Letters Not Sent #12

ID-10084449Dear Samsung Design Department,

Thank you so much for your clever idea of adding a light to the front of my new flat screen television that will shine when the unit is turned off. I always thought electrical appliances should be on when they’re off. It’s so confusing otherwise.

I especially enjoy the built-in anti-sabotage feature. When I accidentally put black electrician’s tape over the red light one night at 2 a.m., the next day I learned that the remote control doesn’t work with tape over the light. Very clever indeed! Now if someone wants to avoid the unblinking red eye from staring at them all night, they’ll have to get out of bed to turn off the television after falling asleep. Who wants to do that?

Hopefully the in-house genius who designed this feature has received the highest possible award your company offers for superfluous engineering. However, just a hint here—you might want to check out his/her likely under-the-table cash flow from the power company.

Just sayin’.


Wide Awake at 2 a.m.

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Denele Campbell

Denele Campbell had her eye on writing from childhood. While pursuing her undergraduate degree in English, she filled her electives with poetry and fiction writing classes. Life then did what it does to everyone, tumbling through love, marriage and children, household and career, pets and pursuits, leaving Campbell to fit in bits and pieces of authorship. Newspaper columns, articles on local history, biographical profiles and small evocative essays kept her writing passion on a low simmer until retirement. Now devoting her full-time energy to writing, Campbell is plowing through thick files of ideas and half-finished manuscripts to produce fiction and non-fiction works.

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