MarkPrince Moderator Joined: 19 Dec 2001 Posts: 5,465 Location: Vancouver, BC Expertise: Professional
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Posted Wed Jan 23, 2002, 1:06am Subject: ROTF! or... been there, done that... :-)
Hehehe I know wence you come from Alan! :-) One day, I'm going to unleash the hounds myself... that is, the real "dogs" in the multitudes of emails I get during the course of day to day tomfoolery running CoffeeKid.
Here's some paraphrased short ones:
"Hi. Will you be my personal coffee sensei, answer six dozen questions I may have in the next six emails, and of course, answer within 15 minutes?" (okay, they don't say that, but many expect it! I do try to answer every email I am sent asking something, but man, some people think all I do is answer email 24 hours a day, or that NO ONE ever emails me and I have all the time in the world for them!)
"Yo Mark. You suck!" (okay, not too often, but I kinda like those ones - the break the routine! :)
"Hello. Would you be interested in a ground breaking innovation..." (oh wait. it's spam. no. It's not. It's some guy hawking pods or capsules or instant powders... yeah, it's spam).
"Hi. Where can I buy ______________ (some product even I've never heard of or a product that doesn't exist any longer). Sometimes followed by:
"Hi. Uhm, I think you're wrong. A friend says they still make those things..." (well then, go ask you know it all friend to buy you one!).
And my personal fave:
"Hi. Do you know where I can get a good cup of coffee in _______________?" (fill in town of choice I've been asked hundreds of towns I've never heard of). I get about 2, 3 of these a day.
Now anyone reading this. I DO NOT MIND ANSWERING EMAIL QUESTIONS. Even the repetitive ones (the questions I get a half dozen times a day or more). But folks. Have some common sense. I implore you. I do not know where to get the best coffee in Vulcan, Alberta, or even Des Moines, Iowa (though I do know guys in each place you could ask :-)). Nor am I your personal coffee fitness trainer for life. I could be, but you can't afford it :) (and if you can, email me today).
Posted Wed Feb 6, 2002, 9:08am Subject: Great article...also been there, done that!
I used to work for another coffee website, and that was part of my job- answering questions about coffee. Got lots about coffee as it pertains to health ("Does caffiene stunt growth?"), and many like your French Roast question, including a few from people who thought the acidity of coffee referred to how much acid it had in it (yikes!).
Posted Thu Feb 7, 2002, 7:15am Subject: Re: Great article...also been there, done that!
Mark- also got the "where can I buy a (fill in with some obscure coffee product) that I used to have 20 years ago and now for some reason I can't find anywhere?" questions. I'm pretty adept at using the Internet to research these things, but there are just some things that cannot be found! I also got quite a few questions from people who were looking for heating plates for their mugs of coffee (mmmm...baked coffee) and percolators (don't ask me why). These questions were usually answered with a short enlightenment lecture on how to make good coffee. ~Kari
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