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How to Deal With SPAM Once and For All!
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The phrase "stupid, pointless, annoying, mail," seems more apt often times. Especially in reference to the SPAM that thinks I, or my sweetie, need enhancements. How do they expect to sell something to me by starting out with an insult? Assuming I, or my honey, need enhancements in the first place! The ones that want to sell me a high school diploma or something else that has no relevance in my life seem a bit obtuse as well.
It seems that everyone agrees that they hate SPAM. There are not many things in this world that everyone can agree on, but it would seem that we can all agree that we do not like SPAM, and that we would be happier without it.
So I’m wondering . . . if we could figure out a way to prevent even one more piece of SPAM from entering our email accounts, what would be the payoff? How would our individual lives be better? How would the world be better? What would eliminating SPAM from our lives really accomplish?
Let’s get down to the nitty gritty. How would eliminating SPAM from your life, dear reader, make you happier? Would you still have to have a pelvic exam at the gynecologist’s from time to time? Or a prostate exam at the urologist’s? Would you still have to see the dentist now and then?
If SPAM never darkened your inbox again, would you still have go to work everyday doing a job that is not your favorite way to spend the day? Would you still have bills come due? Would your car still need an oil change, a diagnostic, or an emissions test to pass inspection?
If you could somehow stop all SPAM from entering your email account, would your children suddenly start getting straight A’s in school, doing their chores without being reminded, and keep their rooms spotless? Would your mother-in-law suddenly be living on another continent? Would you suddenly lose those last 5 pounds that just won’t go?
Of your least favorite things to do, which of them would you no longer have to do if another piece of SPAM never landed in your email box?
Does SPAM truly outweigh all of the other -- shall we call them unpleasantries -- in your life?
Stop letting SPAM cause you aggravation!
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SPAM Has Been With Us a Long Time
SPAM is not new, but the name is. Well, the name isn’t new either, but instead of being attached to a can of mystery meat (pink slime), the name is now applied to unwanted advertisements in our email.
Basically SPAM is junk mail in your email. Do you remember the good ‘ol days when we used to get junk mail delivered into our snail-mailboxes? Some people who still insist on doing things the old fashioned way continue to receive unwanted advertisements delivered by their mail person. Was it really so much better then?
To get the mail you had to walk outside in the wind and the rain, the cold in the winter and the God awful heat in the summer (if you live in Texas), open the mailbox (break a nail or cut yourself on some rough jagged metal on the mailbox), take the mail out and walk back to the house.
Next you had to sort through the snail mail. Some envelopes were clearly marked as to their origin, but some were mysterious and you had to open them to make sure they weren’t something important. Most of the time those mysterious envelopes were unwanted offers from credit card companies, but you had to open them to be sure – sometimes getting a paper cut in the process. Paper cuts really smart, don’t they?
After all that you had to decide whether to recycle the junk mail or just throw it all in the trash. Nope, you still weren’t done with it even after all that. You still had to place it in a trash bag, tie it off, and then take it back outside and set it by the curb for the garbage truck to haul it away.
A few years ago I read about a person who used to take all the garbage he got in his snail mail and stuff it into the postage paid return envelopes also included, and then mail it back to them. He always switched the contents around so that the senders didn’t get their own stuff back.
New Fangled Way to Deal With Junk Mail
What would you have given back when things were so much better, if you could have simply pushed a button and made all that junk mail that arrived daily in your snail-mailbox disappear? No going out in the cold or the heat or the rain. No sorting through mysterious envelopes or hauling them back outside to sit by the curb. Just a little click of one key on a keyboard and violå! All gone!
Like I said, SPAM has been with us for a long time, and not just in the form of junk snail-mail. How about television commercials? Wouldn’t you love to be able to click one little key and skip through them? Maybe someday . . .
How about walking down the corridor of your favorite mall? Special events in the mall when the corridors are full of kiosks and vendors especially during the holidays with aggressive sellers sometimes calling out to you for your attention – not unlike the hawkers running the game booths at the fair.
SPAM Is An All Day Affair
Think of all the SPAM we deal with every day and have dealt with for decades. TV SPAM, billboard SPAM, mall SPAM, snail-mail SPAM, and so now it shouldn’t be surprising we have email SPAM.
Oh, yes, and my favorite -- phone SPAM. I ask you, what is more obnoxious than when telemarketers call at dinnertime, or in the middle of your favorite television program right at a place that you don’t want to miss?
Now telemarketing calls are often automated and it’s not even a live human being on the other end. Folks, the inconvenience is now entirely in the call receiver’s court. It is the receiver who bears the entire nuisance of having the phone intrude at an inopportune time. The automated system that placed the call will never be bothered no matter what you say or do.
If only we could tell who was calling from the other room and hit a delete key if it was phone SPAM coming in!
SPAM In Perspective
So you see, SPAM is not new and we have all been dealing with it for a long time. It really isn’t difficult to hit the delete key; a simple solution that’s hardly worth getting out of sorts over. Definitely not worth letting it ruin one’s day.
Most of the email SPAM I get is automatically directed into it’s own special folder created just for it. I get hundreds of pieces of SPAM every day. Since mistakes do happen from time to time where the occasional piece of SPAM ends up in my in box and important mail ends up in my SPAM folder, I usually scan through the SPAM before deleting it just to make sure things got sorted correctly.
So now that you have a different perspective on SPAM it will still be annoying, but maybe it won’t seem so bad anymore if you think about how we’ve all had to deal with it in other forms for many years. No going out in the rain to get it, and no going out in the snow to dispose of it. Just press the delete key on your keyboard. Violå! Bye-bye SPAM!