Recently someone sent me a message saying she knows I do that and she knows and understands that it saves time and that's why I do it. But she finds it offensive.
She went on to say that she would rather not hear from me than to get excerpts of emails to others.
...and that she doesn't read my blog because it makes her feel uncomfortable, as if she were reading my diary.
I love The Computer. Email, blogs, checking out random information. All of it.
I checked on email etiquette and nowhere did I find that copying and pasting one's own message is impolite.
In the same email she recommended that I rent a particular movie.
She loves watching movies (the same ones over and over again....she's probably worn out her copies of Under the Tuscan Sun and Babe).
I responded that watching movies at home makes me feel as if I'm wasting time. I'd rather write something or read, and maybe read myself into a nap.
Back came, "I feel about naps the way you feel about watching movies."
I'm not responding to that one.
I am not going to email back and say, "Yes, I know someone else who feels that napping is a waste of time. She just nods off while she's watching television or having conversations instead, as you do."
After all, once you start this kind of back and forth, it's likely to end up with "you-know-I-suddenly-realize-that-I-really-can't-stand-anything-about-you-and-I-have-no-idea-why-we've-been-friends-for-forty-five-years."
People like what they like.
I'd like to thin out the emails in that particular direction for a while.