No, this isn’t a post about how I’m turning into my dad, though my dad and I are a lot alike when it comes to many things, especially politics and baseball. The title of this post needs to be taken literally. For those who don’t know, I am named after my dad. Growing up in the same house, phone calls could get confusing. Are they calling for me or my dad? Then I started getting mail. It was easier to figure out that college pamphlets were for me and AARP material was for my dad. There is one avenue in my life where I’m still confused with my dad: email.

My dad and I have very similar email addresses because we have the same name. My family on his side continuously sends me emails (emails that are sent to the entire family) thinking I’m him. Then I get all the replies when they reply to all. It’s been explained that my email address is not my dad’s, but once your email address is in their address books there’s no turning back. You’re on the chain for good and because of family happenings regarding my grandparents over the past few weeks I’ve been seeing an influx of emails. Sometimes I’ll get 20 a day not meant for me.

I’ve decided I’ve had enough and set up a gmail filter. Any message that comes from the addresses of my aunts and uncles go directly to a new label and are marked as read. It’s not that risky because they think I’m my dad anyway so they wouldn’t be using that address to contact me. They also know that my dad never checks his email so they including my mom’s address on all emails. Then once a day I will delete all the mails from the label. I had a bit of trouble trying to figure out how to enter in multiple email addresses in the from field in a gmail filter but I think I found a solution. If you place a | between the email addresses, gmail will see them as separate addresses and apply the rule accordingly. Let’s hope it works. I’m waiting for the next email to arrive.

Penny enjoys watching TV. No really, she actually watches it. When the previous owner told me this I thought she was exaggerating and just meant she likes to hear the sound of the TV. I was wrong. She will sit with me on the recliner or couch and watch TV, for several minutes, if something interests her. It is really weird. I’ve never seen a dog this interested in tv. Of course, she’s not interested in most things I watch, like baseball and network programming. She prefers shows with animals in them. I was watching an episode of Planet Earth and she watched for 10 or 15 minutes. Sometimes she’ll be walking by the TV and something will grab her attention and she’ll stop and stand in front of the TV for several minutes, watching the screen, until she gets bored and moves on.

The funniest moment was last night. One of my favorite so-bad-it’s-good movies, Congo, was on. I turned it on right at a scene where Amy the gorilla had a close up. She instantly became curious and watched the TV. She then started getting excited, like she wanted to play with the gorilla. She moved closer and closer to the TV and then even stood on her hind legs and put her face inches from the screen. The scene changed and she sat back down, but not before watching another 5 minutes of the movie. My dog is weird.

13 years ago today, at the age of 25, Tupac Amaru Shakur passed away after being shot six days earlier in Las Vegas. He was a talented musician, poet, and actor and will forever be missed. Rest in peace Tupac.