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The great email predicament

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webmaster | 10/05/13

If you have tried to reach me by email over the past couple of days, please accept my apologies. My usual email, which is published daily in this newspaper, on business cards I occasionally hand out and on various Web sites, has crashed. The technologist here at the newspaper is doing his best to fix it, but until that occurs, any email you may have sent — letters to the editor or news releases, for example — are stacking up like trains at the Omaha switchyards. Only in this case, there’s no switching going on, just stacking.

I’ve opened another email account to enable me to send emails, and to enable others to email me. That account is: chuck.doud at

Please feel free to email me there if you want to. I will keep checking it.

Not having my regular old email, which has been faithful and true for the greater part of 10 years is the source of multiple frustrations. Over the years, I’ve gotten used to using it; it’s almost second nature. Now, I’m having to learn to use the new email. I’m not sure I have another 10 years to do that. My old email program is pretty much advertising free, except for spam, which gets corralled quickly. The new email is loaded with advertising that dances around, blinks and makes sudden moves. It’s like being on the midway of the fair, or on the boardwalk at Santa Cruz.

I told a friend I had signed up with, and he said, “Oh, for the love of God, no!” I don’t know that is all that terrible, but it is different from the staid business email program that has been my pal for the past decade.

One tends to get used to things, which makes change harder to accept. Mrs. Doud suggested I go back to writing people letters by hand and mailing them. If this email thing doesn’t straighten itself out, I may just do that.


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