Buffet Edition: Sent to Australia, China, Finland, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Russia, Taiwan, and the U.S.

I like Ritz crackers, and I like chocolate — so what can go wrong? THIS. My mistake: “fudge” does not mean chocolate. Yuck. One bite, and the rest went to work. Sending this box panel off to Tokyo, Japan, in a food package postcard tag.

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More packaged foodstuffs, but this time something much better: the seasoned flour for Tom Yum chicken goes out in a food package postcard tag to Cedar Hill, Texas.

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This is the restaurant in San Francisco where the food may not be the best, but free postcards? Yeah, I guess I love this place (even though I may well never decide to eat there again). Going off in a food tag to Rui’an, Zhejiang, China.

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These messy cones are going to Foshan, Guangdong, China.

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Let me show you the back side of that one right now. Never have I been so matchy-matchy.

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The creme brulee with blowtorch goes to Gunma, Japan.

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Brown foods go to Harbin, Heilongjiang, China. I should have paid more attention, not to send Chinese foods to China, but maybe the guy will love it. I told him I’ve eaten most of these things–and cooked with some of them–over the last month.

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Moving away from food, while staying on topic: part of the joy of buffet (all of the joy of buffet?) is about choice. Postcrossing Forum has many tags where users can link to their available postcards, and others can choose the card they want. The redwoods were chosen by a Postcrosser in Nairne, SA, Australia.

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This one was chosen by a Postcrosser in Saint Petersburg, Russia:

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This one was requested by someone in Lübeck, Germany. I told her that I’m not convinced the trees are actually in Hawaii. This is one I received as a part of a disappointassortment. Look it up, you’ll find it, I’m sure.

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By request to Omsk, RussiaPostcard A Sequoia Park Zoo Eureka

By request to Fiskars Village, Finland:

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Franklin meets Linus, off by request to Taichung City, Taiwan.

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“Have a great country day!” WOOOO! I never thought I’d get rid of this stinker! Off by request to its recipient in Cheboksary, Russia.

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Moving off the buffet line to non-request tags: this one went out in a Disney tag to New Taipei City, Taiwan.

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Another one to Taiwan, this one to a map lover in Taipei.

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This, from my most recent quick shopping stop into the Charles M. Schulz Museum, goes off to Yokohama, Japan.

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Moving along… I took another stop at Postcard United! a click on the “send a postcard” button, and I prepped this one for its trip to Johor, Malaysia.

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Stamps, stickers, & washi tape time…

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A Great Batch, with a “Bad” Ending: Received from China, Japan, Taiwan, & the U.S.

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Those very busy, porcelain-making pandas came to me from Harbin, China, thanks to a Postcrossing Forum tag trade.  Did you hear the news stories about the U.S.-born pandas who were sent to China, and are having a rough time with the language & food?

Cindi in Hawaii tells me Honi Kaua translates as “kiss me.” You know Hawaii is a special place when, for once, a kiss from Snoopy doesn’t leave Lucy calling out for iodine!  This very cool, very special Hawaii card is such an exclusive that I, in many trips to Hawaii throughout my life, have never seen it in any stores there.  Of course, most of the stores that draw me in happen to be ABC Stores!

The two busy Peanuts postcards in the middle are from a postcard pal in Tokyo, Japan.  Even more than the cards she sent, I love the envelope she made for them–out of an entire Snoopy-themed Mister Donut bag!

 

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The Taiwan card is from Taiwan–Kaohsiung, Taiwan, to be exact.  The sender writes:

“I’m a college student.  I live in Kaohsiung, a south city of Taiwan.  Kaohsiung used to have an important harbour, so there were lots of old warehouses.  Now the area of these warehouses become a famous art center.”

I love the beautiful flower stamp on her envelope (scanned below), which is labeled as Calliandra emarginata, but it looks like lehua to me!

Finally, from Kansas City (and no, I don’t know which one), thanks to a swap-bot trade of movie/TV postcards, comes that “Breaking Bad” card.  The sender writes:

“Did you ever watch Breaking Bad?  If not, I highly recommend it.  It is a masterpiece.”

No, I have never watched that.  You know what show I highly recommend?  Luke Cage.

I mentioned one of the stamps before, but look below & you will see that this was a wonderful batch for stamps!  In fact, the only two I do not love are the buildings.  I’ve scanned just one of the two Snoopy-with-hibiscus stickers (each of them different) on Cindi’s card.  I’m a fool for tropical flowers.

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PU-3: The Last of My 1st Batch in w/Postcard United, & then…

Yeah, yeah, I dove into Postcard United a couple of months back, and once my cards landed, I eventually started receiving cards from around the world–and my own country.  I waited until they all seemed to be in, then shared them here, and here…and now, finally, right here.

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Isn’t that pizza card sent to me from Beijing, China interesting?  It seems to me that the smaller image, separated from the larger one by a line of perforation, is meant to be saved by the sender– but of course, if you really like the pic, why not save the BIG one?  I got both, with the note:

“Hello!  Nice to meet you!  I’m from Beijing, China. This is a card of pizza.  Hope you like it.

I really like that toucan photo, which was sent to me from Novosibirskya, Russia:

“I bought this postcard in the Novosibirsk Zoo.  This toucan lives in it and sends you greetings.  Toucans easily tamed, because they are trusting and teachable.  Maybe I should make toucan as a pet? 🙂  Although two large snails live in my house.  Do you have any pets?  Good luck!  Happy postcrossing!”

Yes, she did say postcrossing, although we’re using the, uh, other service.  And a big NO on the toucan stuff.  Screw that noise–I hate to see big birds in small cages.

