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Global Stamp


I grew up in a time when computers, the Internet, text messaging and all of the other impersonal technology we use today was non-existent. This means I remember the good ole days of hand-written letters and cards, and I continue to believe they are more special and meaningful than typed messages or electronic greeting cards. During my recent visit to Maine, I discovered something wonderful! The U.S. Post Office introduced a "Global" stamp, which can be purchased for only $1.10 USD. The stamp can be placed on any postcard or letter weighing up to 1 ounce and it covers the mailing cost to any country worldwide. This means you no longer have to guess about the cost differences to mail a postcard to France, Russia or Asia. With this stamp, the cost is the same no matter the country. Convenient. :) The designs on the stamp vary, but all of them contain colorful images of the globe. Btw, you will remember that a few years ago I had a fun contest with one of my readers where we sent packages to each other on the same day. It took Russian Post five weeks to deliver my book to her in Moscow, and I received my book in the USA in only three weeks.Read more...Collapse )


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Sep. 3rd, 2015 06:22 am (UTC)
Кто-то должен веселиться, не так ли?
Circus performance going on. Entertainer enters the arena and announces, "Now you will see the world-famous acrobats, winners of prestigious international competitions ..."
There is a yell from the back rows: "All the acrobats are fa-a-ags !!!"
Konferanse keeps calm, the show goes on. Next time he announces clowns: "Dear audience! Two cheerful clowns..."
Needless to say, the following announcements were interrupted by the same scream.
After the performance of animal trainers, entertainer enters the arena and announces "First and last time! Only for you, only today! Risky, deadly trick! Leap from under the dome of the circus without a net!"
There is a yell from the back rows: "Where are you taking me, fags !!!"
Sep. 3rd, 2015 02:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Кто-то должен веселиться, не так ли?
This is your own joke, or you stole it?
Sep. 3rd, 2015 03:39 pm (UTC)
Shannon, I've received the card! Thanks! It was exiting to get a hand-written card!


Sep. 3rd, 2015 03:40 pm (UTC)
Great! I'm glad you liked it. :) And it arrived quickly!
(no subject) - caramba_hola - Sep. 3rd, 2015 04:18 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 3rd, 2015 08:23 pm (UTC)
It would be a lot easier if you could just glue a one-dollar bill to your mail and send it that way or use other products of equal value instead of stamps, like, let's say, if you could send your Букварь from Russia to your home in US with an ounce of cocaine stapled to it. It would be beneficial to everyone: you would be able to learn Russian letters with grandpa Lenin (I hope you got an oldschool Букварь with his picture on the second page and the story how he loved the kids, not some modern day shit) and people at the post office would be glad to have some fun at a workplace.
Sep. 3rd, 2015 08:31 pm (UTC)
I have the old version, with Grandpa Lenin! Cocaine is bad! :)
(no subject) - theodorexxx - Sep. 3rd, 2015 10:52 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 3rd, 2015 10:50 pm (UTC)
The book you received contains an interesting plot, impressive characters and well-written dialogs. Enjoy it !
Sep. 4th, 2015 12:27 am (UTC)
The book was sent to me two years ago. :) But it was a nice gift from a reader, and my nephew learned some Cyrilic letters from it.
Sep. 5th, 2015 10:08 pm (UTC)
Do you want hand-written letter from Russia?:)
I very like it, but it when we try to do it with friends in Moscow (just for beauty and inspiration), we meet earlier then letter come usually, so it isn't fun enough.
Sep. 7th, 2015 04:09 pm (UTC)
Hi! Sorry for my delay. We have a long holiday weekend in the USA. Today we celebrate "Labor Day," and have a vacation from work. :) Sure! I'd love a letter from Russia. I sent you my address in a message. Cheers!
(no subject) - whenawake - Sep. 21st, 2015 05:44 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - peacetraveler22 - Sep. 21st, 2015 05:50 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 7th, 2015 03:39 pm (UTC)
Some Russian post offices still contain supply of sealing-wax. Have you seen this brown substance melted hot and hardining fast at room temperature? Very specific odour, convenient, domestic, old. And in the far dark corner of the post office the antedeluvian monster is hidden - the telegraph mashine. It's still alive. If you'll decide to send a telegram down here, it can suddenly awake, making the personnel scared.
Sep. 7th, 2015 04:11 pm (UTC)
Amazing! In the U.S., such items are now considered "antiques." :)
Sep. 8th, 2015 07:32 am (UTC)
A "Global" stamp, what I wonderful idea for postcrossers (though I am not one of them)! I too still remember the time when we had to write letters by hand... but, you know, I am very glad that now we have computers and I can type instead of reading. Typing gives you the ability to correct mistakes immediately, and it is much more pleasant and faster! I remember the times at school and at university when I had to takes notes of all the lectures, it gave me such callosities on my fingers... I am very happy that nowadays I don't have to write all this information.
PS Your parcel still has not arrived.
Sep. 8th, 2015 02:07 pm (UTC)
I'm also happy we don't have to hand write everything now. :) Typing is much more efficient, but impersonal. Postcards and hand written letters are only for special occasions. In my profession, 95% of correspondence with the client is handled over email. It is very rare that we even send a typewritten letter through the mail. About your package, it was only mailed yesterday. I left it with the mail clerk at my work, and he told me he forgot about it last week. :( So, it's on it's way but a bit delayed!
Sep. 8th, 2015 02:34 pm (UTC)
I see... Today I have already got one order from an internet-shop and so I hoped that I would be a lucky day for parcels and your would come also... )))
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