Hit Me With Your Best Shot

Hit me with your best shot. That’s right.  Why dontcha hit me with your best shot?   Fire away.

Today is a bit of fun.  Which of course makes today no different than any other day at The Art of Doing Stuff.  Unless I lose a contest.  In which case it’s a little bit of hell for each and every one of you for a few days.  Flying Monkey’s hell.   It’s also hell when someone leaves a stupid comment, but that hell is usually reserved for the person who left the comment.  And anyone who agrees with them.

So, onto the fun!  The other night I mentioned to the fella something a reader in Australia had said. He said, Australia? I said, Yes. The place where kangaroos run wild and everybody looks like Elle MacPherson.   Everyone think’s they’re from England.  That place.  At which point he said, “Have em send you a picture of a mailbox“.


Then I thought about it for a bit and decided.  Hell.  That’s a pretty good idea.  I have no IDEA what an Australian mailbox looks like. Or one from England really.  Or Guyana or Costa Rica or Mexico, or Spanish or Italian or … you get the picture.  Or I hope you will.

One of the most fun parts of having a blog is being connected (albeit in a rather tenuous way) to people all around the world.  I can’t tell you how odd and amazing it is to get an email from someone in Germany who says they just made your soup, or stump table, or laughed at something you wrote.

It’s certainly more fun than dealing with a daily commute.  Or an office gossip.  Or worse.  The office “know it all”.  Uch.

It’s been a while since I worked in an office, but … her name was Cindy and the term originated in Middle English around 1450.   And was spelled “slutte”.

Told you we were gonna have fun today!  Unless you’re slutty Cindy.

So if you’re still following me you may have figured out what I’m going to suggest here.  I’d like you all to become sluts named Cindy.  No.  No, that is not what I want at all.

What I DO want is pictures of mailboxes.  Not your personal mailbox … the letter boxes that are used for your country.  You know, for when you go to mail a letter.   I want as many mailbox photos from as many countries as possible.  Just take a picture and send it to me at karen@theartofdoingstuff.com.  Next Friday I’ll post the best mailbox pictures.

I’m hoping to have at least 10 different countries.

There is absolutely no reason for this request, no prize and no sane reason to do it actually.  Other than it seems like fun.

I’ll kick things off …


















The “new” Canada mail box was designed this way to discourage graffiti.  Can you classify it as bona fide “graffiti” when someone spray paints a dink on a mailbox? Anyhow, they’re also made with a teflon like laminate that prevents spray paint and permanent markers from sticking to it!

Now it’s your turn.  Get your camera, get outside and hit me with your best shot.  (send photos to me at …  karen@theartofdoingstuff.com)

Have a Good Weekend!


  1. Sara says:

    i didn’t read through all the comments… but i have a picture of my son sitting in a swedish mailbox… does that count?! (we vacationed in sweden last year – where my family is from). i also have one somewhere in my records of a US mailbox… hopefully i can send them later today.

  2. What a fun idea!

    ( how did you know I was a slut?)

  3. kelliblue says:

    great. now i can’t get that stupid song out of my head. Thanks Karen.


  4. Valentina says:

    I will send you one from Italy! :)

  5. Brenda j says:

    Random thoughts described so carefully and yet….awwhhh shucks… we just can’t get it straight. I’m officially concerned.

  6. KiwiKat says:

    I can do the NZ ones this week – how about ones in New Caledonia and Vanuatu in the next fortnight? I think you need to extend the time on this – maybe make it a month to get those travellers amongst us some time…

  7. Gayla T says:

    Graffiti would be an improvement on the ones around here that I use. Th USPS used to keep them painted up a bright blue but the drive up ones I frequent are so faded they look sad. I love your jazzy red one. Actually, I’m finding I like most things Canadian. Who knew? Love , Cindy

  8. Pat says:

    Our city has wrapped electrical boxes and other graffiti targets in the same covers, but with pictures of local historical scenes, pictures of tree fruits (what our valley is known for) and colourful vintage apple crate labels. Very well received from residents and tourists alike.

  9. Virginie says:

    Will send you old and new from France this weekend !

  10. DianneT says:

    In just over 3 weeks time I’m going to Ireland, Germany, Netherlands and France. I’ll take pics in each country for you even though it will be well past next weeks post!

  11. Kipley says:

    I was in Toronto last week on vacation (from Richmond Virginia) and I thought the public waste cans were great! Step on to open and sort recycling from trash. Maybe for another time?

  12. Gknee says:

    Phew! Karen for a second there I thought you wanted photos of mail boxes sent to you in the ‘mail’ as in a real envelope. As a fellow Canadian we both know that if I sent a photo the snail mail way it’d get to you by…oh… December, thanks to swifty Canada post. Oh and for the record I too prefer the old beat up mail boxes.

  13. Natika says:

    I am so incredibly excited right now! You are the first blog I’ve ever subscribed to (3.2seconds ago) and THIS IS WHY!

