SCUBA Chuck: Sent to Belgium, Canada, China, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, & Taiwan

TWENTY outgoing cards in this post! This all happened over the course of a few weeks.

Several more Postcrossing Forum tags heading out. Charlie Brown & Woodstock are heading for Shanghai, China. If you poke around the Santa Rosa area, you will find many Peanuts statues, decorated by local artists in many different styles. My favorite of the few I’ve spotted stands outside a seafood restaurant in a coastal area: it’s Charlie Brown in SCUBA gear.
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The food package is going to Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. I don’t remember much about the cookies, but it says “crisp and buttery,” so therefore I know I loved them.

From Guangzhou, Guangdong, we go to Guiyang, GuiZhou, China— that’s where this big “Let’s Go with Lucy” card is headed. A card as large as this leaves a large canvas for stickers & washi tape, as well as plenty of room for a message. I’ve obscured the message, but you can see the stamps, stickers, & washi tape below.

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Lucy pounding sand went off to Hirai, Wakayama, Japan; and Linus the door-to-door salesman to Tsushima, Aichi, Japan.

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I chose Charlie Brown for a recipient in Tokyo, Japan. The evil queen went to Shanghai, China, and the beautiful sea otter was destined for Eutin, Germany.

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“California is So Cool.” When I made a Disneyland trip not so long back, I tried to find postcards in the park, but failed. This I bought at a convenience store across the street, and now it goes out to Koriyama, Fukushima, Japan in a Disney cards tag.

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Completing the California trilogy is the California Coast Highway 1 postcard, careening off to Hong Kong.

Another California card? Yes, this view of Point Lobos goes via a rare Postcrossing draw, to a recipient in Gnesta, Sweden, who expressed a preference for cards showing places–and Point Lobos is a great place!

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A second Postcrossing draw; this one goes to Dirgenheim, Germany. Sad to say, this lovely series of national park postcards neglects to mention the state where each park is located. This despite a long passage of text on the back so expansive that it leaves room for only a single stamp! The designer really does not understand the postally-obsessed. Not to mention that the postmark will more that likely obscure all of that printed prose.

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Another one of the national park cards: okay, this one does mention on the back that Acadia National Park is on the Maine coast. This one is a regular Postcrossing draw, and goes to Lahti, Finland. The recipient requested that people not use stickers or washi tape on her cards, so I won’t bother to flip this one over for you.

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Scuttle and his dinglehopper are going to Kuwana, Mie, Japan, in a Disney cards tag. Ursula is on the back of the card (proof below).

Now several more regular Postcrossing draws: not something I do so often any more, but I am just in the mood to send out more cards (and by extension, receive more). The California Natural Wonders card was actually in the “favorites” of the person to receive it; she lives in Zoetermer, Netherlands.

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The lemurs are going to a paleontologist in Omsk, Russia. She wanted illustrations of animals, so here she goes!

The map card goes to a map card lover in Taipei, Taiwan; and the bridge card goes to Dendermonde, Belgium, to a lover of touristy cards.

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Lucy and Schroeder are going to a Peanuts lover in Espanola, Ontario, Canada. Unlike the recipient in Finland, this person loves a decorated card, so I did my best on the backside.

Time for stamps, stickers, & stuff. I love these brand-new Bioluminescent Life stamps from the USPS!

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So Hard to Keep Track, Though: Sent to China, Greece, Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Taiwan, & Thailand

Lots of cards to show off this time: more than I can actually keep track of, as you’ll see. Mostly Postcrossing Forum tags, with a couple of Postcard United sends. Please let me know what you like!

I love sea otters! This one goes to Bangkok, Thailand–and I am jealous.

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Trinidad, California goes to Lublin, Poland

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This beautiful tiger is headed for Hong Kong. Also to Diessen, Netherlands!

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The pelicans should land with a brand-new Postcrosser in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. Although he is participating in the forum tags, he has yet to upload a profile, which is always a disappointment to me.

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California Coast Highway 1 went off to Larissa, Greece, and the Grinch (from the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden in Springfield, Massachusetts) went to Saitama, Japan.

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Uhm, I didn’t do a good job keeping records on this next pair, but one is going to New Taipei City, Taiwan. This stuff is hard.

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Here we have one off to Sarsborg, Norway. I hope the recipient enjoys this dramatic coastal scene.

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Time for stamps, stickers, & washi tape. Do you have any favorites?

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I Loved Dennis the Menace (U.S.) Comic Books, Though: Sent to China, Germany, Netherlands, & the U.S.

