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Pin Pals

Have you ever looked in your mailbox at the exciting mix of bills, pizza flyers, and junk mail, and thought “man, this sucks?” Or maybe found nothing for the fourth consecutive day because you’ve already switched all your bills to online-pay and thought “why doesn’t anyone care about me anymore?”

That happens to me all the time! Maybe you're not as melodramatic as I am, but who doesn’t genuinely enjoy getting mail? There’s something about a hand-written letter or funny card with a real cancelled stamp and a real (dirty, usually) envelope, that email or Facebook messaging just can’t match.

Back in February, the Hairpin posted about Paper Garbage Month, and Pin Pals were born! What are Pin Pals? They’re pen pals from the Hairpin! Did you ever, as a kid, write in to a pen-pal matching service from a magazine or newspaper column? I did! (Nicole from Denver, Colorado, if you’re reading this, I really liked your sparkly horse and rainbow stickers.) This is exactly like that except faster. 

If you want to join in, email me at hairpinpals@gmail.com with your address and whether or not you’re open to international mail (this is just so I can match people who are willing to spring for international postage), and I’ll get back to you within a couple of days with your new Pal. It’s totally random — the only tweaking I do is to make sure that people too close in geographical area aren’t matched up together.

It’s fun, and you can participate for the cost of the envelope and stamp. You can be as involved or uninvolved as you want — you can send a letter once a day, once a week, or once a month. You can send long, involved letters pouring out your inner secrets and unburdening your heart. You can send short notes in funny greeting cards. You can send some of those postcards you’ve been bringing back from every vacation you’ve ever been on that are just taking up space in your drawers. (Just me?)

If you’re looking for stationery, local paper shops are obviously good bets, and if you don't have any in your neighborhood, there's always the internet. Target and Papyrus usually have cute, inexpensive stuff (and tons of sales), while Crane & Co is great for people with money to spend on that kind of thing. Etsy obviously has lots of adorable stationery, and you can buy tons of potentially offensive greeting cards (and postcards) from someecards, if you feel like making people uncomfortable. (Any suggestions for your favorite stationery places, please tell us in the comments.)

It’s as easy as that. Email me with your information, and you should have a Pin Pal relatively quickly. Summer just wouldn’t be summer without sitting at a patio table, enjoying the warm weather while writing a letter to a semi-stranger on your adorable new stationery and enjoying some sangria/a margarita/a cold beer/the beverage of your choice.

 

Lindsey Palka holds a Master’s degree in Canadian history, but works in a bridal salon to pay the bills.



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melis
Xanthophyllippa

@melis Shhhhh don't tell

Jennifer Culp

@melis I have a pet tortoise (Zelda Bowser) who likes strawberries. This just seemed like an appropriate place to share that information.

saythatscool

@melis My Dear Melis,
I wanted to tell you that I am delighted you have taken an interest in me. And when I learned of your vast correspondence I thought "Dare I?" Of course I do. I don't believe you would tell them who I am, even if you knew. Besides, what particular body I now occupy is trivial. The important thing is what I am BECOMING. I know that you alone can understand this. I have some things I'ld love to show you. Someday perhaps, if circumstances permit. I hope we can correspond...
(a part is missing from the letter)
I have admired you for years and have a complete collection of you press notices. Actually, I think of them as unfair reviews, As unfair as mine. They like to sling demeaning nicknames don't they? The Tooth Fairy. What could be more inappropriate?! It would shame me for you to see that if I had not known you have suffered the same distortions in the press. Investgator Graham interests me. Odd-looking fellow for a flat-foot, isn't he? Not very handsome, but purposeful looking. You should have taught him not to meddle. Forgive the stationary. I chose it because it will dissolve very quickly if you have to swallow it.
(another piece is missing)
If I hear from you, maybe next time I'll send you something wet.

Until then I remain, your Avid Fan.

EternalFootwoman

@saythatscool I just have to respond and say I love you.

Mosey

I am ridiculously all over this.
I hope lots of people want to do international, I like seeing all the cool stamps from other countries!

wallsdonotfall

@Mosey I got a postcard from the South Pole the other day and I was so disappointed that the Antarctic stamp was of common lavender or some other herb. Herbs! Not even ice-encrusted or anything! Such a letdown.

Lustful Cockmonster

@wallsdonotfall You got a postcard from the South Pole? Please elaborate.

Mosey

@wallsdonotfall Maybe it was some lavender in an ice cube that the stamp artist had zoomed in real close to so you couldn't tell.

wallsdonotfall

@My, she was yar I befriended a cosmologist at a party who was leaving the next week to do research at a telescope at Pole. I also got one from McMurdo! They're both on my freezer with a postcard another friend sent me from Siberia.

rosaline

@wallsdonotfall Definitely the proper place to display such postcards.

Mandalas

@Mosey I read "comestologist" not "cosmologist" and my thoughts were all confused for a moment. Then I thought, "well, people need haircuts and the like in Antarctica too." Then I saw that they were doing telescope research and my thoughts were confused again. Then I reread what you wrote and realized that I need to pay closer attention to what I'm reading.

Ladies Who Punch

@Mosey "letdown"? or "meltdown"?

slutberry

@Mosey It is good to make friends with cosmologists. Also cosmetologists.

Jane Doh@facebook

@Mosey I did the same thing!

whateverlolawants

@wallsdonotfall Shoot. I really want a postcard from Antarctica now. I never really thought it was possible. I did write a terrible book in 1997-8, though, that was just emails between girls from all over the world, and one lived at a research base in Antarctica.

redheaded&crazy

Lady, you are a truly wonderful lady.

Xanthophyllippa

@redheaded&crazie Well okay you deleted so I'll delete too.

redheaded&crazy

@Xanthophyllippa oh sorry! I deleted my comment because i felt like i was making it all about me and being irrelevant (also why i was whispering in the first place)

i would still be your emailpal though

redheaded&crazy

@redheaded&crazie well now this is just a clusterfuck

Xanthophyllippa

@redheaded&crazie Kewl. My email's just my username at gmail. I am all about me too, so we'll have a lot in common!

ALS24

@redheaded&crazie But I wanted to be your emailpal! *realizes how creepy and stranger-y that is* *apologizes repeatedly while backing out of the room*

redheaded&crazy

@ALS24 no it's cool i'll be your emailpal! wombat.baby@gmail! Or give me your email and i'll email you. And you too xanthy of course.

email is ... so much more manageable for me :(

ALS24

@redheaded&crazie Oh my god oh my god I'm freaking out fangirlishly! This is an honor and a privilege! I'll email you, because I don't want to post my email because it has my name (my REAL name) and I'm paranoid about trying to run for president someday and then having someone drudge up some post where I mentioned liking the UK more than the US or something and then I can't be president!!! (yes this a legitimate concern of mine) (no I probably shouldn't be trying to communicate this at 11 at night) OKAY ANYWAY I'LL EMAIL YOU, YAY!

ALS24

@redheaded&crazie Gmail says that your email address isn't valid :'(

redheaded&crazy

@ALS24 what! that makes no sense. when i saw your post i assumed that i had spelled my email wrong like an eediot but i didn't! it's right! wombat.baby@gmail.com! that's very very weird :\

if it still doesn't work you could also always join the hairpin fashion club! and then I'll know your email from that.

ALS24

@redheaded&crazie Weird! I've been putting a dot between baby & wombat, could that be the problem? It's all I can think of. As for fashion club, what is it?! How do I join?!

redheaded&crazy

@ALS24 nooo that shouldn't be a problem whhhaattt is going on

you just join by sending me an email! hah no. you just apply for group membership on the side bar. if you're not interested in actually talking about fashion and things (which is what it is) then at least i'll have your email address to be emailpals :)

ALS24

@redheaded&crazie Okay, this is getting bizarre. I'll join fashion club. It just makes sense. Fashion AND redheaded&crazie? THAT IS A GOOD THING AND I SHOULD DO IT.

ALS24

@redheaded&crazie Lololololololololol I figured out the problem, check your email.

Xanthophyllippa

I will be a walking testimonial for the power of the Pin Pal because I got my first letter from mine on a really shitty day and it TOTALLY made everything better. DO IT.

