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Re: July 14 2018 A Thought Pen Pal difficulty

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Hello Jane,

 

Did you get the email that I sent you? I sent it about two or three hours ago. - Alan

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Re: July 14 2018 A Thought Pen Pal difficulty

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Hi Alan

I just happen to check cthe website. [private email address removed to protect your online safety]

 

Thank you

 

Jane

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Re: July 14 2018 A Thought Pen Pal difficulty

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Hello Jane,

 

I am having trouble with this website, which is why I want you to send me your email.  Don't worry.  I think its pretty safe.  Somebody else did and as far as I know nothing bad came of it.  Thanks! - Alan

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Re: July 14 2018 A Thought Pen Pal difficulty

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Hello Jane, 

 

Thank you for the compliment and for the post.  Please send me your email address and I will email you right back.  I promise!  -Alan.

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Re: July 14 2018 A Thought Pen Pal difficulty

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Hi Alan

I was reading over your message again ......why are you jaded? 

Your  NEw Penpal Friend

Jane

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Re: July 14 2018 A Thought Pen Pal difficulty

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Dear Alan

How are you? Your email was great! You sound like a wonderufl person to be my new penpal. I am quite lonely in the world.these days, but you are going to help me lsssen thosue feelings. . I am here in the Georgia area ni which I will be responding.

 

A bit about me.. working lady in helathcare field with a master degree, big reader of novels,, enjoy drama movies, the NPR radio and ;ove dogs.  I am over age of 62 years old,and raised 3 grown children hen I was married..A  daughter in  Washngton  DC just graduated wtih a BA degree from George mason University, a son in Army 4 years in California and another son who is married in Baotn Ruge Louisana .. 

 

Ok your turn to email me back

 

Jane S

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Re: July 14 2018 A Thought Pen Pal difficulty

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A good Saturday morning, Alan,

 

Re: email - that is fairly safe unless you have many followers who read each other's responses to your posts.

You didn't say why you want a pen pal.

A book I read not so long ago was about a pen pal relationship of George Bernard Shaw with a museum curator and a cloistered nun; it lasted several decades until their respective deaths. Three people with very divergent lifestyles and interests. Their letters narrating their activities and experiences are very thought provoking, enlightening even. Of course, back then the only way to communicate was via what is now known as "snail mail," and letters were written in long hand.

I remember the days before all the social media and instant communication - I have none of those. I wrote long letters to friends, and awaited with great anticipation their responses.

Instant communication is shallow; it provokes no thought. Besides, what  momentous news does one convey texting every five minutes?

Enough said. [private email address removed to protect your online safety]

Have a great day/weekend...

Dita

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Hello Dita,

 

I am afraid that most of this country is, as you say, a "cultural wasteland".  It is difficult to find anybody that can carry on a meaningful conversation about anything beyond growing grass, making money, sports, or trivia.

 

I didn't mean to create the impression that I am somehow hung up on WW II.  I am not.  Its just that I have been thinking about it and my father's role in it a lot lately.  I wasn't even born until 1952. 

 

No I remember the Vietnam days pretty well.  I was prime time age to get drafted and I can remember watching them draw ping pong balls with numbers on them for draft numbers on TV with my girlfriend.  My birthday is in December, so it seemed like all the "good" higher numbers were long gone by the time they got around to my month, but nope!  My poor girlfriend was so happy when she heard my number called.  I think that it was 363, or something like that.  Anyway, I used to tell people that the only contest that I ever won in my life (and it was the one that really counted!)was the draft lottery.  I remember friends going to Canada.  I remember student deferments.  I remember one friend whose number was 18 but his daddy was rich and on the local draft board, and he never had to go.  Of course, if you were low-ec or minoirty, you were godd as gone.  Pathetic!

 

Hey, you can have my email if you want it.  How should I give it to you?  If I put it on here, won't everybody and their dog see it? 

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Yes, indeed, Vienna and Austria are hard acts to follow. When I first came to Los Angeles I found it to be a cultural desert, hell bent on everything movies and nothing else. In many ways it still lacks in culture, the kind I grew up in. But with passage of time one tends to forget...

Everyone who's been in a war - WWII, Korea, Vietnam - suffered from PTSD. Only back in the day they didn't call it that.

I told you I'm a widow - WestPac to be specific - my husband was in the Navy; got killed while on river patrol in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. I was 29 then, and never remarried. I have no family left. Mother passed away in my house in 2013 at the age of 95-1/2.

Being curious - why do you keep writing about WWII? Recalling my childhood, that period is not particularly dear to my heart.

So, why do you want a pen pal?

Have a good weekend. Oh, lest I forget. Did you consider what I said about exchanging email addresses? Do let me know.

Dita

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Re: July 14 2018 A Thought Pen Pal difficulty

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Hello Dita,

 

Thank you for your latest email.  And I found you email in which you told me that you were originally from Vienna, Austria.  Wow!  A magical place of music and art -- the first thing that I thought of was Mozart.  I would think that Vienna would be a very hard act to follow!  I can't think of any place in the US that could compare.

 

Yes, I too have read all of the Leatherstocking Tales.  My father was quite a "Pathfinder".  I did not tell you about his WW II wound.  He was shot in the foot.  They told him that he would never walk again and they wanted to amputate, but he wouldn't let them.  He spent many weeks in hospitals in France and England and returned to the US on the Queen Mary.  Here, he was on crutches for six months and suffered quite a bit from "shell shock".  My beloved Aunt (she passed in 2002) said that he was never the same when he came back from the War.  But he took me hiking in the woods and bluffs all over southern Illinois when I was a boy.  He was a really good man.  He fully recovered and he barely even limped.

 

 

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