Covid Card Swap March 20, 2020 10:08 AM   Subscribe

One of the Card Club members suggested a Covid-19 card swap event. I think this is a good idea, and wanted to bring it to the larger Mefi community to see what the interest level is. This would be like the winter holiday or Valentine's Day card swaps, where people are assigned to small groups, and you send a card to the people within that group. As far as I know, there are no covid-specific greeting cards, so these would be pretty free-form -- postcards, "hang in there" cards, short messages of connection and encouragement, wishes for good health, etc. Thoughts/opinions?
posted by Sparky Buttons to MetaFilter-Related at 10:08 AM (61 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

I'd be down with this.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:10 AM on March 20 [3 favorites]


Great idea! Thanks for putting this out there and organizing it when we all say yes!
posted by danabanana at 10:20 AM on March 20 [2 favorites]


That brings up a good point! I am happy to do the organizing/grouping/sending out assignments, but if anyone else needs a little project to take their minds off of all this, I'm also happy to step back and end my involvement here.
posted by Sparky Buttons at 10:23 AM on March 20 [2 favorites]


please. please. please please please.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 10:24 AM on March 20 [3 favorites]


I would love this. I had knee-replacement surgery last Wednesday (before heavy restrictions really came to D.C.), and can't go outside.
posted by jgirl at 10:42 AM on March 20 [2 favorites]


Yes please!
posted by raccoon409 at 10:43 AM on March 20 [2 favorites]


I would like to be part of this. Great idea.
posted by theora55 at 10:56 AM on March 20 [2 favorites]


Letter writing puts the social in social distancing. This would cheer me up.
posted by the primroses were over at 11:26 AM on March 20 [3 favorites]


I'd be up for this.
posted by a device for making your enemy change his mind at 11:50 AM on March 20 [2 favorites]


This is sort of what the MeFi Card Club already is, but more the merrier!
posted by lazaruslong at 12:03 PM on March 20 [2 favorites]


Yes, please!
posted by MuChao at 12:09 PM on March 20 [2 favorites]


I'm absolutely NOT telling anyone what they should or should not do, nor is this meant to discourage anyone. Just want to make sure everyone has information.

Aerosol and Surface Stability of SARS-CoV-2 as Compared with SARS-CoV-1
posted by cooker girl at 12:54 PM on March 20 [3 favorites]


Yes please!
posted by mochapickle at 1:01 PM on March 20 [2 favorites]


I'd be delighted to join in.
posted by misteraitch at 1:04 PM on March 20 [3 favorites]


Yes! I would be happy to send and receive some cards.
posted by MichelleinMD at 1:14 PM on March 20 [3 favorites]


Yes. And, for those unsure of this whole thing and new to the swap, feel free to message me for a sample card as a tryout. I tend to write letters and use stickers!
posted by maya at 1:42 PM on March 20 [3 favorites]


Count me in.
posted by angiep at 2:06 PM on March 20 [2 favorites]


I am still *coughs number of months into hand* *washes hands* very very very behind on my actual card swap cards. No time like this time to catch up!

But I also love the idea of a COVID postcard swap. You know, something you can pick up with tongs and read without any fuss. And also, when the hell else would I send this one?
posted by phunniemee at 2:48 PM on March 20 [10 favorites]


I would do it!
posted by Gray Duck at 3:03 PM on March 20 [2 favorites]


I'd love to do this!
posted by darchildre at 4:06 PM on March 20 [2 favorites]


I’d do it, assuming my local card shop is open....
posted by GenjiandProust at 4:18 PM on March 20 [3 favorites]


I totally failed the last time I signed up for a card swap.
posted by sciencegeek at 5:27 PM on March 20 [4 favorites]


We’re a pretty forgiving bunch. I’m behind on January due to life events. :)
posted by mochapickle at 5:28 PM on March 20 [2 favorites]


I am in.
posted by janell at 5:39 PM on March 20 [3 favorites]


I’m behind the card swap too (life has been... I have no words), but I’d love to join this!
posted by theappleonatree at 7:29 PM on March 20 [3 favorites]


Like- speaking as someone who does the maximum amount of cards every month because I am a masochist and lonely, If i get a card from several months prior my reaction isn't "how dare they!" Its "OOOOOH A CARD!" so in conclusion, deadlines are meaningless like life and boulders and lets just send more cards around.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 8:01 PM on March 20 [11 favorites]


yes please
posted by soakimbo at 9:14 PM on March 20 [3 favorites]


I started to WFH this week plus I live alone, so I’m feeling a tad isolated. My high point each morning is the sound of the mail truck pulling up outside the fence that surrounds my house. The mail is dropped through a slot in the fence so I don’t even get to see the letter carrier (although I can see the top of his or her hat). I’ve been rushing outside to call Thank You over the fence, even though I know it’s mostly junk mail. So yes, please, count me in.
posted by kbar1 at 9:27 PM on March 20 [4 favorites]


I’m in!
posted by ellieBOA at 10:18 PM on March 20 [3 favorites]


I just realized EmpressCallipygos is Kim Wexler from Better Call Saul. It's right there in her profile
posted by Pyrogenesis at 11:04 PM on March 20 [2 favorites]


I would do this!
posted by charmedimsure at 12:54 AM on March 21 [3 favorites]


I'm in. Let me know if you need help organising.
posted by dorothyisunderwood at 3:46 AM on March 21 [2 favorites]


I just realized EmpressCallipygos is Kim Wexler from Better Call Saul.

