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Missive From Strangers From Friends by Lincøln

October 17th, 2011 12:26 AM / Location: 40.776369,-119.2145

INSTRUCTIONS: Have a stranger write a postcard or letter to someone you know.

It is recommended that you give the postcards to strangers already-stamped and addressed.

I decided to get 100 strangers to send 100 postcards to one special lady.
I also decided that I would find these 100 strangers at Burning Man.
This lady that I would send all of the postcards to has never been to Burning Man and has always wanted to go. One year I bought her a ticket, and she couldn't go that week. But we often talk about it and how much she would love to go. So this seemed like a perfect fit.
I decided to do this project in 2010, the year I rode my bike home from Burning Man. So for the next year I collected interesting and unique postcards.
So I got my postcards all set. I got 100 of them. But I decided to send one of them myself. So I would bring 99.
99 postcards from strangers is still pretty good.
I also decided that I would take a picture of every stranger I gave a postcard to, so that later, when I see this lady again, we can compare. My pictures with her postcards and the things written on them.
Also this task came at a perfect time, because this lady used to live very near to me and I could see her whenever I wanted to, but she has since moved very far away and I don't get to see her, and we IM and she is not very happy where she is. She misses this amazing city and the beach and the weather and palm trees and life and friends. So she's in a bit of a funk. So she'll get 100 postcards from 99 strangers and hopefully will feel much better.
Also I love her.




So I took my postcards to the Playa and my plan worked pretty much perfectly, except that I didn't bring my battery for my camera, so I had to switch to my iPhone camera halfway through. But it was a success in that I got 99 strangers, and 97 pictures.
Read the descriptions on the pictures for more information.

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And then:
posted by Lincøln on October 17th, 2011 12:27 AM

A few days after getting back from the Playa I had this IM conversation with her:

thank you SOOOO MUCH for the postcards! i JUST got them today in the mail
they really mean the world to me
you're so beyond awesome


How many did you get?

lots! i'm not even sure. i didn't count

Wait.

they came on an appropriate day too...because i feel really sick today...so they brightened my day

I have a feeling you'll get some more.

oh boy

I'm kinda curious about what they say.
I didn't read any of them.


haha, you didn't read ANY of them?

Not one.

i'm surprised you didn't read any just out of curiosity

Oh, I'm curious, but I let the strangers I gave them to mail them all themselves.
Once I gave them out, I never saw them again.


they were all really nice, basically saying they hoped i could be there next year

Interesting...

one guy was from ohio and said to enjoy the beauty of the midwest...

I did meet two guys from Ohio who knew where you lived.
They were out in the desert with brooms and dustpans trying to clean up the dust.
Hilarious.


yeah i didnt think the dust could be cleaned up

It cannot.
Some of the postcards you're going to get are going to be from some very famous artists.


awesome!!!!

The postcard that has Iron Man on the front in particular.

seriously, thank you SO MUCH
my heart is really really deeply touched


Yay!


i need some love in my life
thank you



I only did it because I love you a lot.

i sure love you a lot too

Someday I'll read those postcards.
Should be fun to read.


and i miss you very very much
for sure


Also the nude beach postcard is from a pretty great artist.

i'll definitely keep an eye out

So the best part, the part you don't know, is I took a photo of every person with their postcards, so I know who each person is. So I can tell you about who they are someday.

oooohhhhh!!!! that is AWESOME!
i love it


Someday we can read the postcards while looking at the picture of the person who sent them, and I can tell you where I met them and what they were doing.

ooohhhhh! i greatly look forward to it

Me too.
I super love you.


THANK YOU

Love love love.

love love love to you

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posted by Lincøln on October 17th, 2011 12:28 AM

And then a few days later she sent me this email:

one of the postcards i got only said one thing on it. it said "he must really love you." it made my day. it really made my heart all warm and fuzzy

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posted by Jellybean of Thark on October 17th, 2011 12:43 AM

Oh boy!

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posted by relet 裁判長 on October 17th, 2011 1:09 AM

So wonderful. And the pictures are lovely!

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posted by Pixie on October 17th, 2011 6:52 AM

This might be my favorite task you've ever done.
This inspires me
Thank you

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posted by Rin Brooker on October 17th, 2011 12:15 PM

This is pretty fantastic. ^_^ lucky you to frequent that event.

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posted by Ty Ødin on October 17th, 2011 2:13 PM

Glad to have you back.

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posted by Joy on October 18th, 2011 2:32 PM

you inspire me

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posted by rongo rongo on November 7th, 2011 6:07 PM

Epic and full of love. This is delightful.

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posted by artmouse on November 15th, 2011 11:44 AM

at least you are very frank about your bias of giving post cards to cute women with their tops off, and your begrudging giving of postcards to their male companions ;p

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posted by Kattapa on May 21st, 2012 7:15 AM

This is absolutely wonderful and very inspiring.