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Posted on Friday, July 31st, 2009

Dave!And so now I'm in Atlanta where it's hot and wet, but not in a good way.

Despite eating a very early dinner so I could get caught up with my life, I still have 44 unread emails. Even though I just spent two hours mucking around in my in-box. Such a severe lack of progress (I'm only down 34 from 78 I started with) is really depressing. What's even more depressing is that four of the emails were all related to a rather shocking incident that a friend of mine was involved in. Everybody was all "Holy crap, have you heard this juicy bit of news?" And even though I had heard it, it still seemed so wildly out of character and impossible that I decided to do something unprecedented...

I called the person directly and asked what the hell had happened.

Turned out that none of the information in the emails was true, and my friend was in complete shock over hearing what they had supposedly done. Apparently it was all a case of somebody hearing something and passing it along to somebody else who then passed it along to somebody else until suddenly idle gossip had become fact.

Even though it really wasn't.

Modern day communication is very, very scary that way.

Eventually my friend (the one accused of all the insanity) wrote an email of their own that they sent out to their entire address book. It was very smart, clever, and funny... even going so far as to include photographic evidence to refute the crazy accusations. As if that wasn't enough, there was a list of people with phone numbers so that anybody who didn't believe them could call witnesses who were actually there to refute the stuff people were saying.

But the best part was at the very end...

"Even though this rumor turned out to be false, I'm sure everything else that's being said about me is 100% true."

But of course.

I'm sure it's the same for everybody.

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  1. Robin says:

    I don’t know what happened, but it just seems like a lot of wasted energy all around that could be used for other things….like eating dinner. Like I forgot to do tonight.

    Have fun @ Davelanta tomorrow (aka tonight….). I am jealous that I won’t be there…

  2. Hilly says:

    Well hot damn…good for you and good for your friend! I wish all of that crap was handled this way so people would stop being rumor mongering whores!

    Have fun tonight, btw. Kiss Diana, Anissa and Heather for me!

  3. Good for you for cutting the crap and getting to the truth. Standing ovation.

  4. Sybil Law says:

    Hotlanta! I wish I was there to hang out with you!
    My inbox overwhelms me, too, sometimes. I get all delete crazy when I can’t handle it.
    Gossip is so stupid. Good for you, manning up and calling the person directly.
    You’re a damn good egg. 🙂

  5. martymankins says:

    Rumors and hearsay are simply fodder for the person saying it, not for the person that it’s about.

    Good for your friend for sending this email to the list. I’d like to see photographic proof of their red faces while reading said email.

  6. Avitable says:

    I heard that you were secretly married to Ann Coulter and eat raw beef by the handfuls in your spare time.

  7. Tracy Lynn says:

    That, my friend, is AWESOME. Well played, to your friend.

  8. Muskrat says:

    This story was better when I heard it orally tonight! Like a lot of things about you.

    Glad to have met you in person. Enjoy your continued travels and your early wakeup (as I will mine).

  9. whall says:

    That’s not what *I* heard…

  10. I hate it when it’s hot and wet and not in a good way 🙁

    And I hate gossip.

  11. When you told me about this last night, I couldn’t believe it. People can just be so… horrible.

    And, wait, Hilly said to kiss me from her? And I didn’t get any tongue? WTF?!?!?

  12. Twinkie says:

    To every rumor there is a half truth. At least that’s been my rule of thumb forever. I have no idea what rumor was said or about who, or whatever. I’m just saying that people who *heard* something and relayed it to you probably didn’t pull all the story/info out of their asses, right?

    Not justifying anything… just more morbidly curious as to where the “rumor” was started. And what part of it was true, etc.

    and yes I KNOW .. I KNOW… “none of your damned business, biotch”…

    I’m just more thinking out loud here, more than anything.

  13. Miss Britt says:

    Wait a minute.

    You called and talked to your friend directly??

    I don’t think you’re doing gossip right.

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