Holden Cauliflower

@Xanthophyllippa
Me too, except my third letter, which came after the WORST week wherein my grandfather died and his weirdo illegitimate half-nephew showed up at the funeral demanding to give the eulogy and made it All About Him and also tried to loot my grandfather's corpse, I shit you not - and then I got home and there was this lovely letter in a card with a cartoon dog on it and everything was immediately so much better.

MoonBat

@Xanthophyllippa
Ooh, me too, and I was so excited to get a Pin Pal letter from someone so extremely LIKE me, except prettier and cooler and British and with better handwriting .....the Pin Pal letters are my favorite mail. This was a GREAT idea, Lindsey!!!

jobin526

Gaaa I love this so much. So ready to use my extensive collection of stationery (and the Pixar stamps I've been hoarding)!

Thandie

@jobin526 whaaat? you have Pixar-stamps???? oh, I would love to get one....
Sadly, I have only danish stamps :-(

sox
sox

Dear My Pin Pal,

I am the worst. It's not that I haven't been meaning to write you, as a matter of fact I've written you about 57 letters in my head since late February and I even have a fantastic 'concept' letter for you. Which will rock. When I write it. Maybe tonight. All of the supplies right there in a pile on my desk...

Sincerely,
Your Crappy Delinquent Pin Pal

Gertrude

@sox I came here to write this exact comment. I'm sorry Pin Pal!

Woman Laughing Alone With Boas

@sox Ugh, I feel you! I am also a delinquent Pin Pal. But NO MORE! I am going into the wilderness this weekend, and I will take that time to write a letter (maybe)!

terrific

@Gertrude @sox Aughhhhh. I know! I am sorry! I love you, Pinpal.

OhMyGoshYouGuys

@sox I'm a delinquent offender too. I even have her address written on a post-it. Neither of us has sent a letter yet. I think we're both waiting for the other person to write first, which shows we have similar personalities?

frigwiggin

@sox Oh crap, I haven't written my pinpal either. Gah! I have a few other friends who need letters too. This is why I am Bad at Friends. Okay, letter tonight! Maybe!

Megasus

@sox I am probably going to be a Future Delinquent Pinpal, so yaaaaaay

redonion

@sox Me too. :( But Saturday, Pinpal, whoever you are, Saturday I will send you a letter! I found both good paper and stamps AND stickers and I am collecting weird things to send.

My bills are always late, too.

JessicaLovejoy

@sox I want to be perfect so badly that I end up doing nothing?

"The Best Time I Suddenly Realized That the Pin Pal Program is a Microcosm of My Entire Life"

Sassafrass

@sox I am also the worst Pin Pal. And I want to be better! I let life get too interesting for awhile and need to write back. This weekend it is happening!

Pin Pal I hope you still live at the same address and will forgive my months of delinquency. I really did find your last letter a wonderful surprise and very enjoyable to read.

PS: I also feel better getting this out in the open, and finding I'm not the only one.

TheCheesemanCometh

@frigwiggin I am Bad at Friends too, which is why although I'd love a Pin Pal, I know I'd be terrible, and I'm already feeling the guilt? And I haven't even signed up?

And yes, I also frequently make it all about me. Sigh.

EpWs

Dear Pinpal (you are in Brooklyn and sent me seeds! You are amazing!)

I am very sorry that I have been delinquent for the past several weeks. I have excuses that are terrible (I graduated, started a new job, and am moving!) and I apologize for that! I will be sending you mail as soon as I get settled in this weekend.
<3 u and your patience tooooo.

frigwiggin

@TheCheesemanCometh Aw, but you should still try! I'm trying not to feel too bad because my pinpal didn't send me anything either yet, so we're both just a bit bad at this. But I will make the first move!

Craftastrophies

@frigwiggin My PinPal and I didn't send each other anything for two months, and then I got a letter the same week I sent mine. I think we are similarly Bad At Friends which is such a relief.

MissO

@sox All of yous... I'm the same. I have had my PinPal Postcard sitting on my desk for what... two months? It is says something to the effect of "My garden kicks ass" and has a neat retro picture on it. I even wrote your name and address already... just no letter-worthy words. Also, I don't have the correct int'l stamps yet. BUT WHEN I DO it will come your way. Oh and PS, I'm wondering if any of YOU are my PinPal, because I haven't received anything either.

themmases

@JessicaLovejoy I had an awesome French pen pal in junior high and one time I didn't write to her for so long I was too ashamed to write. I decided it was better if I just disappeared rather than finally write back and be the rude feckless American pen pal. I persisted in this belief even after, months later, she sent me a Christmas card and possibly some cute little French toys or stationery or something. I still feel guilty.

So what I'm saying is this thing is my shot at redemption.

sudden but inevitable betrayal

@JessicaLovejoy This is my problem too! I want to be cool and interesting! I want our PinPal relationship to turn into a really solid friendship that lasts for years! But then I crumble under the pressure.

I'm sorry, PinPal. I'll write soon. I will!

miss buenos aires

@sox Are any of you my Pin Pal? Because I am on the other side of this. I understand your hesitation, but you could just... mail the letter. And it wouldn't make anyone unhappy.

sox
sox

@miss buenos aires In my case, we've written back and forth a few times, it's just my turn and I've been meaning to write for awhile :) Upon this post though, I did write a quick postcard and dropped it in the mail to say hello and let her know I had plenty more to say in a forthcoming actual letter! Sending the quick postcard did make me feel a little better about my delinquency!

pixieg

@everyone
Are one of you my pinpal?! I hope so. I sent a letter back to my pinpal a long time ago and she never replied and now my brain is all "maybe she thinks I am entirely uncool!"

dinos

EVERYBODY BE A PINPAL. I have a pinpal and she is the awesomest, even though I am super slow to write back.

Chesty LaRue

@dinos Me too! My pinpal is a delight :)
(ps, if you're reading this, the letter is in the mail)

SarahP

I've been thinking about doing this for a while, and you have convinced me! Well, your mention of stickers did. I will email you next week, when I have a new address!

SarahP

@SarahP I have this vision of having a pinpal with whom I exchange letters until we are little old biddies, when we decide to finally meet. Sort of like 84, Charing Cross Road, but neither of us will be dead.

Jennifer Culp

I signed up. I hope I get youresmalltime so I can send her collages of Leon Kennedy.

PREPARE FOR MY NEWB CALLIGRAPHY SKILLS, future pal!

LabRat

@Jennifer Culp Maybe we'll be each other's pals! Then we can spend inordiante amounts of time deciphering our letters. My letters may be short, as so far I have only mastered l, i, p, b, t, y, u, h, m, n, and k. I may also refer to you as "hillbilly," as I find it very fun to write.

Lustful Cockmonster

@LabRat I would like to be your pinpal...I would get immense joy out of being called a hillbilly in calligraphy on the reg.

Jennifer Culp

@Jennifer Culp Sure! You'll be something like "gorgeous gin-guzzling gunslinger," for a couple letters at least. I'm working on my g's.

Xanthophyllippa

@ LabRat @My, she was yar I might just start calling people a hillbilly just for fun.

LabRat

@Jennifer Culp And you would be totally accurate.

laserbeams

Argh! I have postcards to send to my Pin Pals and I need to go and buy some stamps. Thanks for the reminder.

Pajamaralways

Oh my god, I signed up and I am super excited. I'm going to send the WEIRDEST stuff.

Anna Jayne@twitter

@Pajamaralways I hope we are matched up! I also am going to send the weirdest stuff. IT'S A WEIRD-OFF

candybeans

@Pajamaralways I CALL PAJAMARALWAYS.

Pajamaralways

@Anna Jayne@twitter Hahaha Weird-Off is going to be my new favorite thing to do. Come to my house for a Thursday night Weird-Off everybody! First prize: A new pair of windshield wipers and a VHS copy of Wes Craven's "Swamp Thing"!

New Commenter Name

@Pajamaralways
*gasp* WEIRD STUFF ?!?! For reals? I love weird stuff. Wait, does everybody send weird stuff? Because that would be the awesomest.

What kind of weird stuff, though? I could probably out-weird a lot of people and I wouldn't want to cross the line between cool-weird and weird-weird. Because that would just be weird, ya know?

