Quote of the Day
I am a kind of paranoid in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.
— J.D. Salinger
I still occasionally write paper letters. In fact, I had some letters to write the other day, and I realized that was doing a bit of math when I folded the letters for placement into standard business envelopes that was worth discussing here. Figure 1 shows the business envelope that I normally use.
For years (i.e. decades), I folded letters into thirds by estimating where the one-third point was on the letter, folding, and hoping for the best. Sometimes, I folded letters by rolling them into a tube-shape that could be flattened for placement into an envelope (Figure 2). I still did not always get this exactly right – remember, my life is a celebration of mind-numbing detail.
I now use one of three methods:
- For letter material that I created, I use a Word template that has very faint grey markers in margins where the fold lines need to go. Here is a link that tells you how to do this. I know that people may feel that the faint gray lines are unprofessional, but they end up in the crease and are very difficult to see (example). Here is my personal letter template.
- For letter material that I am including in my note, I determine my fold lines one of two ways: