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Amusing emails recently received:

from my sister, who is in France:
Day 1: After a long flight and a strenuous layover, we were in france. We ended up eating at a chinese takeout place in a mall next to our suburbean hotel. we then went to the eiffel tower where we lost Jackie for 45 minutes. then, on the last train home, we got to witness a drunk 75 year old puke XD

Day 2: (when my nerves ran out)
first we went to Versaille, then ate lunch at a supermqrket in the town of versaille, afterwords going on a bus tour around paris. after eating at a disgusting cafe by the tulleries, we went to the louvre.

from some random stranger on the internet:
I had a friend named Cricket in Memphis when I was really little. She lived in a big house w/a black housekeeper who took care of her. Her dad was always at work. I think he was a lawyer. I don’t remember a mother. We lived in the apartments across the way.
My name’s [omitted], my mom was a stripper named [omitted] and my older sister’s name is [omitted].
I’ve looked for my friend for a long time. She’s the only good memory I have of that time in my life.

Are you her?

Which is, as far as I’m concerned, just weird. I mean, yeah, I guess it’s not obvious from our site that my real name isn’t Cricket or anything, but I can’t imagine arbitrarily emailing everyone you come across with your old friend’s name and then revealing that much personal info, you know? Like maybe, “did you live in Memphis from x date to y date?” or something and then more info in the answer is yes. But I just wouldn’t go spilling about my unhappy childhood with my stripper mom, right? People are strange.

Author: Ajax Bell

Seattle author. Stops to smell the flowers. Amateur nerd (I wanna go pro but I haven't found anyone to pay me). Humble hippo enthusiast. queer/bi. they/them.

5 thoughts on “revealing

  1. that “cricket” email is hilarious! i love how people are so WEIRD, ya know?

    happy easter, chica! 🙂

  2. Come on, Cricket! I know you thought to put that all behind you, but if it will help this guy maybe you need to face your past.

    But, seriously, he probably just thought that his stripper mom was the most likely way to jog Cricket’s memory. It’s not really that much personal information, given that you don’t actually know him. Now if he opened conversations like that, say, on the first day at work, that might be weird.

    “Hi there! Welcome to accounting. I’m John and my mom was a stripper..”

  3. People are strange! It makes them awesome. Personally, this crazy email thrills me.

  4. Ok, that cricket email wins for strange for the day. Good. Night.

  5. It’s so great that I kind of have to doubt it’s authenticity. And yet, what a bizarre thing to make up, so . . .

    Your sister’s emails make me really sad that I’m not in Paris.

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