Postcards from Yo Momma
April 4, 2008 8:03 AM   Subscribe

80% of your tags are 100% accurate.
posted by dersins at 8:10 AM on April 4, 2008 [2 favorites]

they need a filter for the funny. or better submissions... but who would do that to his mom?
posted by mrgrimm at 8:13 AM on April 4, 2008

Oh, you added a tag. Now 83.3% of your tags are 100% accurate.
posted by dersins at 8:23 AM on April 4, 2008

This is really charming.
posted by hellphish at 8:24 AM on April 4, 2008

No, now it's 66% are 100% accurate.
posted by DU at 8:26 AM on April 4, 2008

Seems fake to me. Mothers do not use line breaks.
posted by dobbs at 8:33 AM on April 4, 2008 [2 favorites]

It's not funny because it's true.
posted by peep at 8:37 AM on April 4, 2008

This is a blog that got started a week and a half ago.
posted by salvia at 8:38 AM on April 4, 2008

Sorry to the haters, but with the awful family week I've had I actually really loved reading those. They were sweet and made me smile. Thanks.
posted by miss lynnster at 8:38 AM on April 4, 2008

Some years ago I pitched a book to a publisher. It was going to be called 'Poems by Dogs', and it was a brilliant idea--I won't tell you why because I still want to use the idea somewhere, but trust me it was brilliant. It would have sold a million copies at Christmas, I was convinced. And the publisher looks at the pitch, and looks at me, and with a completely blank face says, "Do dogs write good poems?"

This site is a lovely idea, betrayed by the fact that the content is fiercely dull.
posted by Hogshead at 8:40 AM on April 4, 2008

I just looked at myself in the mirror. I don't use AOL anymore but the rest is pretty much true. I sent my 25-yr-old daughter at least 2 emails today about vitamins and stuff.
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 8:44 AM on April 4, 2008 [1 favorite]

Aw. As a mom who has one kid in college and another kid who spends maybe 10 minutes a day at home a day, I can relate to the I miss you/loneliness which is apparent in some of these emails. Most of them are sweet and are coming from a good place. Some are sad.

Note to my kids: if I see any emails from me on this site, just wait until your father gets home.
posted by iconomy at 8:50 AM on April 4, 2008 [2 favorites]

This site is a lovely idea, betrayed by the fact that the content is fiercely dull.

Perhaps that's the appeal for me. Right now the fiercely dull actually just seems strangely pleasant and comforting. :)
posted by miss lynnster at 8:59 AM on April 4, 2008

These are awesome. I'm glad to see people other than my dad write emails with caps lock on.

Hogshead, have you seen this book?
posted by jamaro at 9:04 AM on April 4, 2008

Yo momma misses you so much...

... she got you this postcard from San Francisco.

posted by boo_radley at 9:12 AM on April 4, 2008

I'm with the haters. It's a cute idea, but it's bloody boring.
posted by rhymer at 9:12 AM on April 4, 2008

I don't get it. Is it funny? Because it just seems like regular old e-mails from people's moms to me. E-mails like the ones my mom sends me. I like hearing the mundane details of my mom's life, and I think she'd be hurt if I posted them on this site for people to laugh at.
posted by Enroute at 9:12 AM on April 4, 2008

This reminds me of my dad's crazy pointless emails to me. Also, he started talking like a nigerian spammer for no reason and never stopped.

About two years ago, he started sending email like this "I have a question...[paragraph of problem and question].... PLEASE ADVISE, Dad.

Almost every email ends with blah blah blah PLEASE ADVISE. I've never heard him speak those words and I've rarely heard any native english speaker in the US talk like that, but once he started doing it, he never stopped. It just baffles me is all.
posted by mathowie at 9:23 AM on April 4, 2008 [1 favorite]

Now I'm crying because my mom only sends me (buried in a non-bcc'ed mega-list) stuff that a minute on snopes would debunk. (She's learning, though.) If my mom emailed me and asked about my life, I'd check the header. (I still love her, though. Happy mother's day!)

What? It's not?

