Are you one of those people who can strike up a conversation with a “perfect stranger”? If so, where does it most often happen? Likely it involves waiting in a line somewhere.You chastise yourself for choosing the wrong check-out line. Maybe the woman in front of you is digging in to their bottomless pit of a purse for their credit or debit card. You soon realize you definitely chose the wrong line.
My suggestion, to help relieve the boredom and even impatience (not me) is to strike up a conversation with another soul enduring the same of life’s little annoyances. Become an insouciant standing in line individual. I have to use some “fifty dollar words” because 1) I like them and 2) my NYT crossword puzzling parents would be proud.
Anyway, I digress. This blog is all about talking to strangers or rather, writing to strangers around he world. It is a hobby I’ve participated in for three years: http://www.postcrossing.com.
Have you ever heard of it? I hadn’t. Unfortunately, I don’t remember how I discovered it. But now that I have, it’s become a source of fun. Finally there are things in my mail box that I look forward to. There is anticipation, curiosity, delight. How many people can describe their mail using those adjectives?!
The more you send, the more you are allowed to send. Currently my limit is to have 15 “traveling”. That means they are in transit. Once they have reached their destination, the person receiving it registers it on the postcrossing website using a specific alphanumeric code. The code is provided along with the person’s name address and bio.
So, if you haven’t figured it out already, I AM the “Postcard Ladie” and I want to share my postcards with you; the ones I buy and the ones I receive.
I’ve got lots more to say about post-crossing ( a point made in the book “Blogging for Dummies ” ; choose a topic that you can continue to blog about). However, I don’t want to become like the person who gets your attention w inching your way to the cash register, who doesn’t know when to stop talking.”
Moravian Star postcard I bought in Bethlehem, Pa. Many Moravians settled here and traditionally these stars are hung during the Christmas season.