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Pen pals

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Friday, July 28, 2006 6:22 AM

SAHARA


I know I'm a luddite, but is any one else interested in getting real paper and ink type letters? I know the immediacy of email is nice, but I like getting mail in my mailbox that isn't bills or junk mail.
Probably sporadic (on my part), but sometimes I just letting getting out the old pen and paper and writing a letter.
Is there something like this already in place?

Thanks.

Sahara
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Friday, July 28, 2006 7:30 AM

EMBERS


there were lists of people exchanging Christmas cards two years ago (set up at the Universal site) and some people kept it up last year.
Personally I'm also fond of letters and postcards...
I would be up for pen pals

Maribeth in Pacifica, CA

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Friday, July 28, 2006 7:34 AM

CHEWIE


I don't know about any list that already exists but I love having pen pals! I have a pen pal that I've been writing to for years! I could always use another!


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Friday, July 28, 2006 7:36 AM

TRISTAN


Ah! I also miss the pen and paper correspondence of years' past. If there is to be a list, count me in! Christmas cards would be fun, too!

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Friday, July 28, 2006 8:01 AM

SAHARA


I started compiling a list of addresses. I thought screen name, name, address and email addy would be sufficient contact info. Then I can send the list to all those interested, and we can have at it.
Dong ma?



My email is sarathelaundress@yahoo.com if you'd like to email your info to me directly.

Sahara
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Friday, July 28, 2006 8:17 AM

JUNIPERJAYNE


I'd be up for it. Always nice to get actual mail. And it's always a good thing to have contacts wherever you go, and if that connection is because of Firefly, all the better!

Of course it will be interesting to try to explain to my mom who you all are lol. I tried to explain to her what an online forum was and she got very concerned about security - I'm living at home right now, just graduated from college - and I'm sure she was thinking of creepy internet predators.

But whatever, everyone's connected by the internet now.

You know what would be cool? Firefly/Serenity stationary.

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Friday, July 28, 2006 8:20 AM

SAHARA


FF/S stationary would be very cool.

Independent "Browncoat" Dispatches.





Sahara
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Friday, July 28, 2006 8:41 AM

NVGHOSTRIDER


May have to look into that.

If anyone is afraid of "stalkers", just have the mail sent to a family member, school, or work. I like the idea of getting something other than bills and junk in the mail.

"...And them chains them chains
Their 'bout to drag me down"


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Friday, July 28, 2006 9:29 AM

HAKEN

Likes to mess with stuffs.


I used to trade postcards with people around the world while I was in college. Some even became pen pals. I think handwritten letters are becoming a lost art.

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Friday, July 28, 2006 9:36 AM

TRISTAN


Sahara, email sent.

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Friday, July 28, 2006 9:40 AM

SAHARA


Exactly Haken, an art that shouldn't be lost IMHO. But, like I said, I'm a luddite (I might be biased). I already get razzed for using punctuation in my emails. Including (the horror!) capitalizaion.
We won't get started on my collection of vintage typewriters (not even electric!) and sewing machines.

Awesome, Tristan!!! :-)



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Friday, July 28, 2006 9:42 AM

NVGHOSTRIDER


Ditto.

"...And them chains them chains
Their 'bout to drag me down"


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Friday, July 28, 2006 9:45 AM

TRISTAN


Um, serious Luddite, or just kinda? I ask because I am "kinda" the same way with machinery...the older, the better...in some cases.

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Friday, July 28, 2006 9:51 AM

SAHARA


Not seriously a luddite (I'm a member of an online community, aren't I?), but I am generally suspcious of too much dependence on technology. Not that I envision some kind of Terminator-esque future reality where robots try to wipe out humans or anything, it's just that it's annoying when the power goes out and the clerk can't figure out 6% sales tax on your items even with a calculator!! C'mon now!
And there's nothing like the rush of opening your mailbox and getting a handwritten letter from an actual person in the mail, and it happens far to infrequently.
I swear, sometimes I think I don't belong in this time. (I do draw the line at hand washing my clothes, though!!! Everyone has their limits.)


p.s. I'm the world's worst speller. But I'm not letting that hold me back.


Sahara
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Friday, July 28, 2006 9:56 AM

TRISTAN



I wasn't going to point out that you were part of an online community...
The 6% problem has to do with the lack of education...I had to learn using my fingers and a calculator...nowadays, they can type in complex spacial-relation problems, hit a button, and there's the answer...so I agree with you there. I also love letters written on actual paper delivered to a box by the side of the road! Very shiny when that happens!
I'm glad you thought of this. Thank you!

