So here's a story of how I managed to nearly give my team lead a heart attack...
Sit back, pop a cold one, relax, because this is going to be a long one.
Several weeks back our site went through a command cyber readiness inspection (CCRI.) Now, this sort of inspection is something of a BIG DEAL as not passing it is a BIG black mark on the commanders' record and can get our systems quarantined until things get fixed. I was one of the "lucky" ones who had to sit with an auditor and go over how my SQL Servers were configured and why. That part went well (other than a couple minor items,) but I did do one stupid thing that's supposed to be a NEVER, EVER do this sort of thing.
I went home at the end of the day, stopped to get the mail, and as the topper on the days cake (mind you, I'd spent the drive home driving myself into almost a frenzy about the stupid thing I did,) I dropped ALL my keys in the storm drain right by the mailboxes. Got to the house, called the wife, called my team lead to let him know about the stupid thing and what happened to my keys. All the preceding is setting the stage, so here comes the fun bits.
Next day, I'm teleworking, team lead calls me early in the day, tells me that because of my stupid thing, we had FAILED the CCRI. Now, he only left me panicking for maybe a minute, but none the less, my blood pressure probably went up a fair ways.
Which brings us to the payback.
I'd told our boss what the team lead had done to me and why (without explicitly stating the stupid thing I'd done, if it hadn't come up, I wasn't bringing it up, made it out to be some checks that failed on the servers.) My idea for payback was to get my team lead thinking I was going to be moving on from my job. Well, our boss loved the idea and thought it would be funny, but suggested I hold off for a few days or more. Which was fine, I had to get someone to call like they were checking references. Eventually, wound up getting a co-worker whom I'd worked with at my previous job (and he's the office prankster) to play along, he checked in with my boss and the plan was set in motion yesterday.
Over the last couple weeks we've been dealing with a rush-rush job and I'd been grumbling a bit about it. Including comments about checking the USAJobs website. Well, the prankster yesterday, just before our team meeting, pulled my team lead into the boss' office, and proceeded to spin a yarn about getting called as a reference for me. My boss is one heck of an actor and managed to sell being shocked to the team lead, my team lead apparently went white. The boss and team lead then came into the team meeting, the team lead was VERY discombobulated through the meeting, refused to answer any of my questions. At the end, he kept asking if anyone had anything else, every time looking straight at me.
Finally, as we were leaving, I asked if he was out of sorts, possibly because of the meeting he'd just stepped out of, that was probably about me job hunting. As he's starting to react to that, our boss couldn't contain himself anymore and breaks into a face-splitting grin as I tell the team lead this was payback for the CCRI joke. I have NEVER seen, before yesterday, someone collapse against a wall in relief. He started grinning and chuckling about it, we fist-bumped, and went about the day.
Now, I'll admit, I'll be looking over my shoulder for a while for some payback on his part, but it's all in fun (and I felt safe in doing this, what with his and my boss getting behind me and pushing me to do it, and our division chief being warned about it and her only comment to my boss being "don't keep him hanging too long.")
And that's how I nearly gave my team lead a heart attack (doesn't help that I'm the sole DBA for our team, either.)