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September 25th, 2002

How do you open your letters?

Some people slice along the side of an envelope and slide out the contents, all nice and neat like. Some people use a letter opener along the top. Me, I tear where it’s sealed, usually making a mess of the envelope in the process. I have a letter opener, I just forget to use it.

How do you do it?

I bet Paul steams his letters open with the heat from a cast iron kettle sitting on his woodburning stove.

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Paul [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday September 25, 2002 -- 8:17:42 am
Woodburning? Please, we've got a coal stove.

I tend to rip them open along the top of the envelope. Works well.

FROM: teeinep
DATE: Wednesday September 25, 2002 -- 12:37:17 pm
I usually open my coal burning stove by ripping it open along the sides, then dumping the coal onto the floor, which results in a huge mess.

FROM: Logic 3:16
DATE: Saturday October 12, 2002 -- 10:28:06 pm
The best way is to tap one end of the envelope against a hard surface (to settle the contents towards that end) and to snip off the other end of the envelope with a pair of scissors. Just be careful not to cut into the letter inside.
There doesn't seem to be an neat way to open a letter with your fingers alone, sad to say.

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