To Whom It May Concern


By Angela Doll Carlson

M.Oberfeld <markoberfeld@primrose.com>                                    January 3, 2015

To: Customer Assistance <qc@grounspace.com>
Misprint—please correct!

To whom it may concern—

Please note that the ad I placed on December 30th and which is now running has an error. The ad should include the address and the date but it does not. The ad is useless to me if my clients do not know how to attend. Please correct immediately.

Thank you,
M. Oberfeld
Expanding your horizons!

 

Customer Assistance <qc@grounspace.com>                       January 3, 2015

To: M. Oberfeld <markoberfeld@primrose.com>
Re: Misprint—please correct!

Dear Sir,

We are glad to correct the error. Please send the address and date you would like to show on the ad. Please note that it will take 48 hours for the changes to show.

Thank you for your patience,
A. Post
Grounspace Partners

 

M. Oberfeld <markoberfeld@primrose.com>                                   January 3, 2015

To: A. Post <qc@grounspace.com>
Re: Misprint—please correct!

Dear Mr. Post,

The address and the date are clearly listed on my order form if you will be so kind as to look at that. I am not comfortable sending that kind of personal information in an email. I’m sure you understand. I await your response.

M. Oberfeld
Expanding your horizons!

 

Abigail Post <qc@grounspace.com>                                          January 3, 2015

To: M. Oberfeld <markoberfeld@primrose.com>
Re: Misprint—please correct!

Dear Mr. Oberfeld,

Unfortunately I do not have the ability to access your original order form from this office. Your information has already been uploaded into our system from the form you completed at the office. It appears that the address and date were left out of the system or maybe the data was erased somehow. If you can send me the information via email I assure you that it will be not be compromised at this end.

Thank you—
Abigail Post
Grounspace Partners

 

Mark Oberfeld <markoberfeld@primrose.com>             January 3, 2015

To: Abigail Post <qc@grounspace.com>
Re: Misprint—please correct!

Dear Mrs. Post,

I’m sorry to be difficult about this request but I have read too many stories of personal information leaks to be able to release that via email. I’d be glad to complete another order form at the area office if that will suffice. I can come into the office to meet you at your convenience to clear this up.

This is my first workshop in the area and the start of a new business endeavor. I’m afraid if I do not get the turn out I hope for I will be forced to consider other employment. I’m sure you can see how delicate a position I’m in right now.

Mark Oberfeld
Expanding your horizons!

 

Abigail <qc@grounspace.com>                                                            January 3, 2015

To: Mark <markoberfeld@primrose.com>
Re: Misprint—please correct!

Dear Mr. Oberfeld,

I can understand your frustration, certainly, but a new order form will take a few days to reach me depending on which office you attend. I am in the Bayside location. Is that near to you?

Starting a new venture is always a risk. I think you’re brave to try it in this economy. I admire that. Is this your first start-up?

Ms. Abigail Post
Grounspace Partners

 

Mark <markoberfeld@primrose.com>                                        January 3, 2015

To: Abigail <qc@grounspace.com>
Re: Misprint—please correct!

Dear Ms. Post,

I’m not far from Bayside. I placed the order here in Whittock originally. The workshop will take place in Bayside, however, so a trip up the coast would not be too much trouble. When would be a good time to come?

This is my first start up, yes. I held a position at the Governor’s office after graduation and then most recently I was with a large firm. Starting my own business is a dream. You’re right about the economy, though. It’s a gamble.

Best,
Mark
Expanding your horizons!

 

Abigail <qc@grounspace.com>                                          January 3, 2015

To: Mark <markoberfeld@primrose.com>
Re: Misprint—please correct!

Dear Mark,

What a small world! I spent a summer as an intern at the capitol a few years ago! I wonder if we crossed paths. I checked out your company on the web and it looks so interesting. I hope your workshop goes well. In this economy I’m sure there are many people who would love to learn more about neuro-dynamics!

I’m available any day this week between the hours of 9am and 3pm. Just let me know what time works for you and I’ll let reception know to expect you. It will be nice to meet you in person!

