Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Dost Thou Not Knowest How To Forward E-mails?

Almost every day, I receive a very informative e-mail from RealAge.com about healthy living, and how eating broccoli can add five years to your life, exercising regularly can add another ten, yada, yada, yada. Yesterday’s e-mail said this:

Protein, Not Deprivation

A higher protein diet doesn't have to be carb free to help you lose weight. Severely restricting carbohydrates is not the reason some people experience weight loss with a high-protein diet. It's the protein that sates their appetite and helps them lose weight. In a study, people who ate just a bit more protein each day, while eating less fat and an average amount of carbs, felt sated earlier, ate fewer calories, and still lost weight.

Idiot that I am, I decided to send this e-mail to Auntie Linda with what I thought was a cute little commentary before it:

This is true. When I eat a whole jar of peanut butter, followed by a 16-oz. steak, I'm full for the rest of the night!!!!

Why do I say idiot? Because instead of forwarding it to Auntie, I clicked on reply and it went to the nice folks at RealAge.com. I got this response from them:


Thank you for contacting us. In regards to what you are eating, a whole jar of peanut butter, followed by a 16-oz. steak does not sound like a healthy approach.


Linda H*****
Member Services Representative
Live Life to the Youngest!

Duh, Linda H*****! I was a bit embarrassed. Not much, but a little. I replied to the woman:

I was joking. I hadn't had my coffee yet this morning and it seemed funny at the time. I LOVE your e-mails and have really benefited from them. Sorry about that!

That poor woman is such a nice person. I’m sure she gets these ignorant e-mails from dumbasses like myself all the time, and yet she had the patience and maturity to respond with:

Hello Vanessa,

I am glad to hear that you were joking, I was worried about your heart. You have a great since of humor..LOL

Let me know if you have any further questions.

Linda H*****

I’m going to be much more careful when I e-mail from now on.


Nicole said...

LOL! That's hilarious! I find that I can forward ok, but I suck suck suck at remembering to add attachments.

InMama'sArms said...

Hahahahaha.....that is so funny! Trust me, I have done such stupid things before with emails....thinking I am forwarding them and really replying....lucky though, it's never been when I was talking about the person or anything like that.....

Daphne_Blue said...

Yeah, that's my worst e-mail nightmare, LOL! I always get so freaked out if I make fun of people in e-mails that I'll reply to them instead of forwarding it to other people.

And I'm LMAO about the peanut butter/steak thing. You DO have a great sense of humor~ you cracked me right up! :)

Suburban Turmoil said...

That is so funny! I can't believe you got a response!

I had the same thing happen a few weeks ago- I meant to forward an e-mail to the boss at my freelance job with a note from me boasting about the author of the e-mail- Instead, I sent it back to the author! So embarrassing! I immediately wrote back to her and apologized and said it was bad karma because I had laughed very hard at someone who had done the same thing to me a few weeks before (and had written things about me-fortunately nice things- to someone else) and I had laughed very hard. So you're not alone, Vanessa!