Gargaro's World: A Little Known Fact, Normy

October 1, 2007
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Inspiration can come from many places. Maybe the HVAC instructor at your local trade school inspired you by taking the extra time to help you in your journey to an HVAC career. Perhaps it was the first contractor you worked for who taught you the ropes ... the types of things you did not learn in the classroom.

Perhaps farther down the list is a fictional mailman from Boston who showed up in your family room every Thursday night in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Of course I speak of Cliff Clavin of “Cheers.” One afternoon at Cheers, Clavin was talking with his buddy Norm and decided to explain his Buffalo Theory. It went like this:

“Well, ya see, Norm, it’s like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That’s why you always feel smarter after a few beers.”

Just something to think about when you are cracking open a cold one after a long day of service calls.

Anyone have theories like Cliff? Let me know and I will post some.

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