Still No Takers! Also: Received from Canada, China, England, & Netherlands

*** GIVEAWAY UPDATE: Still, absolutely no one wants those lame postcards.  Let me know if you want them, and I’ll send them to you.  My recycling bin doesn’t want them. ***

Some nice ones this time!  Let’s move counter-clockwise from the top left!  All but the last card were received as regular Postcrossing draws.

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Snoopy comes to me from ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, having made a 5,500-mile trip in 12 days.  The sender writes:

“I read you like the beach a lot.  Too bad the Netherlands is not the best place to be for beach and sun.  I saw a lot of Snoopy cards in your faves so I send you this!  Ever since I’m a kid, I’m a big Snoopy fan.  Used to have everything from Snoopy!”

As a point of contrast, I’ll mention here that in her profile, she request that she not be sent any cartoon or funny postcards.

That nice little airport scene came to me from Shenzhen, China, and it took a trip of 6,491 36 miles in 36 days to do it!  The sender is a college student studying accounting, and she writes:

“I am in my third year of university so I am really busy these days.  I love traveling and hiking.  One of my friends is planning to travel to Russia by trains.  It is a really amazing trip!  I really want to go with her, but so sad–no time.”

SQUIRREL!  I love those guys.  This card was sent to me by a Postcrosser in Montreal, Canada, and it took 13 days to travel the 2,523 miles to my mailbox.  The sender reports that she is originally from Odessa, Ukraine, and she enjoys traveling, photographу, pole-dancing, and cats.  She says Canada is “so beautiful,” and that this December, she will be making her first trip to the U.S.–she’ll spend her Christmas holiday here in California.

Finally, the one swap-bot card this time is the panel from a box of corn flakes, received from Lincolnshire, England, thanks to a “chunk of cardboard” trade (I know you thought it was a souvenir postcard from Corn, Florida, but NO).  The sender tells me she loves cereal boxes, and that she was able to make four postcards from this box.  I think food boxes make for very fun & interesting postcards.

Stamps & postcards: I love those animal stamps.

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Stuffables & Stuff: Received from Japan

** First, a note on the giveaway: NO ONE WANTS IT so far!  All is exactly as I had suspected–but please check it out, & let me know if you would like to stake a claim.**  

Now, look at this beautiful surprise envelope I got from a Postcrosser in Utsunomiya, Tochigi, Japan:

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This Postcrosser, who has been on the site for just over a year & writes in her profile that she has never been overseas, really threw herself into sending something special across the ocean to a person she was assigned through a rather random website click.  Look at that beautiful envelope she fashioned out of a map!  Look at the wonderful things that were inside!

She writes:

“…Utsunomiya there are a lot of specialty shops of pan-fried dumpling.  At first, dumpling was imported from China, pan-fried dumpling is one of popular food in Japan.  Do you know the pan-fried dumpling?  I like delicious it.”

Yes, I know them & like them, too–although with all of the dumplings out there, I do not get to these all that often.  There’s the Chinese name, kuo teh, AKA pot stickers, and there’s the Japanese name, gyoza.  And here I have a story.  I was at a Japanese restaurant just a few days ago (not eating dumplings).  At some point, behind me, I heard what sounded like a teen girl talking about what she planned to order: “I’m going to get the GOYZA!”  Goyza?  I was waiting for someone to correct her, at some point, as she repeated what she was getting, but apparently no one else… sigh.  And I think the waiter humored her by repeating the mispronounciation.  I was hoping someone, ANYONE, in that little restaurant would improve her life by pointing out that “gyoza” is not pronounced “goyza.”  Someone, anyone?  Someone, anyone but me?  Not me.  And not anyone else.

The message on the goyza postcard continues:

“I was put (in this envelope) Pochi-bukuro.  Pochi-bukuro (petit envelope) is often used in Japan.  Especially at New Year’s, there is a custom in Japan that adults give money to children as a tip.  Of course, it may be good for a small accessory or mini card.  Try using this Japanese style envelope in your creative style.