Pajamaralways

@Curiouser and curiouser I feel like if I got an envelope that was just full of glitter and a nice matzah recipe, I would be like, what a neat weirdo my pin pal is! But if I got an envelope full of human hair, I would be like.... I guess I have to move now.

Xanthophyllippa

@Pajamaralways Well damn. So much for sending you the ponytail that's been sitting in my underwear drawer since my last haircut.

(I'm not creepy YOU GUYS I just forgot to send it to Locks of Love.)

ALS24

@Pajamaralways @Curiouser and curiouser @everybodywhosenameididnttypebecauseimverylazy CAN I PLEASE JOIN THE WEIRD-OFF? I might win.

Xanthophyllippa

@Pajamaralways ALSO: that is quite possibly the best comment I have ever read on the 'Pin. I'm still laughing at an envelope full of human hair.

Pajamaralways

@Xanthophyllippa

http://www.celebitchy.com/12282/peta_wants_people_to_send_olsen_twins_clumps_of_hair_in_the_mail/

wharrgarbl

@Pajamaralways Last week a coworker came to me and said "...do you happen to know why this student's thesis is covered in glitter?" and I managed to keep it together long enough to deadpan "No, but I'm sure he had his reasons." Proudest moment of the day.

Also, I am now intrigued by the thought of sending random, properly-packaged ponytails to Locks of Love at some random person/organization's address. Like, the Committee to Re-elect Allen West, all getting ponytails in the mail.

Xanthophyllippa

@Pajamaralways Damn! I just cleaned out the drain yesterday.

@wharrgarbl Glitter. WIN.

null

@Pajamaralways haha over winter break my daughter was complaining about being bored so I tried to talk her into cutting up as many snowflakes as she could handle and randomly mailing them to one of her friends and she was like... no.

Craftastrophies

@klaus Any time I would complain of being bored my dad would say 'well, write a letter' or 'go for a run around the block'.

I never did either of these things.

Kitty

@klaus my mom and I would always send Valetine's cards (like the kind you handed out when you were little) to random people in the phone book! I want to continue to the tradition when I have kids but I can't remember the last time I saw a phonebook.

cosmia

Totally signing up! But can I just say now I want to watch that Simpsons episode? "Here comes the friend ship!"

Mike Dang

I think I want to do this too!

candybeans

@Mike Dang I ALSO CALL MIKE DANG. I CALL TWO PEOPLE, WHATEVER, I HAVE A LOT OF STATIONERY.

Megasus

@Mike Dang WHOEVER GETS MIKE DANG SEND HIM A CREEPY LOVE POEM

(because I have been too lazy to get around to that)

OhMarie

@candybeans Ahhhhh Mike Dang! I want to send you normal letters with a weird piece of personal financial information just snuck in at the bottom.

QuiteAmiable

I have one, and we've written a few letters back and forth, but I haven't heard from her in a few months now. I do realize I'm not a fascinating person, but still.

Mayhaps I should sign up for another one?

sox
sox

@QuiteAmiable :( I hope I'm not your Pin Pal. Give it a week! Please, I beg you!
If you are my Pal, I think you will really like what I have to send?

Craftastrophies

@sox God this whole thread is making me really want to know who my pinpal is. PinPAL! WHERE ARE YOU?

lobsterhug

@Craftastrophies Wait, do pinpals not know each other's user names? I was full disclosure on that because Lindsey included her user name so it seemed only fair.

Craftastrophies

@QuiteAmiable I was up front for the same reason and also it seemed relevant information? But my pinpal has not told me hers. I mean, she could be a lurker, etc, I feel bad asking because I don't want to imply that if I don't already know her from the site I don't want to be her pinpal, because that's far from true! But also, what if we DO? I need ALL the information!

Holden Cauliflower

How apropos! I just dashed off a second letter this week to my pin pal today (I think I'm making up for the fact that I went an entire month without writing, and also new stationery! and ALSO I had news).

dk
dk

My Pin Pal never wrote me :(

I will join again, though! Does anyone want to be Pin Pals who is going to have a baby in the next few months? WE CAN RAISE OUR BABIES TOGETHER, VIA THE POSTAL SERVICE.

Pajamaralways

@dk That is such a cute idea!!! I wish I were having a baby so I could do this.

Pin Feathers

@dk I am not pregnant but I do have a four month old baby girl who has squishy cheeks, a deep belly laugh, and enough rolls to start a bakery. We can still raise our babies together in mail, even if they are not the same age!

dk
dk

@dk I'm in! Let's raise babies together. I want to hear more about this baby bakery.

City_Dater

I just signed up! I cannot wait to send sparkly stickers and nonsense!

redheaded&crazy

by the way is anybody wondering how well my new year's resolution is going?

not well folks. not well.

SarahP

@redheaded&crazie Do it! Do it right now! Even if it's a note you meant to send since Christmas! In fact, apologizing for how long it takes you to write thank-you notes (despite before so very thankful!) means you'll have something funny/humble to say beyond the normal "Thank you for the ____, I use it every day."

Why are you still reading my comment? Do it right now.

redheaded&crazy

@SarahP I did it! I went and did it!

redheaded&crazy

@redheaded&crazie did what? Be honest.

redheaded&crazy

@redheaded&crazie ...drank 3 glasses of red wine

OKAY BUT NOW THAT I'VE ADMITTED MY SHAME AGAIN. this is my friday open thread resolution (come early). okay guys. it's happening.

elks

So I was actually just assigned a Pin Pal! Although I haven't gotten around to writing her yet.

But when I do, there will be animal stickers galore, that I can promise.

Slutface

We're going to save the United States Postal Service!

_questingbeast

I fear my life is too boring for me to be an interesting correspondent. I'll probably end up sending synopses of Mad Men episodes, cut out of the TV guide.

dinos

@questingbeast Do it anyway.

Interrobanged

@questingbeast Yes, what exactly do you put in the first letter? It's either going to be my emotional turmoil over jobhunting, or talking about my favourite Buffy episodes and the miraculous power o kale chips.

ALS24

@Interrobanged Yo, hit me up with the Buffy stuff. Once More With Feeling, amiright? Also, kale chips <3

Bittersweet

@questingbeast TV guide cutouts of Mad Men episodes would be scads better than 99% of the mail I receive on a daily basis.

wharrgarbl

@questingbeast I hear you. Every time I think about signing up for this, I get a mental image of some poor woman in Wisconsin getting a postcard that says "Today at a long red light, I watched four-foot tall bird hunt a lizard. Later, my dog was thrown into a panic at the sight of a small child observing proper safety precautions on a skateboard. The end." and just furrowing her brow at it.

ironhoneybee

@wharrgarbl I call wharrgarbl.

ironhoneybee

@ironhoneybee Also, wharrgarbl, I hope you like rebuses. Because I plan to make all my pinpal letters be in some form of code. How else does one create any interest in "I work from home and frequently only leave the house to walk the dog, who, while adorable, has rage feelings for all living (and some inanimate) things but me?"

_questingbeast

@wharrgarbl "P.S. ALL IS DISCOVERED, FLY AT ONCE."

wharrgarbl

@ironhoneybee You could also write it as your dog, and wax eloquent on the grosser points of the things your dog hates. "Today I was scolded for attempting to murder a squirrel. I find this deeply unfair, because that squirrel knows what it did, and what it did was spoil the season finale of The Finder for me. Also its ears are an affront to all sensible creatures."

Cat Jail

@wharrgarbl No lie, that is exactly the kind of correspondence I am hoping to get from this.

wharrgarbl

@Cat Jail Correspondence about hungry wildlife, or correspondence from an anti-social dog?

Cat Jail

@wharrgarbl I love animals and am incredibly nosy about people's everyday lives, so either!

Interrobanged

@ALS24 Soul twins! Once More With Feeling is, in fact, my favourite episode.

ALS24

@Interrobanged Yessssssss! I just knew! Somehow I just knew! We must be friends. Immediately.

Craftastrophies

@wharrgarbl Will you be my second pinpal?!

