I have this really bad habit of talking to someone and then in the middle of a conversation launching into a sidebar conversation. I don't think I ever really realized I was all that bad at doing it until I started emailing more and more. Since I tend to converse in an email like I do in person, I realize this must be exhausting for people to read my emails. Hilarious, but exhausting.
For instance, I mentioned in an email today about having an "Eureka!" moment. That reminded me of a time when I was working for a catering company. I was up front working the cash register and waiting on some customers and I kept hearing the manager in the back shouting "Eureka!" I just figured she was reaching enlightenment fairly regularly that morning.
I mean, sometimes I have more moments of clarity that other times. Who am I to say it's ridiculous that she kept shouting a word. Maybe that was her word-of-the-day on her pull off calendar. I wasn't there to judge. Then towards the end of the day she introduced me to a new co-worker, her name was Eureka.
It took all the self-control I had in me not to lapse into that little anecdote for her. I managed to resist it though. Just barely.