My Saturday started off with a call from work … the email server was down.
Me: *groggy* “Hullo?”
Work: “Hey, what are you doing?”
I have caller ID. I know the number listed is work. I know they didn’t call just to chit-chat.
Work: “Hey, it’s (name withheld). Did you know the server’s down?”
They never specify which server … network, video, multimedia, web, email, etc. … and what’s worse, I was half-asleep and didn’t have my wits yet.
Me: “Which server?”
Work: “Email. I’m waiting on a very important email. I need to have it right now. It’s important!”
Me: “Ok, hang on … I need to get logged in.”
Work: “You there?”
Me: “Yeah, hang on…”
Work: “Something’s wrong with your phone.”
Me: “No, there’s nothing wrong with my phone. You woke me up.”
Work: “*laughs* What are you doing asleep? It’s 10 o’clock in the morning and what are you doing in bed this late on a Saturday when you should be…”
Ok, now she was pissing me off …
Me: “Look, it’s fucking SATURDAY, this is my OFF DAY, and I like to SLEEP IN occasionally if that’s perfectly alright with you, thank you very fucking much!”
It’s at this point I realize she has me on speaker phone because I can hear the guys in her department laughing and I keep hearing someone say “Boss, she’s asleep give her a break.”
Work: “Ok, well … I need my email.”
Anyways, to make a long story short: her problem was fixed within 10 minutes. (Turns out the server was running its weekly maintenance at the very time she tried to access the server.) Of course, she didn’t get her “very important email” until Monday so that was just one more little tick that pissed me off about the incident.
She came to me yesterday and apologized. I apologized for being short with her. She says “Short? You were downright rude.”
I explained that I had been up the whole night before working on a project for her department and that I had just gotten to bed 2 hours prior to her call, and asked her wouldn’t she be just a “little cranky” if someone had done the same to her?
She says “Hell, I wouldn’t have answered the phone … ”
Yeah, I’ll remember that next time …