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Mostly Postcrossing draws this time, except for the poodle-y thing, which is for a swap-bot trade. The recipient is in Mechanicsville, Maryland, and said she likes cards with “cute little dogs.”

Oh, why, oh why, am I still tangling myself up in swap-bot?  Those nerves!  And you know what I did a couple of days ago?  I signed up for 4 or 5 more swaps!  Oof!  Let’s move on…

Tintin & Snowy ran off to Capelle aan den IJssel, Netherlands, to someone who has been Postcrossing for over 6 years!  He said he likes Tintin, so there we go.  As a kid, I used to receive a magazine that serialized translated Tintin, and though I think I found the art attractive enough, I think I barely read any of it at all.  These days, I see collections as I browse library shelves, but still–no, I haven’t caught up on the stuff.  Should I?

The California map card I sent to the Postcrosser I drew in Nettetal, Germany, arrived today.  He had said in his profile he likes map cards, I sent him one, and he tells me, “thank you for your cool map card it is new in my collection” — dang, the lack of punctuation & capitalization, I would have sworn he’s a product of AMERICAN schools!  His profile was actually a real chore.  It was two short lines about himself that were written well enough, but then he went on to 30 lines of expired cards!

What is the point?

Pekkle is traveling to a Postcrosser in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China.  She was interested in Hello Kitty, and he was the closest I had.  Well, I like the card.

Check out them stamps:

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Going Heartless: Received from Canada, China, Indonesia, Ukraine, & the U.S.

Ooh, how about that top row?  I love those two cards!

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The first card is from Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and part of a swap-bot “Upcycled Cardboard” exchange.  The swapper writes:

“I enjoy this swap so much because it’s cheap, recycling, and requires creativity.  It’s from snack box, the brand is SMAX.  Actually, I don’t really like the taste of this snack, LOL.  I hope you’ll like it (I mean the postcard. 🙂 )

I know how she feels!  Once you get the idea of using packaging as postcards, you look at your grocery basket in a whole new way!

Snoopy!  I always love finding Snoopy in my mail box.  That’s from Cindi in Hawaii, and you gotta scroll down & look at all of the cooooool stickers & stamps on the other side.

The second row of cards both came to me due to a swap-bot “Disney postcard” trade.  The fireflies are from “The Princess & the Frog,” and the card was sent to me from a swapper in Alberta, Canada, who writes:

“…I’m about 3 hours from Jasper National Park & the Rocky Mountains.  It’s my favorite place to go…”

The Toy Story card is from a sender in Chicago, Illinois.  This guy left so much white space on the back of the card, I can hear the wind blowing through.  He writes:

“I remember seeing this film when it came out in 1999!  Take care,”

That’s it: the greeting, then that, then the signature, then an expanse of white space that represents about half or more of the card’s writable area.

If you know swap-bot, you know it’s a ratings-based system, and you may know I cringe every time it’s ratings time on the ‘bot.

Every time I send out something for swap-bot, I go for that heart, the “extra-special” rating that I think should be so easy to achieve, that I don’t understand when I don’t earn it.  The same week that the half-written card previously mentioned to me, I received a swap-bot rating for the  doubly-free card I sent to Minnesota.  It was a heart-less rating.  Here’s what I’d like you to do.  Look at this card, front & back, and let me know what I should have done to earn that heart.  Let’s begin with the swap instructions:

Send 1 free/ad postcard to your 1 partner. Theme of the card can be anything, no offensive though. Senders’s choise. It would be great that the card has some room to write your greetings. Add at least the swap name and your Swap-bot name! Send written and stamped.

Okay, now here is my card, back & front:

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Lots of stamps, long substantive note, ink-stamped images & washi tape… what else, then? Should I start taping cash to my postcards, or what?  Please do help me out, here!

On the flip side, when it comes to being the person doing the rating, my policy is to err on the side of generosity: I INTEND to give the heart rating, and only withhold it in the rare cases when the sender is clearly hardly straining toward the bare minimum.  Like, for instance, on the nearly-empty card I described previously.

Oh, those swap-bot nerves…

Moooooving on…

Bottom row: the book with leaf card came to me via Postcrossing from Chernihiv, Ukraine.  The sender tells me that she is a web developer, but in her free time she prefers needlework.

