field circus

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field circus /n./ [a derogatory pun on `field service'] The field service organization of any hardware manufacturer, but especially DEC. There is an entire genre of jokes about DEC field circus engineers:

     Q: How can you recognize a DEC field circus engineer
        with a flat tire?
     A: He's changing one tire at a time to see which one is flat.
     Q: How can you recognize a DEC field circus engineer
        who is out of gas?
     A: He's changing one tire at a time to see which one is flat.
[See Easter egging for additional insight on these jokes.]

There is also the `Field Circus Cheer' (from the plan file for DEC on MIT-AI):

     Maynard! Maynard!
     Don't mess with us!
     We're mean and we're tough!
     If you get us confused
     We'll screw up your stuff.
(DEC's service HQ is located in Maynard, Massachusetts.)


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