My new addition to MySpace.com means that I get random e-mails from frightening gentleman located throughout this wonderful country of ours. Just now, I received an e-mail from a maintenance man at an amusement park who has listed as his heroes; “Bob from Maintenance, Cleetis from Maintenance, Strugis from Maintenance…” He’s also old, married, and has a handlebar moustache. His photo shows him uncomfortably sitting at a desk in the cluttered maintenance office and his “About Me” section discusses the various rides that frequently breakdown and drive him nuts.
He apparently came across my page for unknown reasons and was moved enough to send me the difficult to resist, “Hi.”
Is it standard to respond to this? What kind of frenzy would the return “Hi” send him into? Would we then move on to mono-syllabic sentences? Would free amusement park passes be involved? Would I have to wait in line to go on a roller coaster?
When meeting a married, moustached maintenance man off the internet, does one shake hands? Hug? High five?
A lot of questions arise with this new community and I don’t know the rules. I think I’ll just cut my losses and let this gem slip through the cracks. Oh, who am I kidding? I’m writing back right now…