19 May 2007

Chain letter spam

Thought I was taking the weekend off at the cabin, but went over to my parents-in-law's house and folks were checking their e-mail, so I relented. I opened my e-mail to find another one of those "chain letter" type e-mails. I especially hate the ones that say you need to send it back to the person who sent it to you within 5 nanoseconds or you are not a nice person and your unwillingness to play along is just further proof that you have a heart the size of the Grinch. This letter instructed everyone to forward the e-mail along to six other poor friends and you would receive a windfall by the end of the week. Many are e-mail petitions for the troops or a sick child. They really tug at your heart-strings.

A year or so ago, my husband's aunt sent me one that was quite offensive, although she was sending it to me thinking I would really find it interesting. It was something to do with St. Therese. My husband's family is not Catholic, not really anything, so his aunt sincerely thought I would like this spiritual chain letter. I had to write her back and tell her how offensive it was and that the things in the e-mail in no way could be attributed to St. Therese and on and on. I was kind, but let her know just where "the bear went in the buckwheat" (as my dad would say). Why someone felt the need to drag St. Therese through cyberspace dirt, I don't know.

So, if anyone out there has sent me a chain letter and either hasn't gotten it back or knows I didn't forward it on, it doesn't mean I don't love you, or that I don't want a billion dollars by the weekend. It just means I hate the junk you're sending me and I put it where it belongs -- in the garbage.

BTW: You should've seen all the fireflies last night. At the cabin there is always something that points you to a Supreme Creator.

1 comment:

Ray from MN said...

I have a few people who send me that stuff. I almost always ignore it. And they keep sending it to me, so they must not be offended.

One is from a shirt tail relative in Ireland who I don't want to lose communications with as I have been involved in working my family tree for 30+ years.

Here's something that Father John Zuhlsdorf, "Father Z", has up today relating to St Monica and her buddy, St Aurea of Ostia:


Also, do you have an email address that I could use when I find things like that. You can email me at ray.marshall@gmail.com. Half the world already has it, so I don't get too excited by junk mail.