Anyone ever received an email from someone they don’t know because the sender made a small mistake in the email address? I have a period mark seperating my (reasonably common) first and last names in my gmail account, other people use an underscore, or a hyphen, or nothing. Sometimes mistakes are made with nice results all-round.
One day a few years ago I received an email from an older couple who shared my family name, and the email was entitled “Wedding Photos”. I had no idea who the people in the photos were, but thought I’d send back a reply anyway. I said “Thanks mom, Sure looks like everyone had a great time. Wish I could have been there”. I got a nice little reply and just left it at that. But “mom” must have passed my email address on to other people because a few days later I receive the following.
Welcome to Chicago! Your mom said you got a job and left right away to move here. I can imagine how ready you were to do that. : )
I’d love to hear about the job and how you like being in the city, etc. Have you found an apartment yet?
We’ll have to get together soon!
Hi Aunt Sherry! (laughs)
Yep, here I am in the Windy Apple. Boy is it good to be here – Sure beats life back in the old sticks. How is the family?
You’ve probably heard all about my new job so I won’t bore you with the details – suffice it to say that its just nice to be back working with proper villains again.
I have found an apartment already in Little Italy. Actually my boss found it for me and its working out great! I may not be able to meet up with you so soon, because work has me really running around flat out (as my boss says “These packages ain’t gonna deliver themselves!”) – but let’s keep in contact by email and I’ll let you know when I’ll be free for a get together!
Your job and your boss sound like fun! You mom didn’t tell me anything, so when you get a minute and the inclination send me the cliff notes version J
I’m glad you’re settled in an apartment and it’s working out well. I assume Little Italy is close to where you work…
Isn’t it great to be able to say your job’s keeping you busy!? Thanks for keeping in touch.
Thanks for getting back to me so soon!
Re: work, I guess if I had to give the ‘20-words-or-less’ version of what we do then I’d say we repurpose best-of-class collaborative networks, implement open innovation and leverage insights to pipeline real-world solutions in out-of-the-box markets and frictionless niches. Frankly, I’m surprised mom didn’t tell you that.
Wow. If you’d have told me 2 years ago that some day I’d be pipelining solutions to frictionless niches, I’d probably have looked at you like you were crazy or something. Sounds like a dynamic workplace doesn’t it? But mostly we just sit around at meetings and drink espresso, that is, when the boss isn’t beating me mercilessly with his palm-pilot.
So how are things with you, Sherry? I think I recall mom telling me that you were looking for a change of career too, possibly something that was a little more ‘hands-on’ than your current job. Any truth to that rumor? (smile) I guess you’re still living in the same place too (near that park), but let me know if you’ve moved. Thanks.
Aunt Sherry? …
You’ve been a very bad boy and you’re not my favorite nephew any more.