Lock your computer, or else!

It’s become a little game that is played in the office, and if one is not careful, they will get e-mail bombed.  It’s happened to a few people already, and I’ve been caught off guard a couple of times myself.

The first e-mail bomb I served was a simple sentence:

“I’m a pretty princess”

And someone with quick-wit quickly located a Disney Princess graphic and pasted that in an email noting the similar resemblance of the co-worker to the princesses in the picture  Laugh #1

This was easily handed out to a co-worker who walked away from his laptop, leaving it unlocked.

I was summarily bombed the next day when I left my computer wide-open as I ran errand to either talk to somebody in their cube, or to run off to the restroom.  My computer read:

“I’m a pretty foo”

To show great sportsmanship my coworkers decided to heap on again:

Here we are, the “Pretty Foo”


And of course this other “Pretty Foo”


It happened once more to me” Laugh #2. THEN I started planning revenge,  Two philosophies to follow:

1) Vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord, I will repay – God in the New Testament, Romans 12:19

2) “Revenge is a dish best served coooold” – Khan, in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

I chose #2, and planned it for a long time – rehearsing in my mind what the next e-mail bomb I delivered would say.  The timing had to be just right.  I wanted to include a graphic with it, but knowing t Laugh #2ime was of the essence I just would follow the pattern of the past – post a reply re-enforcing the point.

So my turn was TODAY.  My co-worker (a manager) was away doing a 1-on-1 with a team-member, and a college hire who likes to stir the pot announced to me, “you know what!?” …. yup, an empty cube with a wide open desktop. Here comes the e-mail bomb:

I’m a little manager short and stout
Tip me over, P.H.B. comes out …
For those unfamiliar with the acronym “PHB”, it stands for “Pointy-Haired-Boss”  from the Dilbert cartoons.  And re-enforce the point, I quickly replied:
PHB’s of the world unite!
Here’s to all the Pointy Haired Bosses! 
All this manager could respond with was:
Damm… He Got me 🙂
Victory!  Sweet!  Whoo Hooo!
That admittedly felt pretty good.  Laugh #3    The Last Laugh (at least for today :)))) )

Conclusion: Beware the e-mail bomb!

Q: Locking your computer at work when you walk away from your desk is always a good idea because:
a) Protects company secrets
b) Prevents somebody from using your ID for malicious behavior that is untraceable
c) Guards your reputation, you foo!
d) All of the above
If you guessed “D”, you are absolutely correct.
If you guessed “C”, by itself, then in Common Core parlance, that is correct also.  No one wants to embarrassed with an e-mail bomb.
Beware the e-mail bomb!

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