January 19, 2005

"Scroll Button and the Lappy..."

I needed to shake off the post-lunch coma I was slipping into. So I went to check the weekly Strong Bad Email for a pick-me-up. Two seconds into playing it, there was a knock on my cube wall. It was Kelly, my Resource Manager. Busted.

She waved as I slipped off my headphones. "Hey, just wanting to stop by and say hello. Oh, what's that?" (pointing to the screen).
"Oh, just some flash animation site" I was starting to sweat. It wasn't looking at pr0n or anything, and the internet usage policy wisely allows some internet usage as long as it doesn't interfere with your work, but I was still caught.
"Yeah, but I recognize it, what's it's name?"
"Um.. 'Strong Bad E-Mail'."
"Yeah, That's it! My daughter just LOVES that site. She's 18. And she does the funny voice and all, but I just don't get it."
"Well, it's got a lot of cryptic pop-culture references and stuff, and I'm a kind of pop culture junkie..."

I said those words, the teleprompter in my head displayed the next phrase: "Don't feel bad, I never understood 'Laugh-In' or 'Benny Hill'." Luckily my Foot-In-Mouth Avoidance Warning System kicked in, and I was able to abort this sentence before I said it. I was intending to be sympathetic, grasping for something that a previous generation 'got' that I didn't understand. But in order to do that, I had to go back pretty far, and she was not nearly that old.

So today, I keep my job!

1 comment:

  1. Dude, you never got Benny Hill? What's not to get? Oh, sometimes I just don't KNOW you anymore. . .