written by john lewis


agave.jpg As a community manager one thing you never have a shortage of is email. It forms a huge part of my average day.

So by extension I get to see a lot of away/out-of-office messages. This one I received just this week and it’s my absolute favorite:

Subject: He’s gone, real gone

Body: Hi! I’m on a humanitarian mission to rid the vacation resorts in and around Tulum, Mexico of cell phones and Tequila.

I should be returning to the world of the working somewhere around September 19th.

If you need to get in touch with me, I suggest carrier pigeons or a hand-written note in a bottle, dropped in the gulf of Mexico. I will likely not be responsive to anyone who is not offering me some sort of appropriate beverage in person until I return.

Cheers, and safe travels to all.

Totally going to plaigarise that the next time I need an away message…

Posted in: Life, Work


There are 3 responses to Abwesenheitsnotiz

Lee Hopkins
Thursday, 2nd October 2008 9:16 pm

Oh, I am *SO* going to totally plagiarise your idea on plagiarising that email!! Superb!!

And you can thank Simon Young for pointing out your post on Facebook, too! :-) I’m just about to tweet it…


Friday, 3rd October 2008 4:49 pm

It is brilliant isn’t it :)

Thanks to Simon!

Tiki East
Tuesday, 6th January 2009 9:07 am

I see a rash of agave-based OOOMers hitting mail boxes soon. This is sheer brilliance – but do you see what you’ve done?? Remember the great tequila scandal/shortage of 2006?



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