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Email Bliss: Are You Hip, Hot or Blissfully Dated?
“Four things come not back: The spoken word, The sped arrow, The past life, The neglected opportunity” Proverb

Email Bliss: It arrives in a jiffy and stays forever...

About a month or so ago, a student in my program offered to exchange email addresses so we could stay in touch. As I uttered the word @ AOL, he burst out laughing. “Oh no, Ms. Frank, you must lose this email as it dates you back to the days when computers took forever to load.” Hmmm, I thought, I never measured my age or level of hipness by my email address but I suppose some people do. I laughed it off and insisted he write it down anyway. Mind you, I do have both gmail and ymail accounts however, I must confess that because my AOL account has been around since … well, you understand, I regularly share it without thinking much about it.

“People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.’ Let us not erect walls without doors of friendliness or windows of love.” Joseph Fort Newton

Email Bliss? Designing Women & Those 1980's Shoulder pads...

Honestly, I truly don’t recall getting the memo about hip and un-hip email address providers. Back in the day, if you were averse to paying for email service, you picked a popular free hotmail address and left it to the providers to duke it out. Plus, I don’t know anyone who didn’t love the movie “You’ve Got Mail” with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan and that trademark AOL greeting we have all come to love/hate. After our chat, I mozzied on, blissfully ignorant about the ramifications of having an email address that makes you look like you wore a 1980s mega shoulder pad power suit to a 2010 edgy party… Get my drift? Should I care? Life went on and nary another vocal reaction to our email choices until last week.

Well, as if my last email bashing experience wasn’t enough, I was confronted or rather accosted by another friend recently who chose to throw diplomacy out the window when she uttered; “Oh, Oh, has anyone told you that you must be a dinosaur to have AOL?” What? I like my AOL, Gmail and Ymail accounts and I think I’m a pretty hip, social media savvy chick out there… However, my AOL address flies off my lips a bit faster than the other two because I’ve had it a bit longer. Does that mean I’m an email Dinosaur? Go figure.

The truth is that there are pros and cons to the email service you choose and people do rave about the providers that help them limit spam and get their database organized efficiently. You might choose to have a personalized email address, a company address or any of the many email account providers out there. What you choose to use is entirely your preference so choose and use it proudly. I’m curious about how email addresses are obtained in other parts of the world. Do you pay for email or is it free?

I like all of my email accounts and I will start using the other two accounts more often, but please, next time we exchange addresses, spare me the categorizations; just breathe, smile, and say “Thank You!”

“The point of living and of being an optimist, is to be foolish enough to believe the best is yet to come.”- Peter Ustinov

Email Bliss: OWN Friendly Challenge...

While still on the subject of emails, one of the Best Emails popped up in my box last week. It said:
Let The Voting Begin: The audition video you submitted to Your OWN Show can now be viewed on OWN’s website. Are you as excited as we are?

In case you’re wondering, I recently decided to jump in, feet first, and put myself in the arena as a full fledged contestant in the search for the next fortunate soul to win their Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) show. I typically don’t enter contests like this because I often wonder about how one navigates through the masses to get heard. However, after a rather fun, though all night sit-in for the Linden, New Jersey, open casting call, which I attended with a local friend from my village, I started to seriously re-think my position on the video component.

Once I confirmed that only one open casting call was allowed by the rules, I forgo my plan to drive to Atlanta and mulled over pushing past my reservations and general concerns about a video submission. I discussed it with my kids and other family members and the response was “Go for it!” My twins were eager to help me find the right videocam recorder for the shoot. My twins, who are card carrying members of the tech savvy, impatient teen set, assured me that a gritty “one take street reporter” video would be a viable contribution to the contest.

We all agreed that since pets rule in our household and we had supported and raised money for the Best Friends Animal Society in our Live Your Best Life Oprah walk, my show would be on Pets. Our family cat, Tangy, was in my submitted video. I grew up with and love animals/pets – all forms of domesticated and wildlife; part of my life was spent in a village with farm animals and we had dogs, goats, cows and all types of domesticated animals. Heck, my mom even had a chicken egg farm for a while.

” We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” Immanual Kant
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” Anatole France

Animals & Pets Galore: We love them all...

On my OWN page, I shared that the contest has been a journey of grace, family love, and faith in the good that comes from an honest effort to not let life’s setbacks stop me from making a comeback. I believe we can all do our part to honor and applaud the spirit of those who can’t speak for themselves; animals, babies, the very sick and the silenced. We must support and applaud them too.

On one level, my show is about nurturing, applauding, healing, and learning, embracing, loving and understanding the world of animals/pets. True. Pets love their owners unconditionally; domesticated animals live on grace and the care of their owners, wild animals and, ultimately all animals, live by God’s grace and the gifts and challenges of Mother Nature. On a deeper level, my show is about making positive, loving and respectful connections in our exchanges with each other. There is a connection between how we feel and how we treat our animals/pets, other humans and lifeforms.What do we see in the lives of loving animals that can be a lesson in living for each of us?

