May 17, 2013

The Scourge of Auto Correct

So it's been a bit nutty and I've had a lot to post on, but it just gets lost in my head.

Like how much I miss having a 4 year old in the house. They observe everything and say anything.

Ringo's Court of Honor is Sunday. We have nearly 70 people coming. Meanwhile, Bones' big performance is Sunday night.

This marker I'm placing in St. Augustine? It has taken on a life of its own. It's becoming a big deal with publicity and originally I thought really I was the only one who cared... emotionally attached... but that's not the case.

I got tunnel vision. I've been working on it for so long, that I never bothered to look around me and realize that there were others watching that wanted to partake either because of the significance or to celebrate the accomplishment.

So... I'm a bit on low freak... blocks of rooms for hotels, sound systems, refreshments, invitations... blah blah blah.

But it's all good and this post is to end with laughing.

A couple months ago Teresa of Technicalities posted a link to the funniest auto-corrects ever. I commented about the horror show that occurred last year when I was on a vocal trip.

I never posted this. It's just too... awful. But I'm in the midst of getting a new phone, so VW took a snapshot of the txt fiasco so I wouldn't lose it. My phone doesn't have that screen shot thingy that others have.

There is no need for an introduction really... this is it... the humiliation of it in its fully glory.

Text msg mess up.jpg

When this occurred, I freaked. There was a Mom sitting across from me who watched this whole thing unfold. She started to laugh so hard, she just about fell over. I was about to cry, I was so horrified.

Someone told the choral directors, who have teased me ever since. I thought I'd get walked off the trip.

Imagine my utter horror when they informed me that said 7th grade boy who received said message is the son of a Pastor. Love that.

Flash forward to about 6 months ago, the boy came up to Bones and said, "Bones... you know that message I got from your Mom last year? That means she had that word in her phone..."

It took him 6 months to realize that. Made me feel like a bigger heel...

Posted by Boudicca at May 17, 2013 10:54 PM

I definitely have fuck in my phone, but try as I might I can't make it turn thx! Into fuck!

I know how horrified you must be, but I'm little disappointed.

Posted by: K-nine at May 19, 2013 07:30 AM

I have no idea... it has not happened since. Ghastly... absolutely ghastly...

Posted by: Bou at May 19, 2013 07:55 AM

Reminds me of the text I got from our realtor, who texted without her reading glasses. I had retreated to a local restaurant with the boys while she staged an open house and I wanted to know if it was a success.
Me: So how did it go?
Realtor: Great. I served wine and had a big bowl of smack on the table. People seemed to loved it.
Me: I guess we'll sell it intantly if you're offering buyers free smack.
Realtor: No, not smack. Snacks. I really need my glasses.
I still think we would have gotten full asking price if we'd listed the open house with the tagline: Free heroin for anyone who drops by.
I hope she got Lasik with her commission....

Posted by: Leigh at May 19, 2013 10:42 AM

Today at Ringo's Court of Honor, one of the Dads was telling me that his wife, who is a friend of mine, was with a group of her friends today. They have a friend dying of cancer... a horrific scenario. So they were all around drinking today, talking about him and his life.

So the husband was in the car and he'd texted his wife earlier, worried about her, asking her how she was doing. She didn't answer immediately. About an hour later, his phone buzzed with a text and since he was driving, he handed it to their 10 year old and said, "Tell me what it says..." and his 10 year proceeds to read, "It's from Mom. She said... I'm getting f*cking Wasted..." Bwhahahahaha!

He was horrified, snatched the phone out of his hand and said, 'you misread that...'

Posted by: Bou at May 19, 2013 03:17 PM

Thanks for adding some levity to my day! :)

Posted by: PeggyU at May 20, 2013 08:23 PM

I went through my phone. Each one of those letters is close to a thx. the K must've been a finger fluke.

Posted by: Bou at May 20, 2013 09:35 PM

Thanks, I needed that. I turned off auto-correct on my phone several years ago. Mostly because it was proving such a pain in the ass, but also because I had read of others having similar episodes. And turned it off on my wife's phone as well. Don't have that word on my phone, though I had to stop and think about it and it was a surprise to me. I've got a funny story about that word and its use by my 3 year old daughter that I need to post. So, it's not like I haven't used it when I shouldn't, just not on my phone - yet.

As they say, "There but for the grace of God . . ." :D

Posted by: marcus erroneous at May 22, 2013 06:24 AM

Oh my... sorry but I'm laughing. It's so like something I would do, send and not realize auto correct had made things "interesting".

Congratulations Ringo!

And, while I know the whole marker thing is probably really freaking you out with all the extra work, it's wonderful to know so many people care that much! Quite amazing actually.

Posted by: Teresa at May 22, 2013 02:01 PM

I agree with Teresa, it's really cool that you've gotten something going that is bigger than you. You've gotten something going that has piqued the interest of others and that is a good thing. Especially given the subject matter.

Good on 'ya!

Posted by: marcus erroneous at May 22, 2013 09:09 PM

My Saturday morning pick-me-up. I can't stop laughing, both at your post and all the comments!

Congrats on the marker project being such a success. Makes my heart happy that so many people care! You're a good person, Bou!

Posted by: Peggy K at May 25, 2013 07:11 AM