Stay in Touch

You're not going off to Alpha Centauri or another galaxy! Keep in touch with friends, relatives, and other important folks in your life. In this highly mobile society, you'll probably see—or at least hear from —many of them again. Or are you offering no forwarding address?

Want friends to call you more? Call your long-distance telephone service about getting a personal toll-free number. Then give your number to folks who you'd like to call you.

Want to call friends more? Contact your long-distance telephone service about special rates at certain times or to specific area codes. You may find a package that lets you call nearly as frequently as before your move.

If you're making an international move, remember that your telephone number will be longer. Contact your long distance telephone service about how the folks back home can easily dial your new number in Djakarta. And remember to let your friends know when to call—or you may be awakened in the middle of the night by a caller who's having lunch. Of course, you can call them back during your lunchtime!

"Write if you get work!" People don't write letters as often as they used to—or as often as they promise to. How can you help them write to you more? Buy them stationery, postcards, and even stamps. It's a moderately subtle way of saying: WRITE TO ME!

And you can encourage correspondence by buying postcards from your new town and sending them to your friends and relatives back home. Set aside a time on Sunday evenings, for example, to correspond with people. Make it a family event and get the kids into the habit of writing their friends as well. The letters don't have to be lengthy. A note or even a postcard will be appreciated by those who want to stay in your life.

What was the world like before e-mail? Some retort, "a lot better off!" Others ponder, "I don't know how we got along without it!" A few folks respond, "so what's e-mail?"

E-mail is electronic mail, messages sent electronically using the Internet or other computerized delivery services. Businesses rely on e-mail as an important method of communicating quickly and easily. Many individuals are learning the same. In fact, e-mail may be reviving the dying art of letter writing.

If you're already an e-mail user, you know how it's done. Gather the e-mail addresses of your friends and relatives so that you can keep in touch when you move. If you have a computer and modem or broadband service but know nothing about e-mail, talk to someone at a local computer shop about finding an Internet provider (IPS) and setting up an e-mail account.

 
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