Dad got my letter where I tell him to chill the eff out on giving me lengthy homework assignments. (See: Gift Horse post).
He was relieved to hear from me even though I've stayed in touch consistently and he had nothing to worry about. "You have lots & lots on your sparetimes with IPhone, Facebook, Email, Texting, Laptop and more than mine. Smile. I just sent you 5 or 10 questions from Websites. It should take less 10 minutes. You took 44 days for that 10 questions."
Then two pages later he writes, "Calm down. I just need 2 things from Website. How much pounds of gold bars under Federal Exchange?" And the other request is for a photo from the March 2013 issue of Field & Stream magazine. In spite of his saying he only needs two more things, he asks for several things throughout his letter: photos, measurements from my Rock House, looking up the case of an inmate recently beaten by guards, notes he wants me to write to his Facebook friends and more.
You know what he DOESN'T say? Please, thank you or sorry. Besides his lesson in gratitude, I'm gonna have to remind him of basic manners. A$$hole.
Throughout, he overused the acronym "L.O.L." He just learned what this is from his pen-pal --never having used a computer, he hadn't seen it before. We always use "Ha!" or smiley faces in our letters. He put periods after each initial instead of simply "LOL" and by the end of the letter he was back to the usual "Ha!" It made me realize he doesn't know any shorthand other than what we used on our TTY (or TDD). So, I found this list "Top 50 Popular Text & Chat Acronyms" via netlingo.com: