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Back in the day, I knew someone that had a gmail account back when it was first coming out and was only in Beta stage.  At the time, you can only get a gmail account if you knew someone else who had a gmail account and they invited you.  So I got an account before most people.  The up side of this is that I was able to get a gmail account with my actual RL name.  

There's a downside to this.  While my name isn't super common, it's common enough that there are many other people with the same name out there.  And there email addresses are sometimes close to mine...close enough that I've gotten professional family pictures from Georgia, bank statements from Ontario, and iphone purchase receipts from how knows where. It's creepy.  I always email back that they have the wrong address and sometimes I get an "oops!" type response, sometimes silence.

I also get emails from Elaina.  They aren't many in number-maybe a couple a year-but Elaina seems incapable of understanding that I'm not her daughter.  I've gotten emails about dresses for wedding and various odds and ends, to which I have replied that I'm not the person she's trying to reach.  She'll sometimes hit reply and email me a follow up, totally disregarding my email.  It's not that bad; she doesn't email often and up until recently not about anything important.

This week she emailed me to tell me Uncle Chubby died with details about his cremation and some ballpark ideas for his funeral (it wasn't set yet).

Yeah.  

So I emailed back voicing my condolences and trying to stress that she has the wrong email address.  

To which she replied: "Not saying you have to go just informing."

Oh boy.

My husband says I shouldn't feel guilty; that clearly she's an idiot and I should just block her.  It might come down to that.  But I also don't want some woman in Minnesota (at least that's where Uncle Chubby's being buried) to miss her uncle's funeral.  Nor do I want to start some sort of big family fight.  I mean, it's not my fault, but I still feel like in a way it kind of is even though it isn't?

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