OMWF is my second fave, Tabula Rasa is my fave solely for that moment where they open the door to the vamps and all scream. And the way it recaptures all the whacky fun of the first few seasons, while being as deep and well rounded as a sixth season show can be. Oh, and Spike's line about vampires with souls being lame.

Serious, though, it's weird corresponding so slowly with someone who you met on a website. I don't know my pinpal's pin name, so maybe I am corresponding with her in real time, too? I know nothing about her life, except that she has a job and the city she lives in, and it's really hard to talk about my own life because there's this weird intimacy gap where I talk about the minute personal details of my life on the internet, so... what do I put in an introduction? What can I assume she knows/wants to know about me.

It's bizarro and I think someone should write an anthro thesis on it. (PPM! Where are you?)

wharrgarbl

@Craftastrophies I will totally be your second pinpal, though I can't promise any grand revelation will come of it that hasn't already come from a few nights of drunken tumblring. (I will take all your Lokis, though I do not want your Tim Lincecums, they are like knock-off Tim Hiddlestons, legitimate items only.) Are you pinusername@gmail?

Craftastrophies

@wharrgarbl No, I'm kaviare at the google mails.

I watched a video last night of Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch being interviewed. And then I exploded.

ALS24

@wharrgarbl OH MY GOD THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE WHO WERE LIKE, "DISREGARD THAT PRETTY BOY THOR, AQUIRE LOKI INSTEAD"?!?!?!?!?

ALS24

@Craftastrophies OH. MY. GOD. THOSE TWO?! Together?! Please please be my friend so we can hyperventilate about this.

Craftastrophies

@ALS24 SO POSH. And they started talking about War Poetry (it was an interview for War Horse which I will not see even for them, but still) and would interrupt and apologise, and shoot secret friend/admiring eyes at each other.

OH MY GOD it was amazing.

Thor's fine. Ya know, if you never want to talk to him. But I have a thing for mischief gods/people... If I had a hypothetical son I think I would call him Lahclan and call him Loki for short, except that that... goes comically with my last name. Oh, wth, this son is purely hypothetical so i'll go for it.

Craftastrophies

@Craftastrophies Also, Tom H doing a monolouge from Henry V. SHIVERS.

ALS24

@Craftastrophies OH MY GOSH KEYSMASH. I just tried to email you and freak out because I couldn't wait long enough for my comment to load, but I accidentally sent it to someone called kaviar instead of kaviare who is probably REALLY comfused right now. But ANYWAY quite honestly, that interview sounds like pure beauty.

wharrgarbl

@Craftastrophies Oh god, War Horse. The comic review here was as close as I am getting to that movie. But! But. There is a photoset floating around tumblr of a charge scene re-subbed so that Hiddleston is saying "I will steal all your fans!" and Bandersnatch Cumberbunch is shouting "HIDDLESTON!" and it is pretty much all I need from that movie. Though I will totally fucking go to that play and watch the wooden puppets of geese and horses because that sounds fucking amazing.

Mostly I'm just kind of making happy little noises about those two actors. Don't get me wrong, Hemsworth is gorgeous, but Hiddleston is also extremely pretty and got the better character and hoooooly shit, Shakespearean-trained, and seems like a pretty decent human being into the mix. Mmmm-mmmm-mmmm.

ALS24

@wharrgarbl Oh my gosh give me your email immediately please I want to be your friend. Dammit I'm creepy at midnight! But seriously, you just said Bandersnatch Cumberbunch. BE MY FRIEND.

...sorry.

Interrobanged

@wharrgarbl Dude! I'm going to see the play soon. Hopefully the potential for emotional scarring will be less than the movie?

@ALS24 I'm rewatching Buffy through repeats and god it's just so soothing, though it just got to the point where Tara dies :(((((

wharrgarbl

@ALS24 An actual newspaper called him Bandersnatch Cumberbund in print recently! It was glorious. I am over at stuckinabucket.tumblr.com if you want to be my tumblr friend. We can squee over Sherlock and scheme to get a Loki movie produced in which he is wearing no clothes at all.

Craftastrophies

@wharrgarbl I KNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW He might be perfection. He seems so... polite and thoughtful and posh but in the correct way not the snobby way. And the Henry V monolouge made me remember why I love shakespeare http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5lhfKUFNN8 He's freaking smiling while he delivers that, there's so much going on, like the dude says, lets go fight some French! He's not delivering some speech like a wooden puppet being Correct. And he talks about the themes of comics and mythology and just generally seems like a person I would like to... have a beer with. Yes, that is what I want to do with him. Beer. Yes.

That description of the tumblr scene made me laugh so hard. I MUST SEE IT. If you search youtube for their names there are a bunch of clips obviously from the same set of interviews.

wharrgarbl

@Interrobanged I dunno. I mean, puppets vs. real horses, but goddamn, stage plays can be intense.

ALS24

@Interrobanged OH NO! That part made me so depressed/angry :( Shall we weep via email?

ALS24

@wharrgarbl Oh that sounds perfect! Or rather, it would if I had a tumblr :( I had to ban myself from ever getting one because it would become my life. But I want to! I really want to!

Interrobanged

@ALS24 Yes! Shall we have our own little geeky pin pal exchange on the side? I'm at han[underscore]richy[at]hotmail.com.

wharrgarbl

@Craftastrophies Unf. It is like the Cumberbatch interview where he's talking about how Freeman got him on tumblr and pulled some fanfic up and then like, walked off laughing? And the interviewer was all "...how did you take it?" and Cumberbatch's response had to do with being flattered by the physical prowess he was ascribed. That man is getting all the hugs, ever, if I see him. And *ahem* yes, beers. I will stand him a round. I will stand him otter the rounds.

Hiddleston really just seems to own the character of Loki, the same way Ralph Fiennes kind of fit into Coriolanus, if that makes sense. I mean, he obviously knows his fucking craft, but there also seems to be a sincere sympathy there, the same way Fiennes managed to nail the checked ferocity and aggression of his title character. Then you have pictures of him with that random small child with the Captain America shield on his shoulders, and all cognitive function is completely reduced to a paste of "Must make out with this man. And buy him a beer. Yes. Beer."

Craftastrophies

@wharrgarbl OH MY GOD. Sometimes I think about, say, James McAvoy finding tumblr and then I feel terrible. Freeman! What a troll! The greatest.

I think this is why I like Hiddleston/Loki so much, because I think he sees the same things I see in Loki, and we both sort of look out of the eyes of that character, a bit. That sounds so dramatic, but you know. Chaotic Nuetral 4eva! I watched an interview where Hiddleston was talking about how every villain thinks he's the hero. I'm always drawn to the villain - every hero is the same, it's the villain that really makes the movie. I mean, I basically spent all of The Dark Knight waiting for the Joker to come back on screen. Whatever, weirdo in the bat suit, I am interested in the bad guy's world.

And also, cheekbones. And also, any time you can see that intelligence and humour flitting around under someone's face... well, lets just say, the beer is flowing.

(WHY WOULD I SAY THAT?!)

ALS24

@Craftastrophies oh my gosh the cheekbones

@wharrgarbl Is there a link to this glorious picture?! Also oh my gosh why is Benedict perfect? It's almost inappropriate how amazing he is.

@Interrobanged YESSSSSS we definitely should. Imma email you NOW!

wharrgarbl

@ALS24 Yes! Behold, a small child with a Captain America shield on Loki's shoulders.

ALS24

@wharrgarbl oh no now i am dead thanks a lot tom hiddleston

Renleigh

@wharrgarbl PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT CUMBERBATCH AND HIDDLESTON YOU ARE MY PEOPLE. I have no real contribution other than to add my panting approval to their general existence. And that fan poster for Good Omens with them on it is driving me insane with needing it to be real. (Also, fair warning for pinners who mention their love of something awesome and then give a tumblr url, I will stalk you. So if you wind up with some random person following you, it is likely this mostly-lurker. My url is the same as my username.)

Xanthophyllippa

@wharrgarbl I am a poor woman in Wisconsin and that postcard sounds all right by me.

