I've had a few people comment that they would love to receive a letter from my challenge but not to bother because they wouldn't write back. That isn't required. Sure, I would love a reply but the point is for me to write letters and just writing them to myself wouldn't be nearly as much fun. Also, this is open to anyone in any location. So it's not too late to comment on the original post if you want in on the action.

But why do it? Why hand write letters to people who might not reply? There are many reasons but the main ones are I want to do something crafty and making mail art is the route I've chosen to go. I spend most of my day staring at a computer screen for my job and found I was spending my time at home doing the same thing. So my letter writing and mail art hobbies will all be manual. From the address book, to the letters, to me walking to the mail box to post them. I will ask for recipients and journal my progress online but that's it. We're going old school baby.
I'm doing the Month of Letters challenge this February. I will mail out a hand written letter to someone every mail day in the month of February. If you would like to be on my recipient list let me know and if I don't have your postal address please include it. I've screened comments so that only I will be able to see them.

Yesterday Good Mail tumbler posted an image of a waterlogged envelope that was stamped with the words "damaged by immersion in sea water." The image came from the Wreck & Crash Mail Society who are devoted to the study of delayed or damaged mail and interrupted mail services. The society has published a book, The History of Mail Bombs: A Philatelic & Historical Study, and they produce a quarterly journal called La Catastrophe. Looks like some good of research material for parts of [livejournal.com profile] the_leber_expd, and interesting to boot.

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The back of this envelope contains the text "JERAR WYRZUCIĆ." Google and [livejournal.com profile] loba tell me that "WYRZUCIĆ" translates to "discard" but I've had no luck finding what "JERAR" means. Does anyone out there have an idea?

The Drop

Feb. 4th, 2010 09:03 am
The Drop A couple of days ago I received the cryptic message, "The drop has been made." I didn't know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised when I found this in my mailbox. I haven't deciphered the contents yet but look forward to reading the message later today.


Jan. 28th, 2010 08:30 am
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This is the first package from the Royal Society of Venturesome Parcels. Which is, I think, a very cool thing run by the Letter Writers Alliance. So far I've only had a few moments to look through the package and its contents.

No real content here, I just wanted to post about the shiny thing I got in the mail.

For my birthday last Friday a friend gave me a set of two glass pens and inks. I've never used glass pens before but my attempts at using Pilot Varsity pens has been less than perfect. I write slowly and the ink seems to soak into the paper and bleed which makes the edges all fuzzy if you know what I mean. Actually I seem to have a problem with most stationery I buy no matter what pen I use. I can't seem to find a happy medium where the ink dries without leaving pools that smear or the ink bleeds and the writing looks fuzzy.

So I'm hoping to get some suggestions on paper to use. What do you all use?

I heard about the Letter Writing Club at the Regional Assembly of Text from the Letter Writers Alliance blog and being a fan of writing letters, slightly crazy and a few hours drive from Vancouver I decided to pay them a visit. So I took a 1/2 day off on Thursday September 3rd, drove up to Vancouver to have dinner with [livejournal.com profile] noveldevice and attend the festivities. Here is my recollection of the day and a few photographs.

The trip started off well as I didn't encounter bad traffic or really any problems until I was crossing the border. See I asked [livejournal.com profile] noveldevice if she wanted anything from the USA that I could bring her during my visit. She asked for some Oreo cookies because there is something about them that tastes better than the Canadian versions. That was my undoing at the border crossing. Up to a point the guard was idly asking his questions and then he asked, "Are you bringing anything with you that you are leaving behind in Canada?" "Yes," I replied, "some Oreo cookies for my friend."

Well everything changed after that. I guess I had unwittingly disparaged the character of Canadian Oreos because he asked me a lot more questions about my plans, who I was going to see, where I was going to go in Canada and how long I would be staying. I answered his questions and eventually he let me pass. I love his final question though. "Are you bringing any alcohol or tobacco with you?" I said I wasn't but my thought was, "I can legally buy Cuban cigars in Canada. Why in the hell would I bring cheap knock-offs from the USA?"

After graciously being allowed to enter Canada I continued my drive on to Vancouver. [livejournal.com profile] noveldevice and I were meeting for dinner at a crepe place she liked. I was early but I usually am so after a few hours sitting in the car I stood on the sidewalk and watched the people go by while waiting for her to arrive. Which she shortly did.

The food was excellent, one of the best crepes I've ever had. While I had made the trip to attend Letter Writing Club the highlight of the whole thing was my evening with [livejournal.com profile] noveldevice. She was a wonderful dinner companion and I really enjoyed our conversation. I was afraid we wouldn't have anything in common but my fears were misplaced.

After we had finished eating there was still a couple of hours before the event started so we drove over and found parking by the Regional Assembly of Text. We stopped in the store and talked with the owners a bit. I told them how I had made the drive from Seattle to attend the Letter Writing Club and regaled them with my border crossing tale. [livejournal.com profile] noveldevice even produced the Oreos as evidence of my tale and shared some with them.

Since we had some time before the Letter Writing Club started [livejournal.com profile] noveldevice and I and whiled away the minutes walking around and talking. I was late to the event as we missed the store as we passed by.

When I did return I found the store transformed by the removal of the displays which were replaced by two rows of typewriters which were filled with people typing out letters. So I went into the lowercase reading room and sat down to write a couple of letters. While in there I also took a few pictures.

As I had a few hours of driving ahead of me I decided it was time to head home. So I took a few more pictures of the people working on their letters and someone took a picture of me with the owners. If you like writing letters and you make it to Vancouver I recommend visiting the Regional Assembly of Text. Even if you don't make it for the Letter Writing Club there are lots of stationery and nifty things you need even if you aren't aware of them yet. Plus, the owners were very friendly and helpful. Places like these need to continue in our world.

Driving home I saw the sign that said the Peace Arch crossing had a wait time of 20 minutes while the inland crossing only had a 5 minute wait. The last time I used the inland crossing I was interrogated by the guard about my reasons for using that one instead of the Peace Arch. So I was expecting a few extra questions this time too.

I did get extra questions. Plenty of them, but none about why I chose one crossing over the other. First it was why was I in Canada and how long I had been there. Answering that I was there for dinner and had been in the country for about eight hours the questions turned to why dinner had taken so long. So we went through my time in Canada from dinner, to walking, to the meeting and driving back to the border. Then the guard asked me about my job, where I worked, what did the company do and where it was located. Maybe he was just curious about Coinstar and what we do but he also could have been testing me.

Every time I've visited Canada I've been amused by the questions I've been asked. Other than the basic few questions it's always a different set. Plus the questions the border guards ask are more interesting than the ones I've been asked by the TSA agents.

I just read a post on Post Letters about a Letter Writing Party. This sounds like a fun idea to me, so I'm expanding up our next Crafty Night with a Letter Writing Party. Come and craft as usual or come and write a letter. I'll have some paper, pens and envelopes available along with any assistance I can give.

The next Crafty Night will be on June 8th starting at 7pm.

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If you want to play go ahead and join [livejournal.com profile] the_leber_expd. We're having discussions to help everyone get started and answer questions. Don't worry about being perfect or ready to send your letters right away. Not everyone would start at the same time if this was a real society anyway. What I do want is to make sure you get the help you need.



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