Oh! then: Yo momma's on MetaFilter so much, her ass skin has grafted onto the chair and she gonna be on the news! Ha ha!
posted by not_on_display at 9:27 AM on April 4, 2008


Heh, my dad's emails sound like he's getting charged by the word, like its a telegram.


*true story

I don't laugh at these emails because I'm mocking the guy. I laugh because they give me a wonderful insight on my dad's mindset. He's 86, flew as a radio-man on B-29s in WWII, the kind of frugal Yankee who would be damned before he paid someone else to fix his blue-screening computer and is from a time and place where companies--even giant ones, offer counter service to their customers.
posted by jamaro at 9:33 AM on April 4, 2008

I'm surprised people are so hung up on the funny tag. Sorry. I found some of the letters funny and cute. Some are endearing. And yes some are incredibly dull. I think that's what makes the site work. I do appreciate people taking the time to come out and let me know the link sucks though. I would have never know.
posted by chunking express at 10:18 AM on April 4, 2008

Same concept, much funnier.
posted by Kibbutz at 10:20 AM on April 4, 2008

uhhh, dear metafilter

i found the link both funny AND cute. ITS A HUNG JURY LADIES AND GENTS!
posted by [son] QUAALUDE at 10:23 AM on April 4, 2008

i found these funny. sweet. and some were kind of sad.
posted by cazoo at 10:28 AM on April 4, 2008

Reminds me of the Compuserve messages I used to get from Yo Yo Ma.
posted by Paid In Full at 10:30 AM on April 4, 2008

This reminds me, I should probably email my mom.

Thanks. I think.
posted by loquacious at 10:35 AM on April 4, 2008

Those emails are exactly like the ones I get from my mom.

Once I broke her of submitting my email address to spammers sending me e-cards, her emails are fun and odd. I stopped her forwarding me things, if anyone needs to know the best way to get your mom to stop, by threatening both to send her a POISON CAKE and get myself a tattoo.

I hope that helps.
posted by winna at 10:39 AM on April 4, 2008 [1 favorite]

The only reason I would ever want to have kids is so that once they move out, I can send them crazy e-mails like some of the ones I read on that site, just to drive them insane!

This is a fun site!
posted by bitteroldman at 10:41 AM on April 4, 2008

These rule. I used to save my mom's calls to me with her computer problems. She's always thought of me as her help desk, and the voicemail messages she left were pure gold.

(And, for the record, last time I went over and did some "troubleshooting," she had something like 26 random browser windows running, yet had no idea. I made her a desktop folder to store digital photos, but she can never find them. My dad couldn't turn the computer on if you offered him $1 million.)
posted by VicNebulous at 11:21 AM on April 4, 2008

Being older, I unintelligibly type unintelligently. My son says "What? Did you pay my Internet bill yet?"
posted by Mblue at 11:39 AM on April 4, 2008

Well, after my initial criticism I went back to read a little more and got sucked in. Now I think it's a fascinating and touching random survey of the parent-child relationship. So many of these e-mails seem to be saying "Please love me."
posted by Enroute at 11:40 AM on April 4, 2008

TURN THE VOLUME UP. I may have been dead for 10 years, but I still know good music when I hear it.

-Tim "Yo Mama" Yohannon
posted by Smart Dalek at 1:58 PM on April 4, 2008

No mail from me Ma, but my dad usually sends me expletive laced tirades, sometimes graphic design (our profession) related:

"Optima? OPTIMA?! I knew there was a reason I didn't like McCain."

In response to a Facebook invite (forwarded to me):

"As my old dad used to say, what inna goddam hell is this?"
posted by Brocktoon at 2:05 PM on April 4, 2008

This reminds me of the text messages my dad sends me which are along the lines of "wt ar u doin happenning????" Or sometimes they're just blank. He's very fond of many question marks. I don't know why as he's not an exclamating person in real life.
posted by liquorice at 4:02 PM on April 4, 2008

Did you get my last mail? Call me if you didn’t. Call me if you did. My mobile buzzed at me, what does that mean? Did you send me a message? What did it say?Love

Spot on.
posted by fourcheesemac at 4:36 PM on April 4, 2008 [1 favorite]

"Hi honey, it’s mom. I’m just worried about your eternal soul. I love you. Call me when you get home."
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