I’ve made no secret my preference for a text message over a phone call as I feel an SMS is a valid form of communication. But it fails miserably when it comes to things like intonation and the fine art of sarcasm that can only be read via voice inflection. Apparently my friend did like the home-baked cookies I sent. See? A simple phone call could have avoided hurt feelings. C’est la vie. In fact, it hasn’t been until recently that I have enjoyed once again actually using the “phone” feature on my handheld device. So i am currently reviving that as well.
Taking even one step back from the art of a good phone conversation, I have decided, as well, to start sending more hand-written letters to family and friends around the country and beyond. Dropping a dime on a good stationary set should be atop your list for 2010 resolutions. I came across the Forgetful Gentleman yesterday coincidentally and may budget in their Letterpress Elephant Card set, assuming relatives send cash instead of clothing for Christmas. “Will, as you age, we realize that your tastes have changed. Enjoy this money, and buy yourself something nice.” I like seeing that in cards. Especially when it’s handwritten, in a card, with a check, and not an email with a Paypal link. First: Get stationary. Second: Stock up on cologne so my letters smell nice. Third: Send letters.