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Oldfashioned methods still work...!

Wow! I heard from someone I worked with 28 years ago. We kept in touch, on and off, over the years, even after I moved to LA and she moved to Oregon, but I haven’t heard from her in quite some time. And then what should happen? Not via Facebook, not via PeopleSearch, but an honest-to-god postal letter arrives in my mailbox. (smile) Sometimes the oldfashioned ways still work.

I should say now I sent her a snail mail letter back, but I emailed her instead, as she included her email address in the letter. But what the hey, I may just send her a hard copy letter too.

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Oh, yes, send her an old-fashioned letter! :)

I once had a correspondence with a fellow fan in which we routinely wrote 20-page letters back-and-forth, and we turned them around a day or two after receiving them. The exquisite agony of waiting for the mailman and hoping for a letter to open and savor! ;)
I did exactly the same thing "back in the day". I wrote massively long letters to several friends, and back and forth we went, discussing live, the universe, and everything (especially fandom). Oh those wonderful moments of opening my PO box and seeing what lay inside...! That was all so much fun.
I love e-mail, because the speed is a joy, but there is something lost that you had with letters: a sense of personality through handwriting, and being part of a tradition that stretched back centuries, letter-writing to friends. Isn't that always an excuse in Victorian novels? "I must go write some letters." ;)

Also, instant gratification is so endemic now. There was some value in having to wait. We're so spoiled now! :)
>>>I love e-mail, because the speed is a joy, but there is something lost that you had with letters: a sense of personality through handwriting,

There certainly was that, and also in the address labels people used.

Though I guess I didn't "give back" (except in my address labels) because I almost always typed my letters. People could still get a sense of personality, I guess, from my older typewriters, with their wonky eccentric keys. Then I got a Selectric II - what bliss! Less personality, though.

>>>and being part of a tradition that stretched back centuries, letter-writing to friends. Isn't that always an excuse in Victorian novels? "I must go write some letters." ;)

:-) It's there in all the books, isn't it? The writing desk, the pen, the time set aside most days for correspondence. Long tradition indeed.
Yeah . . . thirty-five and forty page letters, sent in oversized envelopes with articles, doo-dads, photos, and whatever else, mostly fandom-related.

Eventually we graduated to those "new-fangled" portable cassette tape recorders and sent tapes back and forth. There was a rare phone call here and there, but there was no such thing as an inexpensive long-distance phone call then.

I lost track, several years ago, of this earliest ST pen pal, but son of a Vulcan if she didn't find me online last year. We exchanged a couple of dozen e-mails in the first day alone.

Keeping in touch these days definitely is so much easier, but there's something to be said for those "old-fashioned ways." :-)
I skipped the whole cassette tape thing. Or rather, I skipped half of it. Friends would send me tapes; I'd type letters in return. I'm one of those people who learn visually; I find it difficult to concentrate on the spoken word if I'm not part of the conversation. I found it much easier to listen to a bit of a tape, type, listen to some more, repeat.

>>>I lost track, several years ago, of this earliest ST pen pal, but son of a Vulcan if she didn't find me online last year.

That is so cool! Several people have found me online, it's so much fun.

And then there's that woman who has been trying to friend me on Facebook, even though she doesn't seem to remember me from anything, and I have no idea who she is either. We finally gave up on figuring it out.