The pleasures of paper & pen or at least long emails
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I used to write long letters to my close friends. Twenty pages on a legal pad weren't rare. I guess that I shouldn't be surprised that I've proven to be such a verbose person when typing away to post notes and essays (to invoke an overly ambitious word) online.
Email's instant ease has led me to write just as hastily but more briefly. If ilikenellyguys was more willing to use the AIM he installed a while back or ilikenellyguysdurham (see a theme?) the Yahoo client he's had for years I could get it down to the terseness of the instant messenger chat.
I just got through typing a longish email to the guy I tend to think of my best virtual friend (just on my side, he has lots of online pals - I think my list of online folks I communicate with often wouldn't exhaust the fingers of one of my hands).
It was good to type something heartfelt to just one person again. While I wrote my feelings passed from nostalgia, blushing carnal admiration, confession of ignorance and the simple delight of writing to someone that I'm glad to know is alive.
There was lots to be said for the days of paper and pen.