Sincerely,
Abigail
Grounspace Partners

 

Mark <markoberfeld@primrose.com>                                        January 3, 2015

To: Abigail <qc@grounspace.com>
Re: Misprint—please correct!

Dear Abigail,

Thanks for your kind words! To be honest, it was a rough year for me. I left LaGrange Tech about six months after my divorce (another story!) but it was on good terms at least. I was tired of being a “cog” in the machine. Neuro-dynamics changed my life so I made the jump. I am lucky that I was able to get some investors interested in the company, which gave me time to set it up and get myself together. Maybe you can come to the workshop. I can let you know more about it (like the date and the address, haha) when I see you at your office.

I will be there tomorrow around 11am if that works for you.

Best,
Mark
Expanding your horizons!


Abigail <qc@grounspace.com>                                          January 3, 2015

To: Mark <markoberfeld@primrose.com>
Re: Misprint- please correct!

Dear Mark,

That sounds perfect. I really look forward to meeting you. You can tell me more about neuro-dynamics. I will see you then!

Sincerely,
Abigail
Grounspace Partners

 

Mark <markoberfeld@primrose.com>                                        January 4, 2015

To: Abigail <qc@grounspace.com>
Re: Misprint—please correct!

Abigail,

I’m sorry to have missed you today. Your co-worker told me that you were out sick. I was not sure if I should trust him! Haha. I hope you are feeling better. You can find the date and address for the workshop on the order form in your office if you can make it. I hope to meet you in person soon.

Best,
Mark
Expanding your horizons!

 

Mark <markoberfeld@primrose.com>                                        January 5, 2015

To: Abigail <qc@grounspace.com>
Re: Misprint—please correct!

Abigail,

Sorry for the barrage of emails but I wanted to be sure you got my message about the workshop date and address. I was thinking that if you can make it maybe we can go to dinner either before or after. I understand if you’d rather not, considering we’re strangers and everything. I just think it seems like we have some kind of connection here.

Best,
Mark
Expanding your horizons!

 

Mark <markoberfeld@primrose.com>                                        January 6, 2015

To: Abigail <qc@grounspace.com>
Re: Misprint—please correct!

Dear Abigail,

After reading back on my last email I was thinking that maybe I came off too strong. I’m sorry if that’s creepy. I’m a regular guy, honestly. I just thought that since I’ll be in the area it would be great to meet you in person.

By the way, the ad is updated now so THANK YOU! I already have a couple of RSVPs coming in. Looks like the workshop is a go!

Best,
Mark
Expanding your horizons!

 

Mark <markoberfeld@primrose.com>                                        January 10, 2015

To: Abigail <qc@grounspace.com>
Re: Misprint—please correct!

Dear Abigail,

I wanted to let you know that the workshop is happening this week. I’m sure you have the information but if for some reason you don’t have access to the order form anymore you can find the ad on my website and on the search engines too. Just put in the company name and “workshop” or something like that and it should show up. You can check on the website too. I think you said you found the site before. Maybe your browser saved the information.

Hope to see you there!

Best,
Mark
Expanding your horizons!

 

Mark <markoberfeld@primrose.com>                                        January 15, 2015

To: Abigail <qc@grounspace.com>
Re: Misprint—please correct!

Dear Abigail,

I’m sorry I didn’t get to see you at the workshop tonight. I’m sitting here reading over the emails I sent to you and I’m kicking myself, thinking that I probably came off too strong or something. I don’t know why I thought that maybe we had a connection but I still think so, even though I haven’t heard back from you at all.

I second-guess myself a lot, which is why neuro-dynamics has been such a great thing for me to explore. Letting my mind wander and reigning it back in has been a problem all my life. It drove my ex-wife crazy! I’m a lot better at focus now that I’ve been working with the start up. The workshop went great though, and I think the company is going to do well.

Maybe one day we can finally meet in person. I just keep thinking that we should meet and that if we do some great things might happen for us both. It must be the neuro-dynamics talking!

Best,
Mark
Expanding your horizons!

 

Mark <markoberfeld@primrose.com>                                        January 20, 2015

To: Abigail <qc@grounspace.com>
Re: Misprint—please correct!

