November 27, 2005

There's a Saying for This... It's Something Like "What Goes Around Comes Around" or maybe "You'll Get What's Coming to You" Help Me Out, People

My friend and I used to exchange postcards with shocking messages written on the back. It was an attempt to embarrass and amuse each other, and maybe entertain some postal employees en route. I lived in an apartment complex in Houston at the time, ohh... around 20 years ago. The mail carrier neither knew nor cared who I was, and possibly would not have been shocked by anything my friend and I had written. Doubtful anyone on my end even took the time to read the backs of our postcards. But my friend lived in a very small town, where her business was everyone's business. I know. I used to live there. Gossip spread faster than Poopie's fire. I wonder sometimes if the town druggist was hurt that my friend didn't fill her prescriptions in his pharmacy to clear up certain "conditions". Or if the banker wondered why she didn’t come to him for a loan to pay off her drug or gambling debts. The postmaster had to kind of wonder why she would correspond with the likes of me.

Many years later I thought it would be funny to send my husband a postcard that advertised a movie about a porn star. The suggestive message I wrote didn't seem quite as funny when the neighbor from the next street brought it to our door and told us it had been delivered to her by mistake. It became very difficult to look her in the eye at every little league game, football game and PTA meeting after that.

26 Comments:

Blogger Da Gal said...

OH Ivy... you are too funny. I have done the postcard thing too - it would be interesting to send a postcard to an address and ask in writing every person who touched the card along the way to add their own twist to the back of the post card.

Enjoy the rest of the long weekend.

7:17 AM  
Blogger Serra said...

Sounds like my hometown :)

7:32 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

And how do you want helping out?

Poor woman probably went home with a complex and jealousy issues.

:-D

8:17 AM  
Anonymous Maria said...

I wish I had thought of doing post card pranks when I was younger, but heck it is never too late. I came by way of Holtie's House. I enjoy his site and he had such good things to say about you. I promise to drop by often.

8:27 AM  
Blogger poopie said...

I love it. Miss PTA probably had to have a nip out of her secret bottle over that one!

9:03 AM  
Blogger aka_monty said...

I think you should put a postcard in her mailbox inviting her to come to a 'swingers' party at your house. ;)

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Monique said...

LOL, how embarrassing!

10:15 AM  
Blogger Lis said...

Its so good to know that other people are twisted enough to do the postcard thing too!
After my best friend from highschool moved from Canada to Florida, we sent similar taunts back and forth in the mail. She was fearless, far better at the game than I and her best "work" still makes me blush to this day.LOL

3:45 PM  
Blogger Sudiegirl said...

Ivy:

As the daughter of former postal workers, you'd be surprised the postcards that they read. The thing is, they can't really tell anyone because that technically is "tampering with the mail". I had to help her carry mail one day and saw lots of things go to lots of people I knew and I couldn't breathe one word of it.

One who works for USPS truly has more power than they realize!

Sudiegirl

6:32 PM  
Anonymous TSB said...

Premier Pranking :)

9:01 PM  
Blogger Hale McKay said...

I never tried the postcard thing, but I did cause a stir in neighborhood. We had a snoopy neighbor who had nothing better to do than to make everyone's business his and to spread it around. He was a rumor-monger. I came in late one night while he was outside smoking his awful cigar. "How come you're out so late?" he asked me. "oh, I usually spend the first part of the night with my mistress and then come home to wife later," I replied.
Fortunately, I told my wife of the conversation the minute I was in the house.
..Sure enough, everyone in the neighborhood "knew" I had a girl friend on the side. (I didn't of course.)

11:15 PM  
Blogger Karlos said...

Funny! I never did that...

My mom and one of her coworkers used to torment a paranoid, backstabbing, ass kissing fellow professor.

When visiting NYC, they'd find horribly embarrassing post cards and have a mutual friend in the midwest write something bad on them and remail them to the guy's work address. It drove him mad. He had it coming though. He really was a weasel!

3:13 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

Lucky 13th tonight (10-30pm oz time) Hivy, now damn it I've gotta try to think of something thoughtful and clever to say... hmmmm, nah to tough, all the good comments have been used up.

4:31 AM  
Blogger No_Newz said...

Too funny! What doesn't turn around and bite us in the ass later makes us stronger, or some such. ;)
Lois Lane

7:36 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

LOL The post card thing is always a good one. Last year I had surgery and my MIL came for a day to help out. My husband had sent me a pretty racy postcard as a surprise to make me feel better. Too bad it was intercepted by my MIL! Needless to say, I pretended to be sleeping all day.

8:34 AM  
Blogger FTS said...

I'm thinking it's a good thing you don't have my address...

10:53 AM  
Blogger Dorothy said...

LOL, my, you must have been so embarrased!!!

11:16 AM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

It's great fun to be crazy and do silly things like that.
I bet that neighbor will never ask you to house sit for them. She'd be wondering what you and your hubby might be doing in their bed while they were away.

11:25 AM  
Blogger Jona said...

Oh you have set off the wickest train of thought I've had in a long time;o)

(There's no rule you have to sign these things, right?)

12:09 PM  
Blogger OldHorsetailSnake said...

No. 9 reason why the Pony Express went bankrupt: Wrong-door deliveries.

5:24 PM  
Blogger bulletbow said...

Well! NO wonder your blog posts are so humorus... you've been at this kind of thing for decades now! Keep up the cute posts. Your appreciative audience is growing!

6:55 PM  
Blogger MarkD60 said...

It reminds me of a website I visited where people mail postcards to the webmaster and he posts them as pictures. There's all kind of super weird stuff there.

7:54 PM  
Blogger Leighanne said...

I used to work for Australia post - I have seen some beauties..lol

9:31 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

Hivy, the only Maria I can think of is Silverfox_whispers, you can pick her up from my sidebar, a lovely lady, say hello.

5:16 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

Well, at least you know your neighbor will kindly bring your misdirected mail to you. Nice neighbor.

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Penny said...

LOL ... you do realize that the only reason she brought that postcard to you was to see who it was actually meant for! I bet if it had been a plain card, she would have tossed it in the trash!

p.s. check out http://postsecret.blogdrive.com/

1:59 PM  

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