Tuesday, May 8, 2012

You can't make this stuff up

I have a very simple email address and as a result, a lot of people--a lot of Thelmas--think it is their email address*.  I get random emails fairly often that I can tell are directed at a different Thelma.  I try to be a helper (and I don't want them mad at that other Thelma--hey, why won't you answer me?!?) so I respond and let them know they have the wrong Thelma.  They usually go on their merry way and find the right person.

Sometimes though, they don't.

I got this email.

Hello my Friend,

This is my email address:
XXXXXXX

I will write more later when I am at home.

So glad to connect again..
Tell Gerald thanks for signing a book for me..  We all need to pray in tongues.
It's my second language.

Vi

Her email was in response to this one:

THANKS VI,

WHAT A SURPRISE TO HEAR FROM YOU. HAVEN'T STAYED IN TOUCH MUCH. THELMA HAS AN IPAD. HER ADDRESS IS (my email address). She would love to hear from you.
THANKS FOR THE INFORMATION. I WILL SIGN A COPY FOR YOU. IT IS TITLED ' SHOULD I SPEAK IN TONGUES?'  I TELL OF LISA'S HEALING IN IT AFTER JOHN RECEIVED THE GIFT OF TONGUES. I HAVE ALREADY SENT DODIE A COPY.

WE LOVE YOU AND WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU AGAIN!   WE LIVE IN THE WOODLANDS AREA.

GERALD

Apparently Gerald was yelling at poor Vi, because it was in all caps.  Also, these sound like interesting people. 

my response:

You were given the wrong email address.  I am a different Thelma.

Vi sent another email, hoping if she tried again with the exact same address, it would somehow reach the correct person.
  
I sent you an email and it went to some other Thelma.
Please let me know if you are receiving this one.
I can’t understand how this happen.
I will try again, hope you get it.  I will CC Gerald.

Sorry Vi.  All that hoping didn't help.

my response:

You sent it to the wrong Thelma again.  This is my email address.  You were given the wrong one.

Things slowly started to don on Vi that she was not reaching her intended Thelma.  She refused to accept that she had the wrong email address though.  She sent me this:

I really apologize.  I am using (my email address again) and for some reason you are getting it.
I have talked the Thelma Davis  I am wanting to get in touch with, and they are calling Apple to see what is going on.
Thanks for your patience.

Blessings to you

Vi

Cute little Vi.  The reason I'm getting the emails is because you are sending them to my email address.

my response:

I am getting the emails to (my email address) because that is my email address.  Your friend is mistaken if she thinks it is her email address.  I have had this email address for 13 years.  Your friend should give you a different email address to use.

I'm not sure what else I could do for Vi but it apparently worked.  I haven't heard from her since.  I hope she's OK.  I hope she got a hold of that Thelma.

*Braeden thinks this is because every other Thelma in the world is old.  I think that's (maybe true) but rude.

3 comments:

Vi said...

Why are you writing on my blog?

Olivia Cobian said...

I love the last comment. I love Vi (which at first I thought was Roman Numeral 6).

lifeatthewhitehouse said...

Oh my gosh, so funny! I love that you gave us the entire list of emails! Cracks me up!! I DO think you are probably the coolest, most hip Thelma around, though!! :)

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