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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Mail to Future

One of my favorite places to have a beer in Shanghai is Captain Bar, on the top floor of Captain Hostel. They have two-for-one happy hour Monday through Thursday, & a great view of the Pudong side of the Huangpu River.

The other day, I went there to meet some friends, & discovered that the hostel is offering a new mail service to travelers. For 2 RMB (about US 30 cents) a piece, they will mail letters & postcards for you on any day of the year.

One of the walls in the lobby is now covered in mail pockets labeled for each day of the year. You just choose which day you'd like your postcard mailed & they'll send it for you. If the date is more than a year in the future, they'll still mail it, but it's an extra 8 RMB. They even sell cool Shanghai postcards with images by local artists right there in the lobby.

It's a cool idea, but I find myself wondering why someone would want to wait to send a postcard. Maybe you could send a postcard to your future self, wishing yourself a happy birthday or something.

What about you? Would you leave a card on this wall to be mailed on a future date?


Steve Skinner said...

An interesting idea but if I was to write a letter my preference would be to get it moving now.

Hattie said...

Ahhh, Happy Hour, that greatest of urban pleasures. Seattle and Portland have late Happy Hours too, after 9:00 or 10:00 p.m.
I don't know about the future mail, unless you want people to think you are in Shanghai when you aren't. It's puzzling, all right.