.....Speaking as someone who doesn't watch Better Call Saul, is this....good?
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:36 AM on March 21 [2 favorites]


I’m in!
posted by heurtebise at 7:00 AM on March 21 [2 favorites]


yes, please! I would like to participate if location is not a factor. I'm happy to send cards even if I can't receive any (i.e. if no one wants to send internationally).
posted by gursky at 7:17 AM on March 21 [2 favorites]


I just realized EmpressCallipygos is Kim Wexler from Better Call Saul.

.....Speaking as someone who doesn't watch Better Call Saul, is this....good?


I haven't started this season, but unless something has drastically changed, this is very good.

Some of us have Kim Wexler hair aspirations, for one, but there is so much more to her and she's a great character!
posted by danabanana at 7:35 AM on March 21 [1 favorite]


I've been doing some smaller COVID carves to stay sane, so am interested as well!
posted by robocop is bleeding at 7:55 AM on March 21 [3 favorites]


Count me in!
posted by kathrynm at 8:04 AM on March 21 [1 favorite]


I would be in, too. If there's interest, I'll even include some of my custom Cat Flag / Bubby Flag stickers.
posted by jzb at 8:39 AM on March 21 [3 favorites]


I am down for doing some lino print cards as well!
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:29 AM on March 21 [2 favorites]


My cards will all be handmade, and some may be too small for their envelopes. I also make bookmarks for anyone who's interested!
posted by MuChao at 11:31 AM on March 21 [4 favorites]


I’m in!
posted by areaperson at 3:53 PM on March 21 [2 favorites]


Yes
I'm a major fuckup but this is important to me and I will do my best
posted by wheek wheek wheek at 6:11 PM on March 21 [4 favorites]


Yes please!!
posted by WedgedPiano at 6:48 PM on March 21 [1 favorite]


I would just desperately love this. I'm about to have my birthday and am on day 15 of quarantine and counting. Pleeeeease.
posted by medusa at 7:25 PM on March 21 [3 favorites]


I was the member who suggested it, so I’m definitely in!
posted by exceptinsects at 9:06 PM on March 21 [3 favorites]


I typically hate this sort of thing but right now YES SURE!! FUN!!!!
posted by stray at 3:04 AM on March 22 [1 favorite]


I am having a significant birthday shortly and will be celebrating it virtually. So, birthday-themed for me is appropriate.
posted by theora55 at 6:27 AM on March 22 [2 favorites]


Sounds great, I'd love to join this!
posted by ajarbaday at 7:41 AM on March 22 [1 favorite]


I’m in! My cards will be blank but will have stickers! I promise to seal them with a sponge and I will not be offended if you let them sit for a day before opening. :-D
posted by chainsofreedom at 7:47 AM on March 22 [4 favorites]


Please count me in too!!!
posted by sweetpotato at 8:47 AM on March 22 [2 favorites]


Ok, this is definitely a go!

Does anyone want to take the reins? Otherwise, this shouldn't be more than a few hours' worth of work max for 1 person, and I have time available, so I can.

I'll leave this up for someone to grab by this evening, and if no takers (to clarify: I've had offers to help which are super appreciated, and I'm trying to figure out how to divvy up the work in a way that makes sense), then I'll either ask the mods to modify this post or put up another one, and we'll get this card train rolling down the tracks.

Thank you for the great suggestion, exceptinsects!
posted by Sparky Buttons at 9:28 AM on March 22


I'd love to be in on this too! I've never done a MeFi card swap before though. Will directions appear in my memail?
posted by travertina at 9:57 AM on March 22 [1 favorite]


Oh yes, count me in too!
posted by pickles_have_souls at 9:57 AM on March 22 [1 favorite]


Yes, please!
posted by scyllary at 6:43 PM on March 22 [1 favorite]


Oh yes please! ❤️
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 7:27 PM on March 22 [1 favorite]


Absolutely hell yeah. I've got enough washi tape to last me through at least 5 pandemics.
posted by Glier's Goetta at 8:31 AM on March 23 [3 favorites]


Yeah, I can get in on this depending on the timeline. I haven’t made any cards in a while.
posted by Mister Moofoo at 9:35 PM on March 23 [1 favorite]


I get to make a new Metatalk post in 2 days, so keep your eyes open for that - in the meantime, if you want to sign up, send me a memail with your name (or, whatever you want on the envelope), address, email, international or domestic sending preference. If you don't use memail, you can email me at meficardclub@gmail.com .

I'll aim to put people in groups of 6-8. The deadline for signing up is April 3, I'll send out assignments April 4.
posted by Sparky Buttons at 5:15 AM on March 24 [4 favorites]


Sounds great. I figure March card club people are likely reading here and wanted to throw out that my cards are arriving late because I was called in to do long days on some emergency work to support covid efforts but now my role is becoming less important and I will be able to catch up on cards and I will be working from home again (and lonely......)
posted by Tandem Affinity at 2:53 PM on March 27 [2 favorites]


YES PLEASE
posted by moonlight on vermont at 6:45 PM on March 28 [1 favorite]


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