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Don’t forget to check that ‘junk’ mail

I had a great idea for a column this morning, but checking my incoming e-mail has taken so much of my time I forgot what I had planned to write about.
Has this been happening to you? And we thought junk mail was bad! Considering that e-mail doesn’t require a postage stamp, it’s easy to see why ‘spam,’ as junk e-mail is called, has taken the lead. What that does is far worse than an envelope which took a nano-second to toss in the wastebasket. The only redeeming grace for spam is that it doesn’t choke the nation’s landfills.
Excuse me a moment while I check to see if a lost e-mail from one of my correspondents has come in yet.
Nope. Not yet.
I hope it didn’t go to someone else in the newsroom who would think I had already gotten it or didn’t know what it was, so trashed it. Excuse me. I’ll go ask.
Nope.
Uh, oh. That reminds me. I’d better check my out-box to see if I did something to cause those e-mails to turn up missing. We have a new system and everything doesn’t work exactly like it did before. It seems that every time I learn to manage my e-mail properly, the system changes. Just like it does with the computer when we get those ‘upgrades.’
OK, so I clicked on ‘junk mail’ and found 138 messages I’ve never seen before, like one from ‘Kaapa Pech’ marked ‘new furnitur’ in the message line. I opened it. I shouldn’t have, and, trust me, you don’t want to know. There were several e-mails that would have saved at least 50 percent on the costs of medications, if you believe that, but nothing from West Boone.
[email protected] purported to be a news release from the U.S. Dept. of the Interior. This one was really what it said it was. Here’s the report, which actually is quite interesting even though we don’t live in the western Great Lakes region or the northern Rocky Mountains. It was an announcement from Deputy Secretary of the Interior Lynn Scarlett telling us that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is removing the western Great Lakes population of gray wolves from the federal list of threatened and endangered species and proposing to remove the northern Rocky Mountain population of gray wolves from the list. The two separate actions are being taken in recognition of the success of gray wolf recovery efforts under the Endangered Species Act.
Also, I found that if Canada geese have become a problem on your property, you can register now to attend one of three seminars being presented in March by the Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources’ Urban Wildlife Project.
The seminars will cover various aspects of Canada geese management, including relevant laws, basic biology and methods to control goose damage. A special workshop on the proper techniques for egg and nest destruction will follow.
We don’t have a pond large enough to attract Canada geese, but I know others in Harrison County who do. So register in advance to attend any of these seminars. Call the Urban Wildlife Biologist, 1-812-334-1137 or e-mail [email protected]
Good grief. I just found a letter from Karen Davis concerning the public access counselor. How on earth could the e-mail meister think that is junk mail? Especially to a newspaper editor. Please excuse me, again. I’ll be back as soon as I get this letter ready for next week’s paper. Arghhhh.
Now I’m back again and I still haven’t found that correspondent’s report. But I want you to know I did find several other e-mails that I certainly would not consider ‘junk.’
Please forgive me if you should have heard from me and haven’t. I have to go now; the day is done.

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