The challenge goofed!
See the blog Expatriatism for a list of the other worthy participants, including my artist niece, and links to their daily drawings.
Day 20: Our assignment was to draw a Faux Pas.
Faux Pas: “oopsy.” Since the 30-Day challenge gave the alternate as “Fox Paw,” that’s a faux pas in itself. Hmmm.
My idea for this days’ challenge came to me immediately:
That Moment When You Write An Email To Your Wife And Send It To Your Entire Mailing List.
A little over ten years ago, I was traveling on a business trip and wrote my wife an email. The message contained the usual mushy-romantic stuff (yeah, we’re still like that) and I updated her on my day.
When I clicked “send,” I noticed that my email client (remember Eudora?) was running through a whole list of addresses and taking more time to send. Then I realized that I had inadvertently addressed it to our entire mailing list of over 300 people!
I had conveniently added an underscore to a few addresses so they would be at the top of the list. So _Donna was right up there with the _Davis Update. So for the sake of a few pixels, I had clicked on the wrong address, and whoosh! My message went to the whole group.
What did I say? WHAT DID I SAY?!!
I mean, I knew the message wasn’t x-rated, but it was “eyes-only” for my wife. Eeek. And I did use our sort-of-secret pet name.
I quickly scanned my now-public email. Not too racy–whew! Didn’t say anything slanderous about our boss or coworkers–whew! Well, I did call our organizations groundskeeper’s new baby “ugly-cute.” But he wouldn’t get the email (and I did add the hyphen cute part, right?)
So I felt somewhat safe. The main thing was I would look stupid.
The responses came flowing in…
Some people claimed, “I noticed right away this wasn’t for me and stopped reading.” Yeah, right.
Others were disappointed, “When I realized this was for Donna, I was hoping for more interesting reading. Dang, this was boring!”
The best one came immediately. I mean IMMEDIATELY. As I picture it, this friend must have fallen to the floor laughing, reached up and tapped out a few characters and hit send before curling up to resume her out-of-breath hysterics.
She wrote (names being changed to protect the innocent and the guilty):
Love you, too.
Hugs and kisses,
This person, dear friend that she is, NEVER writes. She never responds to email. But this time, I got an immediate response!
So for those of you who are willing to make a fool of yourself, and are at your wits’ end trying to get people to write back…