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Thursday, July 30, 2009

It works if you work it.

Remember Jill from my office? The one who is both clueless and brilliant at the same time?

Well, yesterday morning, Jill was looking for me. I was at an offsite meeting from 8am to noon. I had the meeting scheduled on my electronic calendar, which is accessible by everyone in the office. Because of the nature of the meeting (we were running a focus group), I had my cell phone (the dumb one) turned off.

When I got back in the car, I had four messages.

The first was from Jill:

"Amy, did you have a chance to review that CFL report? I need your feedback." That was about 9am.

The next message, recorded at 9:30am was from Annie:

"Mom, a lady from your office called looking for you. I told her you were at work, but she said you aren't there. She said she would try to track you down. Can you call her?"

Then at 10:15am, another message from Annie:

"Mom, where are you? Why aren't you at work? Can you call me? I'm getting worried."

Then at 11am, a tearfully panicked message from Annie:
"Mommy! Where arrrrrre you?! I'm scared you got in an accident or got kidnapped. Why aren't you at work? Why aren't you answering me? Pllleeeeeeaaaaaasssssse call me, Mommy! (sob...sob...sob...)"

So of course, I called Annie right away and assured her that I was indeed alive and well. Then I called Jill and explained to her if she had only clicked the little "calendar" tab in the e-mail system, she would have know right away where I was and wouldn't have traumatized my 12 year old daughter.

Technology: It works if you work it.

5 comments:

Jessica said...

Poor Annie. Even if she HAD to call your home she shouldn't have worried your daughter! Sheesh people!

Eternal Lizdom said...

You know.... that would have actually pissed me off. A lot. Annie had every reason to worry.

And now you can bring this up when you have to deal with a missed curfew or a child not being where they say they are going to be!

Joanne said...

Ohh poor Annie - I can only imagine her terror. That's the problem with technology - people don't know how to use it!!! She had no right scaring your daughter when a simple click could have answered her question.

Anonymous said...

What a dumb ass!

Diane

Amy said...

I was pretty ticked and let her know it. She apologized and was genuinely sorry. She didn't mean for it to happen like that. Clueless coworker + dramatic daughter = Jumping to BIG scary conclusions.