I don’t remember hearing about this Japanese tradition.  Now, I do know the envelopes, known as hongbao, for their use in the Chinese tradition during the Lunar New Year.  I have used hongbao in the past in “my creative style:” I gave a friend a coffee gift card in a little envelope.  He asked me where the money was.  I told him I wasn’t his parent.  A lot of Chinese adults still get hongbao from their parents.  Never having been a Chinese child, I have never received a cash-stuffed hongbao (at least, not that I remember).  I do have a little stash of little envelopes (they are sold at many places in my area, and have a variety of fun designs & famous characters), into which I stuff tiny treasures & junk when I am preparing a package to mail to a friend.

What do you think I should do with these Pochi-bukuro I have been sent?

 

 

Well, I Certainly Don’t Want These, Do YOU?!? Sending to…?

I suppose these could be used as a base for homemade collage postcards, but I usually use something nice for that–like a cardboard box.  But let’s start from the beginning.

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Can’t wait to get these out of my home. Please get them out of my home. Take them, seriously.

Occasionally, while Postcrossing, I come across the profile of a member who states an interest in receiving food-related postcards.  Thus, I was happy to see a box of 100 such cards available online: “Curious Feast: 100 Postcards by 10 Artists.”  And $12.32 for 100 cards?  That rounds down to 12 cents a card–fantastic!

Not many photos of the cards available, but I did read the reviews, which included this 1-star rating:

“…text of food words is not a food card…Very disappointing.”

Even a 4-star review stated:

“I am disappointed by the designs from the curator of the box set… Her designs are made up of text and are very basic.”

So I just did the math again.  $12.32, divided by 90 cards, rounds up to 14 cents a card.  So I went all in.  But let’s talk about the word used in the last review: “curator.”

Yes, the box itself is printed with the words that the card collection is “Curated by —-.”   And do you know who the “curator” is?  The very person who scrawled these very text-only cards!  I’m getting ahead, again, so passionate in my ranting.

The word “curate” is getting used an awful lot lately.  Well, the word actually MEANS something.  A museum’s curator is a highly-educated, well-experienced professional with an important task.  REAL curators must be somewhat nonplussed that the word “curate” gets used so promiscuously as of late.

Like with this box of cards.  How brazen to use the word “curate,” when clearly all this person did was use the talents of 9 actual artists to make some money for her own graphics, which are little more than shopping lists in color.  The artists should not have to share residuals equally with her, let alone probably cede extra money for her so-called “curation.”  What is the word to use, you may ask?  “Selected by —–” will do just fine.

Anyhow, maybe you love these.  Or maybe you would love to send these to someone as a gag gift.  I can’t wait to get them out of my postcard stash, out of my home, and out of my life.

Yes, it’s a GIVEAWAY!  And is there any way I could make it more inviting?  Okay, I’ll even throw in a card or two from my actually-horrible purchase, the Disappointassortment!

Here’s what to do: Let me know if you want them, and I will mail them to you.  No, I do not think there will be enough demand for a drawing.  In fact, I’m not sure even one person will be interested.  BUT, if there are two people interested, or an avalanche of as many requests as 3, I will split up the set into as many as 3 bundles, and mail them off, sending off no fewer than 5 cards to each person. First request(s) get(s) the cards, that easy.  You are helping me, not the other way around.

This is the first time I have even noticed the WordPress “Add Contact Form,” so let’s see if that will allow you to get your info to me.  If it does not, express your interest in the comments, and we will go from there.  Thanks for helping.

 

Japanese Stuff Sent from “Not Japan:” Received from China, Finland, & Taiwan

Wow, there’s a definite theme in the 3 cards I received in one day this week: they all depict something Japanese–and none of them were sent from Japan!

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The first card was a regular Postcrossing card, the other 2 came to me through Postcrossing Forum tag threads.

The sushi card came from Shanghai, China, having traveled 6,167 miles in about 25 days.  As you can see, it passed through San Bernadino, California, on the way to me.  Stamps cover half of the writing surface of the card; you’ll see those below.