One final card to share in this inaugural lot of received cards, and it’s the kitten apparently allowing a puppy to swallow it whole.  It’s from Norway, and the sender tells me:

“I live in the south-east of Norway.  I have 2 kids, boy (21) and girl (16), cats and a boyfriend.  My job is to take care of kids and adults with special needs.  All the best!”

Stamps–the one from China is my favorite…

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By the way, I neglected to share more than one of my “Great News!!!” messages (the Postcard United version of Postcrossing’s “Hurray!” message), but this one from a ‘Uniter I was assigned in the U.S. is worth reading:

Hello from Massachusetts! I want to thank you for the groovy vintage card! Totally love it! Postcardunited is a fun site that is struggling with growing pains. Sometimes it drives me crazy…but I keep coming back because at one time, I was #1. But the current #1 (Yuk) is tough to beat! Have a great weekend!! Nathan

So now what do I do?  START SENDING OUT MORE CARDS!  Yes, I will continue Postcard Uniting.

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The donkey went off on its way to Hirtenberg, Austria, to a person who did in fact express an interest in donkey cards.  Here’s a snippet of her profile:

I live in a house with garden together with my dog-girl, she´s my sunshine, very naughty and cute!!

That pool scene went to someone in Harbin, Heilongjiang, China who expressed an interest in hotel ad cards.  This card, which I’d say is from the 1960s at the latest, is one I found in my late mother’s stationery stash, and it is from a place called the Maui Palms Hotel.  I’ve been to Hawaii plenty throughout my life, but I think this might have been from a trip my folks took before my time.

Finally, the bridge card is going to Jawa Timur, Indonesia, to someone whose entire list of cards she would like to receive was all about bridges.  I was happy to find a bridge in an old postcard book I found at a Friends of the Library book sale.

Looking forward to more Postcard Uniting, with more countries I never (or rarely) see on Postcrossing!

People on the Go Don’t Freeze Well: Received from China, Germany, & the U.S.

The mail carrier handed me all five of these cards at once yesterday–and look at these awesome top two!

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The bao come from Shanghai, China, thanks to a Postcrossing Forum trade.  The sender writes:

“Greetings from China.  This card shows char siu buns (dumpling with marinated pork).  It is also Cantonese cuisine.”

Love me some Cantonese cuisine!  I have made bao several times.  Hint for people on the go: they freeze well (bao, not people on the go).

I’ve had a lifelong love of the Kliban Cats, and in swoops Avery in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to enable me a little more!  Hey is that a juice box? Oooh, pineapple juice…

I also like all those little figures on the “impressure BEIJIN” card.  Another Postcrossing Forum trade, it was sent to me from someone in Harbin, China, who tells me:

“Our city is famous for ice and snow.  The winter here is beautiful.”

Nope.

Then comes a bit of recycling from Kiel, Germany, another result of a swap-bot Upcycled Cardboard trade.  Those truffles sure look good.  The sender writes that he works as a teacher, and that he’s on summer break.  Do you know some schools here in the U.S., right now in August’s infancy, have already started back up?  Saddest thing ever.

Finally, another swap-bot trade, this time the “I HATE this postcard,” comes to me from Austin, Texas.  The sender writes:

“This is one of those cards I’ve had for years and can’t seem to get rid of.  It’s almost vintage!  Hope it brings you some joy.  🙂 “

I don’t mind the postcard, but I had to admit to the sender that I DO HATE the stamp:

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What a horrible life for a beast. 

The rest of the stamps (some wonderful ones here, I love the hurdling ram from China), plus postmarks, stickers, & washi tape…

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The Jerk Who Ruined Postcrossing: Sent to China, Germany, India, & Taiwan

A Postcrossing batch, with some drama.

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The tiger is going to a tiger lover in Taipei, Taiwan.  She loves to travel (hey, me, too!), and says she has been to 28 countries so far (whoa!  I seem to have some catching up to do!).

Speaking of travel, the next card depicts the Hapuna Beach Prince, a resort on the Big Island of Hawaii’s Kohala coast.  I’ve not stayed here, though I have stayed at its older sister nearby.  This one is headed for Kunshan, Jiangsu  China, in a Postcrossing Forum tag trade, to a recipient who expressed an interest in receiving hotel postcards.

The California state map (uh, not to scale) is also going off to to China in a Postcrossing Forum trade: it goes to someone in Harbin, Heilongjiang, China who expressed an interest in map cards.  I notice I have several different California map cards, some more fun, others more informational.

Next comes one of California’s more beautiful sights, the Big Sur coastline.  That’s a regular Postcrossing draw, and it’s off to someone in Aachen, Germany who says he likes beautiful landscapes, including coasts.

Finally comes the black & white card at bottom, which went to Margao, Goa, India.  And herein lays a tale.  A dark moment in Postcrossing, one might say.

“Hi!  I love getting postcards as the whole world steps in my postbox! It’s such a beautiful experience. 🙂 “

Oh, what a nice start!  I agree with the sentiment.

Unfortunately, he keeps talking.

“On the card, write the name of your city and date of posting please. Also write about the card, as in what it depicts. I prefer information about the card, rather than your personal details.  To be frank, I don’t like the sender’s personal details on the card. Please do write the date and name of city/ town where posted.”

Okay, buddy, thank you for taking every bit of joy out of this Postcrossing experience.  Thank you for taking the personal connection out of the equation.  Thank you for transforming this from a fun pastime into a grim assignment.

I should have just picked whatever card I liked, and written a chatty little missive about myself, but I picked this black & white New York Stock Exchange photo, based on Jerky’s stated preferences of cards depicting “anything related to history, law or politics,” and then I looked up sources of information on the architect, George B. Price, and I shared that, with no frivolity such as a salutation or a signature.

If every Postcrosser were like this fella, I’d quit.