FW: Tech writers: our sad lives; the winter of our disco...

Subject: FW: Tech writers: our sad lives; the winter of our disco...
From: "Mike Schmidt" <mschmidt -at- weathercentral -dot- tv>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2006 14:36:35 -0500

Well, I had another one, too. Way back in the early '90s, I left an
apartment in Nashville and there was a dispute. I paid up my rent, but I
refused to pay for things like light bulbs I'd unscrewed (above bathroom
mirror) that they replaced, and for some supposed damage my roommate
did. As a result, I had to put up with a collection agency for a while.

Anyway, I was getting letters and I'd answer, telling them I had no
intention of paying, etc. The guy writing the letters seemed literate
and he wrote good letters - annoying, but good. One day, I got a letter
written by someone else in the organization and it was absolutely
atrocious. So.... I grabbed a red pen, marked it all up, graded the
paper (C-), and sent it back.

In short order, I got a scathing letter from the original guy telling me
what he would and would not stand for, and other such BS. It went on for
a while and eventually died out. But, I apparently hit the target dead

Is it strange that I derive a sense of pleasure from this behavior?

-----Original Message-----
From: Sankara R [mailto:ss_rajanala -at- yahoo -dot- com]
Sent: Friday, August 18, 2006 2:19 PM
To: Mike Schmidt
Subject: RE: Tech writers: our sad lives; the winter of our disco...

It's Friday, so forgive me!

Steinbeck/the winter of our discontent

- has something about a store where the sign says


Ethan, the protagonist, thinks it funny that no
one ever bothered to tell the store owner about
it. [The sign is there forever.]

Nor does Ethan.

On the other hand, in a book called Eats shoots
and leaves, some Flynn calls upon the comma-tose
vigilantes to unite and act, and made good money
from royalties for good measure.

the sweetest tales are those
that tell our saddest somethings

--- Mike Schmidt <mschmidt -at- weathercentral -dot- tv>

> No, but I did email a place I used to work
> (that laid me off years
> earlier) to tell them there were grammatical
> errors on their website.
> New theme: Let's all see if we can "out
> pathetic" each other on our
> anal-retentive tendencies.

Sankara S Rajanala
+91 98863 12366
Tina: I am an experienced technical writer.
You are an intern and a rodent, respectively.

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