Life was better then…

April 2, 2009


Happy Birthday to my nephew Jacob and also Steph!

Kids, back in the good ol’ days before these new-fangled computers were all the rage, instant messaging was called a ‘phone call’, e-mail was called ‘mail’, and a website was called a ‘pen pal’ – and you only had one commenter.

‘Way back in college I had a pen pal, Garth, who lived in Montana.  He was older, cooler  (in a band), and best of all – thought that I was witty.  We only knew each other through the post office, and wrote fairly regularly, and that was my gateway into the world of Interesting Mail.  We would make our own stationary by  photocopying stuff in our pockets, write quotes from famous authors (him) or popular songs (me), and best of all, doodle on the envelopes.  Garth had a schtick that I have since adopted as my own – the sign post.


These are just a sample, and they read: Shazam!; The old blah, blah, blah; Life is too short; and a little complete envelope with a signpost of a little complete envelope.  (Yes, I saved them. Someday when I am even older these letters will make me smile.)

Anyway – Kristi, “Lloyd” is going to try to get a package in the mail on Saturday (not the soap. I still have to figure out where to send the soap), and this is on it.  Lloyd took a picture of it and thought it would make a good post –  I have enjoyed the walk down memory lane.  (Insert barf noise here.)


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10 Responses to “Life was better then…”

  1. Brad Said on:

    Who’s the chick on that one envelope?


    • Lauren Said on:

      It’s from an ad, taped to the envelope, and says, “At approximately 12:30 p.m., Jane received her package via UPS….”

      As I recall, you’ve sent some clever mail in your day. I believe I still have some fish cards around here.


  2. Lloyd Said on:

    Hmmmmm, maybe that signpost could be incorporated into a new logo?!?


  3. Beth Said on:

    Have you found Garth on Facebook?


    • Lauren Said on:

      I actually know where he is, but not being a very social person, prefer to let this be a fond memory. 🙂


  4. Kristi Said on:

    Oh, what could it be? What… could… it… be????


  5. Rae Said on:

    I recognize that sign -- it was on a package I received! Momentarily the message made me sad, but then I realized the actual content of the package more that made up for it.


  6. Peggy Said on:

    “And the sign said long haired freaky people need not apply,”

    I would like to receive the soap nuts if you’ll draw one of your cool, clever signpost (or several) cartoons on the package. That’s a pretty good 3rd best reason for wanting the soap nuts right?


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