A Little Bankrupt

May 15th, 2009  |  Published in etc  |  1 Comment

I hate to do this because it’s sort of … what? I don’t know what it is. I just don’t like doing it, but I’m going to because I’ll be out of town next week and I get the feeling I’m going to have a lot to occupy me:

I’m declaring a state of e-mail bankruptcy. If you’re waiting on a response from me and haven’t seen it, I apologize but I’m going to need you to re-send it. I don’t think there’s anything big and outstanding out there.

I feel bad about this, and I hate the thought of coming off like one of those “I get SOOOO much mail and it’s SOOOO hard to keep up with ALL THE INTERESTING PEOPLE I HAVE TO CORRESPOND WITH” jerks, so I’m going to just own up to this being due to my own recent incompetence when it comes to keeping my digital affairs in order. Really … INCOMPETENCE.

A few recent events in particular–our move and an event at work that required me to take on a freakishly busy e-mail address–really swamped my normally slow but steady processing rate. The “one big inbox” I was maintaining to keep mail from several addresses bloated to a preposterous size before I finally quarantined the work stuff.

That’s the closest I’ve got to an excuse.

I’m not deleting anything … I’m just letting it go live in Gmail’s “All Mail” folder.

Also, I’ve decoupled the blog from Facebook, where I am not spending much personal time lately. That’s not really related.

Next week I’ll be in Las Vegas at the Interop show. Last year I learned some really interesting things about Las Vegas and the ways in which I can coexist with it, so I’m looking forward to applying those things and maybe learning a few more.

The things I learned last time:

  • Visit a grocery store and keep some fresh fruit in my room.

  • Get up every morning at 5:45 and take a walk down the strip. Last year I took runs down the strip, but I got inconsistent with my running and tore my shins and feet up pretty badly, so I’m in the process of building back up. So … walks this year. I’m hoping to restart Couch-to-5k once I’m back.

  • Smile at everybody I make eye contact with. I figured this one out while I was threading my way through the Flamingo last year. There are a number of responses to the smiling, and I fault nobody for failing to respond positively to a random smiling person in Las Vegas, but the internal benefits were immense.

One thing I’m not looking forward to:

It's going to be very hot in Las Vegas next week.

On the other hand, when I get back later in the week I know stepping out into PDX is going to feel wonderful. When they come up with full-sensory VR and there’s a black market for other peoples’ experiences, I’m totally going to prowl Craigslist for people selling bootleg “getting off the airplane in PDX after being somewhere horrible for a week” tapes. And people eating chilled chocolate pudding. Or butterscotch.


  1. Michael Burton says:

    May 19th, 2009 at 8:44 am (#)

    I like the general concept of smiling at all people. It’s an art – too little smiling, and it’s a smirk. Too much smiling and you’re loony or a stalker. I personally try for “hey, we both see other each other – whatever is going on around us is a little silly, but we both know that and it’s ok.”

    I’m trying a new trick with my work email account – everything I send gets bcc’d back into my own inbox. This has the opposite effect of making less email, but I can then file my response to any email into the same folder as the request. It’s been helpful several times to track down a conversation. But sadly I end up up 40 or 50 emails a day in my inbox, and I can never get below 30. It drives me nuts and I’m looking for a better solution…

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