Off-topic: My good friend Dave Judi

I have never had any kind of meaningful conversation or correspondence with a famous person or had even a brush with notoriety. I took a stab at it recently, though. Dave Barry has a blog in which he, for the most part, comes up with funny ways of describing weird things on the Web. He doesn’t find these weird things himself, though. His alert readers find them and send them to him. He always acknowledges a person who sends him any link he deems significantly strange enough to post in his blog. So when I came across a horrible story in The New York Times, I immediately sent it to him, thinking that the world would soon see my name in pixels.

It didn’t happen, but I did exchange a few e-mails with his assistant, a nice lady with a healthy sense of humor rare in these serious times when an Ashton Kutcher movie passes for comedy. Anyway, since this is the closest I’ve ever come to talking to a famous person, I thought I’d post it (with her permission, of course) even though it has nothing to do with marriage.

From: curt hendley
To: nolowflow@davebarry.com
Subject: Holy freakin’ buttload of fatalistic irony!
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2003 12:48:52 -0400 (EDT)

Dear Dave,
I just wanted to make sure you didn’t miss this. It was on the home page of The New York Times’ Web site (as of Aug. 14, 3:45 p.m. EDT):

Withering heat is being blamed for hundreds of deaths across Europe, and perhaps 3,000 deaths in France alone, where refrigerated tents had to be erected outside the city to accommodate the bodies.

The full story is at The New York Times.

curt hendley

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From: judi smith
Date: Mon Aug 18, 2003 10:41:10 AM US/Eastern
To: curt hendley
Subject: Re: Holy freakin’ buttload of fatalistic irony!

Curt –

The best address for blog-related stuff is daveblogger@hotmail.com; I sent this one along to that address already. Thanks for writing.

(As for your story: Wow. Somebody call Alanis! THAT’s irony.)

judi smith
Assistant to Dave Barry

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From: curt hendley
To: nolowflow@davebarry.com
Subject: Re: Holy freakin’ buttload of fatalistic irony!
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2003 23:44:03 -0400

Judi,
Thank you for forwarding my message, and thank you for understanding the irony. I tried to share this with a few of my coworkers, and they all said, “Three thousand people died from the heat? That’s horrible!” Some people just don’t appreciate morbid and humorous reversals.

Curt

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From: judi smith
Date: Wed Aug 20, 2003 11:45:08 AM US/Eastern
To: curt hendley
Subject: Re: Holy freakin’ buttload of fatalistic irony!

i guess it’s my on-the-job training ;)

judi smith
Assistant to Dave Barry

A big THANK-YOU to Judi for taking time to deal with me and for giving me permission to post this.

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