Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Murphy is not a Law of Physics (or is it?)

Sometimes, I feel like my husband is packing his bags before I ever get all of his clothes washed from the last trip.  Our deployment cycle can be difficult without the right outlook, attitude, and support system.  I still remember the sage words of a dear friend a few days before Ben left for his first trip with the 319th, “Be prepared Paula, because if can go wrong [or break, or die, or catastrophically explode…] while your husband is gone, IT WILL.”

 I also remember telling her I thought I was ready...

Well, at least I had the right attitude.

I've had hot water heaters stop working, hot water heaters EXPLODE, air conditioners die, washing machines fill my washroom with water, breaker boxes spark, rear differentials nearly break in half (twice), my rent house go in to foreclosure, discovered my [different] rent house was half eaten by termites,  been accused of stealing a thousand dollar appliance from Best Buy (of all places), lived through two bouts of -THAT- stomach virus, and feared the baby may not make it through the weekend when RSV took hold of her little lungs.

...and I did all of it when my best friend was somewhere else because his job takes him all over the world to protect all of us.  Notice, I said I did it.  We made it through it all and I imagine we'll make it through the next list that's just as long.

I came across the next bit on a website and it made me laugh...

Murphy's laws

If anything can go wrong, it will.
                Corollary: It can
                Corollary: It should
                MacGillicuddy’s Corollary: At the most inopportune time

If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the one to go wrong.
                Extreme version: If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the FIRST to go wrong.

If anything just cannot go wrong, it will anyway.

If you perceive that there are four possible ways in which something can go wrong, and circumvent these, then a fifth way, unprepared for, will promptly develop.
                Corollary: It will be impossible to fix the fifth fault without breaking the fix on one or more of the others.
Murphy's Law of Thermodynamics
Things get worse under pressure.
Quantization Revision of Murphy's Laws
Everything goes wrong all at once.
Murphy's Constant
Matter will be damaged in direct proportion to its value

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