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Dec. 14th, 2010

As a result of having received no more than 5 Christmas cards to date, I was beginning to feel a tad uncharitable towards my friends, family and even you, my flist...until this morning when I found out there's been a postal strike going on in The Netherlands for the last two weeks. I know, I should be ashamed that because I've been so wrapped up in my own miserable existence lately, I hadn't even noticed. It seems the postal workers are protesting against proposed mass lay-offs, which is understandable and maybe even laudable, but...it does mean no Christmas cards will be delivered this year until after the holiday has been and gone :(. Luckily, I sent (most of) mine out ridiculously early, which means you shouldn't be affected by this disruption to normal services. Well, not unless your postal workers are on strike, too.

LinkedIn continues to allow me to get back in touch with people from my past, and last night I met up for coffee and a chat with two of my former classmates, Charles and Ludovic. It never ceases to amaze me how easy it is to reconnect to people one hasn't seen for 28 years, or how little they've changed in the intervening years. Sure, their hair may have turned grey, or they might turn up wearing glasses when they used to have 20-20 vision when you knew them last, but their manner and persona is instantly recognisable and if you got on well before, you'll get on just as well or even better now, when the vehemence of youth has been tempered by the more considered opinions of old age ;-).



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Dec. 14th, 2010 11:18 am (UTC)
This post reminds me that I wanted to thank you for the lovely holiday card! I received it a couple of days ago, but saying thank you had gotten lost on my mile-long to-do list, sorry!

I haven't forgotten you, btw, I'm just trying to send my cards so that they arrive on or around Christmas. Knowing about that strike now I might have to take that into account and send it now, though - thanks for the heads up!
Dec. 15th, 2010 12:17 pm (UTC)
That's alright, Luka. I was just glad to discover there was actually a reason for the unusual dearth in season's greetings ;-)
Dec. 14th, 2010 11:42 am (UTC)
Message me your address and I will mail out a card!
Dec. 15th, 2010 12:14 pm (UTC)
Yours has just gone in the post -- I hope it gets there on time!
Dec. 14th, 2010 01:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your card - ours to you is on the way - honestly! S2C posted it personally!
Dec. 15th, 2010 12:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you! But I know it's not you, it's the postal service ;-)

The strike's set to continue for another week if by the end of this one, their demands are still not met. However, they've let it be known that some post may be delivered this coming Saturday (though it will probably be bills rather than Christmas cards).
Dec. 14th, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I got your card the other day, and it's lovely. Thank you!

But man, what a sucky thing to have happen right now! I really hope this next year brings you as much joy as you've had sorrow this one.
Dec. 15th, 2010 12:07 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!

But man, what a sucky thing to have happen right now!

From a consumer's point of view, I agree they could have timed it better. From an activist's, there'll never be a more appropriate time as the singlemost busiest time of the year.
Dec. 15th, 2010 07:49 am (UTC)
We got your beautiful card a couple of days ago, and yours has been in the mail for a couple of weeks (though I confess I went the humour route, which, upon seeing the one you sent, I regretted!).
Dec. 15th, 2010 12:05 pm (UTC)
If you can't have a laugh at Yuletide, when can you? I'll be awaiting the arrival of your humourous card with bated breath!
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