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. Pam says:

    I’m not going to send you any photos of mailboxes in Houston (because I can’t find any) but I will post this really geeky remark almost TWO months after your post: Many municipalities are starting to realize that horror vacui (fear of blank spaces http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horror_vacui ) leads to graffitti. The text all over the mail boxes denies a would-be graffito their blank canvas. I’ve also seen bus stops in Salt Lake City and Seattle become very colorful and much more patterned. I suspect these cities are also trying to discourage vanadalism.
    I like the new and the old Canadian mailboxes. Long Live Public Mail Systems!

  2. Diane says:

    I saw the ‘new’ mailbox downtown a few days ago and thought of you immediately. Guess what was on it?! Graffiti!!! LOL

  3. Alex says:

    Here in small-town Newfoundland, we don’t have mailboxes. We have post offices, where you hand your letter to an old lady, she chats at you for ten minutes, asks who you’re mailing, throws your letter in a bin and then you leave. It’s a pretty weird system, to be honest.

    • Karen says:

      Alex – Hah! That little story made my day. :) The fella and I are thinking of taking a trip to the East Coast this summer! ~ karen

      • Alex says:

        Do it, you’ll love it! Make sure you come to the island though, don’t stop at the ferry. All the fun happens out here on the rock. :)

        I shall have to take a photo of my favorite old lady/mailbox for you, as well.

    • Diane says:

      LOL Alex. I’m from ‘small-town Newfoundland’ as well so I know exactly what you mean. Those ladies know every single thing happening in those communities. It is definitely gossip central! :)

  4. 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.

  5. What a fun idea!

    ( how did you know I was a slut?)

  6. kelliblue says:

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


  7. Valentina says:

    I will send you one from Italy! :)

  8. Brenda j says:

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

  9. 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…

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. Virginie says:

    Will send you old and new from France this weekend !

  13. 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!

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