Sending the wrong message
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MT MARTHA, VIC FIRING up the computer to read emails has become a minefield. Every day there are at least 10 ‘‘funnies’’ to laugh at (or not), plus long, newsy bulletins or short messages from friends.
Most of us email friends regularly, relating troubles and triumphs. I don’t press the forward button much — after all, one can become an email pest. I like to receive marvellous shots from friends’ holidays — beautiful alpine scenery in Switzerland, say, or enticing beach scenes — and pictures of animals, which always warm my heart. But not those funnies about ageing, which I immediately delete. Who wants to be reminded?
I received a YouTube clip recently of a flash mob dance in a Moscow square. I loved it and thought others would, too, but I was wrong.
I sent on one of the funnies to an old friend and he took exception. It turned out his sense of humour wasn’t the same as mine, when all the time I’d thought it was.
There was an exchange of two further emails, with both of us defending our positions, and then that was it.
Strange how you can misread people after so many years of thinking you know them.
If I am sent something with which I don’t agree, I just delete it. No need to comment or dwell on it.
Obviously not everyone thinks like that and now I’ve lost a friend because I misjudged someone I thought I knew. But I’ll continue to look forward to opening my emails and I plan to send that flash mob dance clip on to a few more people. I thought it was just wonderful to see such joyousness in a Moscow square. Send your 400-word contribution to our Follow the Reader column: travel@theaustralian. com.au. Published columnists will receive a $100 voucher for Colorado shoes. Colorado (now stocked by Williams stores) specialises in men’s and women’s lifestyle footwear. More: colorado.com.au; williamsshoes.com.au.