it to us. ( A side note. I loaded 34000 gals of diesel fuel. You do the math, it's crazy expensive to operate a tug boat.)
Anyway, as we started this process, the Captain of my tug mentions to me he knows the tankerman on the barge, his name is Bob, but everyone calls him "psycho Bob."
As the fueling process was underway, it takes about 4 hours to fill the tug, I noticed psycho Bobs demeaner, and I was getting hints at maybe why they call him psycho. I
I thought I'd test the waters. We were in Philadelphia, so I thought it would be natural to ask Bob about the Philadelphia Phillies who just played in the world series. The reaction I got was not what I expected. He was totally disgusted with me that i would actually take up his valuable time by asking him such an unimportant question. He waved me off then stomped off, but returned in a minute with a cup of coffee, announcing, in a sort of scary way, "I have no interest in talking about baseball but," he says with a menacing grin, "If you would like to debate politics, I'm all for it."
Oh no , I thought, I just got done dealing with AC Bob and Health Care last night,( see previous post )I'm not stepping in this one. I already had a pretty good idea of what side of the fence psycho Bob stood on concerning this topic. I thought I better change my tactic for today, I just didn't want to get into it with someone called psycho Bob.
"I'll tell you what," I yelled at Bob before he could get settled in, "This Obamacare is going to ruin the whole country. Where are we going to get the money to pay for this crap?" Taking a cue from AC Bob's tirade last night, I followed up with, "The insurance company's are the only people making money, and now HE (I pointed in the general direction of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave) is going to ruin that."
I had psycho Bob right where I wanted him. Debate over.
He agreed with everything I said.
Oh Lord.


dcpeg said...

HILARIOUS!! BRILLIANT!! Pyscho Bob will never get over it!

beth said...

thanks for your support today, mark.....

Laura said...

Hello! Friend of Beth here....I loved this post. I just laughed out loud!!! That is a good defense mechanism when you know the other side is ready to go off in a direction that you cannot tolerate on a specific day. It is not worth arguing with psychos!!!