So being the whiny old bloke that I am, years ago I was whining at my beautiful wife over the fact that there seem to be many other profession-days (Secretary's Day, Teacher's Day, Firefighter's Day, and many others including my favorite: Nurse's Day), but no Engineer's Day here in the US.
How can there be no Engineer's Day? India has one, as do many other countries: Argentina, Singapore, Colombia, Iran...). I'm not trying to take anything away from the Secretaries (without whom...wait...I don't have one and never have), or Teachers (probably one of the very toughest and most important professions in the world) or other day-dedicated professions (least of all the Nurse...my personal favorite). BUT, where would we be without engineers?
We'd be living in caves, praying that a stray lightning bolt would spark a fire so that we might be able to be warm for a while. All the little pieces of technology, right down to the brick, would not be possible without the engineer. TVs, Stoves, Dish Washers, Bicycles, Cars, Computers, the Internet, Bowls, Toilets, Running Water, Fans, AC, etc, etc, etc ad nauseum.
So I whined about this long enough that my lovely wife got sick of listening to me, and in our house we've established Engineer's Day as June 4.
So, this coming Monday (I hope I gave you a decent enough head start), June 4, give your friendly neighborhood engineer a big "Happy Engineer's Day". They may seem stand-offish, but for the most part, we're just really shy.
Quick engineer's joke: Do you know the difference between a introverted engineer and an extroverted engineer? The extroverted engineer looks at *your* shoes when he talks to you!
I'm hoping it catches on...we need to make a national day of it!
- I'm a life-long New Englander, father of 4 challenging kids (I know: I'm supposed to say "wonderful", but while that'd be true, technically speaking, it'd also be misleading), and fortunate husband to my favorite wife of more than 20 years. I've got over 20 years experience breaking things as a test engineer, quality engineer, reliability engineer, and most recently (and most enjoyably) a Product Safety / EMC Compliance Engineer. In the photo, I'm on the left.