When I was in college, my mother had two pages in her address book dedicated to my frequent moves. A new apartment, a new phone number, a new entry.
I still remember being incensed when the Katemcy post office closed. My parents had always been PO Box 77, Katemcy, TX 76850. Then it changed to HC 68 Box 922, Brady, TX 76825. And then it changed to 1831 Katemcy Rd. I think the changes are done.
Here at the News, we were PO Drawer Q for years. Then, the new post office was built and we changed to PO Box 1729. We changed; but, many of the folks who sent us things still haven't made the switch.
Addresses are essential to us here at the News. Since we're not a home delivery paper, we need everyone's correct mailing address so that we can get their paper to them. That is an ongoing process, and it is one that takes up a good portion of our time.
Add to all the complications of addresses the entry for cell phones, fax numbers and emails. If my mother were still alive, I would not be the only entry needing its own section reserved for changes. Fortunately, my address book is on the computer; but, that doesn't necessarily simplify matters.
Several months ago, we switched internet service providers. We sent out emails to everyone that contacts us on a regular basis and let them know that our email address was changing. Unfortunately, computers have lots of hiding places for data, and they don't easily forget old pieces of information.
Last week, I logged into the server for our old email address and found LOTS of important emails sitting there. Our former provider has not turned off our email account, so senders do not get a message telling them that the account is inactive. Instead, I get frantic phone calls wondering why something didn't appear in the paper.
I have a habit of replying to all emails with a curt, "Got It," just to let the sender know that it has been received. When you receive 400-600 emails a day, there isn't time to make lengthy comments. Most of the people who send me items know that if they haven't gotten my short reply, there may be a problem, and they will call to check. Sometimes, they will resend the email just to be certain.
I get email at work, at home, on my phone..... I am seldom out of touch. And sometimes, that bothers me.
I have always been a person that has no problem with letting the answering machine pick up phone calls if I'm busy doing something else. I have the same attitude about email. If I'm busy, I don't check immediately to see what each "ding" has brought to my inbox. I know it will be there later, and I'll look at it when I get back to it.
I rather enjoy heading into areas where I don't have phone or email connections. I know that, however briefly, I'm going to be able to step away from the world for a while and not have to respond. There's a bit of a guilty pleasure in not hearing the phone ring, and knowing that there is nothing that can reach me for a short while.
Some folks feel that if they call someone on their cell phone, the person on the other end should pick up immediately. Every time. But, why should they.
If they are sitting on the banks of the river fishing, or enjoying a quiet dinner, or simply relaxing at home, why should they interrupt their lives to satisfy someone else's desire to contact them.
Leave a message, and they'll get back to you later. Just make sure you use the right address or phone number.
It’s all just my opinion.