I sent the email, the one I have been meaning to send to the man I used to work with at Prestigious U. The content is dull - I ask about his summer and his travels and prudishly ask him to let me know how school is going.
The punctuation, however, is hot. One semi-colon, on double dash and, you know, I almost threw in an asterisk just to make my feelings clear. But then I realized that it might be a bit forward to take things so far on the second email. As far as I know, the lovely creature who tossed an asterisk at Woodrow got absolutely nowhere for her troubles, in spite of the fact that she took it a step further and spelled it out for him* using actual language. Perhaps if she had simply sent him an asterisk - all out there by itself - he might have taken a greater interest? No idea.
What I do know is that if the smart, serious creature who emailed me in July emails me back, I will consent to spend an hour in his company. And then I will take my pulse and see if I am still living. I'll let you know how it goes.
* transcript of the text to which I refer (to which I refer!) since I can't figure out how to link to it. (Duh).
I wanna hump* ur leg! :)
How funny is that? But what is the asterisk for? Priceless.