Are we On? (Dave Vilhauer blog)

Technology has gotten me again.

OK. So, this time it was probably more my fault than technology’s, but the fact remains that I once again fell prey to an electronic device.

I remember when I got my first smart phone and was just learning how to text. I failed to realize that you had to be very intentional about making sure you were texting the right person. I sent out a text intended for my wife, that just so happened to go to the individual I had most recently texted.

Fortunately, it was nothing too mushy or personal, but suffice it to say that the receiver of that message probably was a bit confused. I had asked my wife if she wanted to take our dog on a walk. That text went by error to a former co-worker, who responded, “Um, sure.”

We shared a good laugh at that and from then on, I became much more careful about sending texts. However, my smart phone skills or lack of them caught up with me again last night.

I meant to send a text to a friend on the current status of our dog. It went into a bit of detail about how he is feeling. I sent the text and kind of forgot about it until a while later when I became curious as to why the individual had not responded. I then realized that the text had once again gone to the wrong person.

I immediately sent out two texts, one apologizing to the person who probably didn’t know why I was sending info about my dog to him, and another to the individual who I had intended to contact in the first place.

Again, thankfully both people were very understanding and I was a bit ashamed of myself for not paying better attention.

I have heard of some pretty interesting mistakes due to auto correct features on phones. But this text issue is something that just happens when you aren’t paying attention. I wish I could use the excuse that I was in a big hurry or that the lighting was poor, but that was not the case.

What’s the old saying, fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me? I can’t imagine what the saying is for fool me thrice, but maybe I’ll find out someday because with my history of technology something like this is bound to happen again.