Mail each day used to be dreary. Bills. Advertising for local businesses. Credit card offers. Catalogs (well some of those could provide a diversion...) More bills.
Now, I am a member of Postcrossing. We still get these other things, but now I receive exotic postcards from distant lands. Going out and getting the mail is fun!
"The goal of this project is to allow people to receive postcards from all over the world, for free. Well, almost free! The main idea is that: if you send a postcard, you will receive one back from a random Postcrosser from somewhere in the world....The element of surprise of receiving postcards from different places in the world (many of which you probably have never heard of) can turn your mailbox into a box of surprises - and who wouldn't like that?"
A recent card from Russia
It startled me, looking at my profile, that I have been a member for over 5 years! (My name there is Viridian also). I have received over 1500 postcards, and in that time I have only received a couple pairs of doubles. All others have been unique. I have sent out more than 1530 postcards - most have been registered, some have been lost in the mail. I guess the cost in postage does mount up (I don't want to think about it!) but it's one of my main hobbies and one that gives me pleasure.
More on mail and postcards and stamps are on my other blog: http://viridianpostcard.blogspot.com/.
I run a blog hop on stamps, called Sunday Stamps, as I started turning the postcards over and noticing the wonderful works of art on the other side!