Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Dear Ginny And Lisa....

Yesterday morning, an email popped into my inbox informing me that Lisa McGuiness had passed along my email address, and I was now being invited to Ginny Sherrow's upcoming sorority event.

I know, right?

As I was reading it, memories of sororities and college days danced through my head. Until I remembered that I don't know either Ginny OR Lisa, and I've never been in a sorority. (But for those few minutes my imagination was gathering around a lit candle and singing Kum-ba-ya, or whatever it is people sing in sororities, it was super fun.)

So even though they were telling me it was going to be "a hoot" to get together, and asked me to put them on their Christmas Card lists and everything, I just deleted it like I delete everything from people I don't know.

Because The Brain - who is the final word on computers around here - says that the surest way to get put on spammers' email lists is to respond to an email from a person you don't know. And since he is the person that has to fix my computer when I do stuff like that and it downloads viruses, I try not to do it too often. He gets a little testy when I do stuff he asks me not to, and then he has to clean up the mess. ...Kinda like that one time I crammed egg shells AND potato peelings in the garbage disposal, thinking no one would ever know the difference. But I digress...

Through the day yesterday, my inbox was sprinkled with "reply to all" emails --- rsvps from different people on that original invitation, who are either sorry they're not coming, or are excited and hoping to see as many people as possible there.


Every time I get another response (another one came in this morning), I stop and wonder exactly what it is that makes my email so valuable that Ginny (if that is her real name) is willing to produce such an elaborate set up, JUST to get me to send a reply so she can validate my address.

That or the "finding committee" wasn't too thorough in checking the people they were mailing to. So if you know either Ginny or Lisa, would you please tell them to take me off their party list?

I can't do it. I'd be better off shoving orange peels into the garbage disposal. At least that hasn't been expressly forbidden.

22 comments:

Melissa Bastow said...

I like to see how many times I can clog our disposal with whatever I can find. It's a great hobby - plus it gets LOTS of attention (totally what I need - more yelling, as if my kids don't do enough of that.) Try big chunks of raw chicken....that will get your husband going, and you may actually get to send that reply email as a follow up attention getter. I don't know Ginny and Lisa either - but anyone who says "hoot" probably won't give you a HUGE virus, right?

Melissa said...

It is amazing what people come up with just to get your info!
Yesterday I had a gal call and tell me (in really horrible English) that I had been selected to receive a new T-Moblie flip phone. I just had to give them all of my information...

Paul said...

Have you ever wondered if we're all just pawns in some old man's dream - that at any moment, he could wake up, and we'd all just cease to exist?

Yeah, nor have I.

Corrine said...

did you ever check the disposal for the cell phone?

maybe they are from a life you just can't remember college can do that to you sometimes :)

SPAM I hate it...though sometimes it makes me feel popular to have a loaded inbox.

Dave said...

Orange, lemon and lime peels make your disposal smell fresh and citrusy. I highly recommend it.

(is citrusy a word? It doesn't look right. I probably spelled it wrong.)

mormonhermitmom said...

Amen to orange peels in the disposal. Unpopped popcorn kernals drive me crazy though.

Heather said...

Grapefruit in the disposal is my personal favorite...

I think you got on the wrong list, there's no way spammers are that hardcore... or maybe they are??

Kimberly said...

I've had that happen as well. I blame it on wrong email address/typos. I'm gullible like that.

The Dillon 6 said...

you obviously have a secret life that you are trying to hide from the rest of the world. But Ginny and Lisa aren't going to let you...you might as well email them (from a new email account that you are willing to possibly get whallopped with spam) and go to the Reunion!

Also, spam in the garbage disposal may not be a great idea...but orange peels? YUM!

The Wiz said...

My guess? Since you got all those other emails RSVPing? Is that your email is in Ginny or Lisa's address book and they just sent it to everyone in their book.

I bet they emailed you once, or you them, due to blogging or something, and you don't know their real name, or it was so long ago that it's no longer relevant. I don't think it's deliberate spam. Those usually don't come with so many follow ups.

Of course, I could be wrong, and it is always a good idea not to answer when you don't know.

But it reminds me, I've got to go clean up my address book, I have people in there I don't really "know" but have emailed at some point.

Yvonne said...

I just wish the woman from the Ivory Coast who REALLY WANTS to send me that 2.5 million dollars would stop sending me letters.

The Motherboard said...

Rice does a number on your disposal. Do not do it. Don't ask me why, cause I don't know. It just does.

You mean I shouldn't have emailed back that nice man from Nigeria that wanted to give me all his inheritance??

{{smacks her head}} Damn.

the MomBabe said...

Orange peels make the disposal smell nice....

Amy Peterson said...

One time I threw up in the sink- because I was major prego and my husband had to fix the disposal! Talk about YUCK!! I know our husbands are so great to love us enough to fix all our messes!

ganelle said...

I'm not so sure that sororities are singing "Kum-by-ya" around glowing candles these days, but, um, you enjoy that thought!

kristen said...

I'm sure it's just a typo; but it sucks getting floods of emails like that.

You should show up and pretend to know everyone....

Ker said...

hehe...Yeah, show up with a really nasty jello salad and insist that all your "friends" try it.

Heather of the EO said...

I have been known to put things like rubber bands in the disposal. I figure it's a good place to run risks, gamble and experiment. My husband doesn't like that. My disposal? It doesn't like silverware.

Lisa,duh! said...

Are you sure you don't want to come? It's gonna be a sweet party! Ginny is bringing the dip,could you bring the chips...oh and your bank account number? Just to make sure we have your information right, you know. Kisses!

Love,Lisa

diana said...

i've got those spam emails too but yours, like you said, sounds pretty eloborate. what will those spammers think of next?

Elizabeth-W said...

There you are, packing a little bag for the adventure. And then you're sad when you realize you can't go. :( It's just tragic! ;)

No Cool Story said...

But I already bought a dress!