Finally, we come to the terracotta warriors.  This comes to me thanks to a Postcrossing Foum Far East to America tag, from a sender in Guangzhou,China.  Here is what she has to say:

“This’s Terracotta Warriors, which was established by Qin Shi Huang and listed in UNESCO, is located in Shanxi Province, a famous ancient province in China.  This series of postcards is rare, since the seller said this’s only presented to the foreign reporter as a gift.  But I send one of them to you and want you to learn more about China.  Maybe the color is a little wierd, but it’s acceptable, right?  Maybe you should visit there one day!”

By the way, I found this History Channel write-up, 5 Things You May Not Know About the Terra Cotta Army.  The piece of info about Qin’s burial complex that really stuck with me?  “So far, archaeologists have uncovered a 20-square-mile compound…”  Whoa.

Taking a peek at the backsides– stamps, postmarks, stickers, & washi tape:

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A Great Day for Postcards! Received from Canada, China, & Japan

So much joy in my mailbox, all at once!  Look at all of this:

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The raccoon card came to me via Postcrossing, from a class of 2nd graders in Ontario, Canada.  The child who wrote it tells me:

“Hi!  Our favorite holiday is Mother’s Day.  This is how we celebrate our moms.  Our favorite sports are singing, dancing and soccer.  Canada is a free country.  We get to choose what we get to be.  Take care!!”

I told them that my favorite holiday is Spring Forward, and I was not making that up.

The other two cards are via Postcrossing Forum trades.  The Studio Ghibli card–Howl’s Moving Castle, to be precise–came from Hokkaido, Japan, and the sender writes:

“What is your most favorite Ghibli’s anime?  I like Princess Mononoke most.  🙂  I have some DVDs of Ghibli anime.  And I sometimes watch them.”

“I have some DVDs…and I sometimes watch them.”  I love that; it describes perfectly how I utilize my own home video collection.  A lot of stuff gathering dust.  As for her question, I answered it by saying I veer toward the “cuter” stuff: Ponyo, Borrowers Arrietty, and the amazing Spirited Away.  Do you have a favorite Miyazaki / Studio Ghibli film?

Finally, from Guangzhou, China, there’s that fun Nian Gao pounding postcard.  The sender tells me:

“I want to show you something typical of China.  Chinese New Year is very critical for us, and we will have a union dinner on Eve.  As you see, the people in the picture are making rice cake.”

Stamps & postmarks down below–lots of nice stamps this time, and I am especially loving the jovial monkey!

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Did Redd Foxx & Maggie Smith Ever Work Together? Sent to China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, & the U.S.

I didn’t MEAN to prepare & send out 7 postcards* in one morning — it just…HAPPENED! I’d done a lot of tagging in the Postcrossing Forums, and many of them came in, in rapid succession, after I’d already decided to write to a couple of postcard pals.

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The penguin card, the first I’ve used from a postcard book I bought at the Monterey Bay Aquarium just last week, goes out to a Postcrosser in Hong Kong (one who likes penguins), thanks to a Hong Kong to the World tag.  I wrote to her about my love for the aquarium, and about its brand-new exhibit I was visiting.

That repurposed panel from a box of pani puri goes to Bakersville, North Carolina, thanks to a swap-bot “not a postcard” trade.  Well, it is a postcard now!

Did you know that your dog can ride the Skunk Train–as long as it has a ticket?  That card is on its way to a train lover in Guangzhou, China, thanks to a Postcrossing Forum “last movie I’ve seen” trade.  The last movie I’ve seen, by the way, is “The Lady in the Van.”

Okay, next up is Redd Foxx.  I mean, the red fox.  I have a funny little story regarding Redd Foxx, but now’s not the time.  THE POSTCARD.  The postcard is barreling toward a fox-loving Postcrosser in Shanghai, China, in a USA-any country trade.  I’ve seen a fox in a nearby wildlife refuge, but it was a gray fox.  The place does also have red foxes, I told him.  What I did not tell him was that the red ones are not a native species.

The red fox card, and the cat & dog cards that follow, are all from the Animal Box of postcards.  The cat goes out, by request, to a cat lover in Saitama, Japan.  As for the dog, it is heading to my dog-loving postcard pal in Bekasi Utara, Indonesia.

Below is a little peek at the back of all 7 postcards sent: stamps, stamps, and washi tape.

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*6 here; number 7 was the Peanuts postcard in the prior post.  Its back is in the image just above, with the Charlie Brown stamp above the Peanuts washi tape.

