About ten years ago, I was working onsite at a catalog company a few miles from my home. I was at my desk in a little room that was outfitted with a handful of computers for freelancer writers to use. I was the only one in the room, sitting with my back to the door. Since I was caught up with my assignment, I was checking out the sound effects options on the Mac I was using.
After methodically clicking on and listening to many of the choices, I came to one labeled “When Harry Met Sally.” I had seen the movie but had no idea what the sound effect was going to be. Innocently, I clicked on it.
BIG mistake. It was Meg Ryan’s “screams of ecstasy” scene in the deli. Can you say “inappropriate”? At the time, I didn’t know how to stop it (I later leaned I could have hit Command-Period). I whipped my head around to see if anyone was in earshot, but nobody was.
Relieved, I waited for it to end, thinking it would last just a few more seconds like all the other sound effects. But, no, it went on and on and on . . . for what seemed like five minutes. Oh, and did I mention it was very, very loud?
I was so flummoxed it didn’t occur to me that I could have just turned the volume all the way down. Meg just kept on going and going and going . . . and I was starting to get more and more uncomfortable wondering if someone was going to pass by and wonder what the heck was going on.
Sure enough, someone did pass by: Mary, the manager of the creative department, who I didn’t know very well. I caught her out of the corner of my eye, but I kept on staring straight ahead at the screen and praying that Meg would finally run out of steam. I could hear Mary stop in front of the door. I was starting to sweat. Big time. Please, Meg, for the love of God, enough already! I’m sure Mary was only standing there a few seconds but it seemed like an eternity.
Finally (!), Meg quieted down and my flop sweat began to subside. Cautiously, I looked behind me. Nobody was there. Mary had moved on. I never brought up the incident and neither did she. But even today, the mere thought of that incident still makes me squirm a bit.
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ABOUT PHIL BOLSTA
Phil is the author of Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World, a comprehensive guide to living a spiritual life. Who will benefit from reading it?
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Anyone who loves life, or wants to learn how to
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Through God’s Eyes won first place in the “Spirituality and Inspirational” category at the San Diego Book Awards on June 22, 2013.
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Phil is also the author of Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent people he interviewed, including Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, geneticist Dr. Francis Collins, acclaimed sportswriter Frank Deford, Dr. Larry Dossey, Wayne Dyer, Dan Millman, Caroline Myss, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, James Van Praagh, singer Billy Vera, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch, and bassist Victor Wooten.
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Sixty Seconds was one of three finalists in the General Interest/How-To category at the 12th annual Visionary Awards presented by COVR (Coalition of Visionary Resources) in Denver on June 27, 2009.