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Sunday, March 04, 2007

Sunday Scribbling - Superstition

I brought it on myself. There was that email that was to be forwarded to my very best female friends - and returned to the sender; there was another that promised luck if I made a wish and forwarded the email to five friends (and the sender) within 15 minutes; there was another with a prayer to St. Theresa (was that to be forwarded to 9 or 19 people? I can't recll). I left them all undealt-with.

I have spurned the blessings of various saints and gods; the luck of the Irish; I have disdained promises of wealth and jobs, of love and eternal happiness. I have turned my back, time and time again on the promise of unimaginable good things falling into my lap if I would only hit the "forward" button and send on the message to others, let them share in the good fortune that is right now winging its way to me (or would be, if I did what I am being urged to do).

I can say that it is modern-day distaste for spam and its ilk that causes me to ignore these emails, but in truth, it is my old-time anti-superstition rearing its head here. Chain letters and the fear they engendered in people during my school days are alive and well and living on the web, and I don't want to be part of carrying on that chain.

If people send me a pleasant message asking me to share it, I might well do that. I often do. But when it comes with attached threats of dire consequences if I do not comply, well, then, that's exactly what will guarantee that I will dig my heels right in, and say NO! No, I will not forward this to my friends. No, I will not tell them any such thing. And if there are promises of great results, well, No. I will make no such promises either.

So, friends, if you have sent one of these emails to me, please don't be surprised that it does not return. I'm sorry if I've broken chains of good luck, but now my reward has come to me.

For no reason, no reason I can see or discern, I'm being regularly (but not regularly enough to see a pattern) locked out of email and the net. Or I'm being let in, and then blocked up. So, if I have spurned one of your messages, you will know now, that all my bad luck has come at last. And the punishment suits the crime. My computer is the instrument of torture, and it will soon bring me to my knees, repenting, and promising to forward, without murmur, any and every piece of spam that comes my way. Yes. I may well be converted to cyber-superstition!

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At 4/3/07 7:05 pm, Blogger Regina Clare Jane said...

You know, I really don't like those kind of e-mails either. In the first place, a saint of God would never make threats! I trash them all quickly when they find their way into my in-box.
But maybe your ISP didn't answer a chain letter and that's why you are having problems! :)

At 4/3/07 7:19 pm, Blogger Tammy said...

Oh no, me and my computer are doomed! I never fwd those emails and hit delete on most fwds...Yikes! I'm Irish too, I hope it helps. LOL

At 4/3/07 11:15 pm, Blogger Becca said...

I'm with you on this one~guess we'll all go down together!

At 5/3/07 4:12 pm, Blogger deirdre said...

I never forward those either. There are so many more colorful superstitions to choose from instead.

At 6/3/07 6:06 pm, Blogger gautami tripathy said...

I do not forward chain mails. I just trash those.

At 6/3/07 10:29 pm, Anonymous Frances said...

Uh oh I better be on the look out - I never forward.
Great ending to your post.
Thanks for sharing.

At 7/3/07 12:52 am, Anonymous Fran aka Redondowriter said...

I'm just like you--I just blanketly refuse to pass things on that say I MUST do it--or please do for the person's sake sending the e-mail. In chain letter days, I didn't do that either. I feel badly, though, when my sisters and dear friends send this stuff as I know I'm "breaking" the chain, but so be it.

At 7/3/07 3:42 am, Blogger chiefbiscuit said...

I'm with you on the chain emails - don't give in to cyber-superstition suspicion!

At 8/3/07 5:39 am, Blogger Amber said...

No, I never do either. They bug the crap out of me! I would never send one on to a friend.

But well said!



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