A lost e-mail from the Big Apple

Every once in a while I get an e-mail mistakenly delivered to my domain "".  This one was interesting enough that I thought it deserved a personal response.  This is a real e-mail and my reponse to the sender, although the names have been changed.
Date: Fri, 20 Nov 1998 09:23:41 -0500 (EST)
X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Version 1.4.4
Subject: Testing your e-mail


I have a 10 inch stack of mail and faxes to read at my desk, but I wanted to test your e-mail before I forgot the address. Next time a real letter. It was great to see you, Dave, Josh and Sarah for a blink. Next time, I think we need to come in for a longer visit and should hit Jimmie's and do something fun. You looked great. I'm still   neurotic, but what else is new. Most of the people in my new office see therapists; it's a way of life in NYC.

More at another time.

Laura Hollister
The (very famous NYC) Museum of Art
phone 212-555-1212
fax 212-555-1212


Date: Fri, 20 Nov 1998 10:16:48 -0500
From: Steve Kremer <>
Subject: Re: Testing your e-mail

Dear Laura,

I have a scrumptious 4 inch high stacked bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, peanut butter, and anchovies on rye sandwich sitting here on my desk, but I wanted to explain how I happened to get your e-mail addressed to Mary Donovan before I forgot.

You mistakenly sent the e-mail to "". I own the domain name "" and all e-mail sent to that domain automatically comes to "" You may want to check with Mary and get her correct e-mail address.

It is really too bad you were only able to see Mary,  Dave, Josh and Sarah for a blink. Isn't a sad that your combined busy schedules only allow for such a short visit. I hope next time you are able to set aside at least enough time for a blink, wink and a nod. Plus, I would be honored if you might include me in your next get together. I agree that we all meet at "Jimmies"? It will be my treat. I have always wanted to dine there since I saw it featured on that new FOX Network real-life show: "Restaurants In New York City That Have No Health Violations Captured On Video II".

Sorry to hear that you are still a little neurotic.  I guess that's a trade off for working in the city that never sleeps, the stress quite often makes it difficult to sleep as well. Big Apple equals big responsibilities. Might I make a suggestion?  When I have had a very stressful day I try to relax by putting on some classical music and relaxing with a steaming mug of ginseng tea.  I find the ginseng tea is extremely relaxing if you crush and dissolve in a couple of ten milligram tablets of Valium.

I agree with you that it seems that seeing a therapist is a way of life in NYC. But I don't see why it has to be that way. I think that if there was more humor in the workplace that life in the city would be so much more enjoyable. For instance I would guess that The (very famous NYC) Museum of Art might be a bit of a stuffy environment. Maybe you could pull a few practical jokes to liven up the place. Perhaps cut out a picture of the head curator and paste it on picture of a naked body and call a "Maplethorpe Exhibit".  Or maybe dress up some of those Greek and Roman statues in hats and scarves for the cold winter. Or you could lead the next group of school children to visit the museum on a "Looking For Van Gogh's Missing Ear" scavenger hunt. I have lots of ideas...Oh I just crack myself up.

I'm so glad I got your note even though it was a mistake.  Looking forward to meeting you, Mary and the gang at Jimmie's. Have a great weekend and keep smiling.

Steve Kremer

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