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June 17th, 2005

Thank-You Notes

I am awful at writing thank-you notes. And to anyone reading this that should have gotten a thank-you note at one time or another, I apologize.

I don’t know why I have such a tough time. It’s not like I’m blowing the person off or that their gift didn’t mean something to me… just the opposite, really. And I’ll always bring it up if we talk, tell them how I’m using their wonderful gadget or how much I enjoyed their gift of hot nuts, but I have a rough time sitting down, writing down, and mailing a thank-you note. I think it may be related to my problem with returning rebates.

Anyone else have this problem?

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday June 17, 2005 -- 12:42:59 pm
I'm pretty good at thank you emails, and my spouse never misses a thank you note. Between us, I think we get the thanks yous out in a reasonable time frame.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Friday June 17, 2005 -- 1:19:30 pm
We actually just got the thank you note for your wedding gift. You're welcome, Ryan. (It was almost four years ago, but no one's perfect.)

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday June 17, 2005 -- 1:30:38 pm
Please clarify, Paul, that you're kidding. The wedding thank-yous were the one thing we were semi-good with!

FROM: Paul
DATE: Friday June 17, 2005 -- 3:03:28 pm
I'm kidding. You've been punk'd!

FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday June 17, 2005 -- 10:43:57 pm
It's hard.

Apparently, from what others who are good at it tell me, one just starts writing, and is done in a couple of minutes. That does not work for me. I can spend half an hour working out appropriate phrasings.

My thank you notes actually do pass as decent ones, although I cannot envisage how, as I think they are trite. But it takes me six times as long as most people to write them.

Christmas and birthdays suck, in other words.

I don't have problems with rebates. Money is involved there. The only problem is them denying it for no particular reason.

And (to answer the linked thread) it is illegal to expire gift certificates in California. I could not speak for Illinois, though.

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