The title is almost Kafka-esque, maybe? No? Well, I actually send a tea bag by old snail mail to someone I do not know, in Russia.
This all started with a photo I posted to flickr, showing one of the last plain black tea bags I must have bought for my Mom’s visit in maybe 2008
To me, it is just one of those markers I like to remember visually. But I got a flickr mail message:
I saw your photo with the teabag and wonder if it is possible to receive the teatag (tea label) from this serie to my collection by post. I have over 14 thousands of the tea labels but i’m sure i don’t have the label from this brand in my collection yet and i’ve never seen it in Russia before.
Thanks in advance!
Wish U all the best!
And sure enough, Marina does have a web site with thousands of tags from tea bags (note, the site only seems to work in Firefox, I did let her know I could not view it in Chrome)
I sent the last 2 tea bags I had; I hope Marina samples the tea, although I always thought Safeway plain black tea was nothing to knock your socks off with. I also included a notecard with one of my photos (it’s the snow covered daffodil you can see in her photo above).
Why does this matter? Maybe the act is small, but it’s the connection, generated by open sharing, helping someone in a way not possible before the open web, whom I would have never crossed paths with– this is the stuff we need to be caring about. The unexpected. The serendipity. Lose that, and the web, the world gets a whole lot less interesting.
It’s almost… well I should do my own dog food consumption task and make a video for True Stories of Open Sharing.