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But I could give a flying flip if anyone else writes me one.

Yes! People fear me because i'm such an ardent Thank You Note Writer but my main reason for wanting them is to know the recipient got the gift, which would be the only reason to give rad's daughter's friend a pass. (Though, if she's a good enough friend to have sent a package, wouldn't she have known the circumstances of rad's daughter's life at that point and either held off asking or phrased it more like, "I know how crazy your life is now but there's a package from me coming your way so keep an eye out for it and please don't worry about a thank you note! [insert friendly, supportive words here]"? And isn't that why God invented online tracking anyway? IOW, sorry rad's daughter's friend: Even i can't support you on this.)

As cm noted, if i'm in the presence of the recipient when s/he opens the gift, i do an almost complete 180 (so, maybe a 175) and find a thank you note superfluous at best and a waste of time, paper and postage at worst. Not that i hate receiving them and since it's such a dying art, it's always nice to see a well-written one but i do have to assure my friends that i won't put a black mark by their names if i don't get one. REALLY! I WON'T!
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