|March 15, 2010
Clint Eastwood's advice in "Dirty Harry" that
opinions, like certain body parts, are best kept to
Combo: Senior Citizens and eMail
people have a lot of time on their hands, and using it has
gotten creative. In the old days, we walked the dog, read
the newspaper, watched television, and at Christmas time we
sent out the annual brag letter to friends and relatives,
bringing everyone up-to-date on what the family had been up
to all year. On a real special occasion, pen and paper was
taken in hand to write a letter to a friend. Enter the
internet with that great side-benefit called email. All of a
sudden, it's become an compulsion to contact all your
friends and family members on at least a weekly, if not
daily, basis. What is going on?
As a certified
senior citizen myself, I'm more than guilty of sending
too-darn many emails. Every time I get a really neat mail
from a friend on a timely or completely silly subject, I
feel an overwhelming urge to pass it on to everyone I know.
On top of that, I promote articles of interest, at least to
me, on my website at www.global-air.com
by mass-mailing the information to more people than I want
to admit. Add to that, the time spent cruising the net
looking at interesting stuff, and all of a sudden the day is
gone and my "to-do list" around the house is still
"to-do", that daily walk with the dog was missed,
because now it is too dark out, and the tax return I
promised I'd get to is still in the future.
once suggested that I form a group called "Internet
Anonymous", where I get together with a bunch of people
with similar affliction and drink.
it is any consolation to me, I'm not the only one with this
problem. A lot of my friends, and some not so senior, can't
resist the urge to send out all kinds of information, and
political points of view seems to be the most popular. Any
derogatory story circulating about the "other"
party or candidate is sure to appear in the inbox, and
lately it has become another task to check-out the facts on
some of these.
A few months ago, I posted a link
on my website, urging email forwarders to check stories out
before blindly passing them on. It had little effect, and
I'm still receiving mail alerting me to the the fact (not
true) that illegal aliens collect social security, or that
Bill Gates will pay me $50 to forward something to 50 of my
A few years ago, I received an email from
a fellow I'd known since college. I always considered him a
friend, but looking back at it he was probably more what you
would call an acquaintance. We'd bumped into each other now
and then over the years, had lunch, been to each others
homes. So, when I started getting email from him I took it
in stride, but quickly became aware that all he was sending
me were jokes, and they were pretty dumb. One day, he sent
me a particularly long-winded one that went nowhere, with a
terrible punchline, and I emailed back something like "wow...
that was a long way to go for that joke..." He shot
back with "Oh yeah? Well, don't send me anymore of
your damn stuff ... " And I haven't since, nor has
he. In fact, I haven't heard from him now in about 4 years.
I'm kind of hoping he's dead, I wouldn't want to think I'd
hurt his feelings.
So, what can I do about this? As
for the incoming mails, I'll continue to debunk the ones
that need it, and will force myself not to forward
everything along. Would I run down the street to tell a
friend about an article I read about how
in England are baffled by America's love of motorhomes?
Probably not, but I might email the news to him, after
resisting the urge for several seconds. And, starting
tomorrow I'm going to get away from this computer long
enough to go out and take the dog for a walk. I can't do it
now, because it's too dark out.
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