Jul 18 2008

How Embarrassment

Published by at 12:42 am under random

Have you ever been in a hurry, or otherwise not thinking quite right, and hit the “reply” button to an email, instead of the “forward” button?

Ooops 😮

Fortunately, no damage done – just what must have been a peculiar message to the recipient… with a somewhat curt “what do you think?” response to a business proposition.

What’s your worst email faux pas?


Still super busy here with work. I’m recruiting at the moment, which will hopefully relieve the work load a little.

Interesting to see some of the qualifications of the candidates, for what is advertised as a data entry position. THAT would make a blogpost in itself…

And speaking of jobs, dLook launched a job site recently.


The kids are on school holidays, and we had 6 days of high temperatures last week with Miss 5. Turns out it was a sinus/pharyngitis type infection needing Penicillin for the first time in her life. Fortunately no allergy – after the way she ballooned up after her pre school immunisation, I was a little concerned… (I don’t think I ever posted that picture, but it was very alarming at the time).

Miss 6, not to be trumped, was diagnosed with the flu and viral conjunctivitis.

Now my 100 year old grandma has been hospitalised with early stage pneumonia, she’s doing well, however, and expected to return home soon.


School reports are out, which were for the most part extremely positive. Though I was slightly miffed my 5 year old’s teacher didn’t find it warranted to send a note home, or speak to me, about the “personal items” she continually brings to school which are a “constant distraction” in class. I can see I’ll have to frisk her for contraband before she leaves…..

Miss 15 is doing very well – coming in the top 10-15% of her year for most subjects. Phrases like “outstanding ability”, “perceptive”, “talented”, “intuitive”, “analytical”, “conscientious”, “thoughtful”, “delightful”, “excellent work”, “enthusiastic”, “inventive”, “excelled”, “mature”, “respectful”, “personal integrity”, “exceptional ambassador” and “highly valued by her peers” prevail throughout her report.

There’s just one teacher who appears to have an issue. It’s odd that a student who has never had a bad comment, and topped the form last year in a particular subject, should suddenly be “just ok” and in the bottom half of the class. Parent/Teacher night should be interesting….

Meanwhile my eldest is fiercely studying seemingly ambivalent about his forthcoming HSC.


Yay! ADSL success. Not quite ADSL2, but one can live in hope…. Sure beats a 3 year wait, anyhow….


I was saddened to hear about the passing of Olive Riley, frequently touted as the “world’s oldest blogger”. I quote her close friend Mike:

It’s funny to say this, but doing the blog with her, doing all the typing, the photographs, the movies, has been a big part of my life this last year, something that many friends couldn’t quite understand.

“Why all this effort for an old lady? they’d ask, “Are you in a hurry to age yourself?” (Me being 70 this year)

Quite the contrary. Olive Riley’s been keeping me young.

Her example says; if a woman who left school in 1914, can embrace the internet in her 106th year, what is there you can’t do, friend?

Well said Mike, these are truly amazing times and we should never underestimate the older generation’s ability to embrace the internet.

My dad, who turned 80 in June, got his first email address a couple of weeks ago. While Mum’s been online for a few years, this is Dad’s first real foray – so good for him! He just needs to get past the formalities – i.e. “thanks for your email which I received at 10.30 p.m. on the 30th…”.

Love you Dad, and I know where some of my more pedantic tendencies originate 😉


Special shout out for Luke McCallum from Cyberdesign Works who I’ve known online since I started blogging and have recently had the opportunity to work with. They have been doing some work on a new site called Streem:

Streem has launched Australia’s first completely interactive, paid news network, giving Australians a place to add and earn from their own blogs, photos and video.

Streem is Australia’s only independent news service that utilises user-generated content, giving Australians real choice in news and a platform to earn from user-generated content.

They have an interesting headline – “Women need meat, men need carbs“. Must be late, because I read it as “….men need crabs” 😮

Well worth a visit.


Heh – gotta love that recent trackback from North x East “NxE’s Fifty Most Influential Women Bloggers“. Don’t get too excited – seems Karen Cheng‘s position in my top 100 list was quoted 😀 Great to see a handful of Aussie women on the list.


Given my distinct lack of time to post lately, I’m considering calling for guest posts – what do you think? Open it up, or leave it at fortnightly posts?

7 responses so far

7 Responses to “How Embarrassment”

  1. swollenpickleson 18 Jul 2008 at 9:25 am

    I had a similar school report once. All looked good until one class, in which, and I quote, “just doesn’t care” was used. I remember my parents went along to the interviews and they didn’t get a whole lot of justification as to why that feedback was given. Maybe the teacher got the kids mixed up? Sometimes it doesn’t pay to be quiet and studious! :p

    Funny how something like that sticks in your memory 10 years after the event though!

    swollenpickles’s last blog post..What if Cadbury and Nestle merged?

  2. Lizon 18 Jul 2008 at 10:15 am

    I have to agree with swollenpickles; sometimes there is really no accounting for the way people perceive you. I actually got kicked out of a water aerobics class that was full of old ladies, in which I was always on my best behavior, by the way (and I was 13, plenty old enough to swim with the grown-ups). The grumpy old lady who ran the class suddenly announced to my mom that I didn’t seem to be enjoying myself, and that maybe I should find another way to get my morning exercise. My mom, who has always been my harshest critic, was herself completely baffled. I had done nothing wrong, was always cheerful and participatory, and could not have possibly done anything to offend.

    It’s just one of those things, I guess.

    Liz’s last blog post..The Worst Trailer out of E3

  3. Nicole Priceon 18 Jul 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Guest posts may be an interesting idea. As for my worst email faux pas, it would have to be when i had several of my email addressed open in several tabs at the same time and i wrote a business email from my person address that has a rather unmentionable name. The person must really have wondered about me then :)

    Nicole Price’s last blog post..Make Your Party a Roaring Success

  4. Horseon 18 Jul 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Hell yes!!! I’ve done that at work!!!

    Replied to the email instead of forwarding – basically said how ‘blonde’ the person came across in her emails …. :0

    The person was actually surprisingly good about and we still get on. But when she bought it up with me, im pretty sure i was 12 shades of beetroot :)

    Horse’s last blog post..Australian Horse Racing Blog

  5. Burgoon 18 Jul 2008 at 3:50 pm

    I’ve definitely hit reply instead of forward once. It was in a work setting… it didn’t go to well.

    Thanks for stirring up all those old memories Meg… I’m still cringing over here!

    Burgo’s last blog post..Not music related. But the new Watchmen trailer is out.

  6. Colin Campbellon 19 Jul 2008 at 2:47 pm

    My kids were very unhappy at the the Grumpy PE teacher giving them average grades. How discouraging to be average in Primary School. I good naturedly complained to the Principal, who told me that he believed that the PE teacher was too harsh. He is one of the most intense teachers I have ever met.

    As for guest posting, that is an interesting step. When it is good it is very good, but when it is bad it is horrid. My friend has a blog, with open invitations to about 25 people to post. I posted on it by mistake one time. Nothing too outrageous. Last week one of the authorised posters posted a naughty picture and made some comments, which got some of his readers very upset. He had to take down the post.

    So I would say that provided you pick people that you trust who will write about things that you are comfortable, then it can enhance your blog.

    Good luck with all your bizniz stuff. Sounds interesting.

    Colin Campbell’s last blog post..Eddie the Eagle debuts for England

  7. Eva Whiteon 28 Jul 2008 at 8:43 pm

    I think my funniest email story would be the one where I opened an account for my then fiance who tried to mail me back at the same ID. It kept coming back unable to deliver to his exasperation.

    Eva White’s last blog post..Acne Treatment