Scene: I’m in a meeting with an agency that’s pitching us a project. Someone from the agency is walking us through a Powerpoint deck of some of their recent work. On the screen is a picture of a Virgin Atlantic plane with the words “Virgin Airlines” written above it. This conversation ensues:
Agency: We’ve done some interesting projects with a number of innovative companies. I wanted to highlight a recent initiative we created for Virgin Airlines.
My brain: Virgin Airlines? Don’t say it out loud. Don’t be that guy. Don’t say it.
Agency: When Virgin Airlines came to us —
Brain: No such thing. Just move on. Don’t say anything. Let it go. It’s not important.
Agency: —we helped Virgin Airlines sell $3 million worth of tickets.
Brain: I have to say something. She keeps saying it over and over. I think she’s taunting me. No, please don’t say it out loud. Just drop it.
Agency: — Virgin Airlines has already said they would run the program again.
Brain: Dammit, man. If she said it once I could forgive, but over and over? It’s like she wants me to be that tool who corrects her.
Agency: Virgin Airlines Virgin Airlines Virgin Airlines Virgin Airlines (I may be paraphrasing here)
Me: (not being able to take it any longer) Was this for Virgin Atlantic?
Agency: No, for Virgin America.
Brain: Whew. Now we can let it go.
Agency: Virgin Airlines was very pleased with the results.