Sunday, February 22, 2009

That Was Easy.

I own an "easy button".

I saw it at Staples months ago and immediately had to have it.

It gives me no end of joy at work.  Whenever I finish a phone call (I do tech support) I immediately hit the button for a little instant gratification:

"That was easy."

I'm sure it gives the people around me lots of pleasure as well.   Wink.

I always make sure that my call is disconnected before I hit the button.  I wouldn't want any of my customers to get the wrong impression.

Except for once.

A few months back, I was on the phone with a few IT guys who were pretty easy to deal with.  Always joking, laughing, and such.  It was a refreshing change.  They were pretty laid back.  

Anyway, we worked out whatever their problem was.  Then, I heard something strange.  It made me do a bit of a double take.

"What was that??", I say.

"Oh, sorry," they say.  "We were just having a little bit of fun.  We have an 'easy' button!"

"Wait!"  I say.


I lean over so that the microphone on my headset is right down at the level of my desk.

I press my button.

"That was easy."

They laugh their ASSES off.  I laugh my ass off too.

It's funny how something so simple can cause such pleasure.

That was easy.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Die Hard 12: Die Hungry

I don't know how I had never seen this before somewhere.  It's not new.

It's a "Die Hard" spoof by Ben Stiller.  From when he had a tv show years ago.  And it totally cracked me up.   The impression of Bruce Willis killed me.

Check this out:

Monday, February 02, 2009

My Personal Response to "LOL"

We live in a digital world.  

Communication is changing faster than it ever has, and our language is changing with it.

You know my biggest problem with all this?


Or "lol" even.

I live in a world and work in a career where instant messaging is constant.  I have two different instant messaging clients on my BlackBerry, and a corporate client on my work computer where I'm in constant communication with three teams of co-workers.  It's pretty effective, though a little chaotic.

The only thing that really bugs me is "LOL".  Or "lol".  Whatever.

You what my problem is?  It doesn't even mean what it was originally meant to mean... which itself was only about twenty minutes ago!!

See, it was supposed to mean "laugh out loud".  Now, people type it all the time, and I *guarantee* they aren't laughing out loud when they do it!  Now, it means "ha ha" or something even less significant!  

If I type, "Nice day today" they respond, "Yeah.  lol."   If I say, "I have a nasty rash on my thigh", they say "lol."   If I say, "What time is it?", they say, "330.  lol"

What the f*ck!?!

Even my own WIFE does it now!  I swear, the first time she did it, I think I felt like that woman who realized that Donald Sutherland was now a pod person too at the end of that Body Snatchers remake in the 70's.  NOT YOU TOO!! OH NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

Can't we PLEASE stick to our guns for just a moment?

In response, I've created my own acronym.  It replaces the cursory "lol" that gets thrown around so fast:


See, if someone says something slightly pleasant or amusing, but not nearly funny enough to make me laugh out loud, I type "MABNLOL".

Mildly Amused But Not Laughing Out Loud.

Of course, people now have to ask me what I mean, and I have to explain.  So it does take a bit longer. 

However, I like to think that it will pay off eventually.


I wonder if I can get a trademark on that?