A couple weeks ago, Teagan R. Geneviene posted a Wednesday Writing challenge. I think Teagan was hoping for a creative endeavor from us, something based on the sign. Then again, I think Teagan appreciates the odd ways some people’s minds work, so I think my reaction to her challenge will be acceptable.
I have to admit, the connection between Teagan’s sign and my reaction is somewhat elusive. It’s one of those connections that just appeared out of nowhere. I can force a reason out of the in-case-you-need-to-explain-something portion of my mind, but I’m going to rely on Teagan’s good graces. For whatever reason, when I saw this sign, I thought of a Peanuts® comic strip from July 1984. I think this was one of the best Peanuts strips ever.
That strip was published shortly after our daughter was born. I had been out of the office. When I returned to work, I asked my best friend John if he had seen it. He hadn’t, so I described it. He isn’t a big fan of comics, but he agreed that it was pretty funny.
A few weeks later, we were in a staff meeting. Our boss was famous for injecting his thoughts and ideas into our projects, even when our projects were going along nicely. Our boss made a suggestion, something he thought John should do. John dismissed it. Our boss persisted, at which point John said:
“Following your suggestion would send this whole thing straight down Snoopy’s tubes!”
Everybody, except me, had a stunned look on their face, as they tried to process an expression they never heard before. Although, it was easy to infer the meaning from context.
Ever since that day, John and I have used, “Straight Down Snoopy’s Tubes” as an expression of abject failure, or, in cases like the above, imminent abject failure.
This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner, I’d encourage you to join in on the fun. You can follow this link to participate and to see the one-liners from the other participants.