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25 May 2018

Flashback Friday | The Time I Accidentally Sent Someone Porn



Flashback Friday takes place on the last Friday of the month. The idea is to give a little more love to a blog post you've published before that maybe didn't get enough attention, or is something you think is still relevant or even a something that you really love and want to share again.

Many thanks to Michael d’Agostino for starting Flashback Friday and inspiring me to go back and revisit some of our earlier blog posts.

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This is a flashback to a very embarrassing moment in my life. If you've read the blog title, then you can probably guess why.

The folks I sent the porn to (accidentally, I might stress) are probably crossing the Atlantic on their sailboat right now. Which is good, because if they read this post, they'd be sure to give me a lot of crap again about the infamous email I sent. It's something they like to bring up from time to time to watch and see exactly how red my face can become.

This was originally posted in July 2015. You can see the original post and comments here.


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Yes, you read that right. I sent someone porn. Accidentally. Let me emphasize that - it was an accident. A very embarrassing accident.

You're probably thinking to yourself, "Hmm...how do you accidentally send someone porn? That sort of thing never happens to me."

Well, that sort of thing never happens to me either. Until now. Yes, I'm a porn distributor, a purveyor of filth, a dealer in smut, a dispenser of naughtiness, if you will. Oh, the shame. Oh, the horror. My face is turning bright red even now as I think about it.

So, here's a top tip. If you're going to forward something on, make sure you read the whole thing first. Especially the top part. You know, the top part - the part that most people normally read first. Don't do what I did, which is skim right down to the bottom part, think to yourself, "Oh, that's interesting. I bet so-and-so would find that interesting too." Whatever you do, do not hit send. Do not forward the link on to so-and-so. Please, trust me - DO NOT hit send.

Oh sure, they'll find it interesting too. Just not for the same reasons you thought they would.

So how did this happen? I was doing some research for some equipment we want to buy for our boat. Just an innocent Google query, which pulled up a list of innocent links. Or so I thought. Clicked on one. Did not read the top part. Then I hit send.

The next day, so-and-so said to me, "That link you sent me was a little risque at the beginning, didn't you think?" I actually didn't know what so-and-so was on about and given my middle-aged hearing issues, wasn't actually sure if so-and-so said the link was risque or the link was gray. "Maybe so-and-so doesn't like gray font?", was what went through my head. Here's one thing I've learned about what people who are losing their hearing do - they just gloss over things and move on. I've become that person.

So, I ignored the whole risque/gray comment and moved on. "Did you see that list at the bottom? Wasn't that interesting?" 

I'm pretty sure what so-and-so was thinking was, "Isn't it interesting that she doesn't think what she sent me was risque. Wow, she's into some weird stuff. Let me just keep smiling and try to end this conversation as quickly as possible. This one's a nut job."

Later that day, I went back and clicked on the link to check out the information at the bottom part again. Unfortunately, this time I read the top part too. And it was naughty. Very, very naughty. Wow, who thought something you could buy for your boat could be used for such {ahem} interesting purposes.

Since then, I've apologized to so-and-so with a very bright red face. Fortunately, so-and-so just laughed it off and said it was funny.

Yikes.

Moral of the story. Make sure you read things carefully before you hit the send button. And, if I send you an email, you might not want to open it up.

True story. I wish it wasn't.

Have you ever emailed something that you regretted?

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19 comments:

  1. Oh Ellen! I can see myself doing the very same thing! I don't read lengthy message all the way through, or at least I didn't use to. But like you, I've suffered for those mistakes a few times. Now, I simplify and keep things as brief as possible. I do not read forwards and I don't forward messages either. Happy weekend!

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    1. It was so embarrassing. I think a no-forwarding rule is a good one.

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  2. That's hilarious! I don't even want to know what boat part it was.
    Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

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    1. It's actually quite an innocuous piece of equipment.

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  3. My mind is boggling about the boat part and what might be done with it! I’ve never sent on porn but I’ve done the classic reply-instead-of-forward while saying something rather uncomplimentary about the original sender’s views. The word nonsense might have been used. Cue grovelling apologies! From the other viewpoint, we accidentally called a porn line in a hotel once. Our room had been booked on points and there had been a mixup (SOMEONE had booked the wrong date). The receptionist gave us the number to ring but transposed two digits resulting in Blushes all round.

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    1. Oh, I've got myself in trouble with emails where I shouldn't have said something before too. Love your phone call to a porn line - LOL

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  4. I think we've all sent stuff we've regretted. I've never sent porn though. Too funny and it's good that you sent it to someone that took it in stride. Not everyone would be so understanding.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ♥

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    1. I am so glad I sent it to someone who thought my mistake was quite funny and wasn't terribly offended. It could have been much worse.

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  5. HA! Too funny! That YOU did it, that is. Not sure how funny it'd be if I did it... ;)

    I've never sent porn to anybody before, but I replied to a ham who'd invited me to come speak at a club meeting when I meant to forward the email to my hubby to see if the date was convenient for him. I, um, might have called him sweetie and I might have said something kinda sexy. Luckily, the ham knew us both and thought it was all very funny. (He still calls me "sweetie"...)

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    1. It's always funnier when someone else does something like that :-)

      Love your email mix-up :-)

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  6. Well, i've posted things that have been misunderstood because you cannot see faces and hear tones of voice in print, but i don't believe i've sent anything risque. Great story!

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    1. Fingers crossed you never find yourself in the same situation :-)

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  7. I was once tagged in a pornographic picture on facebook. I no longer accept total strangers as friends. LOL.

    I'm immensely curious what exactly they're selling for boats!

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    1. Oh my - that would have been so embarrassing! Good FB rule.

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  8. Oh, boy. Sounds like something I would manage to do. And that book sounds cute. I wish her and you all the best!

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  9. laughing, I can see this whole thing happening to me including the hearing going and skipping to the pertinent part of a page and not seeing the rest. Makes note to self -- read the whole page before sharing links. Oh, lordy! I feel for you. It's a dangerous web out there.

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    1. Reading all the way to the end is a very good rule - wish I had followed it :-)

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  10. OMG! I can't stop laughing! That is too funny! I'm sure you didn't think so at the time though!

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