July 25th, 2008
For various reasons, I had 2 cxgb3 10Gig over Ethernet fiber cards laying on my desk.
It became known to me that one of the teams needed them and that "Jim" would be coming by to pick them up.
A confused looking fellow wanders down the aisle, looks at me and says "Are you testing4l?"
I look at him and say, "That's what the name tag says. Do you believe the nametag?"
"No, of course not. That's why I'm asking."
"Here, maybe you should look at my badge."
When we switched buildings, I ended up having to get a new badge. I never did actually get a new picture printed on it. So I show him my blank badge.
"Your badge is blank."
"Hmm. Yes, that's not very helpful either. Well, then. Do you feel lucky?"
"Uhh, well, I'm here to pick up some cards that testing4l's supposed to give to me."
"Well, despite the fact that I may or may not be testing4l..." (I hand him two boxes of Chelsio cards) "these may or may not be the cards that testing4l was supposed to give you. Would you like fiber cable with that?"
"Can't hurt!" (I hand him the fiber cable)
"I can give you a box of parts too. They aren't useful, but they're for sale cheap!"
"Thanks, I think I'll pass."
Recognizing the game is over, he smiles, reaches out, shakes my hand, and wanders off.
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