Saturday, December 15, 2007

Handwritten letters to Iowa

Every day, I receive multiple credit card offers, a catalog or two, and maybe a bill. Actual letters are so rare they are like gold. When I first moved into my house in July, I got a little card with perfect handwriting from the church down the street. I don't expect that I'll ever find Jesus (but you never know) but I was so excited to see real mail that I read it twice, marveled at the perfect penmanship, and displayed it on my mantle for a week.

When a Ron Paul meetup group in California had the idea to send handwritten letters to 700,000 "no party" Iowa voters before their presidential caucus on January 3rd, I immediately recognized the potential impact. Imagine, that while every voter in the state is being inundated with campaign fliers and commercials, these Iowa residents will receive that long lost relic from the past - the handwritten letter. I signed up to help.

Like many people, I've now spent more of my life communicating via computer than with a pen and paper. Not only had my handwriting become atrocious, but my arm would hurt if I hand wrote more than a paragraph. But for Ron Paul, I was willing to suffer a little. And apparently, so were many other people, because nearly 500,000 letters have been sent to Iowa.

48 letters later, I can now write a couple of pages before I have to take a break. I think my penmanship is improving a little too. Just 12 more to go and I'll consider my job done for now.


Aunt Kathie said...

Great idea. I'll say it again. I wish you were on the Kucinich team.

I too have lost the art of handwriting. I find it very frustrating to have to handwrite things. My computer printer is broken (well the cord is missing somewhere in the wilds of the chaos I call home) and I have been forced to subject unwary souls to my handwriting. It used to be very neat. No more. I think I used to be patient too. Now because I can type so fast, handwriting things just frustrates me. Can't backspace my mistakes either, which is even more frustrating.

Anyway, I'm rambling on because I'm TYPING this and not writing it by hand.

The letters are a really good idea.

I Love You,
Aunt Kathie

SnoopMurph said...

Atrocious is a great word to describe my handwriting over the last few years. Amazingly, I write better with certain types of pens or pencils, like a nicely sharpened pencil or one of those Flair felt tip pens. And as Aunt Kathie says, rambling is a serious problem once typing takes over.

I am happy to hear you are writing on Ron Paul's behalf. I think a handwritten letter would have a lot greater effect on me than all the slick campaign flyers and recorded phone messages. Great idea.

SnoopMurph said...

p/s -pop over to my Kathie should come by too!!

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