I don't know if I have the courage to tell you about every fax pas I've committed in my lifetime, so far, but I have to tell you what happened to me yesterday.
A friend of mine—I'll call him Oniondude—from the last company I worked at likes to send me links from The Onion, which many of you know about already. I don't find it particularly funny most of the time. Satire has to be done with just the right touch and I don't often appreciate what I read there. It's sort of ironic because I can laugh from the start of Top Secret to the end (especially the exploding Pinto scene).
Earlier in the day, I had been working on a tough issue at work, and the newest addition to our software development team—I'll call her Mary—happens to have had some experience in the arena I was investigating, and she sent me her notes on how to set up my software tools to do what I needed them to do. It worked wonderfully, and I would have been sunk without her. So at 5:30PM, after finally getting everything up and running, I wrote an instant message to her, "It works! Wahoooo!"
No reply. I was thinking it was after five and she had gone home.
Twenty minutes later Oniondude sends me an Onion link entitled: Houston Rockets Catch Tracy McGrady Masturbating To Tape Of His 41-Point Performance. I didn't bother to read it and was going to ignore it, but he wrote me back:
"that is great!"
Ok, he wanted a reaction. I typed, "I would masturbate to my own perfomance too. Not sure how long it would take to wear off."
A minute later: "did you mean to send that to me? i'm not getting it. sorry"
I looked at the IM screen. It was Mary who had replied, our previous conversation having overlaid the one I was having with Oniondude.
I felt a thousand sizzling hot prickles on my face.
"Oh, my, goodness—I am sooo sorry. It was replying to a friend about an Onion article."
"don't worry. no prob :) just making sure it wasn't some new fangled programming joke"
"I'm glad you have a sense of humor… I would never do that out of the blue. That's going down in my history of big whopping blunders, and the list is pretty long already."
"definitely. i like have a laugh. well, if you don't have a list of blunders you may not be living life fully :)"
Can you imagine what could have happened if she weren't so cool? My GOD! My legs were shaking after the adrenaline wore off. I thought I was going to get fired for sure.
So, does anyone care to share a similar story? Feel free to post about it and put a link in the comments.