Context is everything – This message sent from right behind you.

picture taken in the Pope's living room.

picture taken in the Pope’s living room.

So you get an email from someone and at the bottom it says “Sent from iPhone. Please pardon typos” or something to that effect. That’s interesting.

Once upon a time, we didn’t automatically understand the context of the communications we received. Now we do – to a small extent and under limited circumstances.

But – I was wondering just how deep we can go with this, so I took that kernel of an idea and completely blew it out of proportion and came up with the following list of scenarios that provide the context behind messages you may have received or given in your lifetime.

Are there any contexts that could completely change the meaning of a message? This is not a test, I’m just asking. Think about it a little bit. Okay I’m done talking. My head hurts. Just read the list.

Message sent from the toilet.

Message sent from your bathroom.

Message sent from right behind you.

Message sent from my heart to your head.

Message sent while thinking about a past lover.

Smiley face sent to you while experiencing feelings of despairing rage.

Message sent while in love with you.

Sent while in love with your lover.

Message sent while wondering if you like me.

Message sent. I don’t like cats.

Sent from the bathroom at an Indian food restaurant.

Sent while figuring out how much this is going to cost me in the long run.

Sent from a real computer with a full keyboard. If there are any typo’s, it’s because I’m an idiot.

Sent while eating chef Boyardee from the can. Just to be clear, I’m not eating on the toilet, just sending a message while eating food straight from the can.

Sent while watching the first season of Project Runway alone on a Friday.

Sent instead of emailing my mom back.

Sent in place of meaningful communication with my family.

Message sent. I’m lonely.

Message sent. I’m more successful than you.

Sent from my iPhone. My devices make me feel important. I have more of them than I do friends.

Sent from my Android. You should read more.

Sent from the future. Enjoy the present while you can.

Sent from backstage at that show you’ve been meaning to go to.

Sent from the 38 Geary bus in San Francisco.

Sentence spoken to you while anxiously looking for someone else and not paying attention at all to what you were saying.

Sentence spoken to you while wondering what you think about me.

Sentence spoken to you while wondering how that man could be so good-looking.

Sentence spoken while trying to impress you.

Sentence spoken while being jealous of you.

Sentence spoken. Do you think I’m funny?

Sent from my laptop.  Do you think I’m smart?

Sent from my laptop. Do you think I think about myself too much?

Sent from heaven.

Sent from hell.

Sent from the outer reaches of the universe. Your problems are much smaller than you think they are.

Blog written at the intersection of 2nd and Folsom.

Blog written using a MacBook Pro at 4:18 PM PDT on 9/25/2013.

Blog written while wearing tennis shoes.

Blog written while wondering if this is too meta.

Message sent from Android. Don’t overthink it.

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13 thoughts on “Context is everything – This message sent from right behind you.

  1. I would prefer to never receive the message sent to me from the bathroom at an indian food restaurant, or I will have to wash my phone.

  2. Dianne says:

    Reblogged this on Dianne E.C.E. and commented:
    Wonderful.

  3. if i ever get an iphone “Sent from the loo” will be my sign off

  4. tom says:

    This is a fantastic post…. Sent from the Toilet, I mean iPhone.

  5. tomwisk says:

    I never get messages. E-mail ads and spam a crapload. I read some great blogs, especially one from a lady in Frisco.

  6. sillyliss says:

    Your problems are much smaller than you think they are. I think if I got a message with this at the end, the rest of the message would be completely disregarded and my personal universe would be a little bit better.

    This was a terrific post!

  7. Venom says:

    I have, on many occasions, messaged people on Facebook, Tweeted and commented on things while using the bathroom. It thought it was funny because people didn’t know, and in their mind I am probably sitting in the living room or something. I have also written blog drafts “on the throne”, but people wouldn’t guess that while they are reading the final product.
    So I guess it doesn’t matter, unless you state at the end of the message of course. Some people would consider it too much information. . .

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