Shotgun approach (and other funny work stories)

May 5, 2004 – 2:37 am

For some reason I feel like I need to recount the number of ways a co-worker of mine tried to track me down while I was sitting at my desk. It’s been over a month or so — lemme see if I get it right.

I was sitting at my desk, working, trying to focus and not be boggled by tons of emails, calls, IMs, etc. The task at hand: get a piece of our software product up and running. My phone rings - I can see that it is a call from the Springfield office. I figure, “this can wait.” I know who’s calling. I’ll call back later.

In the span of roughly 5 mere minutes, this person tries to contact me the following ways:

- via an email message from him
- via an instant message from him
- through our office administrative assistant, who comes to my door and asks, “Should I just tell him you’ll call him back”?
- through the project manager at the customer site, who leaves me a voice message AND sends me an email
- through a fellow worker, who comes to my office and says “he instant messaged me to ask if you were around.”
- through ANOTHER fellow worker, who comes to my office and says “he instant messaged me to ask if you were around.”

To top it off? The reason he was trying to get in touch with me was to ask if I was working on what I had already been working on at the time of the first contact attempt: getting that piece of our software product up and running. It was both infuriating and extremely funny.

A quick quote from a former employee: “My son says he wants to inject parasites into Satan’s testicles.”

One of the best typos in a company email EVER:

Instead of:

“Sorry about the inconvenience.”

We got:

“Sorry about the incontinence.”

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