Monday, July 28, 2008

The Forward Stops Here

*Okay not really – but lots of times it does.

Quite some time ago I thought about putting up a blog post about this subject, but then I decided to sleep on it before I ticked off some people.Hey guys, I know that for some of you, email is fairly new. I remember when I began using email, there were all kinds of things I simply didn't know how to do. Yes, I didn't even know what it meant when someone used the phrase "cut and paste".

Anyway, before I tried to compose something about this subject, I Goggled it — and sure enough, Ms. Karen's Blog: B.C.C. already said it for me, although it uses just a mite stronger language than I do on a public Internet forum.

Some who know me pretty well know I'm a hypocrite and a copycat, so I plan to use some of Ms. Karen's excellently worded thoughts.

This is probably going to "hack"(revised) a few people off, but ... someone suggested that I write a blog post about this rather delicate subject. Who am I to turn down such a request? Especially when the topic is so near and dear to my e-mail inbox.

Ok, here goes:

You! With your finger hovering just a mouse-click away from irritating folks like me, do NOT forward that e-mail. Step away from the “send” button and listen up.

Thanks to a plethora of multiply-forwarded e-mails that have come to roost in my inbox, I’m gonna have to air some grief, vent my spleen, and pitch a bit of a hissy fit.

You know who you are...

You’re the ones who get email that says “forward it to ten friends and you’ll get your wish” or “Don’t break this chain or AOL won’t give you money” or “this prayer chain has been going strong, don’t break it.”

Guess what? I break them. All. Of. Them. So if it’s really important to you that the chain does not get broken, don’t send it to me.

Especially those forwarded emails where it takes you five minutes to find the actual message because you have to scroll through half-a-million names and addresses to get to it. Then you get to the message only to discover a) you’ve already seen it a thousand times before, b) it’s a stupid hoax thing that has been luring suckers into it’s claws since Al Gore coded the first website, c) it’s a blankeddy-blank(revised) don’t-break-this-prayer-chain-or-puppies-will-die message. I think I hate those last ones the most.

So, why does this seemingly harmless practice bug me so bad? Well, because the people who are on the same list you’re now on, will forward their copy to another hapless group of people who ALSO will do the same thing. This means, all those e-mail addresses (including yours and mine) are now dangling out there in cyberspace like so much pterodactyl bait, just waiting for the sp*m monsters to snap them up.

If you absolutely, positively, MUST send an e-mail that has already been forwarded to the entire population of North America, Asia, and the Milky Way Galaxy, PLEASE use a wonderful little courtesy feature that comes with your e-mail program called BCC — Blind Carbon Copy.

I’m not talking just plain old CC either, people, I’m talking BCC. Watch what you’re doing, don’t be so careless. You need to poke those eyes out on that sp*m monster. I’ve already had to close down a couple of e-mail addresses due to an out-of-control situation with well-intentioned but oblivious folks who are under the impression that I live my life with my head under my desk and have not seen any of the wonders cyberspace has to offer.

You know the saying, “There’s nothing new under the sun” right? Well, that goes double for the Internet. Been there, done that, had it sent to me a thousand times already.

I know there are folks out there who seem to be a bit new to the internet. For whatever reason they may have, their online experience has been limited or non-existent and there are a few things they’ve not yet learned. Now is a GREAT time to start learning stuff. IMPORTANT stuff.

Normally, I don’t get warped out of shape over little things like this, but this is one thing that really frosts my cookies.

So, if you just can’t stop yourself from sending the e-mail, then do everyone that came before you on that loooong list of forwarded e-mails a huge favor and cut-and-paste then BCC. Yes, both of them. It isn’t complicated, it’s just plain polite.

Let’s get one thing straight, if it arrives in your e-mail inbox, and it went through another thousand just to get there, you can bet anyone connected to the web has already seen it. Do the world a favor and delete it. Please.

E-mail messages can be fun. My preferred e-mails are personal notes, not an over-forwarded missive of gag-me cute crap. No, I don’t always get around to answering my mail, and if you’ve forwarded me a bunch of stuff, chances are good that the filters have simply shipped your latest message into that great trash bin in cyberspace.

