What are the three happiest words in the English language?
- I love you?
- Please marry me?
- Won the lottery?
- Big pay hike?
- You’ve been dieting?
I had to think of this recently as I as finding all kinds of bugs in Google Maps.
It was about 6 or 7 years ago. I ran up to my boss’ office in Bellingham WA. He was the VP of Operations & Finance, I was Technology Solutions Manager. I had been fiddling with browser dependencies for our new product ordering and configuration engine, and our devs had been stumped. Internet Explorer was the problem: impossible to please.
We finally got it running right, and before I told my boss I asked him a question: “What are the three happiest words in the English language?”
Since we had been working so long and so hard on this one issues, the three I was thinking of were: “works in IE.”
He looked up from the work on his desk – he always had stacks and stacks piled in various places around his office – and said “Not my problem.”
We shared a laugh, and then I told him what were at that very particular moment in time and space my three favorites.
Ever since then, “not my problem” has ranked up there as a wonderful phrase in my lexicon.