Ok, so my fellow SBS MVP (and twin depending on who you ask) Nick Whittome (www.nte.ie) and I have been working on a project together, and have been trying to get a phone call arranged for about 10 days. Consider that we are both busier than hell with our own businesses and customers to handle, and we're dealing with a six hour time difference, and it's pretty tough to find a mutual time where we can converse.
So Thursday afternoon I'm running a little late with my afternoon appt. I get back to the office, and Steve (one of my partners) tells me that Nick just called about 10 minutes earlier.
“Nick? As in SBS MVP from Ireland - Nick?”
“Yeah. He said he was heading to the UK and that he was naked, so he'd try to call sometime this weekend.”
Yep - you read that right. Naked. NAKED! I'm standing there still making sure I heard what I heard, and trying to get a very unpleasant mental image out of my mind. Looks like my therapist is getting a new BMW . . . or two . . . ;^)
NAKED. What the hell???
So I'm still standing in the office, looking at Steve who appears a little disturbed by the whole thing . . . After what felt like an eternity, even though it was only seconds, I realized what had just happened.
“Maybe he said 'knackered' . . . ?”
There are two primary words in Nick's vocabulary: bloody & knackered. He can't go three sentences without using either one. It just doesn't happen. Of course, Steve has never met Nick or even talked to him before, so he hadn't been exposed to Irish slang, then throw in Nick's accent and a phone, and it isn't a stretch to see how Steve heard 'knackered' as 'naked' . . .
Nick and I finally got a phone call this afternoon - but we weren't able to discuss the project. I relayed this story to him via IM, and he picked up a phone and called me immediately. When I answered the phone, all I heard was him laughing hysterically and saying “that's . . . . the . . . . funniest . . . . bloody . . . . thing . . . . I've . . . . ever . . . . heard . . . . NAKED!”
I'm still laughing . . . this made my week. Nick naked on his way to the UK . . . And who said the SBS MVPs weren't a bunch of wild & crazy guys (& gals)?!?
Sat, May 8 2004 16:14