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December 14, 2007

Cards (and other well-intentioned hassles)

Rob @ 12:41 PM

I haven't been much for exchanging holiday cards since, roughly speaking, ever. The last card I ever sent was probably something like "Dear Grandma, thank you for the underwear" written at age 10 under duress while my mother berated me for being an ungrateful bastard who should have jumped at the chance to spread such joy thoroughout the distant rotting branches of my family tree without being prompted.

I pretty much wholeheartedly agree with my dear friend Snowgrouse's feelings on traditional cards. However, I also agree with my columnist superstar pal Ellis's assertion that e-cards are just rubbish.

The blogosphere remains clogged with those "if you want a card/if you want to send me a card" posts, and while I usually scroll quietly past those, I just had sort of a neat, somewhat compatible, idea which has the side benefit of kick-starting my own slightly atrophied creative mojo.

So if you like, you can send me an email (rob at the usual domain dot net) with the phrase "Insert card substitute here" and I'll respond with something digital yet original, made just for you. You'll have the only copy, to do with as you please. I promise it won't be more than a few minutes' worth of work, so you can delete it without feeling guilty.

If you don't send that email, but you're in my address book, I may just send you one anyway. I'm rough and toothless tough and ruthless like that.

Happy holidays!

2 Responses to “Cards (and other well-intentioned hassles)”

  1. Marie says:

    You should come on AIM this evening. I want to talk to you about something.

  2. Mara says:

    I've never understood the "card phobia" some people have. I also don't understand feeling guilty for throwing away greeting cards after their usefulness (however long that is remains to be determined by the recipient) has passed. I also don't mind eCards...after all, as the clique goes, it's the thought that counts.

    I've never felt I "owed" a card to anyone who's ever sent me one, either, though I know some people hate to GET them, only because they feel they have to now SEND one.

    I hate that kind of crap thinking.

    Which is basically why I made MY "if you WANT to send me a card, here's my address" post. I'd honestly not seen anyone posting their own address on my flist, until I did. Neener...I started a trend! :p I do feel silly replying to those "if you want a card from me, give me your address here." I mean, it's like asking to be invited to a party. My thoughts are...if someone WANTS to send me a card or such, they'll find a way, or ask for my address.

    I haven't felt like sending cards since 2004. In the last few years I've received many...but didn't feel obligated to return the favor, simply because they sent me one. That would sort of...defeat the spirit of the season.

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