So remember, Bill Gates and AOL will NOT send you anything if you forward that piece of crap to ten people. I promise. In fact, NO one will EVER give money to you or anyone else if you forward it to ten people, however those ten people may retaliate and forward their entire trash bin to your inbox. Oh, and there is NO elementary school teacher sending out e-mails to see how far they get. Seriously.

Delete it. Put a sign on your computer that says, THE FORWARD STOPS HERE and keep that delete key busy. The web will thank you for it.

A few of my own ideas on this subject:

  • If you are sending me email by simply hitting the forward buttom and letting them rip, you may not know that the subject starts out with something like FWD. Many times I won't even open emails with this subject. It depends on who sends them.
  • And since these tend to clutter my In box nearly every day – Snopes has an article on Internet Petitions you might want to read.
  • Ms. Karen and I aren't the only people who feel this way. The Soapbox Man is out there in cyberspace trying to give you a clue on the subject. Take what he's saying to heart.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Christian the Lion

This video needs no introduction from me. It tells it all.

Monday, July 21, 2008

without going orange

The new me!I reserve the female right to change my mind just any time. I got tired of the Doris Day photo quickly, and have changed again today. I liked that tiara so much that if I don't uncover it in my souvenirs, I may just go to the Sweet Potato Queens store and buy my very own tiara "because I'm worth it".

Since I stopped coloring my hair years and years ago, I only noticed today that L’OrĂ©al's famous advertising slogan "Because I’m worth it" has recently been replaced by "Because you're worth it". Let's hear it, you girlfriends out there. Don't we know it — we're all worth it!

Perhaps I won't quickly tire of this new ID photo Who knows? I still reserve my female right to change my mind again in the future.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Reptile Porch Visitor

Let me suggest first that you click on the above photos to get just about a life-size view of this visitor. I first saw him on the screen itself inside the screened porch. Already I have seen what I only know as ordinary small lizards inside the screened porch. That's when I did away with my idea of sleeping on the air mattress on the porch to hear the night noises. I would not want visitors to our place to sleep on the porch for the same reason.

The small lizards did not seem to have any trouble finding their way out of the porch again, but this visitor seemed to be unable to find his way out the same way he came in. So after I took the second picture, I felt sorry for him and left one of the outside doors open on the porch to help him out. The next time I checked, quite sometime later, he was nowhere to be seen on the porch.

Since I had never seen a lizard or salamander that looked like this guy, I set about trying to identify him. The identity came to me from Weeks Bay Reserve. This is a male five lined skink, a reptile. The scientific name Eumeses faciatus, is quite common in much of the southeastern US. There are many different kinds of skinks (this one is in the Family Scincidae), several are very common in the Weeks Bay area. It is probably a male by the dull lines...and red under the chin. It is harmless and eats bugs.

So no wonder this guy looks so well fed. Plenty of bugs live around here for him to eat.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

What a Difference the Years Make

I call this my Doris Day photo and referred to it in the Ridin’ The Rails blog post last year, describing why I call it thusly.

While the photo I have been using on this blog as my profile photo is nice, it is way old now. Smitty took it when we celebrated our wedding anniversary at Brunos in Jackson, Mississippi, on New Years Eve many years ago. The tiara was on our table. Since I think it was a favor, I may still have it, but, then again, maybe I don’t. I don’t recall seeing it in all the things we were packing up when we were down-sizing to go into our fulltime RVing. I may have just left it at the restaurant. Who knows?

Anyway, the photo I'm switching to as a profile photo is just nine months old and does look more like me.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Flag Flying for the 4th

Now that we have a flag, we'll be flying it on the 4th of July. We haven't decided whether we'll have it up all the time like some people do or not.

We'll be joining many people for the 4th celebration. It seems like fireworks are pretty universal, and we hope to see some. Last summer's fireworks on the 4th were really special. Can you imagine a fabulous fireworks show while sitting near Devils Tower in Wyoming? We'll that's what we experienced. You can see a post about that at:

The Perpetual Vacationers