The lovely image of the Ginkakuji Temple in Kyoto, Japan was sent to me by a Postcrosser in Oulu, Finland, in a “last movie I’ve seen” tag. She recently watched…

“‘The Tourist‘ starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp.  First I didn’t like it but at the end…there was a surprise.  Then I realised that this was a movie during which I had fun and never felt bad about anything.  And still it was not total b.s.  The setting took place in Venice where I intend to travel to one day!  Johnny Depp is odd, I’ve always thought so.  The movie was a mix of something really traditional…”

…and then the post office coding stripe at the bottom of the card obscured the other words.

Finally, and speaking of movies, there is the “Howl’s Moving Castle” card, which was sent to me from Taiwan.  This was a tough one.  Here is the full message from the card:

“Hello!  I’m glad that I can send you this card.  Hope you can receive soon.  The weather gets hotter in Taiwan.  How is your country weather?”

Did you notice anything missing?  Here’s my list:

  1. Sender name
  2. Sender I.D./User name
  3. Number/Identifier of trade

Some detective work was in order!  Using little more than the information that this was from Taiwan, and the postmark date, OH, and the fact that this could well have been through a Studio Ghibli tag trade, I combed through my Postcrossing Forum U2U inbox, and deduced — and I can only assume correctly — that it’s from the self-professed “young girl” in Taipei, Taiwan who tagged me in the Ghibli/Wishlist tag trade last month.  I have sent her a conditional thank-you U2U, and am awaiting a reply.

A whole lot of beautiful stamps this time, I think:

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Snoopy-Pocky! Received from Japan

Second card in a week from my Snoopy postcard pal in Tokyo, Japan!  This time, she has flattened out a Pocky box & turned into a colorful, special postcard for me.

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Front & back.  Hey, I just noticed there’s a stamp with leeks on it!

She tells me this is a limited-period edition package, and asked me if I’d ever seen Snoopy packages here in the U.S.  I told her there had been several recently, all in association with the Peanuts Movie, so the art was in that style, instead of Schulz’s.  Then I flashed back to when I was a kid, and Snoopy was the Zinger Zapper.

A Few of My Favorite Things! Received from Japan, Singapore, & the U.S.

A week for some really great postcards!  I love all three of these, which came to me in Postcrossing Forum-related sends.

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Mmm, look at all that wonderful Singaporean food!  The person in Singapore who sent this to me lists off the deliciousness, from the first column to the second: chicken rice, laksa, fried kway tiao, Hokkien prawn noodles, rojak, and wan tan mee.  She asks, “did you try all these foods?”  Here or there, yes, I have!  The day after I got the card, I felt the need to go to a Singaporean/Malaysian restaurant.  Gotta say, it’s just not the same here as in the hawker centers…

I love marine mammals, and that fur seal is beautiful!  The card was sent from Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., home to the New England Aquarium.  The sender is a volunteer at the aquarium, and she says:

“The fur seal on this card is named Ursula.  I have worked with her before, observing her actions for research purposes.  Some of my other duties include working aquarium events and working at the rescue and rehab center.  This past winter we helped over 500 cold-stunned sea turtles!”

The Snoopy card came from my Snoopy postcard pal in Tokyo, Japan.  Isn’t it cool?  The sender has visited Tokyo’s new Snoopy Museum, and she gave me a little report.  She says it’s an “awesome lovely place,” and she “enjoyed watching original pictures and shopping.”  She had the most to say, though, about the cafe:

“It was bummer that museum’s restaurant (called ‘Cafe Blanket’) was super crowded, so I couldn’t have lunch there.  The menus are interesting such as Lucy’s Bubbles Lemonade, My Sweet Babboo (a milkshake), Snoopy Dish Combo, and so on.”

She says she will go back again as soon as she can.  I’ve already received–just two days later, I think, another Snoopy card from her, & I’ll share it soon.

Stamps, stickers, & washi tape:

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Cinephile Edition: Sent to Austria, Taiwan, & Ukraine

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I picked up that postcard for “The Meddler” at the lovely Guild Theatre in Menlo Park, California.  The Guild is a single-screen cinema dating back to 1926, and the service is so personal: in fact, before the movie begins, a staff member walks to the front of the auditorium to welcome you & remind you of the rules.  Now, when a real person has come out to talk about niceties, you’ve got to be one mad jackass to pull out your cell phone during the screening!  Of course, people who do that are unstable, to begin with.

