I just got my first hate mail!!! And it's all thanks to THE HOUR!!
If you've ever visited the website for The Hour (or if you've suffered through me going on about it ad nauseum), you'll know that The Hour has a blog tracker, where they post links to various blogs where people have discussed the show or other things that catch the fancy of the webmasters. I just happen to have a couple of links on the blog tracker right now.
Well, this morning I checked my email just before leaving for work and found this (sent at 7:am - the time becomes a salient point later):
Hi there !I just found your blog as I was trying to find some info on George Stroumboulopoulos :). You have a real nice blog by the way !
Anyway, I attended 'The Hour' show taping yesterday here in Montreal and ofcourse.. it was awesome, as you know all too well how cool these things go when George happens to be the host of a show ;).
He mentioned a couple of books in the usual chatting bits of the taping and I am now trying to locate his email address or something I can use to ask him to post the names of the books he mentioned.. because Iwant to check them out, but I have no idea what his email address is !
I was hoping you did ?? Do you have any idea how I can email him without having my email about the books lost in the CBC website..:(.. ?
I hope to hear from you ! Be well :) And glad to find another fan !
(J's email address removed - point made, no need to flog a dead horse)
Well, I wasn't entirely comfortable with giving out someone else's email address without their consent and I had to leave for work, so I thought I would mull it over during the day.
I even asked a colleague their opinion and they agreed that maybe it would be best to ask George first if he had any problems with his email being distributed (I would hate to be responsible for unleashing a psycho upon him or something).
Well, god damn, would you take a look at what I found in my inbox when I got home from work (sent at 2:27pm):
(entitled "You've got to be kidding me")
Do you really think you have some sort of special corner in fandom as far as 'The Hour's Host is concerned ?? ... I should have known better then to ask you for anything regarding George S. even something as simple as an email address !
You have no excuse for not getting back in touch with me. Luckily for me.. I don't need your email response back to me anyway. Hah.
Whatev. lady. You're delusional !
There are bigger and more generous fans out there,then you can ever hope to be.
Peace out !
Tell me that's not the most amazing thing you have ever read! I am particularly taken with the spitting rage and with how well Jitika presumes to know me (" I should have known better than to ask you.."). And don't even get me started on the grammer. Obviously Jitika was too enraged by my audacious seven hour silence to think coherently.
And I noticed that during the happy lovey email, Jitika threw in an impressive four smilies, and sadly, not a single smiley for me from angry Jitika. :(
I couldn't let such gracious correspondence go unanswered and unnoticed, so I wrote back:
Dear angry person,
We don't all spend all of our days sitting at the computer waiting for people to send us requests. Some of us have lives. I was going to send you this information but I am extremely glad that I did not, as you sound like you are very unstable.
And then I forwarded the whole string to George Stroumboulopoulos, with a heads up that he may want to watch out for this person. Hey, maybe The Hour should hire me to do security or something. I've been working out...
Now, George has been in the public eye for a very long time now, and I'm sure he's had his fair share of dealings with psychos before, so I'm not overly worried about him. He's cool enough to handle things far more graciously than I ever could.
But this was my first hate mail and I could not be more excited! I feel like such a celebrity! Well, I did get that nasty note from Eileen in grade 4 when I became friends with Jackie, and Eileen thought that I should only be friends with her, but this is infinitely more interesting!
How about you? Get much hate mail? How much fun do you have with it?
I'd love to hear about your experiences.
I'd love to hear about your experiences.
Note to The Hour: If you happen to read this, please please, do not in any way take this to be an indication that your blog tracker is not working well. It's working beautifully and I maintain that it is a wonderful way to link people with similar inclinations. I've met a number of fantastic people via the blog tracker. It is the internet, after all; you'll always get the odd weirdo.