We Begin & End with Fish: Sent to Japan, Netherlands, Taiwan, & the U.S.

It’s a good time to try to think of pleasant things.

I have some catching up to do!  Let’s start with these cool new postcards I bought, two of which have long-since gone out to post pals in Japan & Hawaii.

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This mermaid smells like a wet dog.  And fish.

Later, I made envelopes to send more stuff to the same two people.  This one I made from a photocopy of an old comic book cover, & sent off to–can you guess?

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Yes, Hawaii!  And here’s the back-side of the envelope.

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Inside went some stickers, a note on a postcard, and an old brochure I unearthed.

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That piece of advertising has to be 35 years old, at minimum.  When I unearthed it, I had to do some online research to see if the place still exists.  It does!  Here’s the rest of the brochure:

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I asked my friend if she’d been there.  She has, to the restaurant–it’s a cheap place to eat!  I’ll have to remember that, the next time I’m in the neighborhood.

Here comes the other envelope I made, this one for my friend in Tokyo:

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I enclosed another sheet of those Peanuts stickers, plus a note on this postcard:

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Here are more postcards that went out, these for Postcrossing Forum & swap-bot exchanges.  Off they went to Hoofddorp, Netherlands; Goleta, California; Taichung City, Taiwan; and Tsukuba, Japan.

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Finally, have a look at the stamps, stickers, and washi tape!  I think it might be time for me to restock my stash of fish stickers!

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Loaded up on Peanuts

On a drive through Santa Rosa, California, today, I finally stopped into the Charles M. Schulz Museum, and to Snoopy’s Gallery & Gift Shop, to make a big postcard purchase!  Loaded up on treasure, as Peanuts cards don’t seem to be otherwise available, anywhere (I really don’t understand the scarcity).  Now I am ready for those Postcrossing Forum Snoopy/Peanuts tag trades!

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I love those two colorful Lucy cards (“Rats!” and “Hey!”). It’s in large part because of the art style: the earliest years are the best, in my eyes.

Oh, the GAUL! Received from Australia, Germany, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain

Mostly Postcrossing here, with a bit of Postcrossing Forum & swap-bot… Oh, who cares about the postcards–let’s skip straight to these stamps!

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Not sure what I think of that ink-stamp impression in the lower-right quadrant: “Thank you Mr. Postman; have a nice day.” First, maybe it’s Ms. Postperson; and second, to be able to notice this enough to read it, s/he is clearly ignoring polite society’s rule about minding one’s own business. How about a version that says, “Hey Mister or Miz Post Person: if you can read this, get your attention back to the address!”

The upper right, the upper right!  What a cool Asterix stamp!  Now, there is another guy with unfortunate facial hair on the bottom row, but I am not so impressed with that one. I think all of the stamps from Australia are wonderful, too.

So, three of these cards are from Russia, two from Germany, and then one each from Australia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain.  Not that these even all arrived in the same month, but today is clearly Eastern Europe Day.  And also Spain.  Plus Australia, which isn’t even close to Europe, but does have its certain ties.

Okay, here are the front sides…

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Sent to: Groningen, Netherlands; Singapore; Deltona, Florida; and Frenchtown, New Jersey

First off: Postcrossing news.  A card I sent to Qingdao, China, has been received!  It took 24 days to travel 5,977 miles.  Now, I get to send out a new card–to Groningen, Netherlands!

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Yes, this card has appeared on this blog before.  The fact there are 500 of them means it is also likely it will appear again. In fact, I am also sending one out, not via Postcrossing or swap-bot, to a friend in Singapore.

To Deltona, Florida, part of an “upcycled postcard” swap-bot trade:

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Nancy here has walked down the The Snail Mail path before, too.

Also for the swap-bot “upcycled” trade, this masterpiece goes to Frenchtown, New Jersey.

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Hmm, perhaps, I should have saved that one for an international art collector…

Sent to San Jose, California

Another “Chunk O Cardboard” assignment from swap-bot–and one to my own neck of the woods!  Who monitors this thing, anyhow?  I guess if I want my international trades to be guaranteed international, I should stick to Postcrossing.

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This guy will show up again; he was on two sides of the package from which he was ripped.

Sent to Hamburg, Germany

Another mailing to Germany, this time to a man–and a Hamburger, at that!  This was another card for swap-bot’s call for a “Chunk O Cardboard” postcard. I cut this from this from the side of a box.  You may be able to guess what was inside…

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She was on 2 sides of the package, so you know she will be appearing here again!

This, by the way is the rare international partner in all of the swap-bot “international” trades in which I’ve participated so far. Looks like we need to get more people from more countries to sign up for the service & make it more interesting!