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April 13th, 2006

The Worst Way to Contact Me

I’m not a hard man to get a hold of. I check e-mail constantly. I’m on IM if you know how to reach me. And though I don’t like talking on the phone, I’m still accessible that way most of the day. Some days, I even have a cell phone on me! Wow!

But I have to say that the absolute worst way to get in touch with me now is by US mail. Sure, it’s essential for packages and such, but if there’s correspondence that comes in, particularly if it requires action on my part, it almost always gets lost in the shuffle. We do a pretty good job around our house of junking all the random coupons and mortgage offers as soon as we pick the mail up, but even so, the stack of mail that results still doesn’t get sorted through or acted on nearly enough, aside from bills (most of which are paid online now anyway).

I got something in the mail the other day that I read, put aside, and completely forgot about. It took the person making a follow-up phone call to me, at work, in order for me to make the appointment I was asked to make.

E-mail’s slightly better for these things. At least I can easily flag them, though things still often get lost in the shuffle or ignored because of the sheer quantity.

So, if you need to catch up with me, whatever you do, don’t write me a postal letter.

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday April 13, 2006 -- 11:53:10 am
How many people, not counting servicemen writing their families from overseas, actually write letters anymore? Seriously, I can't remember the last time I did it, other than being forced to whip out a few Christmas Cards. I'm not selfish, but I'd rather call someone and personally wish them a Merry Christmas rather than a hokey little card that means nothing.

If I see my name on a piece of mail, it's usually a bill.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Thursday April 13, 2006 -- 12:42:17 pm
I can no longer remember the last time I wrote a letter, especially by physically writing it versus typing it. But thank you notes, stuff like that, happens slightly more frequently.


FROM: Steve A
DATE: Thursday April 13, 2006 -- 4:46:23 pm
Okay... I confess... for those I really love ( not necessarily family ) I write a letter.

Remember some time ago when we were talking about towns, where we live and 'Mayberry'? One of those ladies has moved... she moved an hour west. We correspond ~ as is fitting of the English teacher that she was.

There's nothing in this world more personal than a penned letter. Not computerized, etc.


FROM: Rachael
DATE: Thursday April 13, 2006 -- 6:29:15 pm
No wonder all my love letters went unanswered! Ryan, you bastard!

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday April 13, 2006 -- 6:34:28 pm
Where does throw a note attached a brick through your window rate on the scale?

FROM: jk
DATE: Thursday April 13, 2006 -- 9:08:55 pm
People don't know how to respond to any personal mail! I had a huge party last month and sent out invitations requesting an RSVP and many people did not bother to do so. They either assumed I knew they were coming, or they did not call me with a "no." It did not require an actual written reply!

I sent out hand-written thank you cards to those who came; it was a combination resource-raiser for the local homeless shelter/birthday party for me and 4 friends. I thanked people who came and people who donated stuff. Those who came brought a whole lotta stuff!

FROM: Lord Vader
DATE: Friday April 14, 2006 -- 6:55:37 am
People in jail survive off of handwritten letters.

Bet you can't guess how they communicate with other inmates who are far away from their cell.

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday April 15, 2006 -- 5:07:02 pm
Bet you can't guess how they communicate with other inmates who are far away from their cell.

Pass love letters from inmate to inmate? Just a wild guess...

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