What are your thoughts on email and the way others view our addresses? Did you join the OWN challenge? Do share. Your feedback is always appreciated. Hope you had a safe and restful July 4th Weekend Celebration!

All photos ~ courtesy of Google Images
OWN ~ via Discovery Network

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank

25 Comments leave one →
  1. 05/07/2010 1:54 am

    Hi Elizabeth,
    I love that you are social network savvy, and diplomatic. I have gmail and I yet have aol. Victory wishes for your Oprah Winfrey Network submission.

    Sincerely and Gratitude, Annie

    • 07/07/2010 1:29 pm

      Hi Annie,
      What a wonderful way to reconnect with you again. How are you doing? What’s new? Thanks so much for the love and support. I am looking forward to the day you start your blog…
      I love the diplomacy part yet I realize that if my friends said nothing, I’d have nothing to write… All in good jest, yet giving us much to look at.
      You, on the other hand, are on the email cutting edge, at least, according to my friends… Many thanks 🙂

  2. richard permalink
    05/07/2010 7:24 am

    from one aol card carrying user to another.. being a techno dinosaur does not one carrier make… i know you are more tech savvy than most in your “demo” -and you seem to have a cat that can tweet, re-tweet, and meow on command… now that’s a show… good luck with Oprah!!

    • 07/07/2010 1:25 pm

      Yes, especially on the “demo” part… ROTFL! Oh Tangy will be a hit fer sure… Thanks for your feedback Rich. You are funny! 🙂

  3. 05/07/2010 9:03 am

    I think I too gave you a hard time about your AOL address. Sorry!
    I love animals and I love your idea for the Oprah show. Animals are the closest tangible thing to god, if there is a god. You have my vote. XO

    • 07/07/2010 1:22 pm

      Was that you Miz. Rose…? I actually remembered after the post that I had heard this sh$%^* from a few more than 2 people so you must be on the list!Way too funny!
      Welcome back and I will mozzy over to your blog to read up on the Gay Parade in Chicago. You, as always, are funny! Merci 🙂

  4. 05/07/2010 2:57 pm

    Oh, I loved this article! You have such a great sense of humor and have touched on a subject that I know and love. My grandkids are delighted and extremely surprised that I have mastered (?) my computer when I had thought in the beginning a mouse was something you caught in a trap!!! The funniest thing is when my grandaughter’s fiance was having trouble with his laptop being so slow. She told him to let her grandma fix it, to which he replied, “You have got to be joking!” It doesn’t get any better than that!!

    • 07/07/2010 1:05 pm

      Thank you Polly! You made me proud with your comment… So true, you can be a grandma and be an on-the-ball tech&trend savvy lady. Sorry about my delayed reply, I have been away for a few days.
      Will stop by and say hello to your blog shortly!
      Cheers, E 🙂

  5. 06/07/2010 5:54 am

    I wish you the VERY BEST of luck with your OWN Oprah show! 🙂 This is great and I love your idea! Hope you’re having a wonderful day!

    • 07/07/2010 1:03 pm

      Thank you Dori and I will check back at your blog to read up on your home visit! Merci! 🙂

  6. Bree permalink
    06/07/2010 7:40 am

    Still laughing over the email thing! What a riot and who knew?
    Best wishes for OWN and I see you there at bootcamp.
    Go for it!

    • 07/07/2010 1:02 pm

      Thank you too for commenting and laughing… I did too. OWN is great and keeping the vision alive 🙂

  7. Goz permalink
    06/07/2010 9:50 pm

    You, an email dinosaur? Wait till they meet me LOL.. I like your post – such a fresh angle. Kudos

    • 07/07/2010 1:01 pm

      Danke Goz! You are in the hip set actually as you have one of the preferred addresses… hint, hint! LOL! 🙂

  8. Kari permalink
    07/07/2010 11:47 am

    I thought email was about communication not about age. I had a good laugh and now know to be careful about which email address I give out. I wonder if employers care about this or if they use it as a mini insight to help pick and choose potential employees. Very interesting and funny piece.

    • 07/07/2010 1:00 pm

      So did I, but I can understand some of the ribbing! It gave me something to say… I have wondered too if tech employers gauge a potential’s age and use of current trends by such things … worth further exploration! Merci 🙂

  9. Kari permalink
    07/07/2010 11:48 am

    Best of luck with OWN!

  10. 10/07/2010 10:56 am

    Happy SITS Saturday! Have a great day!

  11. 10/07/2010 11:56 am

    Ditto Jackie! Come back soon… 🙂

  12. 14/07/2010 3:44 pm

    The email story is great! Should that ever happen again, you should just reply: “Oh, you didn’t know retro email addresses are in style now? Go get yourself an AOL account because they are all the rage in Paris this year.” 😉


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