Do you have a pen-pal?

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Do you have a pen-pal?

K101 K101
I never really had a long-term pen-pal as a teenager, but other kids did. I remember one of my girlfriends would send stuff back and forth to people in other countries. I've communicated with my online-only customers and have had them send me cards, drawings, and letters in between orders, but never an actual pen-pal... until recently!

So I'm really curious to hear if ya'll have pen-pals? Is pen-palling out of date? Did you have a pen-pal back in the day? Care to share?

I always thought it would be neat to have a pen-pal who shared similar interests as me. Someone who I could learn about, learn how they live and show them how I live, here in America.

My pen-pal isn't exactly... in another country, but is in prison. Remember my poll asking something about prisoners being allowed to write people? I had asked something like 'do you think prisoners should not be allowed to send/recieve letters?' That was because WriteAPrisoner.com was getting some heat over allowing prisoners access to the outer world. I've read that in many states, they want to disable prisoners from this "privilege."

Anyways, my point isn't about what prisoners should and should not be allowed (not this time anyways). I just want to know what types of pen-pals ya'll have had and if you would ever pen-pal with a prisoner? Would it depend on the crime? Is it a no-go all together? Only family? Please share!
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
I have had a pen-pal before. (I'd love for you to share your experience!)
9
I have never been interested in having a pen-pal.
11
I don't know what the hell a pen-pal is woman!
Pen-palling is SO out of date. Get with the program.
2
I wanted a pen-pal, but never had one.
3
I've never been pen-pals with a prisoner...
3
I would never pen-pal with a prisoner.
8
I would be pen-pals with a prisoner under certain circumstances.
3
I would only have a prisoner pen-pal if it were family.
1
I would only have a prisoner pen-pal if the crime was not serious.
2
I would have a pen-pal that was in for murder.
2
I have had a pen-pal that was in prison (please share!)
1
I have had/do currently have a pen-pal that was in prison for murder.
1
I have had a pen-pal in prison for something serious, but not murder.
1
OTHER.
Where on earth did you come up with ideas like this?!
I want to have a pen-pal that is in prison. (Hey, everybody needs people, right?)
4
Total votes: 51 (27 voters)
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04/13/2012
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Quote:
Originally posted by K101
I never really had a long-term pen-pal as a teenager, but other kids did. I remember one of my girlfriends would send stuff back and forth to people in other countries. I've communicated with my online-only customers and have had them send me ...
The thought of it scares me a little. I'm a paranoid person.
04/13/2012
GONE! GONE!
I used to kind of have one but I knew them IRl too so it wasn't really a big deal.
04/13/2012
ksparkles16 ksparkles16
I had a pen-pal when I was younger but I probably wouldn't now
04/13/2012
DeliciousSurprise DeliciousSurprise
The only reason I'd have a prisoner as a pen-pal is if I knew that person prior to their arrest.

I know, I've probably seen one too many horror flicks, but that's just me.
04/13/2012
Badass Badass
I haven't had a penpal that was in prison, but I have been locked up(for something not so serious and I was not in prison or jail) but out of boredom and loneliness i loved the people who i wrote that would write back.

I would love to have a penpal in prison, they are the people who could really USE a nice friendly voice, on paper.
04/13/2012
ViVix ViVix
Quote:
Originally posted by K101
I never really had a long-term pen-pal as a teenager, but other kids did. I remember one of my girlfriends would send stuff back and forth to people in other countries. I've communicated with my online-only customers and have had them send me ...
I went on vacation to Hilton Head when I was 9. I became pen pals with one of the girls also there on vacation.

I also had a pen pal who was a friend of my mother's but had moved to England.

I would love a new pen pal, but I haven't had the opportunity.
05/13/2012
Allison.Wilder Allison.Wilder
When I was in elementary school and middle school, we were assigned pen pals every few years. We would write back and forth and get to know each other. It was really interesting and sometimes the people were really far away and you got to learn a whole lot.

I still talk to one of my penpals occasionally. She moved from Arizona to Minnesota a few years back and we met up. It was neat.
05/13/2012
Geogeo Geogeo
Never been interested.
05/13/2012
Terri69 Terri69
Never have and never will be interested
05/13/2012
ghalik ghalik
I've had several pen-pals and I still have one. We've been writing each other since age 13 or 14 and it's been really interesting to see how we both changed and still have so much in common, maybe even more than we did before! (Hard to explain, lol.)

In 9th grade we were actually required to have one for a foreign language class.

I wrote to a prisoner once who was in for non-violent civil disobedience. I only wrote to him once or twice because he had a ton of letter-writers because of the nature of his "crime" and could barely keep up with them all.
05/13/2012
Michele Michele
I did in the past but, not anymore. I mainly wrote to pen-pals before the internet.
05/13/2012
Allstars316 Allstars316
Yes I did have one. But I think we only exchanged letters twice. I'm not sure if I would want one or not know. I guess it would be over the internet now
05/13/2012
Total posts: 13
Unique posters: 13