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Tuesday's flotsam and jetsam

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Today my office got a great object lesson in why you should NEVER use the "reply all" feature on your email. Someone in one of our offices somewhere (my company is worldwide) sent a group email to the wrong mailing list. A large number of the recipients used "reply all" to say that they shouldn't have gotten the message. Despite repeated requests from people all over the place, they kept doing it! We ended up with (I am not exaggerating) fifty or sixty unwanted emails by the end of the day. It was actually funny.

I think I made some progress this week in an odd way. I've always thought that the things I like are strange and I'm weird for liking them (thanks, family). A great example: Watching Next Iron Chef last winter, one of the contestants cheated by turning down an opponent's burner in the middle of a round. I thought, "that doesn't befit Kitchen Stadium. You don't deserve to be an Iron Chef." The thought startled me, and I thought maybe I should discuss it with my therapist because it seemed kind of abnormal. But this Sunday night, as I got big tears in my eyes when my favorite won Chopped All-Stars, I realized something. I am not a bit odder than someone who puts on the team hat and shirt and yells his/her lungs out on Sunday. And I am substantially less weird than the folks I once saw sitting in the stadium in Cincinnati with no shirts on -- in fifty-nine below zero weather! This is my favorite sport and these people are my team -- go team! Let's chiffonade the competition! (By the way I've had responses from several of them on Facebook, which makes me VERY happy!)

One of my co-workers is retiring after Friday. She's 75 and told us that she's moving back to Florida to live with her boyfriend. I asked if they were getting married and she blithely said, "no, we're going to live in sin." My reply? You go, girl! Sadly, her daughter is having a hissy-fit about it. She thinks she should stay here in California. Bull! I wish I had someone who wanted me to go with him. She deserves to be happy. I'm worried a bit, though. She told me that he's flying out to California and they're going to drive back to Florida because she wants to take her car. Well, that's the true test of a relationship. If neither of them leaves the other at the side of the road, it's for real.

Last night I woke up a couple of times during the night and both times I kept trying to remember what day it was and couldn't. Well, duh -- it was 2:15 in the morning and I was only one-third awake!

How much longer until the weekend?
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    We had the reply all experience at work also. Hundreds of responses came it via reply all telling the sending that they sent it out incorrectly. Kind of funny, but very frustrating.

    As for cheering on your team, your team just happens to be cooking instead of playing football. Great realization!

    Hang in there, it's almost the weekend.
    1599 days ago
    Peas in a pod are not all alike so why should people be alike? Be yourself, cheer on your favorites, and tell the rest so long. emoticon

    Have a great day and do what you want. As long as it isn't fattening or illegal or immoral do it! emoticon
    1600 days ago
  • MISSG180
    The team thing is very true. You are allowed to be passionate about whatever touches you.
    1600 days ago
    I hate the reply all options. I have gotten in trouble on that before. More power to your co-worker
    1601 days ago
    Just stopping by to say HI! and that I thinking of you with lots of love and hope and enthusiasm and joy ... oh, I think you get the idea.
    1601 days ago
    We get that reply to all error at work about once a year. And each time end up with dozens, sometimes hundreds of responses for a day or two. I don't know why people don't look closer at the group lists to make sure they are sending it to the right one. Once we had one from someone in HR sending info on starting the separation process!

    I don't think you are any weirder for having an emotional reaction to cooking shows than the rest of us. It's only a problem when you become obsessed or otherwise cannot continue your daily commitments. I think it's all just fun.

    The weekend will get here eventually. Just take a deep breath and keep on truckin'!
    1601 days ago
  • LIS193
    Cooking shows are more interesting that sports any day!

    1601 days ago
  • KEELIE21
    In my opinion Reply All should need a security code! lol

    1601 days ago
    Reply all should probably set off alarms before one can use it successfully.

    I think it's fabulous that the things you like might be considered *strange*! I've always been an oddball, and I find odd folks far more interesting than the more mainstream ones. Right now, I'm reading a book about the Leningrad blockade during WWII, and then I'll be reading about Europe between the wars. Not the typical light summer reading, but it's what I enjoy, so other folks just have to live with it. I'm not changing to fit someone else's idea of who I should be, and I don't think you should, either. Not that you are, but I, for one, celebrate you for your quirks and oddness, and I think you should be proud of it. YOU go, girl!
    1601 days ago
    Way too long until the weekend.

