Another brain fade

A couple of doctors have recommended that I organise some postcards to advertise Hope Beyond Cure. The plan is that they can be left in doctor’s waiting rooms for patients to pick up and find out where they can get copies of the book.

I figured that it would be helpful if I organised a memorable email address where I can be contacted if people want to discuss things further, so I went to the google site and looked up hopebeyondcure@gmail.com. To my utter amazement this email address address had already been taken. How could this happen? As far as I knew the phrase was original. I’d never heard it anywhere else. The idea popped into my head that someone must have seen the book, grabbed the name, and was planning to sell it to me at a profit. Apparently people do things like that! So I send an email to the address with the following words…

Hi there
I’m wondering who has this email address. I am the author of a book by this name!
Dave

Yesterday, I was puzzling over this again. I hadn’t received a reply to my email and it still amazed me that anyone else would go to the trouble to take this address. Then it occurred to me—what if it was me who’d grabbed this gmail address? Had I, perhaps, taken it at the same time that I’d registered the domain name, hopebeyondcure.com, in October last year?

So I went back to the google site, typed in the address, and then began trying passwords. Every time it told me that someone already had this address, until I tried an old password that I hadn’t used in a while… and the email account opened up! It was me who had registered that email address. I set up the account, added it to my email program, and immediately began receiving messages—eleven from google and one from me, that read…

Hi there
I’m wondering who has this email address. I am the author of a book by this name!
Dave

9 thoughts on “Another brain fade”

  1. That must have been a wonderful moment of relief! I’m glad you realized that. It would have been most frustrating had you not – especially if you never heard back. 🙂

  2. Don’t worry Dave – this isn’t chemo related. It’s gender related. I registered a gmail account for our son’s name before our first baby was born, just to be on the safe side. Our first was a girl, our second a boy, and I went to register his name as an email address when he was born and couldn’t get it. It’s not a common name so it blew my mind a bit that it was taken already. Until I did the same thing…

  3. Don’t worry Dave – this isn’t chemo related. It’s gender related. I registered a gmail account for our son’s name before our first baby was born, just to be on the safe side. Our first was a girl, our second a boy, and I went to register his name as an email address when he was born and couldn’t get it. It’s not a common name so it blew my mind a bit that it was taken already. Until I did the same thing…

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