Ostrichizing

Day’s Verse:
This is the kind of life you’ve been invited into, the kind of life Christ lived. He suffered everything that came his way so you would know that it could be done, and also know how to do it, step-by-step. …He used his servant body to carry our sins to the Cross so we could be rid of sin, free to live the right way. His wounds became your healing. You were lost sheep with no idea who you were or where you were going. Now you’re named and kept for good by the Shepherd of your souls.
1 Peter 2:21-25-ish Continue Reading >>

Other Katie Bonanza

I’ve been quite remiss in sharing the amusing Other Katie emails I continue to receive. Here are a few of the ones I’ve received lately, omitting the zillions of LivingSocial and Thirty-One emails I get. No matter how many times I unsubscribe, some dumb Other Katie keeps re-subscribing using my email address. Katie, seriously, give me a break!

Some Other Katie has the world’s worst photographer friend/relative, as I can attest from the following email:

On Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 6:48 PM, pdr <[redacted]@mac.com> wrote:
Katie,
Here are my photos from your party. If you want any printed, let me know the size, etc. Continue Reading >>

Other Katie Tries to Get Laid

Day’s Verse:
Her whole way of life is doomed;
every step she takes brings her closer to hell.
No one who joins her company ever comes back,
ever sets foot on the path to real living.

Proverbs 2:18-19

I was going to write a post about being pregnant, but I’ve had an Other Katie experience that is infinitely more interesting. I’m still kind of boggling at it, actually.

Yesterday evening, I received the following email:

Dear [Redacted],

Thanks for joining Adult FriendFinder. Please login instantly to activate
your account and start mingling with hot and sexy people. Continue Reading >>

Other Katie Emails Get a Permanent Online Home

Day’s Verse:
Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.
Matthew 6:19-21

OK, folks, I’ve created a special simple Tumblr blog exclusively for Other Katie emails, and I’ve added three new Other Katie emails that I received in the last few days. You can find it at otherkatie.tumblr.com. It’s intended to be totally bare-bones, and I still need to find a way to integrate it into this blog, but it’s out there now. I’ll just be updating it as I receive Other Katie emails, and I may mention it on this blog occasionally, but the Other Katie email documentation is going to become much sparser here from now on. Continue Reading >>

Yet More Other Katies

Day’s Verse:
“And don’t say anything you don’t mean. … You only make things worse when you lay down a smoke screen of pious talk, saying, ‘I’ll pray for you,’ and never doing it, or saying, ‘God be with you,’ and not meaning it.
Matthew 5:33-34ish

It’s been a while since I updated my Other Katie Files, and I’ve had a few doozies lately. For those of you unaware of the Other Katie situation, check out these previous posts:

  1. May 7, 2009: Would the Real Katie Ferguson Please Stand Up?
  2. October 12, 2009: Another Chapter in The Other Katie Saga
  3. December 4, 2009: Doings and Goings-On
  4. January 4, 2010: The Truth Revealed!
  5. July 28, 2010: The Other Katie, Redux
  6. March 26, 2011: Identity: More of the Other Katie

Before I get to the latest Other Katies, I’d like to point out the SSA’s really interesting Baby Name Popularity website, which gives all manner of data on baby names. As a result, I now know that in 1984, my birth year, the name Katie was 44th in popularity; Kathleen (my full name) was 71st; Kaitlyn was 90th, with other spelling variations falling lower, but still frequent; Katherine was 90th anc Catherine was 69th. All this results in lots and lots of women in their late 20s walking around with the name Katie, or something similar. Continue Reading >>

Identity: More of the Other Katie

Day’s Verse:
Don’t brashly announce what you’re going to do tomorrow; you don’t know the first thing about tomorrow.
Proverbs 27:1

Remember The Other Katie? I’ve mentioned The Other Katie phenomena before on my blog (here, here, here, and here, to be exact).

I continue to periodically receive Other Katie emails, but earlier this week I had a particularly egregious example I just had to mention: I received a flight itinerary from Houston to Lubbock, TX. On Friday, April 29, I could conceivably fly to Lubbock on Southwest Airlines for free. I actually recognized the name of the people who made the reservation; we’ve had previous Other Katie interactions, and I hoped they’d gotten their email address confusion straightened out when I stopped getting emails from them. Alas, no. Continue Reading >>

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. Continue Reading >>