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One of our advisors sent this email to just about everyone in our building -


To All Football Fans:

Just a reminder that the defeating national champions, the University of Alabama will start their quest for their second straight football national championship this Saturday April 17, 2010, with our annual A-Day practice game/weekend, that will be televised nationally by ESPN. Well, as you know, many schools do not have the privilege of their spring practice game being sold out at almost 100,000 people and being nationally televised, as the University of Alabama. I also understand that many people did not have the privilege to attend and graduate from such as great academic, social , and athletic school of higher education, with that being the University of Alabama. Sorry Florida, Florida State, Michigan State, Marshall, and Auburn fans!!

Of course my family and I will be in attendance.

ROLL TIDE and we will repeat as national champions.

Barry

Just a friendly email.



He deliberately picked those particular schools because these are the alma maters of several of our coworkers or coworkers' children. I don't follow any sports and my alma mater doesn't have a football team, so I have absolutely no college football connections in any way, shape, or form to feel defensive or protective about, and yet even *I* was offended by this email.

It's a shame that such a great academic, social, and athletic school of higher education didn't include humility and graciousness and manners as a part of their program.

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disbandedtoastr
Apr. 14th, 2010 02:27 am (UTC)
What an idiot.
elliedee
Apr. 14th, 2010 02:52 am (UTC)
I suspect he was trying to be amusing or at worst get a good-natured rivalry going around the office. Looking for someone to talk smack with. The problem is he a) emailed it - writing doesn't have tone of voice or winks or nudges and b) he sent it to people he doesn't know well and who don't know him. He'll probably regret the hell out of this a couple of days.

Or, he could be an idiot.
madladyred
Apr. 14th, 2010 03:18 am (UTC)
With him I can't believe it is good natured. This is not the first time he's done something like this. (EDIT-not just with football, although last hear he upset several people with his constant belittling football comments. This email is pretty standard for him.)

He often calls me "Karyn". He's worked with us for over a year and hasn't bothered to learn my name. He calls Karyn by my name. I suspect he's doing that on purpose in the hopes that he appears so important that he can't be bothered to learn people's names.

But you are right - emails are terrible at conveying tone. With anyone else I would have chalked it up to that. :)

And I'm sorry about all the corrections and changes to this! You are probably getting four or five emails from all the changes. He just really ticked me off, so I'm ranty about it. :D

Edited at 2010-04-14 03:22 am (UTC)
elliedee
Apr. 14th, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)
So? An idiot? :)

I'm persnickety about names myself. Probably because in addition to the incorrect "KAHR-ah" I also get called Karen, Carol, Carrie, Tara, Sara, you name it. I expect people to correct me if I'm calling them the wrong name, too. I also find that if you correct someone on it as they do it, preferably in front of other people, they learn it pretty quickly. Call him on it, girl!

By the way, my very young cousin, whose dad is a big Alabama fan, once said to my father that he could tie his shoes, count to ten, and run real fast. My dad replied, "Lord, son, you're ready to graduate magna cum laude from Alabama!"
madladyred
Apr. 14th, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)
Your dad is brilliant. :)

We've corrected him on names before, but he still mixes them up. Like you, I'm persnickety about names. They are extensions of ourselves, so I think that not bothering to get a name right is showing a disregard for that person - as in they aren't worth the time or effort. (That being said - sometimes it can take me a while to learn a name, but I try to apologize and explain I'm slow to learn until I get it down.)

He sent out an apology email today and included a carbon copy to his supervisor, so I'm wondering if she spoke to him about the email. Regardless, I think it's hard to give a public apology, so I made sure to thank him for it. :)

Hope you are nearing the end of your paper grading!!
ann_mcn
Apr. 14th, 2010 10:09 am (UTC)
I was born and raised in Alabama, but no one in my family cares about football. When people ask "Auburn or Alabama?" I say, "We're agnostic."

My alma mater has no football team, either!
madladyred
Apr. 14th, 2010 11:27 pm (UTC)
Ha! That's a good come back!

Our school logo is the nautilus, and the only reason I ever wanted us to have a football team was that I loved the idea of a team called the Fighting Seashells. :D
sarahtoalaska
Apr. 15th, 2010 01:04 am (UTC)
Wow! That's about the most clueless and rude thing you can bulk email about. I'm hoping the apology was because someone told him he was completely in the wrong.

Cool you love your team.... no reason to be a freaking jerk about it.

The name thing IS annoying and pretty much means he could care less about anyone else. I'd just keep correcting him EVERY time.

I even thank people when they ask if I'm Sara or Sarah. It's important to me. One is my name, the other not.

madladyred
Apr. 15th, 2010 02:21 am (UTC)
Sarah - that's a great way of putting it! One is your name and one isn't. It's as simple as that. I've talked to Karyn about name spellings before - hers is spelled differently from the norm, so unless you've seen it written down you would guess wrong. But we send so many emails, that we've seen each others names a million times and can easily look up the spelling, so when coworkers misspell her name it can be really offensive or insulting because it is a slight against her name/her person.
sarahtoalaska
Apr. 15th, 2010 02:37 am (UTC)
I get that from Kenton. He's been called EVERYTHING. He doesn't mind Kent.... but will not answer to Ken, he says it's just not his name.

As much as I love to misspell names in my stories I always think it's kinda mean in real life. The child will NEVER have their name spelled right.

I ALWAYS make sure to spell it correctly, pronounce it as correctly as I can AND ask WHAT they wanna be called. I never assume a Matthew wants to be called Matt.

Nick names are different, they are a form of endearment. Kenton calls me Marco because we use to do the "Marco/Polo" thing in the store to find one another. (P.S. this does NOT work at Dcon) the distance got shorter and shorter, now he calls me Marco. The other day Kenton's Dad called me Marco and it made my heart smile.
madladyred
Apr. 15th, 2010 03:04 am (UTC)
Awwwwwwwwwwwwww. That Marco story is beautiful.

Nicknames and endearments do make your heart smile, don't they? On Facebook yesterday Raven called me Apo. He probably doesn't realize it, but that's how I've signed letters to Toaster and Redd for years now. I'm not sure if Toast started it or me. I think she may even have used that as her password for her bridal registry waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in the day. So he stumbled into a name that makes my heart smile. :)

My dad's middle name is Kent :) I couldn't imagine calling either him or Kenton by the name "Ken" That just doesn't seem like an appropriate shortening. (Neither is Jack from John, darn it)
sarahtoalaska
Apr. 15th, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
People turn John into Jack??? That doesn't even make sense.

That's so cool that your dad's middle name is Kent. :D

I guess Apo is just MENT to be your nick name.
sarahtoalaska
Apr. 15th, 2010 03:15 am (UTC)
Oh... although to be fair I found out later that Dad might have been trying to "tease" me. He'd heard Kenton use it and asked him about it one day, he thought Kenton was doing it to tease me. For some reason the Henry boys love to tease me. Kenton did explain it to him and he used it anyway... so it still makes my heart smile.
madladyred
Apr. 20th, 2010 02:15 am (UTC)
Oh, it totally still counts. I think it counts even more that way. In my family, teasing is a sign of love. :D
madladyred
Apr. 20th, 2010 02:13 am (UTC)
They callled John Kennedy "Jack"
I don't see how it can be a nickname if it's the same number of letters.
sarahtoalaska
Apr. 20th, 2010 03:24 am (UTC)
You're right I totally forgot about that. That just makes no sense. It's not even something totally different.
magnet5
Apr. 17th, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
Jack used to be a standard nickname for John, so that doesn't surprise me. But this guy's a twit.

But I think the NWFCollege team should be the fighting Nemos.
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