ALS24

@Renleigh OH MY GOSH THAT IS EXACTLY HOE I FELT WHEN I SAW THE CUMBERBATCH/HIDDLESTON STUFF! Be my friend.

frigwiggin

I feel sad about all the people who feel neglected by their pinpals. If it's me, I'm so so sorry! I am the worst.

joie

@frigwiggin no, I am the worst. My pinpal sent me a lovely letter back in *mumble* March? and I haven't written back yet. :( But I plan to atone for it with artisan chocolate and a cheesy card.

Josh is like Germany Ambitious and Misunderstood

I'd love to but i have my hands full with all the boston pinners

laurel

@Josh is like Germany Ambitious and Misunderstood That sounds filthy. Delightfully filthy.

Or homicidal?

Bittersweet

@Josh is like Germany Ambitious and Misunderstood You and I can be pinpals, Josh. I'll just hand-deliver everything.

 
The Lady of Shalott

@Sarah H. Stamps are pretty reasonable! Canada and Mexico are 85 cents apiece, while international stamps are $1.05

Helpful tip: If you don't have international stamps, you can just plaster on three or four stamps onto your international letter and it'll still get there!

http://www.stamps.com/usps/postage-rate-increase/

sarah girl

@The Lady of Shalott Haha, thank you! I deleted because I realized I could totally just Google the price, but I apparently messed something up because the USPS site was telling me it was like $9 to send a letter to the UK?!? Thank you for correcting that!

Craftastrophies

@Sarah H. The first thing I sent to my pinpal was a package to apologise for being late. Did you know the US charges a $9 security fee for all packages over 453g. What is 435g is that a pound or something? You people are so weird with your weird retro measurements and your apparent desire to not get anymore timtams because it's EXPENSIVE.

Maybe I should sign up for a Canadian PinPal. Or just send letters.

sarah girl

Also, I check my mail maybe once a week and it's always terrible crap I don't want, so I will definitely sign up for this!!!

leonstj

Is this the right spot to ask for a good spot for a decent stationery wardrobe - Correspondence Cards, Sheets, Informals and Calling Cards? I want something nice, but not ridiculous.

(UGH-I just spent the last 45 minutes trying to find a proper typeface for my name on a full set of stationery. NOTHING IS PERFECT ENOUGH. Maaaaaybe bodoni? I dunno argh i can never pick a font for my own name).

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@leon.saintjean
I'm having a memory of my grandmother using the words 'calling card' to mean something entirely different. Example: So-and-so was walking their dog past the house again and the dog left a calling card on my lawn.

I have a strange family. But now I am picturing you ordering Calling Cards and it's making me laugh.

Xanthophyllippa

@leon.saintjean You want one of the many lovely Dard Hunter fonts. No, really, you do.

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@leon.saintjean
I also have trouble with the fonts for my name when I am ordering a new checkbook.

leonstj

@Curiouser and curiouser - It is just the worst. I want something classic and timeless, without being bland. And because I'm a big dumb nerd, nothing really seems "timeless".

I look at avenir 55, and it seems close. Elegant, but a bit too bland. Plus, my real name carries serifs well. Then I look at something like janson and...ugh, I don't know. I think the problem is that the letters of my name are not pretty enough in a row. They offend my aesthetics, but what am I to do?

iceberg

@leon.saintjean tell us your name I will find you a font!

EpWs

@Xanthophyllippa Good lawd, I know I do. Hunter please!

ironhoneybee

@leon.saintjean Ok, if your name carries serifs well, but you like the vibe of Avenir, try Archer, particularly the hairline face, practically all words look good in it. For something with a little more style, try Eidetic. If you like Bodoni some but not wholly, Didot, Filosofia and Mrs. Eaves are all nice alternatives. Requiem is a good, standard, classy serif font. If you feel like venturing back into sans serif territory, Ideologica is an interesting face, Knockout is tres manly, Aaux Pro is clean but has some flair, and Gotham is always a solid choice.

OR you could change your name? I hear Crow is hot right now.

Xanthophyllippa

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher OH YEAH. When I get bored in meetings, I'll often write the alphabet over and over again in Dard Hunter style. It's just so...Dardy!

Craftastrophies

@ironhoneybee God I love the hairpin.

discombobulated

@leon.saintjean SO YOU NEED A TYPEFACE? Hope this helps!

beeline96

I signed up & I have Pixar stamps ready & waiting!

eiffeldesigns

Yet another reason why I love thehairpin and pinners, generally. I'm totally doing this.

marz

omg yessssssss.

adminslave

I signed up and have a bunch of hand made cards waiting (I like to make art cards). I'm feeling like a really bad long distance friend at the moment though, as I returned from a trip abroad with loads of gifts for various friends all over the US, and I have like 5 lovingly prepared packages just sitting collecting dust in my living room. Every time I think about sending them, I balk at the amount of time it would take my post office to prepare them (they take like 10 mins per package) and then I run out of money mid-month, and flake... So hopefully my track record will be better this time..

laurel

@adminslave If you and your pals are all in the US, you can print your postage at home or work and then leave the package to be picked up my your mailman or drop it in a bin at the post office.

adminslave

@laurel But don't you have to weigh them? I've thought about doing this, but I think I would estimate wrong. Some are quite heavy.

laurel

@adminslave If you ship flat rate, it's all the same up to 70lbs. Or so says USPS.

Casanova Frankenstein

OK, here's the thing: I signed up for a pinpal TWICE and both times they never wrote me back. I am a sucker for letters so I'm just gonna keep doing it but YOU GUYS BETTER WRITE ME BACK THIS TIME. I MEAN IT. YOU'RE MAKING ME TYPE IN ALL CAPS.

The Lady of Shalott

@Casanova Frankenstein I am so, so, so sorry that your Pin Pals have not written you back! But hopefully the third time's a charm?

okaycrochet

@Casanova Frankenstein Maybe your mailbox is broken!
OK but really, I hope you get a letter this time.

TheUnchosenOne

I am sitting here thinking about signing up and getting very nervous about not having written someone I haven't been assigned by a service I haven't even signed up for! Is this what it has come to, y'all?

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@TheUnchosenOne
Yessss. I am having similar anxiety and I haven't even signed up, but am considering signing up and oh mannnnnn what if my letters aren't cool enough?

TheUnchosenOne

@Curiouser and curiouser What if... what if I did all mine in the style of a ransom note (there has to be a better word for that)? And cut them out of old magazines and newspapers? BUT WHO EVEN HAS MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS ANYMORE.

kickupdust

@Curiouser and curiouser aahhh samesies!

Xanthophyllippa

@Curiouser and curiouser A letter from you is 1) not a bill, and 2) not an ad. It is therefore inherently cool and you should not worry because your PinPal will automatically love it.

(Unrelated: a PinPaul is not the same thing as a PinPal.)

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@TheUnchosenOne
A ransom note would be The Best.

@Xanthophyllippa
Okay then, it's settled. I will sign up.

Ames

@Curiouser and curiouser I am having the same problem! I really want to do it but also I'm sort of lame and boring? I don't want to be a disappointment to a Pin Pal!

dale

@Ames I figure, at first I probably am a bit lame and boring, but once we find things to connect over, it'll all fall into place. Even if it's just one thing!

Bobloblaw

@Ames I'm feeling the same way. I signed up anyway. They're going to just LOVE hearing the details of my boring little life!

Lustful Cockmonster

I signed up, but I am suddenly getting writer's fright! Do people like recipes? Or how about acrostics? Perhaps I will write all my letters as acrostics.

frigwiggin

@My, she was yar

I may send an inappropriate limerick as a way of breaking the ice.

sudden but inevitable betrayal

@My, she was yar Personally, I would LOVE to get a recipe letter! I...may steal that idea for my own PinPal.

ohyeahmetoo

@My, she was yar Honestly, I think real mail is enough of a novelty that you can just send whatever comes to mind. I've found that if I don't worry about gathering enough cool stuff to send to people and instead just focus on mailing something I get into the habit and don't have to worry about feeling bad for not writing back like so many people seem to be. Not every single letter has to be awesome! Just send something! (that said I just signed up for pinpals for first time, here I was talking about letter writing with people I actually know, which I've done on and off forever).

JessicaLovejoy

At one point, I had a mini breakdown at Target and yelled "DOES NO ONE HAVE ANY CORRESPONDENCE?" in a weird, grammatically incorrect show of frustration over not being able to find nice stationary.