“Please don’t send me something terrible or horrible.” Sent to China & Germany

I decided to spin the Postcrossing wheel a couple more times…

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That Pumbaa & Timon card is actually going out via Postcrossing Forum, a USA to Any Country trade, and its recipient is in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China.  I don’t know why, having seen this person’s profile, I still tagged them: the profile is almost 100% cards they would like to receive!  I mean, it helped me choose this card, but then–how is the goal of a connection achieved?  How do I know what to write that might be meaningful for this person?  Ugh.  If I had it to do over…  it’s a pretty big profile, but the only personal bit is “my name is —-, I come from China.”

I DO like the part that says, “please don’t send me anything terrible or horrible.”

I had an issue with my regular Postcrossing draw going to China, too.  It’s the card with the row houses, going to a “senior high school student” in Nanning, Guangxi, China.  She specified wanting cherry blossom cards, but that is one thing I just don’t have.  Fortunately, she gave me an out:

“If you don’t have a postcard about cherry blossoms,send me other it doesn’t matter.”

Thanks!

That user’s short profile was just confusing.  Here is most of the rest of it:

“I like reading. But I just like reading Chinese books. I really like cosplay! Even though I don’t like that.”

This is why I am hooked on ibuprofen.

Okay, finally we have Meissner, Hesse, Germany, the destination for that old b&w photo of NYC.  The card is going to a 47-year-old guy who is into motorcycles, geocaching, & calligraphy.  He said he’d like a postcard with old buildings, & I think I spotted some in that photo.

Stamps & washi tape:

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Coffee, Cookies, & Peanuts: Sent to China & Japan

Two headed out via Postcrossing Forum tag trades:

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The White House is traveling to Guangzhou, China, to a university student who is interested in historical buildings.

The cookies are destined for Shizuoka, Japan, for a professional cook who is interested in food cards.

A sampling of my stamping, & also my stamping:

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Popeye & His Feline Friends: Sent to China, Czech Republic, France, & Scotland

I drew the names of four more Postcrossers today:

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Popeye is on his way to say ahoy to a Postcrosser in Glasgow, Scotland.  In his profile, the recipient had a link to his flickr account showing photography he’d turned into postcards, so I thought I would send him one of the cards I’d created from my own shots.

The Morro Bay card goes to a woman in Saint-Nazaire, France who was hoping for cards showing the senders’ cities.  The cards of my city aren’t very well done–and furthermore, I don’t have any right now–so I sent her one of a city I enjoy visiting whenever I can.

The cartoon Sherlock is headed for Guangzhou, China.  The recipient of this one is a high school student who hopes to travel to Germany next year.  She expressed interest in animals & cartoon characters, among many other things.  Hope she likes this.

Lastly, I hope that sleeping duo is not disturbed on the way to Jičín, Czech Republic.  This Postcrosser did have a short list of likes, which included cats.  She didn’t say much of anything else, so I just talked about the weather.  Well, the season, really.  Basically, that fall is here, and I am looking forward to spring.  That’s just the way it is!

Cute creatures & delicious eats: Received from China & Finland

Three very nice cards to share this time:

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Snoopy & Woodstock came to me in a Postcrossing Forum Snoopy/Peanuts tag trade, all the way from Hyvinkää, Finland.  The sender writes:

“Your birthday is soon so I chose this special card for you.  The text in the front says: ‘I hope these congratulations reach you on time…congratulations!’ Snoopy was already famous when I was a child. It is nice to see how he is still going strong.”

That beautiful delicious food card–I think the first die-cut food illustration card I’ve received–came to me from a Postcrosser in Hangzhou, China, after a journey of  6,267 miles in 13 days.  The sender tells me:

“This is a kind of Chinese traditional food called dumpling.  They have cloth and body.  The cloth is made from flour; the body usually is meat or beef or vegetables, just as you like. Chinese people in the north of China especially like eating dumplings with vinegar.”

I will admit I am well-versed on dumplings, being lucky enough to live in an area where the population is able to support a large number & variety of authentic Chinese restaurants–and I even make dumplings myself, occasionally.  The only bad part is that after all the time making & rolling the dough, preparing the filling, filling & folding & finally cooking them–the things disappear so quickly!

Lastly comes the thoughtful-looking panda, who made it to me after a journey of 6,951 miles over 25 days from Guangzhou, China.  I feel so lucky to have received two Postcrossing cards from China this week!  The sender of this card writes:

“When I travelled to America, there was no enough time for me to visit the west coast.  I love travelling and it’s interesting to talk with friends accompanying me and people I meet in the journey.  It’s hard but challenging to travels along. There are lots of delicious foods in GZ, where I live.”

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