Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2001 10:34 AM
Subject: Consider yourself warned....

This is a (not so) gentle reminder to PLEASE PLEASE not send my attachments back when you reply to these emails.  While replies and emails in general are strongly encouraged, I already have the pictures I send, I don't need them sent back to me.  The technical difficulties I face getting connected out here are almost absurd.  I consider 10 minutes of uninterrupted connection at 28.8 to be a great day.  So while you are sitting in your ergonomically correct chairs sending today's 8MB MPEG joke to all of your friends over a T1 line, remember that I don't have access to that kind of bandwidth.  Downloading emails that should take about 2 minutes is taking almost 30, and sitting in the cold on a park bench with my laptop plugged into the side of a pay phone is not why I came out here.  So, in the future, those not complying with this request will be removed from the list (exceptions may be made for those submitting rambling groveling apologies that can be forwarded to the entire community, or cash donations).  In the event that the perpetrators are unaware of the error of their ways, I am including a list of the most recent offenders:
Rob Cook (although he did realize it and send an apology)
Bruce Lyons
Terri Carulli
Rhett Edwards
AND, worst of all...
Chris Sharron - who did it twice with the same message, in what can only be perceived as an attempt to compensate for feelings of inferiority about his University of Wisconsin education, sent this addendum to his correct answer of Archduke Ferdinand as the trigger for the start of WWI:
"In reality there were many other reasons that led to this war, some occurring as far back the late 1800's. Nationalism, militarism, imperialism, and the system of alliances were four main factors that pressed the great powers towards this explosive war. Nationalism is the love of one's country rather that the love of a native region. Throughout the 1800's many national groups that were driven by nationalism tried to unite by governments controlled by their own people. However, this desire to unite all the people of a nation under one government had devastating possibilities in Europe, where one government often ruled many nationalities. This is one important reason for the start of the Great War.
I felt I needed to add more to my original answer."
I think Mr. Sharron should spend more time working and less time surfing on-line encyclopedias for intellectual quotes that he can pass off as his own in his emails.  For those of you wishing to pile on additional humiliation, you can email Chris.
Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from everybody  ;-)
P.S.  For those of you horrified at the public humiliation delivered in this email, Chris will probably laugh the hardest of all