I do a lot wrong. My best way of coping with my many, many mistakes is to own it—take it in stride, really. I enjoy self-deprecating humor and believe that if you can’t laugh at yourself then you are kind of a sad person. I occasionally read through the posts I wrote years ago and enjoy reading about my wacky antics and silly slip-ups.
This post will be no different.
I was chatting with a group of coworkers about silly, inconsequential things (as we often do). Somehow the term “douche cape” entered the conversation and I found myself trying to explain what a douche cape was. After a few moments I said, “You know what? I’ll just send you some pictures. That will be easier than trying to explain it.”
I went back to my computer and searched for the optimal images to accurately depict the “Douche cape” (or a cape/shirt worn by a douche). Here are a few of those images:
I copied the images to my email titled “Douche Capes”, typed in the email addresses and confidently hit the “send” button. I continued with work with the full expectation that I would receive emails back from the recipients. The only response I got said:
“Who is Scott Smith?”
The world began spinning as I realized that name was not that of the intended recipient. I stared at the name and tried to flip through the rolodex in my head and remember who that was. Was it a work associate? Was it a doctor? Was it a committee member? Then I realized it.
It was the parent of one of the kids I know at church.
Holy crap. I sent the “Douche cape” email to a person from church.
Moral of the story: ALWAYS check the recipient line before you send an email. I am sure I won’t learn from this experience (since this was not the first time this has happened and definitely won’t be the last). But you might. You might learn from my mistakes.