Monday, 5 March 2001
My old laptop is in a corner of the living room. It is my communication centre. On this lap top Email is my favourite way of communication, for a number of reasons:
  1. An email always arrives at a convenient moment. I read and send emails only when it is convenient to me.
  2. Emails are not such a rush as a phone conversation, yet offer the speed of a fax.
  3. Emails approach the personal nature of a letter.
So: Long live the email!

The comfort of my own living room triggers a very personal style of communication. The coffee tastes good. The radio plays nice music. So, it was quite a shock when the following anonymous message arrived:

You have a secret admirer!
(Attention: This is not bull shit or advertising!)

Hi Darling,

You have a secret admired, somebody that is totally crazy about you. Via (sorry, all Dutch) this person want to check if this feeling is mutual.

But who is it?

You can find out by clicking on the link below...

It was as if a overdone air of perfume invaded by living room.

A click on the given link explained a kind of chain letter system. The mail was automatically generated, after a click on a identical mail. It could be well and seriously intended, but it strikes me as canned, unpersonal romance. Grmpf, why me, such an late effect of Valentine's Day where I'm bungling somewhere at the very end of the chain.

I feel like responding vigorously. But how and to whom? I refuse to extend the chain and bother the wrong person anonymously.

Sigh, if only I was poor and not so handsome...

Till next week,