work: laughing through the pain

At the office, when the help desk resets our passwords, they have been using some variation on a sports name ending in “ball” using the nearly standard letter/number substitution. Since our passwords are required to change so frequently, it’s hard to ignore a theme once placed in our heads.

Amy Sedaris - Lil Smoky Cheese Ball

A co-worker had been creating their own password variations and iterations on the sports theme for a while now but ran into a little problem…

them: I’ve been using various passwords based on those, but now I’m running out of balls.

some snickering followed

me: Well why don’t you switch from balls to nuts?

Yes, we’re just that immature. Yes, we laughed our asses off so hard that we both cried. Don’t pretend you wouldn’t have said the same thing if it happened to you.

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5 Responses

  1. Mazzie says:

    my office mate and I had a particularly clueless colleague in the office once (he’s a nice guy, but it takes him a while to grasp things … and once suggested that the number 8 began with the letter a …) and we explained something to him several times he finally seemed to get it. When he left the office, I heard my office mate, who is so polite and really never has a mean word to say about anyone, say “dumbass” under his breath. we both laughed so hard we cried. he denies it to this day, but if we ever need a laugh, that one word still gets us going. I like to mouth it when he’s on the phone with said colleague. πŸ™‚

  2. Lindsay says:

    Thanks, Brian. I had to watch that video, and now I’ll have to make it for July 4th to terrorize all my dieting friends. If you can’t eat cheese balls, the terrorists have won.

  3. Daniel John says:

    Hey Brian, been reading your blog since I have had you on twitter but not followed you, dont know how you werent on my list! now will be able to see all your updates πŸ™‚ love your nuts and balls story! my mum has just retired from a UK dept. she was the office of national statistics (like the bureau of the census) and she had to change the password every month too! argh! she did family names and numbers each month πŸ™‚

  4. Kyle says:

    How about going from nuts to soup?
    .-= latest entry: laugh or cry? go out or stay home? =-.

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