Friday, June 6, 2008

What Goes Around Comes Around...Or Something Like That.

Once upon a time, before I was born, distant travel was pretty rare and reserved for the elite who had a month or two to spare getting anywhere or for those who were emigrating somewhere and probably would never make such a distant trip again. Picture postcards became a popular way of letting the folks back home know about all of the new wonders you were witnessing.

With the increase in jet travel, more and more people could afford the price and the time necessary to go see distant lands and postcards became even more popular.

But over the last decade or so, snail mail of any sort has taken a hit because of emails, blogs, IM's and telepathy (ok, not so much the last, but just you wait). My mail box rarely has anything other than bills, catalogs and menus for restaurants in the neighborhood.

So, imagine my delight to come home yesterday and find a lovely card from India in my mailbox. Yup! Anne C. who I've never met but commune with frequently here on the Internewt, sent me a postcard while on her trip. It was a most excellent surprise. Thanks for thinking of me Anne. This rocks!



9 comments:

Michelle K said...

AWESOME!

Now that we know you are easily amused by receiving mail...

Nathan said...

I'm not sure that postcards from WV pack the same punch as ones from foreign lands. Perhaps an envelope with cash if you want to up the ante.

Michelle K said...
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Michelle K said...

How about a package of ramps?

Ilya said...

My much younger cousin is doing a summer-backpacking trip across Europe, and he and his friends daily send postcards to their families. When I noticed that on their visit to me in London, I was greatly surprised that information-age children would entertain such a retro notion (they spend enough time on Facebook, etc. in internet cafes to not really have to write postcards)... I write one very rarely myself these days, but receiving one has always been a treat... [a healthy doze of envy here]

Anne C. said...

Hee! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I decided to send postcards after something Michelle said about the joy of receiving *actual* mail. The funny thing now is that postcards from a far off place will often arrive after the sender has returned home! :)

Jim Wright said...

Ooh, shiny.

MWT said...

Nice. :)

I sent postcards to some friends in Europe while I was in Hawaii. They got there just after I was back home too. ;)

vince said...

Recieving actual mail is always a reason for joy. Recieving actual mail that was totally unexpected is better stil. Yay Anne!