Me And Groucho

 Posted by at 12:18 am  Nick's Blog
May 032021

There are more groups on Facebook dedicated to all kinds of special interests than there are fleas on a dog. More than there are fleas on a pack of dogs. I belong to and help moderate a few, including three or four authors’ groups and John Huggins’ Living the RV Dream group, and I occasionally check in on a couple of kayak fishing groups and groups for places I’ve lived in the past. But I’m too busy to spend a lot of time in any one group, and there are probably some I belong to that I haven’t visited in well over a year.

One of those groups is a private group for mystery writers, and a year ago, when the person who runs it asked me to join, I had first declined, saying that I just did not have time to participate. She asked me two more times, and then pretty much begged me to join, saying that having a New York Times bestselling author among their group would be a real feather in their cap. I told her to add me to the group but to please understand that I probably would not be an active participant. And I haven’t been. There are only so many hours in a day and so many things I can do. But I don’t have to worry about being in that group any longer. Yesterday I received a message from her telling me I had been removed due to inactivity, explaining that they only wanted people who were going to engage with other members. She did tell me that I would be considered for re-admission if I promised to actually take part and be active. I was reminded of the old Groucho Marx quote, “I wouldn’t want to belong to a club that would have me as a member.” People mystify me sometimes.

Someone else who mystified me was the person who sent me an e-mail asking how he could enter my weekly blog drawings without using his e-mail address and if I could enter for him using my e-mail. He said that with all of the internet scams and phishing schemes out there, he guards his e-mail address like his bank account pin number, and the only people who have it are his immediate family members and a few lifelong friends. He assured me that it was nothing personal and it wasn’t that he didn’t trust me, he doesn’t trust anybody with such valuable information. Now, re-read that paragraph and think about it. He sent me an e-mail asking how to enter a contest without revealing his e-mail address because he doesn’t want anyone to have it. Read it again if you still don’t understand.

Congratulations Marlene M Tillery, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of The Ghost Who Wanted Revenge, Book 4 in my friend Bobbi Holmes excellent Haunting Danielle mystery series about an Oregon seaside bed and breakfast with a resident ghost of a previous owner who has been dead for almost ninety years. We had 36 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.  Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with U.S. addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed.

Thought For The Day – Yesterday I tried to pull my sleeve up and accidentally punched myself it the nose. It’s okay, I’ve had it coming for a long time now.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  3 Responses to “Me And Groucho”

  1. People just don’t understand that the ones stealing from you have ability to use your snail mailing address, telephone, where you own property # etc. for whatever scams they want.
    And the easy way to NOT use your e-mail is to create one just for giveaways etc……..and if it gets spam, that is why the have a delete button.

    Besides Nick you have always said you don’t share the emails…..either they trust you or they don’t. 🙂

  2. Two cases of people not listening to their own words.
    Be Safe and Enjoy what time you do have.

    It’s about time.

  3. You recently wrote about your experience owning local newspapers. Today’s AP news has a story that I thought you would appreciate. It’s about an 11-year old boy who started his own newspaper. My favorite quote from the story: “He said he was looking at the News & Guide and thinking about newspapers in general and realized “We get to tell people important information about the world and I thought that was really cool, and I wanted to do that.”

    Regards, Mike

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