Has the internet and "quick fix" of forums killed of letter writing and pen pals? Have you ever had pen pals? Would you still have pen pals or is it something restricted to younger people or people in their teens? Have you any funny or odd experiences associated with the same?
I corresponded for ages with a patriotic mentalist in the US who considered all europeans socialists, it was one of the oddest things I can remember about letter writing, apart from the paranoid anarchist punk who'd encase his envelopes in masking tape to stop or frustrate MI5 mail openers.
Another time I was the "victim" of a Ruskie letter writing scam in which someone writes loads of letters before telling you of a crisis in their life, ie husband leaves them, they dont have the rent, land lord is threatening to put them out but it totally failed with respect to me since I never think "here have money" is any solution to any situation, should it be the beggar on the street or an epidemic in a foreign aid dependent nation. I remember thinking, shit, that's a lot of bad luck all at once. Then they stopped writing. Then a few years later I hear about poor eejits experiencing the same racket and without request simply posting them hard cash and depleting their savings. Eejits.
From time to time I think about taking it up again but most pen pals networks are for younger people and the internet is just the lazy mans option instead.
I know some people who're really into it though, sealing folded letters with wax and a ribbon, before using an envelope, very ornate and things to treasure.