Dear Abigail,

It’s late, probably after 3am, and I’m thinking about everything. I don’t usually get insomnia so this is weird for me. I promise I’m not drunk. I just spent the last hour trying to search you out on the web. I found an old picture of you as an intern at the Governor’s office. I’m sure we must have met or at least sat in the same break room once in a while. I was there overlapping your time but only for a couple of weeks, probably.

When it’s late like this I think I get a little lonely. I hope that’s not a scary thing to admit. I’m just being vulnerable here. I feel like the lack of response on your part might be just because you’re busy (that’s the neuro-dynamic version) or then I think that maybe you got freaked out that day I came in. I think that it’s possible you just didn’t think I was your type or something. Why do I even think like that? We never even met. But the neuro-dynamics work I do tells me to pay attention to everything and especially when I feel attraction to something. I feel attracted to you. I wish I could express it better. I just don’t like to do these things over the web or by email. I’ll be in the Bayside area again tomorrow. I might stop by but I wanted to let you know first so it wasn’t too weird.

Hope to see you then—

Best,
Mark
Expanding your horizons!

Abigail <qc@grounspace.com>                                          January 20, 2015

To: Mark markoberfeld@primrose.com
OUT OF OFFICE REPLY
Re: Misprint—please correct!

Thank you for your recent email. Please be aware that I am out of the office and will not be responding to email until my return. If this is an issue that cannot wait, please contact Jerry Caldwell jcaldwell@grounspace for further assistance.

A. Post
Grounspace Partners

 

Mark <markoberfeld@primrose.com>                                        January 22, 2015

To: Abigail <qc@grounspace.com>
Re: Misprint—please correct!

Dear Abigail,

I drove by your office this week and thought about stopping in but I lost my nerve. I got the reply you sent but I couldn’t decide if it was real or not. That sounds paranoid even to me! Still, I wondered and that is a bad sign. It usually means I’m slipping outside of my neuro parameters. If you read up on neuro-dynamics on my site you probably know what that means. I can’t help how I feel. I wish I could change it but I don’t know how. After all I’ve been through in the last few years I think this was just the final straw or something. The company I’m starting has taken all my energy. I met you at this perfect moment, or at least it seemed that way to me. I thought we could do great things together. Believe me, I know that is a crazy thing to say. I’m not crazy though.

This email is just to say that this will be the last time you hear from me. I promise. I tried everything I could think of to pursue my dreams and one of those dreams ended up being to meet you in person and see if what I sensed in our emails was what I thought it was or if it was just all in my head. I don’t blame you for this though. I want you to know that. This whole thing has been building for a long time. This isn’t the first time I’ve gone over the edge a little. Truth be told, I had to leave the Governor’s office for some health reasons. And then I had to leave the corporate world for health reasons too. I’ve tried a lot of things. I even had shock therapy once. (Yes, REALLY!) It worked for a little while. Everything works for a little while then I’m right back where I was before.

I thought that maybe this time would be different. I wish you all the best, I really do. I think you seem like a great girl. I know you have a lot ahead of you. Don’t get discouraged with neuro-dynamics, if you end up doing it. It really is a good program. I still believe in it whole-heartedly. I think I’m just too far gone for it, now that I really think about it. Neuro-dynamics helps people to figure out what to live for and that’s always been a sticking point for me. You can ask my ex-wife about that (or maybe don’t! haha)

Keep the faith, Abigail.

Best,
Mark
Expanding your horizons!

 

Abigail <qc@grounspace.com>                                          January 23, 2015

To: Mark markoberfeld@primrose.com
Re: Misprint—please correct!

Dear Customer:

Thank you for your recent email. Please be aware that Abigail Post is no longer with our company. Please contact Jerry Caldwell jcaldwell@grounspace for further assistance.

P. Palmer
Grounspace Partners

 

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To: Mark markoberfeld@primrose.com
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Angela Doll Carlson is a poet, fiction writer, and essayist whose work has appeared in Thin Air Magazine, Eastern Iowa Review, Apeiron Review, Relief Journal Magazine, St. Katherine Review, Rock & Sling and Ruminate Magazine, among others. She has published two books, Nearly Orthodox and Garden in the East.

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