Wednesday, February 21, 2007

A Good Reason to Make Sure Instant Messenger is Turned Off When There is Any Possible Chance That Someone Else Will Be Looking at Your Monitor:

I'm at my desk, showing a colleague how to use one of our online databases. Suddenly, my IM box pops into view:

You have a new message from ERECTION HELPER.

Do I:

a) Try to act as though there is nothing inappropriate about the message I just received

b) Suffer major betrayal by my body as my face turns flaming Hawaiian-sunburn red

c) A and B

Donald Trump says: YOU'RE FIRED.



Blogger Bearette24 said...

Cute pics! At a past job, my email message titles would appear in a large floating box on my screen. Not the best feature :)

6:28 PM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

I (gulp) have never IM'd. Do you get spammed on that, just like regular email? or is Erection Helper a quirky person's nickname?

Sorry, I had to know :D

6:30 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

I wish I had a friend with that nickname, just so I could have fun introducing her at parties.

The way I have my service set up, I get a pop-up notice when a new email arrives in my inbox. The message was telling me that I'd gotten a new (spam) email.

6:39 PM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

Oh, ok. Originally i figured it was spam, then I realized there are some interesting people out there ;)

6:43 PM  
Blogger Iamthebookworm said...

It could be worse. It could have been your boss, or someone from the library board :-)

9:25 PM  
Blogger Roxanne said...

Do I sense a theme around here lately? ;)

Cute pics, as always. Is that the sleeve of your jammies? I like the color.

1:38 AM  
Blogger Roxanne said...

I've never IM'd anyone either. Or received one. I think I'd be too scared.

1:39 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

Roxanne- seriously. And that reminds me- we haven't talked about phallic symbols lately.

8:57 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

And no- that's the sleeve of the shirt I wore to work that day.

8:58 AM  
Blogger recovering overachiever said...

I do google chat at work sometimes. For a long time, I couldn't figure out how to turn off the pictures of people when they sent me messages. My boss would be in the office and silly pictures of my friends would continually pop up on my screen.
I definitely searched how to turn off that feature!

9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had something like that happen once. The IT guy was working on my computer and the guy I was dating sends me an IM that said "Hey babe, want to get off work early and make out?" So embarrassing.


9:36 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

Overachiever, it looks like I'll need to do some similar research. :)

10:22 AM  
Blogger His suzy said...

I'm probably just laugh it off. Unless you'd get in trouble for having it on at work. Then I'd just pretend like nothing happened.

And you know I'm always up for a discussion about all things phallic. :P

12:37 PM  
Blogger Caro said...

Heh heh heh.

Was the e-mail from that smiling Bob guy in the commercials?

9:53 PM  
Blogger Ryane said...

HAHA. I NEVER leave IM open at work for that very reason.

8:03 AM  
Blogger BabelBabe said...

for a moment i thought you were trying to tell us that Alex was IMing you with an obscene nickname, and I was sooooo coonfused.

this happens to everyone, though - i would be surprised if your coworker thought anything of it other than Why the heck has Liz not enabled her spam filters? I have to show people at work all the time how to up their security levels for spam filters, you'd think none of them had ever before seen a computer, sometimes. Hmmm. Aren't I in a snarky mood today?

8:12 AM  

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