Okay, one of my sister-in-laws likes to give me horrifying gifts for Christmas, the one time per year that I receive a gift from her. One small example from Christmases of yore: An 8 x 11 painting of female clowns holding big white balls (or “globes” if you will. Why the balls? You tell me). They have clockwork orange type make-up, the paint texture is fuzzy so that you can “feel” the clowns, and it’s painted onto a mirror, so that you can gaze at yourself while you feel the clowns. (If I’ve done it once, I’ve done it a hundred times…...ha ha ha he....eh…ah...ahhhhhh.)
Why did she get it for me: “Because you love pink.” WTF? I’m almost positive there is no pink in this “art”, and that’s kind of like saying, “I got you this pack of razor blades because you like cheese." And I’ve never mentioned loving pink, and I’ve definitely never mentioned any kind of love of clowns (or mimes for that matter just in case there was some kind of crazy mime/clown confusion).
So what’s the point, you ask? Because today I got an e-mail from her telling her “friends” that she has a huge list of things for sale on ebay (she does this frequently) and to please “take a look and see if there’s anything you’d like to purchase. You all live close! So no shipping charges!” Score!
Guess what’s item #20? My 2003 Christmas gift from her (oops!). A dolphin shaped oil lamp in faux blue marble, holding a white ball in it’s mouth (what’s the obsession with white balls, I’d like to know?). Starting bid? $1.50. (And no, I don’t collect dolphins, in case you’re asking.)
I sent her an e-mail saying, “Oops! Item #20 has been SOLD, to the lowest bidder ” Okay, I didn’t really, as I’m not cruel, but that’s what I wanted to say. By and large, the rest of her “treasures” fit into the “crap” category on ebay. I think she may have already removed it, but now I know I don’t want this piece of crap gift, so I’m thinkin’ hey, if someone wants to buy it for $1.50 and up, it’s sold! And not only that, but I have a toenail clipper and a smurf shaped coin purse they can have too.
So the point is, I got this e-mail from her today, and I’m venting because this kind of thing happens frequently, and I’m wondering if anyone you know has accidentally let something slip to you via e-mail? Did you get copied on something you shouldn’t have? Or alternatively, have you ever sent an embarrassing e-mail to the wrong person?
I once got an e-mail completely meant for my boss at my last job, and I got to find out some really great dirt on a co-worker who I detested.
I also found out my sister-in-law was pregnant way before my brother found out, and it was entirely by accident.
OR did you get an amazingly crappy Christmas gift this year?