Sunday, December 2, 2007

Pet Peeve # 1

I feel compelled to speak on a subject that bothers me, but I have not really told anyone about...Those pesky pieces of email that usually comes from acquaintances, friends, and relatives that you are suppose to read and send to four or more other people, plus the person that sent it to you.

Most of the time these emails come to you with the promise of reaping some huge monetary windfall for forwarding it on to others. They also contain veiled (and sometimes not so veiled threats) of disaster and even death if you do not follow through and send the email on to the next victim. Yes I said victim because these email are the equivalent of the old chain letters we use to receive in the mail promising doom and gloom to anyone who dared to break the chain.

I am not totally against forwarding email and I do forward worthwhile news, information, and miscellaneous items that I feel would be beneficial, enriching or bring comic relief to someone. I usually delete chain emails without even reading them. Many times they contain some type of reference to God or Jesus Christ and how you should not be ashamed to let the world know about your relationship with a higher power. My religious preferences or lack there of are my personal business. If I have friends and relatives who believe in a higher power (God, Jehovah, Allah, Buddha, etc.) they already know that he or she loves them and they don't really require my forwarding an email in order to validate that fact.

So for all my friends and relative who may be reading this, just know that I truly care about you and I will let you know this through words and deeds, not by forwarding some cheesy, generic email to clutter up your mailbox. Also know that I will be sending such emails straight to the trash bin above...No offense. If anyone understands where I am coming from please let me know that I am not alone.


Barbara (aka Layla) said...

Malcolm was right = this is a great blog. I am immediately adding you to my daily read list. I hate those chain emails too, they are time wasters, I rather read good blogs!

Hey we were practically neighbors before you moved to Dallas! I am in Orange County.

pjazzypar said...

barbara (aka layla)

Thanks for stopping by, glad to have you. I use to work in Santa Ana and Los Alamitos many years ago. As for these chain emails, let start a movement to stamp out by not responding to them. I added your blog to my reading list as well.

Jennifer said...

Ok Pam I get your drift...I'll stop.

pjazzypar said...

Hey Jennifer,

Believe me it's not just you. I get about it from at least 10 different people, most of it duplicates. It would be different what the email promised actually happened, but it never does.

Malcolm: said...

To paraphrase the tagline from "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"... you are not alone. I can't stand those chain emails. It's a form of junk mail pure and simple. Another thing that can be disappointing is when I get that crap from someone who should be smart enough to know that financial riches won't be forthcoming by forwarding this junk.