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Remarkable correspondence from the consistently unremarkable world of email

Inbox 7.27.05 

Remarkable correspondence from the consistently unremarkable world of email

We'll let the recipient of this week's email set the scene. We changed several proper nouns in the following exchange to protect the "innocent." Send your list of demands to inbox@rochester-citynews.com

--- Michael Neault

 Date: Wed, 1 Jun 2005From: Davey N.To: Various recipientsSubject: Davey N. presents: "An Ode to Instability" Friends, Some of you may remember by ex-girlfriend Laura. I recently recieved a letter from her. I would appreciate it if you would take the time to read it and review my response. I hope all of you are well. May 23, 2005 Dear Davey: I have had a difficult time, over the past few years, achieving closure of our relationship. It is time for me to seek this. I have gone through the appropriate stages of anger, remorse, sadness. It is now time for me to close this chapter of my life. I am trying to recapture my life and gain a sense of identity back. In my professional life I have done this, but my personal life struggles. For so long I/We were "Laura and Davey", that it is hard to gain my own identity back. I am not worried about my career; I will soon succeed even my wildest dreams. I am just stunted by my personal life. I am ready to release you from my life. I also on a weekly basis encounter people who want to tell me about you or have a discussion about you. I do not want to deal with this anymore. I do have a proposal on how to handle this  1. I've heard you have an apartment on the West side. You need to move out of the West side of Columbus, this has always been my side of town, I own a house here, and do not rent like you. I grew up here, and always want to live here. I would prefer if you were to leave Columbus all together, but I know this is more than I can ask. I do not want to risk running into you at any store. 2. We should officially divide our friends. Particularly John, Judy, Erica, and Al. You should write them, thanking them for the opportunity to be their friend and explain why you can no longer be in contact with them. I can provide you with addresses, if you need. 3. I will stay out of Republican politics. I promise not to get involved with any Republican politics, unless my father runs for judge, and than I reserve the right to work on his campaign. 4. I would like you to not have anything to do with all things Middleton. I feel I should have ownership of the school since my mother works there and my brother and sisters went there. You are more tied to Central. This should be where you dedicate your alumni status. I will be involved in Middleton. When the time of reunions comes up, I am willing to say that you can have the reunions ending in "0" years and I will take the"5" years. So you can have 10 years and I will take 25 years. 5. I will avoid Central contacts. The few guys from the house I still speak to on a rare basis, I will not. I will also discourage any male offspring I have from attending Central. I know some of these things seem a bit harsh, but I feel they are for the best. I do not ever really wish to see you again. I know that this will of course happen beyond my control, but I think we should do our best to avoid what we can. It is my sincere hope that you understand, and do take the time to respond. This is my last request of you. With fondness, Laura  May 31, 2005 Dear Laura, Thanks for your letter. We broke up 3 years ago. Knowing that and taking into consideration you believe me to be a cold, career focused ego-maniac, what on earth makes you think I would take the time to think about you or agree to your proposal? But since I clearly have taken the time to respond, please take a moment to review some comments and counterproposals I have crafted. 1. First, I will have to resist the burning urge to move RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO YOU. After that deep desire subsides, I will vacate the Westside and return to my roots: The Snooty Northside, as you used to call it. However, since I was born on the Northside and I have Northside in my veins you must abdicate all ties to the North. This includes: Living on the Northside, living on the Northeastside, walking down North Street, being a fan of the Dallas Stars (formerly the Minnesota North Stars), wearing North Face apparel, or telling your children that Santa lives at the North Pole. 1 (B). I was born in Columbus before you were so I should really get to determine who stays and who goes. In my benevolence I will let you exist here only within the St. Luke's Parish boundary (MLK Dr. to High School Rd. and 56th Street to 10th St.) We will call this the LauraZone. This should be acceptable for you as your family lives across the street and there is a gas station, grocery, convenience store, your place of employment, and a fire station. Exceptions can be made with my expressed written consent. You will be required to display a large tag in your windshield giving you permission to travel beyond the LauraZone. 2. I haven't talked to your friends since we broke up. I think they got the message. However since we apparently are still in fourth grade, please have your friends meet me by the playground at recess so that I can tell them they have big fat heads and they aren't my friends anymore. Do you agree? _______Yes ________No ________Maybe. 2 (B). One of the few times you let us do something fun, we visited some of my family friends on Harris. It was about eight years ago. We enjoyed their boat and home for several hours during a pre-500 party. Please jot them a note saying you are going to forget that ever happened. Please also offer to reimburse them for the boat gas, pool chlorine, air conditioning Freon, Dr. Pepper and anything else you consumed while you were there. I don't have their address anymore, you can look it up. 3. Please let me know when your father runs for anything. I'm going to run against him. 3 (B). I am very involved in ice hockey. I play recreationally and coach a youth team in the winter. I would prefer it if you could stop being involved in all things related to ice and ice hockey. You can use those instant first aid coldpaks to cool your drinks from now on. 4. Christ, I don't have the energy for this one. 5. If any of my friends from Central actually still talk to you, they are fucking fired as friends. 5 (B). I'm not going to tell my kids anything about you. But speaking of kids, it would be okay with me if my son was a crack addict, just as long as he got your kids hooked on it and became their dealer. All my best, Davey

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