    I live in Japan, so you can imagine my day was already surreal because Japan is normally like living in Dali’s wet dream, but then, I also haven’t slept in 24 hours and just went to a candy buffet bar (candy is all-you-can-eat, alcohol not so much, but hey, I can pay!!), found a toy that sticks up it’s index (not middle) finger at you and repeats “F— Y–!” in a PeeWee voice and then I get home and find this extraordinary mission!

    So, even though it’s nearly 3am, I went and found you the nearest Japanese post box. Sorry for a non-daylight picture.

    P.S. Ninja-like I wore all black… but I had no ninja shoes handy so I wore cowboy boots. I don’t think anyone noticed.

    • Karen says:

      Natika – Hope you figure out how to send me the picture. A ninja would never wear cowboy boots. Too loud. ~ k

  14. AmieM says:

    Unless you want a bajillionth one from Canada, I can send you one from Peru in a month!

  15. Julie says:

    Wait, you are Canadian? That makes you even more awesome!

    • Julie says:

      Also, I didn’t realize that those new mailboxes were designed that way on purpose. I just thought they were trying to be trendy or something. I think it’s working though because I have yet to see graffiti on one of those!

    • Karen says:

      I am. And I am. ~ karen!

  16. sera says:

    I live in the US so I probably won’t submit a photo because ours look pretty much the same in every state. Unless you really want me to. However, I love the graffiti-preventer mailbox, which leads me to ask a diy question:
    So, my retaining wall just got tagged with a lovely spray painted “occupy your soul” (besides the fact that I think it’s funny, I have to deal with it from a homeowner point of view). Do you have any easy tips for either removing the graffiti or covering it in a way that won’t piss off my neighbors too badly? If I knew Banksy or Shepard Fairie, I’d invite them over to do some awesome art on my wall, but I don’t. Any suggestions?

  17. Louise says:

    Hi Karen,

    I’ve got a nice bright red one just across the road from my house…i’ll take a shot and send your way.


    Ps – i’m from England :oD xxxx

  18. Spokangela says:

    Ok, so “Hit me with your best shot” has now replaced “And I Ran” in my head. Thanks for that :)

    Canadian mailboxes are so much more advanced that those in the US. Ours look like the ghosts on PacMan. I’ll get snapping tomorrow!

  19. Ruth says:

    We don’t have mailboxes of that nature in our tropical paradise (Jamaica, West Indies). If we have a need to mail something (read: if your address is too rural for FedEx or DHL)…. we find the nearest Post Office, have the package weighed, pay for postage, and leave said package with the clerk.

    There is a slot in the wall for ‘depositing’ regular letters (flat envelopes), and only God (and the postal workers, I hope) knows where your envelopes ends up when you slide it in there. What can I say? Caribbean folk are people of GREAT faith……… ;)

    [THE END]

  20. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Woo Hoo..Can’t wait to see them next Friday..Sounds like fun..which I am obviously not having any of lately if I’m this excited to look at mailboxes:(

  21. Diana says:

    Hi Karen,

    it was a surprise that you talked to me today;o)
    Now here`s a german comment…

    I will go outside and make a photo of a german mailbox.

    ähm, i said wait, i did not take on my pullover and shoes!
    Love from the middel of Germany

  22. Diane says:

    Hmm….I think graffiti is awesome! Especially those little dinks staring at you when you send your mail! What’s wrong with that?! :P

    Well I’m out on this one, being from Canada and all. However, I’ll put a shout out to my postcard club, this seems right up their alley!

  23. Ellen says:

    we Canadians should tell the rest of the world that what looks like fake graffiti on mailbox #2 is parts of our postal codes….

  24. The mailboxes in Phoenix could perhaps win the non prize for ugliest. They are designed to deter illegal immigrants from going through the mail and using some of the contents to make Arizona the #1 place for identity theft.
    I know your interest is now piqued so I’ll snap away.

  25. Michael says:

    I would send in a picture of the incredibly fun and interesting US mailbox, but I’m afraid homeland security would mark me an enemy of the state and I’d have to read your blog from some federal penitentiary. so Instead I’ll link you an image of a bunny. look at ’em… isn’t he cute?

  26. roxana says:

    Cool mailbox! A little dizzying..

  27. Karen says:

    Brenda – NO , No! I know you can Google it. But that takes the fun out of it! ~ karen

  28. Maureen @theThriftyLass says:

    Okay, this is off topic slightly but I have to tell you a fun story. We live in Texas, in a 1920s bungalow, which has the mailbox “slot” on the front of the house. By which I mean that when the postman drops the mail off, it would fall directly to the floor inside our house, if not for the basket we have to catch it. Anyway, the fun happens at Halloween. When kids come to the door, I first peek out the window to make sure they aren’t tiny little ones. If they are old enough, I stick my hand THROUGH the mailslot before I open the door. You can imagine the fun screams – because what they see, when they are expecting someone to open the door to give them candy, is an arm extended out from the house toward them. And then of course I open the door and give them candy. These kids will be talking about this for a long time, I think.

