At work a few days ago I was part of a training for new employees on the legal aspect of the job. I am a paralegal, but my three co-presenters were attorneys. At one of the breaks, we were talking about a certain type of case, and one of the attorneys said, "You know, there is a case that's being litigated right now about this very issue out in the western part of the state. It's a case from 1983."
The other attorneys nodded along while I thought to myself, "Geez, 1983. I didn't realize this particular issue has been in litigation since for over three decades."
The topic came up again over lunch, and finally I turned to the attorney next to me, Eric, and whispered, "I had no idea this has been going on that long."
Eric looked at me with a somewhat puzzled expression, which is not unusual. So I continued talking, which is also not unusual.
I told him, "Seriously, 1983? I mean, I wasn't even BORN in 1983!"
After he stopped laughing, Eric said "Laura, 1983 isn't the year. It is the section of the United States Code regarding equal rights."
That's so incredibly embarrassing. I must have missed that class in paralegal school. I just hoped none of the new staff members overheard the conversation because they would never trust my legal expertise ever again.
This morning when I got into the office, I sat down to log onto my computer, and an error message popped up that said, "The trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed."
I told the IT person, who said she had to escalate the issue to the general help desk. She sent an email, copied everyone and their brother, marked it high importance, and used the subject line "LAURA C.'s COMPUTER HAS LOST TRUST."
Not even my computer trusts me anymore.
Can't even blame it.