KeLynn

@JessicaLovejoy Same here! Target seemed like THE place. They always have pretty stuff. But blank cards/stationary? Nothing. I briefly considered buying their blank wedding invitation sets.

Xanthophyllippa

@JessicaLovejoy Meanwhile, two aisles over, I was holding my head in my hands from the pain of trying to figure out if the correct answer to that is, "No, no one has any correspondence" or "Yes, no one has any correspondence." My aunt used to ask things like, "Do you not want to go to the store with me?" and it would make my tiny, future-writing-teacher brain hurt.

(I probably also had a soap caddy stuck to my forehead right then. I like going to Target and seeing what suction-cupped bath tools I can stick to my head.)

jilt

@JessicaLovejoy I felt exactly the same way a couple weeks ago. My boyfriend - (I don't like how that word looks in type, but I'm failing to come up with an alternative)- left for a year (military), and I thought I'd cheer myself up by getting a pretty letter set at Target. Nothing. Instead, he's getting letters on copy paper. Cheaper, but sad. But I just signed up for a PinPal, so now with TWO people to write, I need to get back on the horse and find nice letter paper.

Craftastrophies

@Xanthophyllippa Your blog makes me feel better about the textbooks I edit. Except that mine are written by LECTURERS who should be able to string together sentences about their topic of teaching, rather than sounding like they've run it through babelfish three of four times. Argh.

Xanthophyllippa

@Craftastrophies Oh, lordy. I'd probably last a day in that job -- maybe not even. I'd probably just start screaming spontaneously and leap from my desk and run out of the office, setting things on fire as I went.

Which reminds me, I should post something again this week.

Craftastrophies

@Xanthophyllippa Yes you SHOULD.

(No pressure)

Xanthophyllippa

@Craftastrophies I just did. It's kind of sad, though, because I meant to just post some funny lines from student papers and then I got all serious and pedantic about it.

Alix

Forever Young Adult did this twice now, first a little over a year ago, and then again in January. Their matching criteria is a little more tailored (age, occupation, interests, etc), but I love my pen-pal! We are pretty much in constant communication, and she even brewed me a batch of Hanson-themed beer (Stout It Out!) for my birthday last month. I would highly recommend getting a pen pal, even if yours will never be as cool as mine.

VDRE

I just signed up for this and I'm pretty psyched. In the past I have failed at things like a postcard exchange but since then I've visited the post office and like bought stamps so I think I'm finally ready. My life is super boring though so I hope someone is excited to get descriptions of what's happening outside my window while I'm at work. A building is getting knocked down! That's something.

iceberg

Yeeeaahhhh, this sounds so great in theory but you guys, I boght some American candy to send to my nephew for his birthday and I still haven't done it. His birthday was in February (should I just eat it?).

Related: when I was 8 years old my parents split up, and I lived with Mum while my older Bro & Sis lived with Dad. So my Big Sis (16 at the time) decided we should be penpals. We wrote to each other on awesome stationery with colorful pens, and it was VERY EXCITING and also adorable.

Lily Rowan

@iceberg I don't know about you, but I (hope I) am way more likely to mail a letter/card than a package that requires going to the post office.

angelinha

@iceberg Eat it.

PistolPackinMama

I have a card sitting on my desk right now... gotta send!

And I love all of you for being so... well, for just being.

Lastly, if you feel bad b/c you haven't pal-ed yet, just do it and don't feel bad. It's a letter, not negotiating peace in the middle east. If you just send one, it's okay. Your pal can sign up for another. Innocent children's homes will not be bulldozed if you are an intermittent writer.

redheaded&crazy

@PistolPackinMama YOU CAN'T KNOW THAT. BUTTERFLY EFFECT PPM. BUTTERFLY EFFECT.

Angry Panda

Oooh! I've wanted to sign up forever, because when I was in school I had a pen pal and we used to send each other letters on fancy pink stationery with shiny stickers. I don't remember her name anymore to look her up.
BUT. Is anyone else worried about their terrible handwriting? Just me?
And what do I write about? I am a boring person.

The Lady of Shalott

@Angry Panda Don't worry: my own handwriting is THE WORST. And I totally used to have fancy pink stationery and write to my pen pal and pretend we were fancy fancy ladies!

Angry Panda

@The Lady of Shalott Thanks! I'm going to sign up too. I hope you have people interested in international email. And I'll finally figure out how the post office works here.

The Lady of Shalott

@Angry Panda I have lots and lots of international correspondents, so don't worry about that either!

Xanthophyllippa

@Angry Panda Draw pictures!! Or send photographs of where you've been. Or type the letters using any cool funky font that isn't Comic Sans.

Angry Panda

@Xanthophyllippa Thanks for the ideas! I was worried typing it out would be too impersonal. I work in a rather cool field, I should come up with something connected to that (I'm not the best at drawing, either).

TARDIStime

@Xanthophyllippa I totally agree with this. :-)

The Lady of Shalott

Great news, everyone--after an hour I have almost 200 participants! This is in addition to the couple hundred who have already been matched in the past few months. So give me a couple of days to deal with the volume of Pin Pals and I will be matching folks up very soon!

dale

@The Lady of Shalott My offer still stands, LoS, if you end up with an odd number and need another volunteer to take on an additional person, I can do that.

Michaela D@twitter

I signed up!! Gotta get rid of my postcard collection somehow :p

thisisunclear

@Michaela D@twitter I sent my pin pal a very strange postcard of Stalinist-era Soviet sporting life (procured on an ill-advised weekend in St. Petersburg) and now I'm concerned that that was, perhaps, offensive? Pin pal, if you're out there, I swear I'm not for Stalin!

Kitty

@thisisunclear I would love it if Stalin came back to life to be my pin pal. That's romantic comedy GOLD right there.

large__marge

I FINALLY created an account to do this! Hooray for letters and increased mail volume!
/usps employee

DoilyMadison

This reminds me of how I signed up for a pen pal program with my favorite podcast and then I never wrote to her and every time I think about writing, I think about how long it has been and the guilt drives me to eat spoonfuls of Biscoff spread and I might cry a little about how bad I feel about it. Not that she has written to me, either. Better to dwell on my own failings than delve into being rejected by a podcast pen pal.

Bambi

I'm in! I actually write my grandma letters a few times a year, because she's not online (she's 90 - although she kills it on Wii Bowling) and because she said she loved receiving letters. And I promise to write more than I call my family (which is rarely, if at all - bad daughter/sister).

Frisky@twitter

I signed up! Hope you like postcards with stick figures waving at you. This is what I have to offer.

MilesofMountains

My Pin Pal is awesome, but so far I think I have started almost every letter with an apology for taking weeks to send it, then ended it with an apology for not doing anything interesting in my life. Still, Pin Pals are the best ever!

Bon Vivant

oh man, I'm excited!!

snowmentality

I signed up! So excited!

You might get a letter written on a sheet of copy paper with one of my leftover Christmas stamps affixed to it. BUT. I would also welcome such a letter. It's like a slice of life!

(However, I might also take the excuse to buy some cute stationery. Yay!)

Chills

@snowmentality I have to much stationary, this will be my way of using it all up!

Chills

I am so excited by this! Also I hope I get my pinpal before my holiday because I can send postcards from at least 3 different countries and will have plenty of train journey time for writing!

Lamar Anderson

@Lindsey Palka Please write a Hairpin post about working in a bridal salon!!

The Lady of Shalott

@Lamar Anderson Oh geez! Well, I'll try to write up some entertaining stories and see if Edith and company are interested, I guess!

EpWs

@The Lady of Shalott YES IMMEDIATELY.

thisisunclear

My pin pal had personalized stationery! Like, with his name on it and everything! I was very impressed.

TheCheesemanCometh

Ok, bad handwriting has been addressed, but what about bad spelling? True story: the last letter I wrote to my grandmother (long before she passed) was back at teh end of high school, and she sent it back with spelling corrections. I was never really inclined to write to people too much after that. :-(

I mean, yes, I'm a voracious reader, I have an advanced degree, blah blah blah, but spelling! I actually have legitimately wondered if there's something wrong with my brain, because I can recognize when a word is spelled incorrectly, but at the same time, I can't actually figure out how to spell it. What if my Pin Pal thinks I'm an unlettered moron?

