Cherish Your Friends... OR ELSE!
Date Added: Sept. 25, 2000
'Forward or die' chain letters like this one predate e-mail by decades. In the information age, they're still popular as a replacement to real, personal contact with friends.
Although I am not a believer in these kind of letters, the message is very powerful. I believe you will all agree with me! Jill
Thought I'd forward this one. Good Luck everyone!
Subject: READ ALONE.....ESPECIALLY THE LAST PART
CASE 1: Kelly Sedey had one wish, for her boyfriend of three years, David Marsden, to propose to her. Then one day when she was out to lunch David proposed! She accepted, but then had to leave because she had a meeting in 20 min.
When she got to her office, she noticed on her computer she had e-mail. She checked it, the usual stuff from her friends, but then she saw one that she had never gotten before. It was this letter. She simply deleted it without even reading all of it.
BIG MISTAKE! Later that evening, she received a phone call from the police. It was about DAVID! He had been in an accident with an 18 wheeler. He didn't survive.
CASE 2: Take Katie Robbenson. She received this letter and being the believer that she was, she sent it to a few of her friends but didn't have enough e-mail addresses to send out the full 10 that you must.
Three days later, Katie went to a masquerade ball.
Later that night when she left to get to her car to go home, she was killed on the spot by a hit-and-run drunk driver.
CASE 3: Richard S. Willis sent this letter out within 45 minutes of reading it. Not even 4 hours later walking along the street to his new job interveiw with a really big company, when he ran into Cynthia Bell, his secret love for 5 years. Cynthia came up to him and told him of her passionate crush on him that she had had on him for 2 years.
Three days later, he proposed to her and they got married. Cynthia and Richard are still married with three children, happy as ever!
This is the letter:
Around the corner I have a friend,
Remember to always say what you mean. If you love someone, tell them. Don't be afraid to express yourself. Reach out and tell someone what they mean to you. Because when you decide that it is the right time, it might be too late.
Seize the day. Never have regrets. And most importantly, stay close to your friends and family, for they have helped make you the person that you are today.
You must send this on in 3 hours after reading the letter to 10 different people. If you do this, you will receive unbelievably good luck in love. The person that you are most attracted to will soon return your feelings. If you do not, bad luck will rear its ugly head at you.
THIS IS NOT A JOKE! You have read the warnings, seen the cases, and the consequences. You MUST send this on or face dreadfuly bad luck.
*NOTE* The more people that you send this to, the better luck you will have
Chains like this are often forwarded with some sort of disclaimer at the top that the most recent sender didn't believe all the bad luck junk, but felt that the poem was worth sharing. My reply to them: It's e-mail! E-mail is editable! Just delete the crap you don't like, and send what you want.
It's deliciously ironic that threats of "dreadful bad luck" should be attached to a poem about friendship. I tried to see if I could actually find the author of the poem to give it proper attribution. I found it on numerous web pages, some attributing it to "anonymous," but most giving it no attribution at all. Amanda Gier, of Amanda's Quotes and Poetry told BreakTheChain.org that Henson Towne was the bard behind this prose. I've been unable to contact Mr. Towne, but doubt that he'd approve of his work being attached to a threatening chain letter such as this.
Quite frankly, I haven't even tried to validate each of the "cases" given above. Let's face it, if someone believes that forwarding an e-mail has any bearing on what kind of luck they have, nothing I write here is going to change their mind. A recent poll of BreakTheChain.org readers identified good luck and friendship chain letters as the most annoying type of e-mail they receive. An e-mail like this could actually be seen as insulting - far from what you were thinking when you sent it. If you like the poem, send the poem, but delete the flotsam first. Or better yet, just send them to Amanda's site. Break this Chain!