"Someone once told me that time was a predator that stalked us all our lives. I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey and reminds us to cherish every moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we've lived."
-Jean Luc Picard

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

We need to talk about those email forwards again...(Gagtastic emails Part I)

Look, I understand that you are busy and it's really convenient to just hit forward and send a whole bunch of "funny" emails over to me but, this is not working for me. The jokes you send me, well frankly most of them are not that funny. Since I've had an Internet connection at home since Clinton was in office, I've also probably already read them. Look, there are just not five or more emails worth forwarding every single day of the week. If you really think something is that hilarious, then save them up till the end of the month and forward me the top four.

I know you want to save me from my own ignorance by forwarding every dire warning on every topic under the sun because you care about me. Snopes and the many other places to check on these stories is your friend. Taking a moment to write " I didn't have time to look this up but, it sure sounds true to me!" just makes you look foolish when it turns out to be a hoax.

I enjoy political and religious discussions but, since we have some major disagreements on those issues, I choose not to send you things that don't agree with your chosen stance. I can be friends with people who have opposing views to my own as long as they respect that I am a person, not a project in need of renovation, and will allow us both the necessary room to be who we are. In other words, sending me emails that insult me for my political or religious beliefs is a quick way to end our friendship. I don't do it to you so I'm asking you to return the favor.

You know those emails with the flashy graphics with made up occasions to celebrate the fact that we are both women? Well, frankly they annoy the Hell out of me. Especially since there's usually some dire warning about returning it to you in the next five nanoseconds or else I'm not your friend. If I am really your friend, then don't send me things to test our friendship.

Here's what I would I like from you. Cut and paste the following statement and save it somewhere where you can find it.

Dear __________,

I am very busy right now but, I just wanted you to know that I was thinking of you today and hope you are doing well.

Your friend,

I would much rather get one of those everyday and the occasional email about something that is important to you like your pets, your family, your craft projects, your work, etc..than five forwarded emails everyday with nothing from you.

Any questions??


Public Artist said...

Yes, yes, and yes. In face, I'd venture to say that if it has an animated illustration in it (particularly those featuring old or overweight women) I especially don't want to see it. Not even in the top four.

The person who creates these things deserves a place on my arch nemeses list. Yes, you can have multiple arch nemeses.

tamilyn said...

Well said. They automatically go to the trash. Guess I must not be friends with lots of people anymore. Maybe my in box volume will shrink?

Hairball said...

Hi tamilyn!
LOL Well, you can dream can't you?

Does anybody else still get things forwarded to them from people that were told to forward it because something would happen like a joke appearing on their screen? I thought most people figured that one out after they did it and nothing happened. Nope. Someone told me just the other day that they must be "forwarding things wrong" because they never get to see the stuff they were promised when they forward it on to the next person. *face palm*

Hairball said...

"multiple arch nemeses"

Hmm, I like that!