The Other Katie, Redux

Day’s Verse:
Remember, our Message is not about ourselves; we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master. All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you. It started when God said, “Light up the darkness!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful.
2 Cor. 4:5-6

I have mentioned The Other Katie phenomenon a couple of times before (here and here). These emails seem to come in waves:

Other Katie Email Frequency

Well, OK, this graph — which shows date on the X axis and number of emails received on the Y axis — doesn’t seem to actually support my perception that I receive Other Katie emails in waves. If one of you science types wants to do a quick statistical analysis on this data (I’m pretty sure October 2009 was an outlier) to indicate whether it really is cyclical or not, I won’t stop you. But the upshot is that over the last year or so, I’ve gotten 75 emails for Other Katies. Occasionally I get an exceptional one, and it’s time once again for me to share some of the stranger emails I receive in my alter ego as The Other Katie.

Received July 28, 2010
Subject: Zimmer 😉

Dear Katie,

I am a friend from Florian and he told me you’re might still need a room for your stay in HD.
One of my flatmates is moving out, so we are looking for somebody.
It would be a room in a share flat, with 3 other girls in Neuenheim (Kussmaulstr. 4), close to the campus…
no washing machine, but a lot of fun 🙂

Greetings from HD
[Name omitted]

Man, I wish I had a friend name Florian who lives in Heidelberg (I inferred this from some links attached). Sounds like quite an opportunity — I like to have a lot of fun, but the no washing machine is a deal breaker.

Received July 14, 2010
Subject: VVIP Program!

Hello,

Welcome to Hotel Sorella’s VVIP program! Your Sorella VVIP number is [Omitted]. You may use this number to guarantee future reservations.

If you are not affiliated with a corporate program, please book your reservation directly with us online at www.hotelsorella.com or by calling 866.842.0100. However, if you are affiliated with a corporate program and would like to receive proper credit to your account for each stay, book your reservations through your dedicated travel agency per corporate policy and make sure your VVIP number is indicated on your reservation to ensure VVIP benefits.

Please note, in the event you book through alternate third party channels not mentioned above, we cannot guarantee your account will be credited or your VVIP amenity will be delivered, although we will make every attempt to do so.

If there is any other way I may be of assistance, to check your VVIP status, or to update your profile, please feel free to contact me anytime. We look forward to welcoming you in the future!

Thank You,

[Name omitted]

Sales and Marketing & VVIP Program Coordinator
Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE
800 west sam houston parkway north ?| building 9 | houston, texas 77024
t 713.827.3513 | f 713.973.1601 |
[Name omitted]@valenciagroup.com
www.hotelsorella.com | www.valenciagroup.com

I wish I really was a VVIP — sounds like a pretty posh place! Of course, it’s in Texas, and my experience there is limited to one rerouted layover during a Christmas flight to Seattle, so unfortunately I can’t say for sure.

Received July 7, 2010
Subject: Grasyon and Bryan’s Wedding Pre-Wedding Activities

Ladies and Gentlemen,

As Grayson and Bryan’s big day approaches I wanted to send everyone a quick note and gauge your interest in any pre-wedding activities.

On Thursday, August 5, 2010, several of us are thinking about taking a little rafting voyage during the day down one of Colorado’s beautiful rivers. We have several options open to us as far as duration, difficulty, etc…but before I get into all the details I would like to get a sense if anyone is interested. More than likely we’ll keep it to a ½ day event, which may cost anywhere from $90 – $120 per person. They will pick us up in Vail, so you don’t have to worry about transportation.

On Friday, August 6, 2010 some people were throwing around the idea of horseback riding in the morning, so again if you have any interest let me and we’ll figure out a plan.

Please let me know if you are interested rather quickly that way we can get more of the details ironed out and book something.

Thanks,
[Name Omitted]

Dang, sounds like I’m missing another fun opportunity! River rafting and horseback riding in Colorado — who wouldn’t want to do that? Whoever this Other Katie is, she certainly has a lot of pretty fun opportunities.

Received June 22, 2010
Subject: FW: New Trick

She’s on her back… She’s on her stomach… She can do both – since Ellie turned herself over for the first time yesterday!

I infer that The Other Katie knows somebody with a new baby. Otherwise Katie’s friends sound a bit, well, infantile.

Received May 2, 2010
Subject: Fw: Teachers appreciation Luncheon Monday May 3rd

Hi Katie! I just wanted to remind you that Monday is the Teachers and TA’s
Lunch. After you drop the kids off head over for some lunch from Willy’s
Mexican Cantina! Enjoy! Thanks for all you do for our children!!!!!!! We
really appreciate it! Especially me! Talk to you soon. [Name Omitted]

This one was particularly bad because I received it from a Katie Ferguson, who has an email address at yahoo.com. I assume she intended to forward it to herself but failed.

Received April 22, 2010
Subject: where in the world are yoooooooou!!!!!!!!

id like to know how you are doing? it’s been awhile since we last talked. just letting you know that we are still around and waiting for the new arrival well i will be in touch.
love always,
[name omitted]

I think I answered the sender’s subject-line question, anyway — I included my city and state location in my email signature. If by “new arrival” they mean a new baby, The Other Katie also knows a lot of pregnant women, since this is a different sender than the previous new-baby email.

And, last but not least, a more serious one.

Received March 19, 2010
Subject: [Name Omitted]

Hi Katie. I spoke with [Name X] yesterday and let her know [Name Omitted] is seeing a child psychologist, Dr. [Name Z] (“Dr. Z”). Dr. Z’s phone number is [888-888-8888]. We’ve had three sessions so far and are focusing on ways [Name Omitted] can handle situations that anger and frustrate him more effectively. I have filled out the necessary paperwork with Dr. Z for you and [Name X] to be able to discuss [Name Omitted] if the need arises. Please pass this information along to [Name X] the next time you see her. Thank you. Have a nice weekend. [Name Y]

I certainly wish Name Omitted and Name Y all the best. Clearly life isn’t all weddings, fun runs in Atlanta (I get lots of these, but they’re boring, so I didn’t post any), river rafting and horseback riding in Colorado, and cute new babies.

That’s the Other Katie update for now. Expect some more interesting snapshots of The Other Katie’s more-exciting life another time.

5 thoughts on “The Other Katie, Redux”

  1. I admit that this is a rather old post but I’d still like to tell you how I found it: I know Florian from Heidelberg who knows one of the other Katies. When I searched for both names on google, your blog was the first result. 😉

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