    1601 days ago
    I enjoyed your blog.....more power to 75 year old women! emoticon
    1601 days ago
    First - I truly hate the "reply all" button. We get messages at work that may or may not be pertinent to the individual, then all the "sounds good", "count me in", "sorry, can't make it" replies. Thank goodness we have a "terminate" as well as "delete" buttons (you still get the replies to "delete" - and then you have to back up to the message to have the reply make sense. Grrr). Then there are the "send all" that were meant for one person only. *snicker*

    Second - rooting for your TV teams makes a lot more sense than going out half naked in freezing weather!

    Third - Go, Ol' Grrl! You're right - if they can survive a cross-country car trip, they are meant for each other! emoticon
    1601 days ago
    Odd by whose standards? Which only apply for those living by those standards. If we all thought the same and everyone acted the same what a boring place this world would be. Its a big positive step to realize something else you like about yourself. Its your thing and you enjoy it!
    You are not alone in having trouble with memory. And besides it was the middle of the night and you were not fully awake. I begin to think as I mature that I need to buy one of those little memo machines to carry with me to remind me of why I am going into the next room, and it isn't even that far away! I end up going back to the first room to remember why I was going to the next room and then I can't figure out why I am in the first room in the first place. Hey it happens! Enjoy your Cooking Contests and don't worry about what others think about it. Dr Suess (yes that Dr.Suess) once said to be who you are and say what you feel. Those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind! emoticon
    IKacey co-leader of the Chair Exercise Team
    1601 days ago
    You have the exact right attitude about that. Now go girl go!! emoticon
    1602 days ago
    That is so true, your cooking shows are your sports. So go on and cheer away. You go girl!
    1602 days ago
    You are right. The cooking shows are your "sports". Nothing wrong with have favorites and cheering them on!
    1602 days ago
    You are not alone getting upset - frustrated - or thorougly overjoyed by your favs on Food Network. We are rooting just like those in the stadium (with shirts on, though) - yelling, cheering, etc. It is what we enjoy - and I wouldn't have it any other way. If others don't understand - too bad for them - as long as we are enjoying ourselves, why worry?!?

    Hope you have a great week!

    1602 days ago
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    1602 days ago
    yup reply all can be a pain
    1602 days ago
    This was a terrific blog!

    First - I've been in an office myself for a few "reply all" accidents throughout the years, and I've found that being amused is way better than getting upset, although I've always been surprised at how many people feel the need to respond after getting TONS of copies that say the EXACT same thing. This begs the question: Is anything really being learned here? Because just wait: all of this will happen AGAIN. Just give it some time. emoticon

    Second - we're all a little strange about something, and that's part of what makes life so interesting and exciting. What a boring world we would live in if we were all the same. And as long as what makes us strange doesn't infringe upon anyone else's right to be happy, we should hang our strange banners proudly!!! So you go and tear up with your Chopped All-Stars and school those evil Next Iron Chef cheaters! Bear in mind that these shows wouldn't still be on the air if they weren't being watched by others who probably feel the same passion as you.

    Third - oh, to be like this 75 year old when I turn 75! Heck, to be like her right now! I have to put my vote in the "you go, girl!" hat as well.

    "If neither of them leaves the other at the side of the road, it's for real." - so true and yet so very, very funny.

    It's so disorienting to wake up in the middle of the night, isn't it? I hate it, because it's usually accompanied by a panic, like I've left something on or missed something.

    Fun, fun blog.
    1602 days ago
    Oh, yeah - that "reply all" feature ....... the bane of many a businessperson's existence, and the stuff of which many unfortunate bloopers are made!

    1602 days ago
    Lord love a duck! One of the hazards of this day and age of instant connections, instant messages being sent off. UGH

    HUGS and you're not abby normal!! I watched Chopped tonight and my guy won the episode . . . has a 2 mth. old and struggling financially! He did a bang up job. So, there you have it! Can't remember the ingredients right now. I just kinda 1/2 watched it while doing something else.

    1602 days ago
    1602 days ago
    have a great week
    1602 days ago
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