The Lady of Shalott

@TheCheesemanCometh If your Pin Pal is jerky enough to return your letter with spelling corrections, I will personally smack them. Pin Pals are about friends! Not being jerks.

TheCheesemanCometh

@The Lady of Shalott Ok, I'm going to do it! Yay!

TheCheesemanCometh

@TheCheesemanCometh I did it! I'm so nervous, oh my gosh.

snowmentality

@TheCheesemanCometh She sent your letter back with spelling corrections?! WTF WHO DOES THAT.

I solemnly swear that I will not judge my Pin Pal as a person based on their spelling!

TheCheesemanCometh

@snowmentality Yeah, I found out many years later that my mom was furious, and really gave her hell about it. I can kind of understand it, because she was an amazing speller. Like, a championship level, furniture winning speller, and the errors probably drove her nuts. But on the other had, come on, you're my grandma!

TARDIStime

@TheCheesemanCometh If you have issues wondering about how to spell a word, hit dictionary.com - recognising errors is half the battle! :-)

Veronica Mars is smarter than me

@TheCheesemanCometh I'm an English teacher/fan of proper spelling, but when one of my pin pals spells words wrong I just let it go. I'm not secretly judging her to be an inferior person or anything.

Jinxie

OMG FINALLY A USE FOR MY STATIONARY COLLECTION!!
Apologies in advance to my future PinPal, though, as I've got turrrible handwriting.

Bobloblaw

@Jinxie Oh gawd. I didn't even think of the fact that my PinPal will have to see my handwriting which has been equated to "That of a 5 year old epileptic boy." Hiiiiii anxiety!

ashleyeleanor

i love the optimism of this project! maybe we will all make new best friends! yep.

enantiom3r

Dear pin pal,

I haven't met you yet, but I know you're out there and I just want to say... I love you already! Let's be best friends!

- enantiom3r

anachronistique

Oh lord, massive crushing guilt attack for still not having written to my pinpal. (She wrote SEVERAL PAGES. And there were DRAWINGS. and I am NOT AT ALL THAT TALENTED. Sorry, Pinpal! I'm a schlub!)

Spinach Party

Just sign up! Apologies in advance for procrastinating..... I just hope this doesn't turn into the Forgotten Thank-You Note Debacle. I shrivel up with guilt thinking about all the thank you notes I haven't written.

panquecito

Dear Pin Pal who lives in New York,

I haven't written to you yet, and I haven't gotten anything from you yet. It might have gotten lost in the mail, because the mail system in this country is terrible. But if you haven't sent anything yet, that's okay too! See above where I haven't written yet either. :(

Anyway, I'm writing soon. I promise!

Lots of love,
Your Pin Pal who lives in a country just south of Mexico who is totally stepping up her Pin Pal game, she promises.

kellyography

I was a little hesitant but just emailed to get my very own pin pal! I can only hope this will be a good exercise in writing thoughtfully, as well as put to use all the stationery I have sitting around. Warning, future pin pal: I have a lot of ridiculous bubblgum-and-music-themed stationery from the 90s. And frilly tea party invitations. Oh yes.

Kitty

@kellyography ME TOO! And a lot of Thank You Cards. That I buy just in case a mass Thank You needs to happen.

SeaMoney

Not just you!! I have a thousand Postcards!

Dear future pinpal! Here come all of my postcards from the thanksgiving I spent in Vermont in 2008!

damgerine

Woo! I just signed up! Now I have to start collecting weird stuff and stickers. And buy stamps. And envelopes. Oh boy...

Cat named Virtute

re: people who are sending old postcards

Does no one else share my weird paranoia about sending postcards from other cities in my home city? I feel like the postal people with Judge Me for not having my shit together to send while I was there in the first place/a poser/weird. I'm sure they don't actually care, and also it's not like they know who I am (though they DO know where I live!), but... still!

Casserole in the hay

@Cat named Virtute I have this weird fear too! Like I always mean to send the postcard from the actual city but then things come up and the postcards end up in a pocket in my bag ...only to be unearthed later on. And maybe guiltily stuffed inside a book on the shelf.

dale

My unsolicited advice for all potential writers of letters:

Don't be anxious. I've had penpals (from various sources; my first was through my grade 3 class and I still write to her) for eons. The first few letters you are finding your feet, and what to say, and then responding to what they say. But I have received so many cool letters with drawings all over them, or funky holiday cards, or little items from where they live. I have loved everything that came my way, and still have all of it. Your pinpal shouldn't be much different. If you're worried about not having enough to say the first time that will fill an 8.5x11 sheet, don't use one! Send your letter as a little bundle of index cards! Or draw a big picture and then write some footnotes.

love,
a very old hand at this

Ladies Who Punch

The hardest part will be to not want to Facebook stalk future Pin Pal. I want to keep this game as offline as possible for as long as possible!!

Girl in orange glasses

I've been lurking this site for, like, ever, and couldn't resist throwing my hat in the ring too. I don't think you guys realize how cool I think y'all are and there's an 9 year old girl in my head saying "Pick me! Pick me! I want to be a cool kid too" So, yah, I'm a little crazy, but I'm fun at parties.

ALS24

@Girl in orange glasses That 9-year old girl is totally there for me too. She thinks of 'Pinners as the Cool Kids and is afraid to admit that her role model is Miss Piggy for fear that they won't like her if she does.

EternalFootwoman

@ALS24 She's my role model too! Always my favorite.

ALS24

@EternalFootwoman Yesssss! She was basically the epitome of womanhood for me. When I found out she was voiced by a guy I couldn't get over how hilarious/awesome it was.

Bobloblaw

@ALS24 You guys should totally be PinPals.

anachronistique

@EternalFootwoman @ALS24

Miss Piggy is my hero. LET'S BE FRIENDS.

EternalFootwoman

@anachronistique @ALS24 Hairpin Miss Piggy Admiration Group!

KelizN

@Girl in orange glasses longtime lurker also de-lurking to say I signed up for a pin pal and that this site and the myriad commenters are awesome.

ALS24

@EternalFootwoman @anachronistique WHAT BE YOUR EMAILS?!? We need to chill out. I need to confess to some 'Pinner friends that I totally think I may have had a crush on Kermit.

@Bobloblaw First off, what a BOSS username. Secondly, perfect suggestion!

Sundae

I'd love to participate in this, but for super selfish reasons as well as for bringing joy via mail! I'm an Aussie pinner and so if I get matched up with a US pinner I'll be touring your fine country at the the end of the year for a couple of months, so if you were the game sort we could totally maybe possibly meet and have a drink and bring mail to life~~~~

Sundae

@Sundae See also: http://www.pecomart.co.kr/ Snack food memo paper, which I would like to send to someone.

alpelican

I signed up! You guys, I used to mail my grandma postcards all the time. I moved several states away and that was my way of keeping in touch with her. She would put them on her fridge. Anyway, she died and I miss her tons, but I still love sending postcards so LET'S GO PIN PAL!! I am ready.

TARDIStime

Just signed up! Here's hoping I get assigned my pal before I go on holiday next weekend so that I can regale them with tales of my family reunion on the back of a "Bendigo" postcard!
I'm so fascinating.

KiloTangoBravo

I literally just registered. But I swear, I'm cool. Also, I want to write letters to someone!
And I'm having a Dawson's Creek marathon. Who wants to receive letters describing the ins and outs of a classic WB teen drama?
I'll start posting elsewhere before submitting my address, promise.

Decca

I'm going to sign up for this again cause I looooove the idea. I wrote a letter to my PinPal a few months ago and never got a reply - if you are my PinPal and are experiencing guilt about not writing me back, please don't! I would still love to hear from you! But I just adore the whole business of writing letters, sending them off, etc.

Inkling

@Decca
Ooh, I second this! It's !way better to get a months-late card than to always wonder if your card ever reached them at all, or something far more sinister.
Also, now that I'm signing up for more, I would like to do a cartoon of me throwing a Pinpal saying "I like this Pinpal! Another!"

slutberry

@Decca Ooh, I think it was maybe you? Maybe? My pinpal sent me a card and then a letter, but I couldn't read the commenter name. If I am your pinpal, I did write you back!

