Today’s post comes from perennial sophomore Bubby Spamden of Wendell Willkie High School
Hey Mr. C.,
Just when I was starting to feel discouraged about finding work that matches the skills I’ve built up through years of ignoring my teachers and spending homework time playing video games, NASA has come up with a great idea that would suit me perfectly.
Here’s the job description:
You ride around in the International Space Station and use a laser cannon to shoot down space debris.
Lots of little bits of rockets and satellite pieces and stuff are zipping around in low orbit at incredibly fast speeds, posing a terrible danger to astronauts and other space missions. Somebody with a sharp eye and quick reflexes has to go up there and save space for the explorers by knocking those harmful nuggets back into the atmosphere where they can burn up.
That could be a real job? Are you kidding me? Where do I sign up? And please, please, please don’t say you have to be good at math to qualify for this.
That would be a horrible bummer if only the “smart” kids could qualify. What do they know about shooting down space chunks? They were busy studying their algebra while I was gaining useful eye-hand coordination experience playing asteroids.
Yes, I’ve been an aimless teenager that long!
Would you be a reference for me on my job application? If anyone could testify that I’ve put in all the needed idle hours to be a good space debris field potshot specialist, it would be you!
And to tell the truth, everybody else I know is going to apply for this job, so the only one left to be a reference is you! Honest, I won’t forget it if you put in a good word for me. Please?!
I told Bubby I would be happy to serve as a reference as long as he understands I would be honor bound to tell any prospective employer that he is certainly NOT a good student. But if the job requires this, I can testify that he is most definitely energetic and enthusiastic about using a space cannon.
Have you ever refused someone’s request to serve as a reference?