The Boss came from a masonry family, father and brothers were bricklayers. The Boss's firm did a lot of schools. Masonry schools. We only thought in masonry modules - 8", 1'-4", etc.
On the way back to the office, I said I had THE SOLUTION. The Boss bit. I pitched the idea that we would use stone carvings of cows, produce, chickens to give the departments some character. I thought my facetiousness was transparent, but I was quizzed about how we would get the carvings. "I'll bet the monument company down the street from the office could handle it. Think of all the shapes they incorporate into tombstones." The Associate knows I'm joking and doesn't bother to say what a crap idea it is.
The Boss being a man of action called the grocery store owner and pitched my idea that afternoon.
"Well, Rick, they are on-board with your idea. Give the monument guys a call and see what they will need from us."
"Boss, you know I was just putting you on about the stone chicken, right?"
A 'Stone Chicken Idea' quickly became a thing.
orig post date APR 2013