Love Me, Love My Spam

“Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.”—Anonymous Years ago, I met a man (we’ll call him Fred) at a networking group. We exchanged business cards and soon afterwards, he started sending me a lot of internet joke emails. That’s fine – I can’t read all of them, but some of them give me a good laugh and perk up my day. So I put Fred on my email list, too, and returned the favor, forwarding things I thought were particularly amusing. Then one day, I sent out an announcement about my upcoming workshop to my list. immediately, I received an irate email from Fred, all in capital letters, which in email etiquette means “yelling”: “HOW DARE YOU SENT ME THIS !(%$^$##%! SPAM!!! TAKE ME OFF YOUR EMAIL LIST IMMEDIATELY OR I WILL TURN YOU IN AS A SPAMMER!!! DON’T EVER SEND ME ANY MORE SPAM!!!!!!” I was completely shocked at his vehemence, especially since he sent me about 5 joke emails a day. But okay, I got it, so I wrote him back: “Dear Fred, you have been permanently removed from all lists and my life forever. Have a great life! Love, Chellie” Apparently I hit a nerve, because back came a sheepish email: “Uh, I didn’t mean I never wanted to hear from you – I still want the jokes and stuff. I just don’t want any ads or business email trying to sell me stuff. Don’t send me any more of that SPAM!” Oh, Fred, you’re being way too difficult, I thought. I wrote him back: “Sorry, Fred, I can’t go through all 5,000 of my email pals and try to figure out who wants which emails. The bottom line here is: Love me, love my spam.” Back came the word from Fred: “You drive a hard bargain. Okay, keep me on your list.” Heheheheheh. That exchange still makes me giggle. And Fred is still on my list—aren’t you, Fred?


Chellie Campbell is the creator of the popular Financial Stress Reduction® Workshops, and the author of The Wealthy Spirit and Zero to Zillionaire, both published by Sourcebooks, Inc. She is one of Marci Shimoff's “Happy 100” in her current NYT bestseller Happy for No Reason and contributed stories to Jack Canfield’s recent books You’ve Got to Read This Book! and Life Lessons from Chicken Soup for the Soul. She is prominently quoted as a financial expert in The Los An...

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