A friend recently asked me if I had received something she had sent. I immediately checked email, blog comments, Twitter direct messages, Facebook and my phone texts. I didn't see anything from her, so I told her to resend it.
"I can't resend it," she said. "It's an actual piece of mail. You know, with a stamp on it?"
Sure enough, I found an envelope beneath a large pile of bills and an even larger pile of catalogues. Actual mail, with my name and address handwritten in ballpoint pen. In this age of spam folders, blogrolls and Evites, holding a real letter in my hand felt unique and strange. And somehow new.
Actual mail? Yeah, I predict it's the next big thing.
For a digital walk through a worldwide neighborhood of mailboxes, check out my fellow City Daily Photo bloggers. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants
UPDATE: The beautiful and talented Jilly of Monty Carlo Daily Photo and Menton Daily Photo managed to photograph the exact same mailbox, halfway around the world. See for yourself.