I had declared yesterday, "my day off," so I could work exclusively on my book. Wanting my book to be the best that I can make it, I made some significant changes to the layout, that took me over three hours to correct. Then I was tired, so I took a break, and checked my e-mail.
My dear friend, Nancy D., from Chicago sent me a short note, telling me that she was going to see Mt. Rushmore, next week, because it is on her "bucket list." I thought that was pretty cool. Then I read on and nearly fell out of my chair laughing, when she writes that she also has a "f - it" list! I sent Nancy D. a reply, telling her that I had never heard that expression before, but I liked it. Then came some bad news.
I received an e-mail from Guinness World Records. It started out like this:
Dear Mrs. Nancy Parker-Simons,
Thank you for sending us the details of your recent record attempt for 'rescue org. placed 2 wild hogs at bed & breakfasts'. We are afraid to say that we are unable to accept this as a Guinness World Record. Here's their e-mailed letter to me:
"698XXXX: Guinness World Records
Monday, July 27, 2009 9:28 AM
"Guinness World Records"
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Claim ID: 698XXXX
Membership Number: 698XXXX
Dear Mrs Nancy Parker-Simons,
Thank you for sending us the details of your recent record attempt for 'rescue org. placed 2 wild hogs at bed & breakfasts'. We are afraid to say that we are unable to accept this as a Guinness World Record.
We receive over 60,000 enquiries a year from which only a small proportion are approved by our experienced researchers to establish new categories. These are not 'made up' to suit an individual proposal, but rather 'evolve' as a result of international competition in a field, which naturally accommodates superlatives of the sort that we are interested in. We think you will appreciate that we are bound to favour those that reflect the greatest interest.
Guinness World Records has absolute discretion as to which Guinness World Record applications are accepted and our decision is final. Guinness World Records may at its discretion and for whatever reason identify some records as either no longer monitored by Guinness World Records or no longer viable.
As your record application has not been accepted, Guinness World Records is in no way associated with the activity relating to your record proposal and we in no way endorse this activity. If you choose to proceed with this activity then this is will be of your own volition and at your own risk.
Once again thank you for your interest in Guinness World Records.
Records Management Team"
As you can guess, I was very disappointed after reading it—and it was way too long! Needing to cheer myself up, I turned on my music to uplift my mood, then I went back to working on my book. My concentration on my editing, made me totally forget about my rejection letter from Guinness, and I was almost feeling happy, but that didn't last for long.
Tony walks in the front door, "No mail today, except this letter for you." Then he hands me my letter, and I unfortunately, opened it up. It was exactly what I did not want to think about! It totally depressed me. Here it is:
I especially liked the little picture in the lower right hand corner, "My Final Wishes." So, I did something that I have never done before in my life—I put the Guinness rejection letter, and my fantastic Funeral offer on my "f -it" list, and I feel so much better!
I spent the rest of yesterday editing my book. Later that evening, Kinky came over, and we laughed about my dreary day.
Today I took care of rescue ranch business, and am caught up with that. And, I came up with my own 1969—2009 saying!
Y'all have a great evening!