I agree with Tom Hanks’ twitter bio, it reads “I’m that actor in some of the movies you liked and some you didn’t…” –@tomhanks. I can watch some of his movies over and over. Some I can’t stand. And a few have kept my mom and I talking about it for years, and years, and years (ie. Philadelphia).
I recently came across an article he wrote in the NYT and I not only liked the way it is written, but how many times I closely related to it and how it made me think about my own appreciation of hand-written notes and not losing a tactile tradition. There are a few sentences in his rather short article I enjoyed a little too much, first one:
“I use a manual typewriter — and the United States Postal Service — almost every day. My snail-mail letters and thank-you notes, office memos and to-do lists, and rough — and I mean very rough — drafts of story pages are messy things, but the creating of them satisfies me like few other daily tasks.”
We have this in common. As a matter of fact I have an affinity with postal offices. Even when passing through a town, I like to stop by and send a postcard, or two. The first time I visited Mexico City, I was lucky to be near it during business hours and got to go to the main postal office near the Zócalo, across the street from El Palacio de Bellas Artes. Amazing! I sent two postcards to the north of Mexico which took over 3 months to arrive and well, that’s just another story altogether.
I am known to always have stamps with me, question is which need do you need? – a forever one, or just a postcard one? Yes, I have both.…
“No one throws away typewritten letters, because they are pieces of graphic art with a singularity equal to your fingerprints, for no two manual typewriters print precisely the same.”“For less important doodles in text, the kind that go no farther than your desk or refrigerator door, the tactile pleasure of typing old school is incomparable to what you get from a de rigueur laptop.”
Do you have pen pals? Hope it isn’t a thing of the past – When was the last time you sent a postcard, birthday card or letter?