Warning – Gremlins are hiding in the send button!


Why do emails suddenly change after you click send?

Mine keep doing that. I am getting worried. I need to find a solution to this issue. The email message looks perfect. Nothing underlined in red. Not even a smidgen of green or purple. But let me click send and the whole message changes color and the misspelled words appear. What could be causing this?

I thought there must be something wrong with my computer. So I began my search. It took a while but now I have the proof. My suspicions have been confirmed. There is something wrong with my computer. I don’t want to scare you but this could happen to you also.

It does not appear to be a computer virus. I have checked for all the usual symptoms. No part of my computers anatomy is hot to the touch. There are no noxious fluids leaking from any orifice. These are the usual signs of illness in family members and I checked them all first.

Now I know that computers are not flesh and blood but it is reassuring to know that I have ruled out that possibility, still, the problem persists.

When my cat gets sick I take her to the vet. The veterinarian was no help on the computer problem. His commuter is doing the same thing mine is. He referred me to a specialist.

An x-ray of the computer failed to detect anything hiding inside that did not belong. The specialist was baffled. At least that is what I think his email said. Much of it was misspelled and run together. His computer seems to have caught the virus. Can you catch an email virus by sending an email? Checking – Checking.

Carefully I have reviewed my email list. There seem to be some really sick people on the list.

Now I am not talking about clients, I expect them to have problems. But the sickest people on my email list were colleagues. I am especially fearful of anyone with a Ph.D. I have placed their email addresses in quarantine but the problem continues.

If it was just an occasional misspelled word I could cope with it. But the transposed letters have caused some embarrassment, especially when I send them to my boos. He was especially unhappy with once sentence that was supposed to read – not- and the gremlin changed to – Nut. People are also upset with things that come out like “some time of a problem.”  The one where I said I was “thinging about you,” also caused some problems.

Now I have always had difficulty with initial sonsonant counds. Ever since I first learned the story of Finder Cella and the Sgly isters and the Chince Parming mhe seets at the dancy fress ball. Some people call these spoonerisms, others call them mtupid sistakes. But my computer problem seems to be worse than that.

Other people’s computers are speaking a language like “newspeak.” They have words like U for you and LOL for launch our litigation – or something like that. I might be able to cope with learning a new language to be able to email but my computer just is not fat consistent.

I type out the word You – that is clearly what I mean. It looks right – I click send – and now it says ou or Tou or even Uou. Who keeps changing the letters?

Whne I typ nto it comes out not and ot is transposed inot to. It is al merry confusing.

For a while, I thought it might be the mouse. I got one of those new wireless ones. Ever since I got it the cat has taken to sitting on top of the computer and watching the mouse. They yesterday the mouse disappeared. The cat is looking awfully proud of herself but the self-transposing letters continue. I am chalking it up to gremlins.

A quick search of the internet shows that I am not the only one who has suffered an infection of gremlins. Apparently, American Motors Corporation (AMC) had some Gremlin connection from 1970 to 1978. I didn’t read the whole article but I doubt that that Gremlin and the one in my computer are in any way connected.

Still, I thought the severity of this problem required me to warn you.

So should you receive an email from me, or read a blog post in which the letters seem to have been rearranged to make them more nonsensical that usual, you will know it was not my fault. The gremlin did it.

I hope this gremlin warning made you smile. Happiness it one of the greatest cures for much of what ails us. So what makes you happy? How might you achieve a happy life? Till next time.

For more about David Joel Miller and my work in the areas of mental health, substance abuse and Co-occurring disorders see the about the author page. For information about my other writing work beyond this blog, there is also a Facebook authors page, in its infancy, up under David Joel Miller. Posts to the books, trainings and classes category will tell you about those activities. If you are in the Fresno California area information about my private practice is at counselorfresno.com. Thanks to all who read this blog.

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