Thursday, April 01, 2010

Dead Letter File

Or rather, people in my email address book who have passed away. One of my email buddies crossed the divide. ki0qd won't be broadcasting any more.

Once in a blue moon, I'll go through the list and clean it up a bit. If I've not heard from someone in several years, I assume that maybe, just maybe, they aren't all that interested in hearing from me. So, I'll delete their entries. Or sometimes, it's a married couple sharing an address, and they aren't enjoying marital bliss much these days, so the addy is more than likely unattended.

However, going through my list, I find that I've got several addresses of married couples where the husband has left behind a widow, who still uses that address. I don't edit the listings - they still say John and Jane Doe rather than just Jane Doe.

Then there are the ones who are out right not with us anymore. The address is abandoned - gradually filling up until the mail bounces. These are the ones that kinda bother me. I don't email anything to 'em, but I can't seem to edit them out of my address book. It's my little way of remembering these people - I guess I'm afraid I might more easily forget them if I consider them extraneous data. Keeping their addresses honors their memory for me.

So, am I some sort of weirdo? What do y'all do with your deceased contacts? Surely I'm not the only one who runs into this dilemma.


threecollie said...

I save about a dozen messages on the answering machine from folks I love...they are still with us, but their birthday wishes and stuff are treasure to me. Not quite the same, but kinda.

Jeffro said...

It's the same kind of thinking. Thanks, 3c.

ptg said...

"So, am I some sort of weirdo?" No, just a sentimental man.

LeeAnn said...

I cross them out, but I put a little comment on them so I remember why... that's how forgetful I am.

Jinglebob said...

Yeah, your a weirdo! LOL

But in a good kind of way!

I think I get rid of them after just a very short time. I remember who I want to remember. Even their voices if I just set quietly.

On Facebook, if you don't post to me fairly often, I kick you off my list.

Yeah, I'm a weirdo, that way. :)

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