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Monday, July 31, 2006 6:08 AM

SAHARA


Any more? Anyone? Anyone?
I'll send out the initial list to the participants later this week before that initial rush of enthusiasm fades (hopefully).
Of course you can join in at any time, I'll send out additions to the list if and when that's required. So it's not like there's a cut off or anything.
So far it's 7 Browncoats including myself.



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Monday, July 31, 2006 6:22 AM

PURPLEPENGUIN91


I'd love to get letters and cards from fellow Browncoats. Unfortunately, I'm only 15, and my parents tend to frown on giving my address online, but I'll talk to them and see what I can do. :)

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Monday, July 31, 2006 6:25 AM

SAHARA


I'm a parent and I might be a bit weirded out of my son started giving our address to groups of strangers, too. It'd be cool if you could participate, but if they have objections, that's totally understandable.





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Monday, July 31, 2006 6:43 AM

TRISTAN


Looking forward to the list! I think I'll start out with postcards from the little slice of heaven that I call home!

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Monday, July 31, 2006 6:59 AM

GOAT


Hmm, sounds interesting. Maybe this way I will actually write something rather than typing. Email sent.

Yeah, calculators have made people lazy (like me ). I've taken a decent number of math courses and I'm routinly embarrased by my inability to do arithmatic when I have to take a test without a calculator.

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Monday, July 31, 2006 7:25 AM

EXOTICK


Tristan excellent idea. I'll look for me post cards this evening....

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Monday, July 31, 2006 7:42 AM

SINDRA


Shiny idea! I shall send you my info sometime today.

Tristan: Postcards seem like a great way to kick thing off. I hope you don't mind if I take that idea and run with it. LOL

I am also horrible at math. But I could still calculate 6% with a calculator. See, things like that is why I worry about sending my kids to public school.


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Monday, July 31, 2006 7:50 AM

JUNIPERJAYNE


I'd love to participate - how should I send you my address?

We could even get a newsletter going...lol.

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Monday, July 31, 2006 7:53 AM

MILFORD


I'm in for the occasional postcard or note. What do you need?

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Monday, July 31, 2006 8:03 AM

SAHARA


You can send me your screen name, your real name, your mailing address and your email address to sarathelaundress@yahoo.com.
I'm compiling a list, I'll mail the list to everyone interested and then you can correspond to your heart's content.

:-)



Sahara
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Tuesday, August 1, 2006 2:43 AM

PURPLEPENGUIN91


bumping, since I think it's a great idea. Sahara has the number grown yet?

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Tuesday, August 1, 2006 2:57 AM

SAHARA


Yes, the list has grown and it's even gone international!!!





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Tuesday, August 1, 2006 3:04 AM

TRISTAN


Shiny! International Browncoat correspondence!
I am looking forward to the list!

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Tuesday, August 1, 2006 3:09 AM

SAHARA


I'm sending the list out snail mail (naturally) later this week.




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Tuesday, August 1, 2006 3:32 AM

PHOENIXROSE

You think you know--what's to come, what you are. You haven't even begun.


*erupts randomly into thread, bringing all the little demons with her*


Mwahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!


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Tuesday, August 1, 2006 3:36 AM

SAHARA


Now, if you joined PhoenixRose, I'd send you a letter postmarked from Hell. Hell, Michigan, that is!!!







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Tuesday, August 1, 2006 4:50 AM

CAPTURE


HI Saraha!

I think your pen pal idea is great! I love getting snail mail! I'll send you my info today, but if I get creepy strangers showing up at my house, I will not be impressed...

Love,

Capture

Capture me if you dare.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2006 4:51 AM

SAHARA


I promise I will not show up at your house.



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Tuesday, August 1, 2006 5:01 AM

CAPTURE


Well, thanks, I'm not really worried about you...unless you are a creepy man who wants to make me his wife...are you???

You're not right? I already sent you my info...crap it was all a ploy to find out where I live!!! Why God??? WHY!!!!!!!

*giggles* If you do show up at my house, can you bring the DTI video?

Capture

Capture me if you dare.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2006 5:19 AM

SAHARA


Quote:

Originally posted by Capture:
Well, thanks, I'm not really worried about you...unless you are a creepy man who wants to make me his wife...are you???

You're not right? I already sent you my info...crap it was all a ploy to find out where I live!!! Why God??? WHY!!!!!!!

*giggles* If you do show up at my house, can you bring the DTI video?

Capture

Capture me if you dare.



I DON'T HAVE MINE YET!!!! Thanks for remiding me. ARRRRGGGHHHHH!!!

Last time I checked I was not a man and I'm sure there many people who don't think I'm creepy. And I'm not even sure I want my boyfriend, let alone a wife!




Sahara
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Tuesday, August 1, 2006 5:36 AM

EXOTICK


I went out yesterday and got my postcards!!

