Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall - true tales from an ex-IT support man Episode 5
each other the length of the computer room, some 60 feet or so. At first, it kept us amused but, after a fairly short while (maybe an hour...?) one of us decided to modify the throw to make the activity more interesting. This might involve throwing high so that whoever was standing at the tape machine/racks end of the computer room would have to leap to catch the frisbee, as result of which might be careering into the tape decks, not exactly the most forgiving of units in terms of movement, or perhaps crashing into the tape racks (which were more forgiving in terms of movement) meaning that the catcher would spend the next 20 minutes returning the tapes to the racks in the correct order.
However, I discovered (while working alone in the machine room and trying to keep myself amused) that the colour of the floor, which was covered in shiny grey vinyl tile, afforded disguise to the trajectory of the lid/frisbee and also that if I were to throw the frisbee angled downwards at the floor, it would then fly at an upward angle towards the catcher. Without having pre-warned Brian of my discovery, I used this tactic. Brian must have lost sight of the canister lid in the floor colour and was thus unable to defend himself from the lid which hit him square between the eyes, broke his glasses, spilt the bridge of his nose (very satisfactorily, in my opinion) and sent him, as mentioned above, crashing into the tape rack.
So, there was he, sitting on the floor among thirty-something tape canisters, with blood dripping down his nose, trying to repair his spectacles and then having the temerity to moan at me because I had suggested he put the tapes back. All I'll say is that it was at a time of my life where I could actually run rather than, as at present, waddle, and he chased me all around the building, with encouragement from the IBM suite team as I sped past their machine room on the 1st floor. Eventually, Brian gave up the chase, but he got his revenge several days later...