Back to the present, things are good, mainly in the "Wordplay" arena (and if you don't like hearing about the movie constantly, read someone else's blog). Late last night I chose my Tribeca ticket raffle winners. I listed the 24 entrants (who requested a total of 46 tickets) on Excel, assigned each a random number using the function RAND(x), and ordered the results.
The winners' list turned out to be about as balanced as it could get: a high school friend, my newlywed cousins, the head writer at Millionaire, an elementary school friend, and another ex-Millionaire writer. The numbers worked out perfectly. I notified the winners. I notified the larger list so they would know they were not the winners. Everyone was happy. People thanked me.
EXCEPT... When I sent out the original mailing, one recipient (a puzzler) apparently misunderstood and thought I had her on the list by mistake since she was well aware of the movie. I guess she missed the fact that there was a contest - where I was giving out tickets I bought with my OWN MONEY (well 4 of them were; one was free from IFC, and 2 I bought with Amex points). I guess I should have removed her from the list when I sent the follow-up today with results, because she wrote again asking to be removed from any future mailings on the topic.
Fine. I wrote a note apologizing and also pointing out that maybe she didn't notice the opportunity for FREE tickets. It got bounced, saying my address was blocked! Now this really miffed me, to be treated like a common spammer. I considered sending it again from an ISP I rarely use, or even buying another ticket and mailing it to her (the "kill 'em with kindness approach"). I did neither. This too shall pass. I'm sure she'll see the movie, just not on my dime.
My Amazon buyer still hasn't removed the negative rating, either.