  29. Darn, I was getting all excited to send you a picture of my personal mailbox :))
    Can we play that game next week?

  30. Shannon says:

    What a great idea Karen, uh, I mean Fella! Though it sounds more fun to see everyone’s personal mailbox…I know my immediate reaction was–no way in hell am I sending a picture of mine! Bought this house a year ago and still haven’t done anything about the obnoxious, gaudy paper the 75 year old previous owner wrapped our box in; she must have been trying to prevent graffiti.

    • pumpkin says:

      Mine is an old grey box on a rotting post along a rock road. Too small for graffiti and thankfully not good enough for a ball bat hit from wayward youth. I do have some nice flowers around it!

  31. Kerri says:

    Well mine looks like yours except.. I had NO idea there were new ones. No spray paint? No markers? no DINKS?? Back to the drawing board…

  32. Deborah says:

    Well this should be fun to see what happens. I too am not going anywhere outside of Ontario (Canada) for the foreseeable future (unless I win the 50 mil tomorrow night, then I am in Bora Bora till June). I love our new mailboxes, makes us Canadians look like we are a bunch of artsy folk. :D

  33. Jenni says:

    Going to send you one from Finland tonight! :)

  34. Pate says:

    Oh, I forgot………my husband is so excited that I’m going to be “Slut for a Day”.
    And we’ve been together for 40 years!

  35. Pate says:

    Well, this contest lets all of us out in the U.S. Not only do we have the most boringly designed paper money, but we have the ugliest mailboxes. Boring, boring.
    Oh, wait …… you can have a contest for mailboxes that show the least imagination.
    Ha. Thanks Karen, you make me laugh.

  36. Mandy Y says:

    I will most definitely get you an Australian mailbox picture :) We actually have different boxes depending on whether your item is standard or express post ;)

  37. Amy Schmucker says:

    A few states actually do have slightly different shaped mailboxes. I only know this because I have travelled all over as a kid.. oh wait, Am I acting like an office know it all?

    I love the idea. I hope to get mine to you soon Princess Karen. Next idea would be fire hydrants. Now those get all kinds of cool painted up face lifts and even grade school kids get to have contests. They line them up in the middle of the city and kids paint them up.. firefighters install them.. Dogs pee on them. Great cycle of fun.

  38. Liz says:

    Woo australia! I’ll take some pictures on my way home from work =] though ours don’t generally have graffiti on them… very bold colours though :-)

  39. Karin says:

    Fear Karen,
    The mailboxes in Germany are so boring yellow!
    Anyway il’ll send you a picture!


  40. Lucy says:

    It will be hard to beat your Canadian mailbox. What a great idea all around–and funky, too, in a good way. I’m looking forward to this. I’m sure our mailboxes in the US will rate pretty low on the “funky in a good way” scale.

  41. Leena says:

    Yay, fun! We have two types of mail boxes, now I must find a place where both are placed next to eachother. Should be doable.

  42. shannon says:

    P.S. Damn you Karen! I see your “Hit me with your best shot” and I raise you a “Rhythm is gonna get you”. Booyah!

  43. shannon says:

    I prefer the old school Canadian boxes. I like the graffiti. It’s somebody’s idea of mark-making. Street art is interesting… even if it is just spray-painted dinks.

  44. Sue says:

    I will try to get one from Austria for you! :-)

  45. caribou says:

    I’m a canadian too, so i have nil to contribute. But I didn’t know that about our mailboxes, that’s a gooder to whip out on trivia night.

  46. Caroline says:

    I hope someone supplies you with one from Spain! Unfortunately I won’t be back there until June…and I don’t think I have any in my photos from last time I went.

  47. Diane says:

    Wish I was visiting another country, damn it.

  48. Marti says:

    Wait. Do you want PERSONAL mail boxes, owned by individuals? Or the country’s mailboxes? I’m game. I’ll send you samples from four U.S. states which I happen to be visiting in the next 3 days. :)

    • Karen says:

      Marti – I want pics. from different countries. As in the official mailbox for the country. Not personal mailboxes. Do different states have different mailboxes?? ~ k

      • Marti says:

        They are generally the same, but there’s always some numb-nuts who wanders around, making “original art” on them in the USA. So I’ll snap away.

        • Karen says:

          The reason the newly designed Canadian mailboxes are being integrated is because of graffiti. They’re so frantic looking already they aren’t graffiti friendly. Plus they’re made of something that spray paint won’t easily stick to or something. ~ k

  49. Jeanette Smith says:

    Karen, is that really what a “new” mailbox will look like? This is the first time I’ve heard anything about it. Thanks for the education, I’m going to go and get some extra credits at Google

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