I have a dilemma. Maybe you can help me.
About two years ago, I started getting another woman’s emails. Not all of them, of course. Just a few, and only from time to time.
You see, she has my same name, identical spelling, and she clearly was intent on having her full name as her email address, regardless if someone else had it already. She just decided adding her middle initial would take care of it.
Only she’s not that good at remembering she added her middle initial. Either that, or an “l” in between an “i” and “h” is not that easy to detect.
So I’ve received a few of her business emails (she has a photography studio), I’ve received notes from her daughter’s third grade teacher (Sophie struggles in math), her older daughter takes dance lessons (tuition is due the 15th of each month), and I’ve even received messages from her tax adviser asking for clarifications on a few deductions (good call, Arthur; they sound fishy to me, too).
It occurred to me that were I a less scrupulous person, I could really wreck havoc on this woman’s life. After all, I have access to several of her business contacts, her children’s school, and her accountant. In some of these emails I saw her personal information, including phone number and home address.
Sounds like a horror story in the making, right?
I’d like to point out that I emailed her and told her what was going on. I even forwarded her a few of the more important emails. Did I hear back from her?
Nope. Nada. Nary a word.
Weird, right? You’d think if nothing else, she’d want to tell me thanks for the heads up, or simply say, “Gosh, we have the same name? Cool!” But nope. I got squat.
Seems like I’d have no compunction at all in messing with her a little. But not me. I’m Little Miss Honest.
Only now… now I’m faced with overwhelming temptation. Why is this, you ask?
She signed up for an online dating service.
Christopher wants to meet with me… er, her. Also, there’s Kevin. And Aaron and Charles.
Between you and me, I don’t think I could go out with a Kevin. I mean, once you start lowering your standards that far, there’s no telling what you’ll wind up with.
Christopher seemed nice, though.
I’m a little torn as to what I should do. Should I try and contact her again? Let her know she has admirers?
Or do I contact them and set up a meet and greet? Oh! — how about I give them some interesting facts of my likes and dislikes?
Hmm… this could be fun.
(Frankly, I’m a little pissed that she’s been on this single site for only one day and she’s already had more date requests than I did in all four years of high school.)
So please tell me, if were you in my place, what would you do?