I'm ready to write....bring it on

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Tuesday, August 1, 2006 5:43 AM

TRISTAN


Been practicing the whole "writing with a pen" thing...been awhile, but I think I am getting the hang of it again.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2006 5:49 AM

CAPTURE


*giggles*

OK, OK, I'll be your wife if you're going to keep hasseling me about it, but I will not make you any wife soup!

Capture

*giggles* wife soup...tee hee hee

Capture me if you dare.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2006 5:52 AM

SAHARA


Quote:

Originally posted by Tristan:
Been practicing the whole "writing with a pen" thing...been awhile, but I think I am getting the hang of it again.



Put the paper (you can find some in the paper bin of your printer) on a flat surface (you might have to move your keyboard) and it's the pointy end of the pen that goes against the paper. You may need to click the pen to get it to write, but don't double click. Or it won't work.





Sahara
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Tuesday, August 1, 2006 5:54 AM

SAHARA


Quote:

Originally posted by Capture:
*giggles*

OK, OK, I'll be your wife if you're going to keep hasseling me about it, but I will not make you any wife soup!

Capture

*giggles* wife soup...tee hee hee

Capture me if you dare.



How about bao then?

Sahara
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Tuesday, August 1, 2006 5:57 AM

TRISTAN


Move the keyboard?!? Are you kidding? But...I won't be able to...ah, I see what you mean...

Strangely enough (all kidding aside), I prefer to use fountain pens...never really liked ballpoints. Just something not right about them. Varsity makes a wonderful disposable fountain pen that I discovered while in college...and I have been using them ever since.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2006 5:59 AM

SAHARA


Quote:

Originally posted by Tristan:
Move the keyboard?!? Are you kidding? But...I won't be able to...ah, I see what you mean...

Strangely enough (all kidding aside), I prefer to use fountain pens...never really liked ballpoints. Just something not right about them. Varsity makes a wonderful disposable fountain pen that I discovered while in college...and I have been using them ever since.


I use fountain pens too!!!! I used to collect them. My two main ones are a new Parker and a vintage Schaeffer.



Sahara
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Tuesday, August 1, 2006 6:06 AM

TRISTAN


I used to have several very nice ones, but one thing I was never good at was the ink cartridges...there would be more ink around and on me than on the paper. I quit using them until I discovered the disposables. They are actually quite good, and last awhile. Unfortunately, my favorite ink color is brown (it was this way before Firefly, believe it or not), and I have not been able to find a brown ink fountain pen yet...but I will! Oh, yes...I will indeed!

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Tuesday, August 1, 2006 6:10 AM

SAHARA


Try Levenger. http://www.levenger.com
There's a gift shop near me that sells inks. I use the cartrige that you can refill, so I just get the bottles. I have one now called copper that dries to a brownish olive color that I like.

:-)



Sahara
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Tuesday, August 1, 2006 6:13 AM

TRISTAN


Wow! Thank you for the link! I'll be browsing for awhile....
*wanders off to look at all the pretties*

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Tuesday, August 1, 2006 6:29 AM

ONEMANSHORT


I wish I could join in the penpal-ing, but my parents would have a major flip-out and probably tell me to stop posting here as well. I'm not willing to risk it. I like the idea a lot though! I have some great postcards as well, I sort of like to collect them (nothing serious, they're not valuable or anything, but when I travel I pick up a few) and I never get to use them. Maybe in a few years when I turn 18 and actually have my own rights...



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Tuesday, August 1, 2006 6:32 AM

SAHARA


Quote:

Originally posted by OneManShort:
I wish I could join in the penpal-ing, but my parents would have a major flip-out and probably tell me to stop posting here as well. I'm not willing to risk it. I like the idea a lot though! I have some great postcards as well, I sort of like to collect them (nothing serious, they're not valuable or anything, but when I travel I pick up a few) and I never get to use them. Maybe in a few years when I turn 18 and actually have my own rights...



We'll be here.

:biggring:



Sahara
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Tuesday, August 1, 2006 6:38 AM

DESKTOPHIPPIE


Well, I'm willing to join in if people in the UK or US are willing to stump up for the postage to Ireland :) Unless there are other Irish posters on the list? Where do I sign up?





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Tuesday, August 1, 2006 6:41 AM

SAHARA


I'm stumping my own postage. You don't have to mail everyone at once. Space it out. Email sarathelaundress@yahoo.com with your snailmail address, name, email and screen name if you'd like to join up.

Or, my parents are coming back to Ireland next year for a visit (if you can wait that long).







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Tuesday, August 1, 2006 6:52 AM

TRISTAN


DTH, I would love to correspond with someone in Ireland! After all, that is where my heart resides!

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