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Trucker's Journal

I've been a trucker since November, 2004. Before that I was an accountant for many years. I'm having fun and actually making more than I did before. Go figure....

Location: Midwest, United States

Sunday, June 18, 2006

The Ray family

I'm sure the intent was good when this sign was made, but there's a big difference between a "censor" and a "sensor" even though they sound the same and are somewhat related. The large vertical white box behind the sign is a radiation sensor, used so that radioactive scrap isn't melted into good scrap and contaminates the entire batch. It's located at an aluminum recycling plant where I make deliveries at times.

"Censor" in the dictionary says: a person who is authorized to read publications or correspondence or to watch theatrical performances and suppress in whole or in part anything considered obscene or politically unacceptable.

"Sensor" in the dictionary says: An electronic device used to measure a physical quantity such as temperature, pressure or loudness and convert it into an electronic signal of some kind (e.g a voltage).

This brings to mind our old friends, the Ray family. The father is Light Ray, the mother is X Ray, with their three children being Alpha Ray, Beta Ray, and Gamma Ray. As we begin our little play, we see the children playing in the front yard of the Ray home.

Alpha: How about that HBO show last night with the nude woman? Did you see her *****?

Beta: I'm more interested in talking about how much I think Congress is full of b***s**t these days.

Gamma: I'm gonna tell Mom and Dad what you two are talking about. They don't like us discussing sex and politics. I'm the Ray family censor, you know!

Gamma leaves the yard to go tell Light Ray and X Ray about what Alpha and Beta are discussing, whereupon he returns with Mom and Dad bearing bars of soap which are liberally applied to the mouths of Alpha and Beta.

The Censor triumphs again :)


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