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Day 190: Anonymous letter left at Starbucks at 24th and M, D.C.

Day 190-3This might be my third letter I’ve left at a Starbucks. I left two in Starbucks cafes in New York City. Today’s letter, written on snappy stationery from 1canoe2, included a gift card good for caffein.

Day 190-2Some people dream of finding an envelope full of cash. If you’re one of them, don’t give up, keep trying. In the meantime let me buy you a coffee.

Enjoy and have a good day!



Day 141: Anonymous letter left at Tavern at the End of the World

Tavern at the End of the World, Charlestown, MA.

Tavern at the End of the World, Charlestown, MA.

When I travel, it’s easy to fall behind on writing letters. Sometimes it’s easier to leave some anonymous notes around the cities that I’m visiting. I did that on Monday night at the Met’s game and tonight I thought I would leave a note at the Red Sox game, however, Sox tickets were going for no less than $40 so I skipped the game.

I’m staying in Charlestown, MA tonight. There’s not a whole lot of places to go for dinner near my hotel – to be honest, there is only one place: Tavern at the End of the World. It’s a good join – they had some nice live music and I had an interesting chat with a guy fresh back from a trip to Florida on his Harley.

I ate dinner there and enjoyed a couple of local beers. I took a few minutes while I was there to write today’s letter.

Day 141


I’ve made a commitment to write someone a handwritten letter or note every day for a year. Today, my note is to you. If you’re here at the Tavern at the End of the World, you’re probably thirsty – you know, there is not a man, woman or child in these United States of America who doesn’t enjoy a nice cold, refreshing beverage. Your next one is on me. 


Day 125: Anonymous letter left at Washington, D.C. Trader Joe’s

I placed the letter under a package of the sinfully delicious TJ's ice cream sandwiches.

I placed the letter under a package of the sinfully delicious TJ’s ice cream sandwiches.

Trader Joe’s is a strange but wonderful grocery store. On one hand, I get frustrated with them due to their limited selection. But just when I’m starting to take my business elsewhere I find some really awesome product. Or one of their quirky employees will make my day. I think that’s really what wins me over, the people. They actually seem happy there.

I left an anonymous letter with a five dollar bill at the Trader Joe’s in the West End neighborhood of DC today. I placed it under a box of Trader Joe’s Sublime Ice Cream Sandwiches. They are amazing and a crew member there once told me that they saved her marriage on more than one occasion. Ok, so that might be a stretch, but I figured if they could bring some happiness to someone, I’d like to make that happen.

By the way, if you’re a fan of TJ’s, check out my letter on Day 31 to Trader Joe’s CEO Dan Bane.

Day 125

Hey there!

I see you are checking out the Sublime Ice Cream Sandwiches. They’re delicious and appropriately named. I bought them the first time on a recommendation from a TJ’s team member who said that they had saved her marriage – more than once! They’re on me today. Enjoy.


Day 119: Lieu

I’m terrible at keeping my apartment in good order. So every once in a while I have someone come and help me transform it from a disaster zone back to an orderly living space.

I’ve known Lieu for about five years – she’s 74 and still keeps an active life. Sweet and motherly, she comes in and whips my apartment into shape. Along with her vacuum and cleaning supplies, she often brings something for me. She’s brought from flowers to canned peppers to Vietnamese delicacies. This time she brought me a Vietnamese wonton style soup.

When people take the time to do nice things for you, like bring you a home cooked meal, the least we can do is take the time to write them a handwritten note thanking them for their thoughtfulness.

Day 119


It was so nice to see you today. Thank you very much for the homemade Vietnamese soup – I can’t wait to try it. That was very thoughtful. Maybe someday you teach me how to make it!

Have a wonderful weekend,