I always felt that Outlook was really intended for a corporate environment where you had to keep track of hundreds of people. When I was working, my circle of contacts was easily manageable. Even when I was at the top of my game, I had everyone's numbers in my head-From my produce supplier in Amite, LA, to everyone in the franchise department in Dallas, TX, along with 50 employees. That was before any of this stuff had even thought about being developed (Read: about the time of the Commodore 64). So you either lugged around a Rolodex or you used your memory. But, that's not even a shadow of the way things have become.
We weren't incessantly bombarded with TB of totally irrelevant and useless trivia to sort through to find the 10 MB of data one truly needed to get through the day. "Social Networking" was to buy a 6-pack and, along with 20-50 of your friends, hang out on the Winn Dixie parking lot. The cops knew we weren't doing or selling drugs although some of us burned one or two. The worst that would happen is a couple of guys would take a swing at each other or those of us with "hot rods" would get a little buzzed and head out to a deserted 1/4 mile of highway and win/lose a few bucks. None of us ever had a wreck or even ran off the road but no one but us was out there and we weren't trying to text or talk or take photos of ourselves while running 110+.
People getting shot/stabbed/run over happened either "Up North" or "Out West" or in the Ninth Ward or at one of the hard-core redneck bars where fun was defined as emptying the balls out of the pool tables, lining up on opposite sides of the bar and playing "Elimination" or "Chicken" or whatever they called that insanity. I saw a couple of veterans of that bar game. Up to that point, I thought everybody was just yanking my chain. You ever seen what a well-thrown 45 mph cue ball can do to someone's front teeth or eye or nose or ear? It ain't pretty, trust me.
Back to the point, tho. I've had my Hotmail account since, gosh, '96? As I recall there was Hotmail, Juno and maybe Yahoo. Not too many others. Now hotmail has been sucked up into the great void that is Outlook.com which also is linked to my SkyDrive account for the village. Then I have GoogleDrive. I still use Live Mail, fortunately, because it handles all my email: Hotmail; my domain's email; my Village domain email; gmail. Just not yahoo mail.
I signed up for an Outlook.com email to go with SkyDrive for the village and just for lark I decided to send an email. That's what brought me to the point of writing this post. I guess it doesn't matter really one way or the other as, like I said, I use Live Mail for everything as it is. It's just amazing to me that there's no easy way to add a recipient to an outgoing email short of typing it in.
My thought for the winter:
Anyone who has written lamentations about the ol' North Wind obviously has never lived on the Eastern shore of Lake Erie
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