August 10th, 2004


No such thing as a stupid question

I can't say how many times I've heard that during my Navy career. The phrase is supposed to encourage questions in training situations.

Actually, there are stupid questions...those that are deliberately stupid. I used to make those up for my instructor when he wrote in my student record that I never asked enough questions--that was supposed to be an indication that I knew what was going on. So I asked him questions about electronics, usually keyed off of something that I'd read ahead about while he was speaking (which I always did, because he was boring boring boring when he'd practically read verbatim what he'd asked us to read the night before--I guess he was correct that I wasn't paying attention.) I'd deliver the lovely when it was appropriate.

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There was a point to all of this, but my morning caffiene hasn't perked through my system yet.