I know, right now you are thinking "what is a random act of smileness or RAS?!?" I didn't know either until I received these cards from Tam. Basically, it is doing something for someone "just because" it will make them smile, which in turn makes you smile. Kind of like the card I received yesterday from Donna or the one last week from JJ.
At the end of last summer I was contacted out of the blue by Tam. She somehow came across my profile and saw that 1) I was trying to get a map card from every State and Province and 2) my birthday is October 31 - her favourite holiday. (Remember I told you that my birthday oddly plays a role for me in Postcrossing). She said she had a map card she would like to send to me to help with my collection. Well, you can just imagine my surprise when I received four fabulous map cards of British Columbia and one of Alaska! She writes that while she lives 400 kms north of Vancouver in a town called Kitimat she is only 90 miles from the Alaskan Panhandle. Funny, I just realized now she wrote kms when talking about BC and miles for the US. I do that with temperature sometimes! This was truly a fun week for me getting these amazing cards. Kind of like an early birthday.