While I was searching through an old pile of papers yesterday, I chanced upon some long-forgotten letters from my early days in Taiwan (the mid 90s). It was wonderful to reread them, and it was fun to see a letter that a friend had sent back to me because he was worried about my mental state (among things the letter had several references to “nuking Hong Kong”).
I only started using the Internet on a regular basis in 2002, the year I joined Forumosa. I’m not normally one to become addicted to things - excuse me while I grab a beer - but I feel I’ve become much too reliant on computers and the net.
Anyway, I decided that I should set aside some time each year to write real letters to people. I wrote one letter last night, and will finish the others next Sunday. I’m not talking about some typed letter that gets sent to one and all, but pen on paper, individualized letters. Such letters have so much more feeling and depth than a e-mail.