Subject: How many Romans to screw in a lightbulb?
From: Bob the Lethargic @
Date: 2:02 p.m. 2/5/99

It takes 27 Romans and one software engineer to screw in a lightbulb.

a. One market trader to ask who needs a lightbulb
b. One sailor or donkey rider to import the lightbulb since your city doesn't make lightbulbs
c. One warehouse worker to store the lightbulb till a market buyer shows up
d. Two market buyers - one to get the lightbulb from the warehouse and the other to feed the starving people being ignored by the now lost first market buyer
e. Two prefects - one to find the lost market buyer and the other to put out the fires the first prefect is ignoring
f. One engineer to keep up the dock, warehouse, markets and prefectures and to screw in the lightbulb when the market lady finally gets unlost
g. One farmer and one grainery worker making the food to feed all these people involved with getting the lightbulb
h. And finally, one barracks worker recruiting the 16 soldiers needed to fight the hordes of barbarians attacking the city trying to steal that one damned lightbulb.

Almost forgot, you also need Proconsul Conan@Impressions to explain to everybody why the market ladies and prefects are not working right. :)

"Hey you guys in the towers!! I'm not paying you $35 a year to sit on your butts. Help the market ladies find a grainery."


In Reply to: How many Romans to screw in a lightbulb? posted by Bob the Lethargic on 2:02 p.m. 2/5/99:

Let me join this :-)

It's good for only 27, In badluckkum city, when that engineer start screwing in the lightbulb he request for 150 workers to entertain him with a race in hippodrome!

Subject: Re: How many Romans to screw in a lightbulb?
From: Proconsul Conan @ Impressions
Date: 12:37 p.m. 2/9/99


: Like the powers that be would actually give an engineer what they wanted.

Engineer: "Gee, I sure would like to see a Chariot Race before I install this lightbulb."
Governor: "What?!" {full wine goblet is hurled at hapless engineer} "I don't think so. You don't need entertainment. You will live in your waterless, foodless tent in the dock district and like it. Install that lightbulb before I send a prefect to burn your little tent to the ground. Now where is that public works presentation I told you to prepare for my trip to Rome? Don't forget to wax my chariot this time. Ingrate."

Subject: You get a tent?
From: Bob the Lethargic @
Date: 2:12 p.m. 2/9/99

What's this? Caesar gives you your own tent?

I thought engineers were doomed to spending all their time in a canvas walled cubicle dreading Caesar's call to a weekly forum meeting where he drones on about why the work has to be done next week. No matter that four weeks time is actually needed to get the work done. Marketing wants to sell the work during the Bachus Festival time-frame.

Subject:Re: You get a tent?
From: bill @
Date:1:10 p.m. 2/13/99

Romans can't install light bulbs. Just about the time your people are all working together, that case of wine shows up to make non-working patricians out of them, or Caesar decides that your next tribute is going to be light bulbs.