Windows XP SP2 release surrounded by a feast of egos

Wednesday, 8 September 2004, 11:37 AM EST

Some time back, while looking over resumes accompanying applications for a senior network administrator position our company was offering, I saw one with a strange signature quote at the bottom. It read: "In the Feast of Egos, everyone leaves hungry."

It may have been the capitalization of "Ego," or maybe my lack of breakfast, that caused my mind to read "Feast of Eggos." Yeah, like the toaster waffle. With a head tilt and an audible "er?" I tried to discern the pun. Nothing. As if it were some Gibranian metaphor, I racked my brain for its secret meaning. Nada. It drove me crazy. How could you leave hungry after a feast of Eggos? I mean, they're crispy on the outside, and light and fluffy on the inside! Finally deciding that the applicant was a total tool for quoting something so stupid, I jokingly told our new CFO about it. He paused and replied, "spell it." That's when I finally read the quote correctly, and realized that I was the tool. Then there was the irony in my readiness to dismisses the quote as "stupid" simply because I didn't understand it when all the while it was a message regarding the nature of ego.

By Tim Mullen at SecurityFocus.

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