Good Morning, Good Afternoon, Good Evening & Good "semi-morning" Larry . . . now as I reply:
"#3 it IS."
I am continually surprised, sometimes amused/bemused at your wording of your replies. . . they're unpredictable. I liked the way you phrased: "Thanks for the generous spread of choices." That felt both gracious & literary-ily [don't bother checking "spelchek"--it's not in there--I just made up the word cuz it serves my meaning--no adverb--exists for "literary" in the "established" dictionary of Spelchek, which I found woefully inadequate many times for other than the most mundane, stalest of writing styles] refreshing.
[That's a choice some other of my (also) "spread" of conversative, liberal, apolitical friends/corresondents have made when this same type of issue has come up: how to individualize the connection if ANY connection is desired at all -- which is always a choice, too, of course -- to have NO CONTACT whatsoever, which is the harshest extreme & assumes no positive value can come with maintaining the option of contact -- which has its place at times, of course in this world of infinite variety of people in an infinite variety of "places" & values & priorities in their lives. (Whew! A bit of a "long-ish," analytical paragraph to speak truthfully precisely & recognize that the 3 Choices I suggested to you were only a few of many
more available. The "exhaustive" menu does not need to be explored here. Neither you or I have the time -- & there's not the Necessity" to do so.]
[Although you choise #3, #4 might be "safer" (& you in your desire for #3) -- & ME -- knowing my proclivity as a Sharing person with my intensive/extensive Professional/personal communications background & lifelong passion for education & difficulty holding back "news" or something that I've found valuable -- & the difficulty I have of not wanting to share it with someone. An example was when I was Denver, CO on a "sojourn" some decades back & saw a "Double Rainbow" for the first time. I was working for an attorney in downtown Denver high up in the skyscraper. I saw the rainbow and was SO excited about I couldn't "keep still."
[I bounded out of the office, ran down the many flights of stairs--to impatient to wait for the elevator--& began spontaneously exclaiming to people, "LOOK, LOOK -- LOOKUP! LOOK UP! There's a Double Rainbow! Some people began to "share the experience" with me & others just "ho-hummed" & went about their "ant" work of the moment. I "couldn't STAND" to just watch this phenomenon all by MYSELF! It didn't seem ENOUGH! I wanted to "multiply the experience" by sharing it with others. I guess I'm a "(spiritually) born-again Californian") although biologically born in Chicago) -- like the classic joke about how many Californians it takes to screw in a lightbulb: "l to do it & 50 to 'share the experience.'"]
SO . . .I think that I might best respect your choice of #3 better if I did #4 for myself -- (because of what I've just said above). As soon as I figure out (with James' help) HOW to move some of my contacts who've made similar requests such as yours --- & also those whom I haven't had any feedback from in some time -- to a Folder, where I can have their Contact on file,
but it won't "tempt" me when I'm scrolling down my contact list to share with a group of people at once. I won't have to think anew each time, "Now is this Something that could perhaps be an "exception" to Larry's #3 definition that maybe I could "dare to send him? . . . as long as I don't do it too often?--this offering feels just "too precious--too wonderful not to share--I don't want to deprive him of this "jewel" -- and so I end up taking the risk (as you've seen) & annoying you anyhow. So, I think the best thing is not to even SEE your name in my regular Contact List. Then . . . IF your name comes to mind from some catalyst in Life, rather than "triggering me" just from its presence in my Active Contact List; I would not normally SEE it at all! . . .then I would still have your name & email address on file . . . you wouldn't be "lost to me -- out in the Universe 'somewhere'
Be Well, also . . .extremely so yourself. . . . excess of health and moderation in unhealthy excesses, which can be part of the "spice" of life, as long as we don't "sprinkle it on our Salad of Life" too heavily.
Peace, Love & Joy!
~Norma Jeane ("Rainbow Elf-Child") Young