I have recently started putting together a Really Really Free Market; The Free Market of Melbourne and Palm Bay, Florida.
What that is isn’t the point now. If you like, you can look that up at the RRFM Blog
It has met with such acceptance and joy that person after person has jumped on to help. Things ae being taken care of even before I know the need has arisen.
So we are all getting the word out. In large part to let people know this is not a virtual market, but a real location with real people. At long last, hightech is helping create hightouch.
Ah, but someone has taken exception. In my long practice of posting interesting emails and replies, I post this for you, from the woman who wants to make sure I don’t get carried away.
An Email from a yahoogroup that did not like me posting the RRFM: Crossposted from The Blog of the Melbourne and Palm Bay, Florida, Really Really Free market.
Lots of folks wrote me asking if they could post their cats and stoves and such. People don’t seem to realize we are talking about a real location with real people.
It is amazing and wonderful that our technology that, for so long, created distance, was hightech and lowtouch, now is assisting us to connect in ways that creates hightech and hightouch. Facebook, Yahoogroups, local networking.
Here is a lady, the “owner” of Soughbrevardbargains@yahoogroups.com, who takes exception to our getting the word out. The emails are in their entirety.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of
Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 9:45 PM
I don’t mind a group etc. being advertised on south brevard bargains, but I don’t want them being advertised all the time. Only advertise your group “once” (already done) then put it in the links section on the group home page. you have been getting carried away with advertising this “free market” thing, & it’s just getting to be too much. I hope you understand.
Thanks…Annie (SBB-Group Owner)
Date: 3/24/2009 9:57:44 PM
Subject: RE: Adam
I actually only advertises the group once. I mentioned the blog once.
Carried away? We are creating an actual space for trading of goods and services. Realtime. Real people getting what they need.
But, your group. I’ll leave you all to what you do.
From: Annie [mailto:Aeli30@aol.com]
Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 10:23 PM
Subject: RE: Adam
With in the last week you have advertised that group or whatever it is, at least 4 times. I know, because I just deleted all 4 of them except one.
Yes carried away.
(Added note by me: this was over the course of two weeks.)
Here is my reply to this last:
Do forgive me for attempting to set up a real thing with real people. You keep your e-group. It’s the folks who get “carried away” who accomplish things, not those content with good enough and ok.
You’d probably have told Bill Gates and Steve Jobs they were getting carried away. Of John Audubon. Newton was carried away. Nearly anyone who has ever won a race for elected office had to get “carried away.” Anyone who makes a real, consistent difference was “carried away.” When I want to stop being a successful author and educator and stop making a real difference in he world, then I’ll take your advice and stop getting “carried away.” Then I, too, can be common and ordinary.
In the meantime, I’ll get a bit more carried away by posting this on my blogs.
Thanks for the great copy. I couldn’t have written this without you.
And, of course, I could not have.