field circus

[a derogatory pun on `field service'] n. The field service organization of any hardware manufacturer, but especially DEC. There is an entire genre of jokes about DEC field circus engineers Q How can you recognize a DEC field circus engineer with a flat tire? A He's changing one tire at a time to see which one is flat. Q How can you recognize a DEC field circus engineer who is out of gas? A He's changing one tire at a time to see which one is flat. [See Easter egging for additional insight on these jokes.] There is also the `Field Circus Cheer' (from the plan file for DEC on MIT-AI) Maynard! Maynard! Don't mess with us! We're mean and we're tough! If you get us confused We'll screw up your stuff. (DEC's service HQ is located in Maynard, Massachusetts.)