Posts tagged “mail”

Personal Library Hack

Here’s a little trick to help you keep your books from getting lost forever. If you’re like me, you get a ton of snail-mail spam, what we used to call “junk mail”. Lots and lots of companies — especially those concerned with getting your money to save the whales, the environment, the lives of endangered

Chris O’Brien

Does anyone have any idea where Chris O’Brien is? The last address I have for him in New Zealand — on Clifford Street — is apparently no longer valid. His Christmas / birthday / New Year’s card was returned however-many thousand miles back to me as “Return to Sender — Not at This Address”.

Postal Service Craziness

They knew that an item, say, a saucepan, normally would be in a package because of USPS concerns of entanglement in their automated machinery. But what if the item were not wrapped? How patient are postal employees? How honest? How sentimental? In short, how eccentric a behavior on the part of the sender would still

Form Letter

From a very poorly-worded letter from an insurance company: Mr. Gagne, your benefits can include: Death … Disability … Unemployment … Knowing the Gagne family will not lose their home no matter what the tragedy er … uh … thanks …


FINALLY! Okay, now I just have to get out the duck‘s and I will have postcarded everyone who asked me for snail mail lovin’. I still have a stack of cheeseball postcards here, so … you want one?


Because deep down I’m a weblog wannabe too, I decided to get rid of this stack of postcards I’ve had next to the computer for months. You’ll have to tell me your address, of course, and there’s only 12 of them, but they are pretty cool. They were, except for one, all snagged from bars

What Is This? is the personal weblog of me, David Vincent Gagne. I've been publishing here since 1999, which makes this one of the oldest continuously-updated websites on the Internet.

A few years ago I was trying to determine what cocktails I could make with the alcohol I had at home. I searched the App Store but couldn't find an app that would let me do that, so I built one.


You can read dozens of essays and articles and find hundreds of links to other sites with stories and information about Ernest Hemingway in The Hemingway Collection.