And now someone has automated the process!
He stole this from a Raymond Chandler novel. Still a good idea, though...and one which, in my youth, I very nearly implemented on quite a few occasions.
what novel? i read one of his short stories once (from "Cathedral," which is sitting around here somewhere), but i don't remember reading about this.
That's Raymond Carver. Raymond Chandler wrote noir fiction. So I suppose you didn't steal it, but there's an elderly, er, drunk in the novel The Long Goodbye(I think) who does the same thing.
huh. i'll check it out.
Also there's the joke on the Simpsons: Moe gives Barney "Morning After" stationary which is imprinted with flowery script reading "I am deeply sorry for..."
This is better though.