I wrote a letter once. Well, it was really an e-mail to a website. It was to Dr. Laura's website. Remember her?
I would sometimes tune in to her radio show while scrubbing a toilet or... yes... ironing someone else's wrinkly clothing. Many I'm sure know the story of how she crashed and burned and subsequently made her exit from commercial radio.
Anyway, I wrote my letter just before her crash and burn. Maybe she was already in her downward spiral.
She used to read an "e-mail of the day" or "e-mail of the week", something like that. One of her featured e-mails was written by a woman who was pointing out what a wonderful wife this woman she had encountered was.
Well, that sounded okay, until I heard what the writer based her assessment of the wife on:
"I saw this couple shopping together, and the husband didn't pay any attention to me even though I am way hotter than his wife is. Obviously, she's a great wife!"
Okay, I guess the fact that someone might be arrogant enough to assume that was true and write a letter of such to Dr. Laura isn't so ridiculous. But what bothered me was that Dr. Laura thought it worthy of her "e-mail of the..." feature.
The next day, when I wasn't scrubbing or pressing, I went to the website and found the featured letter by Hot Woman and sent in something like, "Are you kidding? That letter was so pretentious I'm not even sure it's real. Dr. Laura, are you in the midst of a downward spiral and about to crash and burn?", in not so many words.
I just wanted to get it off my chest and leave it at that. Not long afterwards I noticed, however, that Hot Woman's letter had been removed. I wondered if perhaps others had been bothered, maybe slightly offended, and had also put in their two cents.
Something similar just happened closer to home. Do you remember how I mentioned my friend - we'll call her Heather since that's her name - was taking over as Chaco's English teacher? She did and was doing a wonderful job with the kids and cleaning up after PMS. Then we all got an e-mail.
Because of a union rule technicality, Heather was being replaced with teacher #FIVE for the remainder of the year.
I've learned to have pretty low expectations of the public school system. Still, this seemed even more silly than the usual shenanigans. I sent Heather an e-mail, not a rant, just a thanks for all she'd accomplished in 19 days.
She replied back and told me how she'd shed tears over the situation and had even offered to work for free if she could stay until the end of the year (yeah, that's Heather). But alas, no.
But... wait! Heather called me the other day and it seems the district suddenly found a way around their technicality and Heather was allowed to stay.
I suspect that I wasn't the only one who chimed in.
Have you ever written to an organization / business / media personality / celebrity / etc.? What was the outcome? Have you ever not chimed in but wish you had?