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Topic: Spam (not the meat) (11/03/11)
TITLE: Love in the Time of Spam
By Glynis Becker
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Todd took a breath and held the microphone to his lips. "I have a confession to make, Gina. And I knew I had to make this confession here and now, before we go any farther." <i>Oh no</i>, she thought. <i>I think I saw this on one of those reality shows. The groom confesses to a horrible crime after the wedding and their lives are never the same. Or was it an affair with a bridesmaid? Or was it a mafia crime? It couldn't be any of those things. Not her Todd!</i>
"Most of you know how Gina and I met, but if you don't, I'll catch you up. We were both students at the University--Go Wolves!!--". Several howls interrupted the story until Todd smiled, slashed a finger across his throat and continued. "I was doing a little computer work on the side, helping those poor liberal arts majors figure out the more technical aspects of their laptops and notebooks." Here he gave Gina a little wink. "You know, cleaning out registries, initializing hard drives. Easy stuff like that. Okay, so one day this young lady calls me up because she'd seen my flier at the campus coffee shop. She had a term paper due later that week and her computer was full of spam, possibly some viruses, too. She was afraid to do anything because she might lose her paper. I was really busy, but I agreed to meet her and see what I could do to help."
Finally, he smiled down at Gina. "The minute she walked into that room...well, she was gorgeous. I knew I'd help her out no matter what kind of damage she'd done to that computer. I didn't even care how long it was going to take. I would have stayed up all night re-installing her operating system, because it was love at first sight for me."
A chorus of "awww's" sounded from around the room, with whispers of "Isn't that the sweetest?" from all the computer science majors. Todd's hand shot up and called for silence. "So, Sweetheart, here's my confession: I'm a much better tech guy than I led on. I could have fixed your computer in about 15 minutes, but I made sure it took three different tries to get it right. I figured if I could get you to talk with me a couple of times, I would have the courage to ask you out. So I didn't completely clean off your computer that first night. It was sort of a little white lie, but I thought I'd better ask for forgiveness before we go any farther with this whole lifetime commitment thing." He hung his head in mock sheepishness. "Forgive me?"
Gina stood up. Taking the microphone from his hands, she paused for a second. "Honey. I have a confession to make, too. And now's as good a time as any to get it off my chest." She reached up to put her hand against his cheek and winked. "I may have been just an English major, but I've used enough computers to know how to get rid of a little spam. No reason I couldn't do it myself. Except that I was just sure you'd ask me out if I could get you to talk to me a few times. So, I guess I played a little dumb, too." Gina moved her pursed lips into a smile. "Forgive me?"
Todd laid the microphone next to the centerpiece so he could wrap her in his arms and give her the kiss that she expected. Their friends laughed and applauded as he whispered in her ear, "Who could have imagined that spam might occasionally be a wonderful thing?"
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