I mailed the card out to Taichung, Taiwan in a Postcrossing Forum “last movie you saw” thread.  The most recent movie I saw was not what I saw when I picked up this card at the Guild (I saw “A Hologram for the King,” which I do not recommend); I was at a different theater, and the movie I saw was “24.”  It’s a Kollywood movie, a sci-fi time-travel piece, where the lead plays three roles (as opposed to the 24 you may have guessed).  I go to Indian movies pretty frequently (mostly Bollywood); I really enjoy them.  Most of the big chains in my area play at least 1 or 2 a week, but I especially love to go to my local Bollywood cinema–the snacks are better.

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The other 2 postcards are regular Postcrossing draws.  The pickly one goes to Kharkiv, Ukraine (“Kharkiv, or Kharkov, is the second-largest city in Ukraine.The city has a population of about 1.5 million people.” –Wikipedia).  The recipient is a vegan who calls herself an epicurean, & says she would like postcards depicting tasty foods & drinks, so I decided she might like this first card I am sending from a brand-new box of food-related art cards.

Finally, the book card (one of the remaining few from a box of book cards that was all I had when I began Postcrossing) goes to a book lover (and soon-to-be-librarian)  in Neumarkt im Mühlkreis, Austria.

Stamps, stamps, & washi tape:

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“Real Stamps:” Received from Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan, & the U.S.

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So many nice postcards this time–but first, let me get to something I forgot about in an earlier post.

It was in the profile of a German Postcrosser I was assigned.  She asked for “real stamps,” by which I thought she meant, you know, real stamps.  Not metered mail, and perhaps not those internet-printed things where you are able to choose whatever image you want.  Real stamps.  But that’s not quite what she meant:

“real stamps, no self-adhesive stamps. It`s difficult to move them from the paper and mostly they are ruined.”

Oh.  Welllll…I can’t even remember the last time I have licked a stamp.  Fellow U.S.-dwellers, can you tell me if licky-stamps are even still produced in our country? I felt like I should explain that to her., but then I realized I didn’t need to do that at all.  If her proportion of Postcrossing cards received from the U.S is anything like the proportion of mine from Germany–well, she already knows all about our stamps, just from sheer overexposure.

Okay, let’s get to the current round of cards.  Linus & Sally came to me from Poughkeepsie, New York, thanks to the Postcrossing Forum Snoopy/Peanuts tag thread. Yes, she repurposed a dental office’s reminder card.  When I was tagged by someone from the U.S., I did wonder what the heck she would send, as Peanuts cards are just not available here! Greeting cards are everywhere, sure, but postcards?  The sender of this dental card writes:

“You’ll be hard pressed to find this being sold in a store!  I love Snoopy postcards but it’s hard to find them!”

That’s what I was just saying!  I get mine from the Charles M. Schulz Museum–2 hours away on a good commute, and not a lot else in the area, so that’s quite a postcard commitment to make the journey.

The next card comes from Taipei, Taiwan, and it makes me wish I were there.  The sender, who tagged me in a “Taiwan meets the world” Postcrossing Forum tag, wrote a bit about what is known as tapioca (or bubble, or pearl) tea:

“I love Taiwan’s drinks; we have lots of kinds of tea with many different fillings.  You can order whatever you want.  They all taste good, but too much will get you fat!”

That lovely tree view is from a postcard pal in Bekasi Utara, Indonesia.  She says that is palm fruit, and she took the photo in front of her mother’s house.

Finally, ther’s the image from Howl’s Moving Castle.  It came to me from Suzuka, Japan, thanks to a forum Studio Ghibli tag trade.  Scroll down & look at the awesome washi tape from the movie–and also the Snoopy stamp!  The sender tells me she was planning on going to a Sailor Moon exhibition & buying lots of postcards.

