Caution –Warning – Be Careful.
Hmmm, why the warning? Well, as we find our way along towards THPL we build a lot of skills, a lot of experience and a lot of confidence. We do so, most times because we have done the right amount of research, both primary and secondary, we have lived in a community that is usually steeped in deep knowledge and we use Google when all else fails. Ah, but I offer a caution because every once in a while we have confidence but no real basis for it- we insist we know something when we do not – and we are so confident that we don’t even consider when others challenge our assertion. OK – so I have one for you…. a very, very real example of a possible “miss” that many of us (me included) have made. Have you ever had some say to you pass the Duck tape? You might have responded with, what? Do you mean Duct tape? And they said, no Duck tape and you tell them they are wrong. You leave it at that and think to yourself – I guess they just don’t understand the English language. Well, this is a good case of where Google tells it like it is and well, just maybe, you should reconsider your conclusion.
The facts as we know them - The first name for Duct Tape was DUCK (oh, boy, not sounding good). During World War II the U.S. Military needed a waterproof tape to keep the moisture out of ammunition cases. So, they enlisted the Johnson and Johnson Co. to manufacture the tape. Because it was waterproof, everyone referred to it as “duck” tape (like water off a duck’s back). Military personnel discovered that the tape was good for lots more than keeping out water. They used it for Jeep repair, fixing stuff on their guns, strapping equipment to their clothing… the list is endless.
After the War, the housing industry was booming and someone discovered that the tape was great for joining the heating and air conditioning duct work. So, the color was changed from army green to the silvery color we are familiar with today and people started to refer to it as “duct tape*.” Therefore, either name is appropriate.
So, the challenge for THPL is to be open enough, humble enough, and willing to listen so that, you can make sure that when you are right you are right and when you are not you figure out how to get it right.
Sally on Saturday 3;26 +25 seconds 204 pushups on 4:17
Loving life, that’s all I got for a Saturday night