Friday, May 12, 2006

You Love Me! You Really Love Me!

I received 498 copies of the following message.

In a community to which I belong, we describe things like this message as "found object self-awareness." In other words, the sender lacks conscious self-awareness of her own flaws, but manages to express her unconscious awareness by ascribing those attributes to others. I've highlighted the relevant terms for your convenience:

Subject: All Booksellers Must Shelve MY way!
Date: Thu, 11 May 2006 21:47:35 -0700 (PDT)

Well, Lisa my darling, I LOVED your post about me!

I admit, you're right that shelving books is not trivial at a Big
Bookstore; however, your obsession with your little cart seems a bit over
the top, even for a control freak. I feel pity for you -- harboring such
animosity towards the world
almost always signals a serious emotional
. Did you ever notice how the shelving gets done every day, even
when your colleagues don't follow your supposedly "superior" method?
Did you think that you were a manager for some oddball reason, with
authority to tell people what to do? Could your emotional brinksmanship
hinge on the fact that you realize that YOU'RE a "COW"-worker like the
others, only in girth and not in herd mentality?

Who knows? And now that you're home sweet gone, who cares?

Cheers! It's been great!


P.S. Perhaps if you relaxed with the obessessive tallying of relative
hours at said Big Bookstore you might not need a "substitute for the

As I say, I received 498 copies of this message. Four hundred and ninety eight. Yay! Someone has a new hobby!


Blogger Gerbera Daisy said...

That poor thing. She is pathetic!!! She has nothing better to do than send you 498 copies of the same message. She needs to get a life and drop the hostility!!!

8:34 AM  
Blogger Bookseller said...

um last time i checked you, eresh, had the right to complain about shit right? just checkin.... so, i dont now WHY *shelvingnazi* (i thought she wasnt afraid to leave her REAL name?) feels the need to TRY to rub anything in your face at all? and shes calling YOU obsessive? right...

9:39 AM  
Blogger caramaena said...

498 emails?? She's spamming you Ereshkigal. Report it to her ISP.

If she was with the ISP I work for here in Australia, her account would be canned. Check her ISP's terms and conditions, most have stuff about not harrassing and spamming others.

8:01 PM  
Blogger ereshkigal said...

Thanks, caramaena. But she sent the messages from a gmail account, and although I know her ISP from the time stamps on her comments here and my referrer logs, I don't think Verizon is really going to care what she does at gmail. I could be wrong though, and it's certainly an option.

Thanks for visiting from Down Under!

Also, thanks to you, Gerbera Daisy and Anthoyla, for being such faithful, supportive readers.

9:05 PM  
Blogger caramaena said...

Well, I'd love to check Verizon's policy on this but to even look at their terms and conditions I need U.S. phone number (majorly annoying!). Gmail does have a section about abusive and harrassing emails.

You're right though, some ISP's don't care.

6:59 AM  
Blogger Bookseller said...

We're just doing our jobs as loyal fans and fellow big bookstore employees.... :o) i must admit, we will always be loyal to which that is *disgruntled bookseller*.

1:23 AM  
Blogger Timor et Tremulus said...

Moron (and we know who she is) wrote:

'Your anal obsession with something as trivial as SHELVING is pathetic and childish.'

In case Moron (and we know who she is) did not know, we work in A FUCKING BOOKSTORE!!!! Shelving - trivial'? UnbeFUCKINGlievable!!!! No wonder. NO FUCKING WONDER I find books mis-shelved. I really need to read this blog more often. I had no idea Moron (and she knows who she is) is SUCH A FUCKING MORON.
Shelving books is the most important function a FUCKING BOOKSELLER does. Even more important than planting his/her face firmly inside a whining customer's fetid fucking asscheeks. Holy fucking shit, I FUCKING HOPE eresh hasn't disabled the ability to swear on this blog. I can't believe it. I CAN'T FUCKING BELIEVE A SO-CALLED BOOKSELLER COULD ASSERT SOMETHING SO ABSOFUCKINGLUTELY STUPID. Welcome to the new calibre of emplyees at Big Bookstore everybody! I FUCKING LOVE MY JOB!

I apologize for the fucking language. I haven't been this upset for a long while. Saying FUCK very loud is how I convey my utter fucking dismay online.

3:45 AM  
Blogger ereshkigal said...

It's OK, Timor. You've always had a way with words. I particularly liked "fetid fucking asscheeks." That was brilliant.

Whatever you do, don't tell the Cranky Old Guy about the "as trivial as shelving" comment. I'm reasonably certain Big Bookstore could not contain the explosion that would result. I've defended the booksellers so many times over the years against his persistent assertions that we don't care about shelving correctly. That comment from our young, misguided (and, um, possibly insane) bookseller would only add fuel to the fire.

10:22 PM  

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