Decca

@sniffadee I only sent one letter, no card! I am in Ireland, if that helps?

slutberry

@Decca Nope, wasn't you. But I could send you letters if you want! That would be fun!

Decca

@sniffadee Yes let's! I want all the PinPals! Shoot me an email at reach.cass at the google mails.

Magic Markers

I just signed up! Figured I would finally delurk while I was at it, too. Hello all!

Bittersweet

@Magic Markers Hi MM, welcome! Love your avatar, obviously.

Magic Markers

@Bittersweet Thank you, and likewise!

Ten Thousand Buckets

@Bittersweet @Magic Markers TOTORO PARTY!

teaandcakeordeath

I want to apologize to my pin pal who wrote me such a lovely letter and then I went and unintentionally ignored her for ages. Thank you for your letter ignored pin pal!

Audley

@teaandcakeordeath I'm your pin pal and you are totally forgiven. I was a terrible correspondent until last year, so I understand.

teaandcakeordeath

@Audley
Ooh! I'm excited! Watch this space, I'm off to buy more fancy paper. Xx

Heike

So, I just emailed Lindsey, saying "sign me up, international postage and all" and then about 15 minutes later realised that it would have helped considerably if I had given her my name and address.
In the stupid corner I go.

fabel

@Heike Oops. I just did it, but also forgot to give my full name. My full name is in my e-mail address, though??

Girl in orange glasses

@Heike see, that's something I totally would do too, except I'm sure I wouldn't realize I forgot my address & I'd be waiting, oblivious. You know I read over my email 3 times after reading this to make sure I wrote my addy right.

Brigdh's@twitter

@Heike Whoops, I just realized I remembered to include my address but forgot to say I was down with international postage. Can I join you in the corner?

Heike

@Heike Plenty of room in the corner! I now feel reassured that Lindsey has received a load of randomness in her emails. In fact I was also very emphatic about the international postage, which was probably unnecessary given that I don't live in the US.

The Lady of Shalott

@Heike Don't worry, you are FAR from alone! I've had several emails from people who forget their addresses. Don't worry!

Heike

@The Lady of Shalott Thank goodness for that! I attribute our collective forgetfulness to sheer excitement at the thought of cracking out the notepaper and envelopes.

KelizN

@Heike I did the same thing! All I wrote the first time was "I'd like to be a Pin Pal".

Wish

Oh, man. So excited. Will you be my Pin Pal?

musicello11

I haven't heard from mine, so I'm going to sign up for another. Worse case scenario is that I end up writing to two people!! And that just makes me excited

sudden but inevitable betrayal

YOU GUYS! I just hammered out a letter to my long-neglected Pin Pal. I feel so much better about my life now. WHOLE NEW ME!!!

rbrtposteschild

Just signed up! But I'm already wondering if we mail things to our PinPal's name here, or to their secret identity real name? I mean, either/or is fine by me, but I love the idea that my postman will get to know me as rbrtposteschild. Coupled with all the goofy postcards my friends send me from their travels, I'm sure he already thinks I'm a loon.

Kitty

My cards will probably be pictures of my cat... not very creative. But she is very fat so I am hoping that makes up for my lack of creativity and funny.

Kitty

@Kitty Also, even I love sending stuff via mail, so even if my pin pal doesn't write back... I will keeping sending ALL.THE.STUFF. Does that make me a stalker??

Girl in orange glasses

@Kitty You can be my stalker!!

Kitty

@Girl in orange glasses Done!

slutberry

I FINALLY wrote back to my pinpal! And I sent Ophelia stickers!

alpacasloth

This is the perfect opportunity to share my fantastic sticker collection with someone.

Kitty

@alpacasloth I thought I was the only one with a sticker collection!!!! I always buy stickers in case someday I need them. WELL FOLKS... SOMEDAY IS HERE!

imforserious

I’m so excited about this! I can’t really comment at work, so I never get in on the comment convos. Now I don’t have to be the quiet girl at the party anymore (to one pinner, at least)!

JoanTition

I JUST NOTICED THIS AND I AM SO FUCKING EXCITED.

that is all.

okay signing up now.

also: I send awesome packages that make the post office workers jealous. no lie.

permanentbitchface

Signed up! This is such an awesome idea and is why the Hairpin is The Best.
Seriously, I love you all.

mc coolfriend

This is so exciting. It's so hard to get a pen pal outside of prisons these days. Ha, you know what I realized as I was typing this? "Pen" pal? Get it? Like they're in the penitentiary, but you also communicate through pen? Or the springy innards of the pen with a dull rounded tip, depending on which 'pen (ha!) pal you are?

I bet you're all just dying to be selected for my correspondences now, aren't you?

mahiki

@pippi bongstocking This literally made me laugh out loud, so yes, I want to be selected!

whateverlolawants

@mahiki Meeee toooo

mc coolfriend

@whateverlolawants @mahiki OMG and you know what else??! Prisoners actually make great pen pals b/c they're such a captive audience!

Ms. Squid

I've got a ridiculous collection of writing implements, a very wide array of papers & notecards & poorly translated stationary, as well as free time, a long history of penpalling, too many strange stories to share, a hankering to doodle in the margins (and elsewhere), and THERE ARE ALWAYS INCLUSIONS in my mailings.

...and now I've made my very first un-lurked Hairpin comment. Hi peepholes that have made me laugh & cry & spend waaay too much time internetting!

c8pat8

I'm unlurking too! I'm always a little late to the posts and so get worried that my comments will be destined to never be read or commented on. So hopefully someone reads this despite It being untimely. Y'alls make me laugh on a consistant basis and I'm excited to become one of the "Cool kids."And I was so excited about this that I didn't even read the rest of the article. Ahhhh!! So excited!'

Thalia

@c8pat8 This! And also; I'm from Denmark, my english is rubbish, and because of the time zone issues, I'm usually awake while most of you are sleeping. So I'm always late to the party. However; I do have an inherently understanding of pastry and can provide cool stamps from a tiny, tiny country. So there!

This is my new username

@c8pat8 Aww I am also like that. I only comment once in a blue moon, because I am always a day or two late for various reasons. Anyway, I totally also signed up and am excited to write to my new pinpal!

c8pat8

Also, as I excitedly told my boyfriend about it, he was all, "oh. Hope you don't get murdered." So! Please don't be a serial killer, future pin pal!

wharrgarbl

@c8pat8 If you say you're okay with foreign correspondents, they will probably hook you up with someone who'd find it prohibitively expensive to serial-kill you.

c8pat8

@wharrgarbl Ha ha! Yes! That could make for VERY interesting correspondence.

Tantara

I signed up a few days ago but managed to forget to post here. A real letter exchange is worth de-lurking for. (I'm in a similar boat to you, c8pat8; I get to the posts late, and by then it usually feels a bit tardy to post myself.)

I love this idea! The art of letter writing deserves to be preserved.

Janelle Carme@facebook

http://sayyestohoboken.com/2012/05/diy-mini-embroidered-cards-and-handmade-envelopes.html this looks like a cute idea!

snowmentality

Just sent my first letter to new Pin Pal! Yay!

Unfortunately the post office was out of first-class international stamps. Boo. So they printed out the postage at the counter. I'll just have to go back to the post office next time and see if they have more stamps. Luckily the post office is super-convenient for me.

Cakebot

I collected postcards as a younger lady, and still have a massive stack, so today I sent my new Pin pal one of these postcards I bought in, I think, 1994. I don't post here often, and I am an Old, so I am in the "Oh lordy Jeebus do not let me be a disappointment to my Pin pal" camp. But nonetheless, I am so excited!

siggy

New-ish to The 'Pin, brand-new to comment posting, and super-excited about Pin Pals! Mail is awesome.

silt

aw, I'd love to take part in this! hope I'm not too late!

simalie

Am I too late to the party? I am de-lurking just for this. But I would LOVE this! I never had a pen pal when I was little and always wanted one, and I have such a collection of random stationary and stickers and even some leftover notecards from when I graduated high school with my name printed on them and how else would I ever use those?

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