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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