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Global Stamp

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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.

I'm sure many of you recognize the book I'm holding. :) So many stamps on the Russian package! Has Russian Post improved over the years, or modernized its equipment? You will recall that when I was in Maine, I offered to send postcards to some readers. I sent cards to everyone who responded on the day the post was published. I know at least one person who lives in the U.S. has already received my card. How about my Russian readers? Have any of you received my postcard from Maine? They were mailed over two weeks ago to different cities, including Moscow, Vladimir, Samara and one was sent all the way to New Zealand! I hope they don't get lost and eventually make their way into your hands!
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I don't think many people, especially the younger generation, send post cards or hand-written letters anymore. This makes me sad, but our culture is now programmed to expect instantaneous gratification and response on all levels, and this sadly includes interpersonal and romantic communications. However, if you ever visit the U.S., be sure to use this "Global" stamp if you decide to send postcards to your friends overseas! I'm sure they will be happy to receive your surprise in the mail! And the best things in life are worth the wait! :)

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kremlin_curant
Sep. 2nd, 2015 08:31 pm (UTC)
From one time on I'm reluctant to give my address online to the people from the Russia doesn't matter how friendly he/she sounds like.
Around 10 years ago one guy who sounded very friendly asked for my address for purportedly to send me a set of Russian vodka. I did give him it, but after he just stopped to talk to me.
Once upon a time another guy who hated me started blackmailing me after first guy befriended him claiming he knows where I live and if I didn't stop to post against Russia he will fly to NYC and kill me.
Of course I only smirked on him, but since then I've never revealed my identity on line.
peacetraveler22
Sep. 2nd, 2015 08:36 pm (UTC)
It's smart not to disclose your identity or address. That's why I didn't make my readers' addresses available for all to see in the comments to that post. Of course, I could be a crazy person but I'm not. I promise. :) It's very hard to maintain privacy in the Internet age. Even though my old address was supposed to be private, I found it online at whitepages.com. They gather information from a lot of sources, so although I had a blocked telephone number, they probably got my address from a store or credit card I use. It's a pity. It's necessary to be secure and safe, especially for a woman who lives alone. Now I have roommates, so I feel safer. But I don't want my address displayed for the whole world to see. The Russian mafia might come after me next time I write negative impressions about the country. :)
kremlin_curant
Sep. 2nd, 2015 08:55 pm (UTC)
I don't think the Russian mafia can put revenge on petty political opponents of Mr. Putin abroad. But some crazy person can.
Btw I never succeed to find out my own identity online. They only have information regarding my age. But I never tried whitepages yet.
peacetraveler22
Sep. 2nd, 2015 11:46 pm (UTC)
I google myself every few months to see what shows up in the search results. You should use your full name and the city in which you live as the search terms. You will be surprised what you find. Whitepages.com will take down the address if you inform them of your objection. There's a takedown form on the website.
kremlin_curant
Sep. 3rd, 2015 01:15 am (UTC)
Actually when the sites asked me to pay money for getting result what they usually do, I refuse to continue the search.

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