Remember that famous line from the character Steve Erkel in the TV show Family Matters --
“Did I Do That?”
Have you ever accidentally left your cell phone on after you thought you had hung up? Or accidentally dialed when you sat down with your phone in your pants pocket? (A solid case for flip phones, if you ask me.)
Or, have you ever accidentally sent an e-mail? You know, the kind you write when you’re fuming about something (or someone) -- that you never really intend to send but it makes you feel better -- and you leave it sitting in your draft folder. Yeah, sure, blame it on your assistant.
Time for confessions.
It was the middle of a nerve-wracking meeting, and I was really frustrated (okay… pissed) with a co-worker. I put my phone on mute so I could rant to the others in my office. They would take my side of course, because they worked for me. But sometime during that call my mute button stopped working. Everyone on the call heard my rant.
Ooops… Did I do that?
I got the phone replaced the next day. The person I was ranting about made believe it didn’t happen. If she’s reading this now, I want her to know that what I said wasn’t nice, and I sincerely apologize… sort of…
I used to thrive on instant messaging, especially on long conference calls. I’ve known people who were able to keep up to 25 instant message sessions going at once. My personal limit is around 12. But there’s that annoying problem that a new window pops up just as you start typing a message. You think you’re sending it to Sam, but in the fury of keeping up with all those conversations you hit send before you notice that a new window has popped up and off it goes to Sue.
I was on the receiving end of one of these accidental IM’s. It read, “She’s really smart, but sometimes she’s too opinionated.” You guessed it… I was the one talking.
What, me? Have an opinion? I made believe it didn’t happen.
My favorite ‘Did I do that’ moment happened in a face-to-face meeting. The presenter had his laptop hooked to the projector. In the middle of the presentation he received an instant message that read, “I miss my family but I really need to see.” It was from a married senior executive. Now that’s what I call embarrassing!
He quickly closed the window and made believe it didn’t happen. I’m sure he thinks he caught it before we saw it… we made believe it didn’t happen either.
So -- admit it. You’ve done it too. What’s your favorite ‘Did I do that’ moment?