tatjna (tatjna) wrote,


I keep getting mistaken for other people. Yesterday, my tutor was all "I saw you the other day at that protest!" and I was kind of "Hey if it was a good protest that gives me credibility, I'll take it." Then in the coffee shop on the way home, the barista talked to me for a couple of minutes about stuff that happened at Spinfluence before I let him off the hook by telling him I wasn't there. And he gave me a free coffee out of embarrassment.

So clearly I have a doppelganger running round protesting and attending circus festivals. I wonder if I could get her to go to work for me too? That'd be awesome. Or maybe I could get away with all those things I've wanted to do in public by blaming it on her...

This morning someone sent one of those emails around work. You know the ones - "If you're having a heart attack while driving, cough and it'll fix it!" *cough* This one was telling us we should drink:
    1 glass of water after waking up -  helps activate internal organs
    1 glass of water  30 minutes before a meal - helps digestion
    1 glass of water before taking a bath - helps   lower blood pressure
    1 glass of water before going to bed -   avoids stroke or heart attack

Um, yerp. I have been slowly training my workmates not to send these round by checking with Snopes and publishing the results in Reply All.

As expected, this one's bullshit. I'm sure the person who sends them thinks I'm a wanker but I keep getting thank you emails from all the other people - some who appreciate me shutting down the chain, others who appreciate someone checking up the advice they would have followed. The best one had done this:
    1 glass of alcohol after waking up – called the hair of the dog
    2 glasses of alcohol 30 minutes before a meal – increases your appetite
    2 glasses of alcohol while taking a bath – helps reduce the stresses of the day
    5 glasses of alcohol before going to bed – makes for an exceptional night’s sleep

Hopefully sooner or later people will either a) have the sense to check these things for themselves before spamming us all with them, or b) be afraid I'll do it and just avoid sending them. Either is fine.

Yes, I am that workmate. Someone has to be.

So anyway, do you have a doppelganger? Or look like someone famous? I don't, sadly. Although I reckon Tank Girl could be as good as me with a bit of practice...
Tags: i am a wanker, you love me anyway
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