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Today I Enrich Your Life with Lots of Links: Sent to Finland, Hong Kong, Indonesia, & Singapore

Two new Postcrossing draws, and two Postcrossing Forum trades (the toons are for the forum).

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The deer is going to a deer lover in Linnankylä, Finland.  I told her about my favorite local-ish place to view deer: Pacific Grove, California

Snoopy is going to Singapore, thanks to the Postcrossing Forum Snoopy/Peanuts tag.  I wish I were going with it; I love that place.  Interesting fact about this Postcrosser: she first visited Japan in 2010–and as of now, has been there 19 times!  I don’t know if it’s a coincidence that she states a dislike of Hello Kitty.  I wonder if the person she tagged in the thread will be receiving a card she bought from the Singapore Philatelic Museum‘s special Peanuts exhibition.

The Dragonballers are wheeling off to Tangerang, Indonesia in a Postcrossing Forum anime/manga tag.  Have you ever tried Indonesian food?  It makes its influence on Singaporean & Malaysian cuisines, which are represented here & there in San Francisco Bay Area restaurants, but I can only remember finding one place dedicated to the food of Indonesia.  Fortunately, thanks to a foodie app & professional-kitchens-for-hire, there is one home cook in my area who goes pro once a week to create beautiful, delicious Indonesian meals.

The Postcrosser I drew in Hong Kong she says she lived for several years in California; I asked her if she ever made it to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where that bird shot was taken.  The aquarium’s aviary is a cool place!

Stamps, stamps, & washi tape: I just acquired that Rocky the Flying Squirrel rubber stamp, & I love it.

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Hitting the Box: Received from Brazil, Italy, Germany, & Russia

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Oops, I seem to have scanned that bottom-right image sideways.  No matter!

That teacup-cat postcard comes from a sender in Moscow, Russia.  He is 16, and has been Postcrossing for over 4 years.  In his profile, he gets pretty specific about what he would like to see from other Postcrossers:

If you can, please, send me a postcard in an envelope with your favourite tea bag inside. Also, if you don’t mind, take a selfie with your friends or family and put the photo inside. Please, tell me any life story which was the most exciting/happy/sad… You can also tell me some interesting facts about yourself, your life, the place where you live, the country.

And now, here his the entire text of the postcard he sent me:

“Hello, my name is —-.  Greetings from Moscow, Russia.  Hope you’ll like this cute postcard!  Best wishes, —-.”

Sigh.

I’ve got two pieces of recycling to share this time.  The first, at top right, is via a Postcrossing Forum food package tag, and it comes from Reggio nell’Emilia, Italy.  Hey, it’s box wine!  The sender, who is originally from Brazil, tells me:

“…it’s called Sangiovese del Rubicone, it’s produced here in this region.  We are lately buying this kind of wine, it’s called ‘bag in box.’  The wine remains untouched by the air and so it prevents the oxidation of the wine.  We use this wine for lunch and culinary uses and we keep the good bottles for special occasions. 😉 “

I’m more of a chocolate guy, so I was happy to see this box panel come in from Porto Seguro, Brazil, thanks to the latest “chunk of cardboard” trade on swap-bot.  The sender provided the back story:

“I made this PC from an Easter egg box I won this year.  Flavor milk chocolate egg with truffle stuffed shell without added sugar, but it was still sweet.  Lol!  Is very delicious!!!  Cacau Show is a famous Brazilian manufacturer chocolates.  I hope you enjoy!”

Well, I can’t actually enjoy the chocolates, since she just sent me the chunk of cardboard, but that “no added sugar” thing is really sticking with me: after all, chocolate does not sweeten itself!  I wonder if the egg makers just bought already-produced chocolate, and can say they are being honest making this ridiculous boast.  Dunno.

The old-school still life, which I seem to have uphended, is a Postcrossing send from Berlin, Germany.  The sender writes:

“You see a picture from one of Berlin’s great museums.  Beware of the lobster!  He is a suspicious guardian of all these delicious fruits.”

Okay, someone’s been hitting the “bag in box.”

Stamps, postmarks, & washi tape:

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I love that chili pepper stamp from Brazil.