Thanks to the Post to Email challenge issued by WordPress, I now have only one unread message in my e-mail folder. How wonderful is that!
I cleared out the box while thinking about what I wanted to say today.
So, having already given myself a pat on the back, I decided to make a list of other observations.
Each one of them will be given a mark, by way of weighting. Total marks awarded to myself: 100.
I think it is a nice round number, percentage-wise.
- I still have far more e-mail friends and contacts than I do Facebook friends. 23
- I have 50 folders with subfolders for clients, friends, memberships and so on. I could make some improvements. -3
- I have sorted the Sent Items into their respective folders too. It is easy to follow correspondence this way. 20
- I last wrote a letter (via e-mail) to my parents in Australia 8 days ago. That is longer than one week. -10
- I have flagged one minor task to attend to (revision of the second verse of a translation of a poem I did for fun, following the kind parsing in the source language by a friend). My integrity is at stake (“Don’t start something you have no intention of finishing”). This attracts a modified negative grading, since only two people care. -8
- All administrative tasks associated with my freelance business are up-to-date. 25
- I have replied to all e-mails received (except of course, junk mail). 18
- I have removed flags from items I have dealt with. 10
- I have deleted outright things I know I will not read, even though they may be of some benefit, knowledge-wise. Too much information is too much information. 10
- I have one e-mail I ought to write (as the initiator of private correspondence). Slap on the wrist for procrastination weighed against its relative importance: -5
- I have not been able to figure out how to mute the volume on annoying adverts with sounds (or get rid of the adverts altogether) on the Internet, while still turning up the volume on my laptop so that I can hear when new mail arrives. This is annoying. I use a number of online dictionaries and other resources. I have trained my eyes not to look at the adverts, but cannot stand the Grim Reaper laughing at me with a written message in Portuguese asking me, “Do you know when you are going to die?”. Even thinking about that tiny question would provoke a huge rant from me. I shall be kind to myself in this case. Firstly, I am suffering and secondly, I do not know if it is possible to achieve the desired removal of adverts. Total penalty: -2
- With my volume on zero, I lost out on a job from a translation agency today because I did not check my inbox for over 30 minutes. I give myself 12 points for working for 30 minutes without being distracted at all, and have deducted 5 for losing out on potential income. Net result: 7
- While clearing out my mail box, and sorting into folders, I discovered three e-mails which I had received and replied to, but had no recollection of the names of the people who had sent them to me. -5
- At this rate, I shall never get to 100 points. Points for stamina, then: 10
- I have had the same e-mail name since I got my first e-mail account in 2000. Note: I did not really need an e-mail at home until then. Besides which, you needed a telephone line to have an e-mail account, and I did not have one of those at home either. Times have changed, service providers have changed, but the name before the @ is the same. Points to stability, I would say: 15
It will be interesting to see how WordPress copes with the numbered list, and the font colours for the points (blue for positive; red for negative).
One curious little note on a slang term (which I seldom used myself, not being very slangy by nature): In Zimbabwe years ago, if someone was really entertained with what you had just said, or pleased with the news you had just given them, they would say, “Ah, 10 points!”. This awarding of points may have come from the fact that the only really interesting thing on television in the 1970s or so was the “inter-schools quiz”. I don’t know; I am guessing.
A related expression was “100%”, which signified agreement, and again, pleasure at the receipt of good news. This came into fairly widespread use around 2000. The expression soon changed to “Ah, hundred”, or “Ah, hundreds”, or simply, “Hundreds”. One other theory I have on the shift from “10 points” to “hundreds” is that it was a reflection of the all-pervasive hyperinflation, and perhaps people thought that 10 was no longer a significantly grand number.
In any case, I have scored 100 points. Hundreds.