Dog – Food – In the Wild: Received from Japan, Poland, & Malaysia

Opened my mailbox to three new arrivals.  Delicious card from a Postcrosser in Muar, Malaysia!

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She tells me the card “shows the traditional delicacies (kue means delicious) in Malaysia.  Most of them are sweet. 🙂 “

I love that Snoopy Nengajyo card from Zama, Japan, received thanks to the Postcrossing Forum “Snoopy/Peanuts” tag.  Its backside is beautiful, too!  Scroll down & check out the stamps & washi tape.  This Postcrosser writes, in part: “I sent the same one as this postcard to Singapore Philatelic Museum.  I received a big nice card from Museum!  Did you receive it, too? :)”

Yes, I did!

That beautiful natural view comes from a Postcrosser in Środa Śląska, Poland, where it was -1 Centigrade when she prepared this for me just over a week ago. Yikes!  She sends me warm greetings, though, and tells me, “I like sending postcards to people all over the world.”

Stamps, stamps, stickers, washi tape, & postmarks.  The Malaysian stamps are very nice, & as I noted earlier, I especially love the washi tape & Peanuts stamp on the postcard from Japan.

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Sent to Finland, Germany, Malaysia, Spain, and the U.S.A.

A busy postcard day, with cards flying off for both Postcrossing & swap-bot.

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I made that Oreo postcard from a box of you-know-what; it’s for a swap-bot “create a postcard” trade, & it’s headed for Everett, Washington.  I’m a little concerned.  The person assigned to me as the recipient is very specific that she hates everything I love in life:

“…I’m really not a fan of cutesy, cartooney or animated things…I have very few dislikes…anime/kawaii/sanrio/cartoon themes, stickers…”

Just about everything–okay, absolutely everything–that inspires me to go crazy with a glue stick is cartoony in nature; even when I dress up a simple package, as I normally would have with this Oreo panel, it is with something cutesy & cartoony.  You may have seen my past efforts on this blog:

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So like I was saying, this lady makes me sad.  I picture her in her home crafting studio, with lace, flowers, rusted metal & a soldering iron, picking up my charming Oreo postcard, & rushing to swap-bot to give me a poor rating.  Ohhh, those swap-bot ratings & the terror they bring to peoples’ hearts.  Are you a swap-botter?  Do you know the terror of which I speak?

Onward…

The next two cards, both images of Italy, are for a different swap-bot trade, one called “not my country, not your country.”  The first goes to Redlands, California; the second to Muar, Johor, Malaysia.  Speaking of Italy & Malaysia: some people dream of going & eating pasta in Italy; you know where I want to go & gorge on noodles?  Malaysia. And that’s what I told the recipient of that card.

Not far from Malaysia is Thailand, a country where I was eating noodles just a couple of weeks ago.  I picked up some postcards there, including the Chiang Mai one above that I just sent off to a Postcrossing match in Heinola, Finland.  Her profile mentioned loving travel, so I thought she might enjoy this..

OH, time for another problem case!  Now, I am sure most people on Postcrossing are, like me, delightful people, but every once in a while, you run across someone who seems to care about nothing more than the specific postcards they expect to receive–nay, demand to receive. Take this user in Barcelona, Spainpor favor! Now, knowing that Postcrossing community guidelines state, “You can not make demands for specific postcards,” read this user’s profile:

“The postcards that I want in my collection are from cities (monuments, things that are in your city as beaches, mountains, and things that are in your city).  No old blank postcards in black please. Or anything other than cities.  I do not like other post, I do not post advertising or handmade. “

That’s it.  Postcrossing can be a wonderful way to learn about other people, other places, other cultures–but all I learned about this person was her postcard demands.  I feel like an unappreciated Santa Claus.  I have been assigned such a profile in the past, & it made me feel sad then, too–I even checked whether the site offered reassignments or waivers.  Anyhow, I  sent this user the card with all of the views of California, and I felt sad sending her something so nice.

Finally, back to the delightful people!  One of whom lives in Witten, Germany, and she says she loves books and animals.  That prompted me to dig back into my long-neglected big box-o-book-cover postcards, where I found this cover of The Hundred and One Dalmatians.  I told my fellow Postcrosser a dog story: how I took mine to the beach yesterday.

Sorry I didn’t have much to say today, it was a really uneventful postcard day.  I’d like to hear about your so-called uneventful postcard days & swapping frustrations, too!  Share!

Sent to Malaysia, Netherlands, Russia, and the United States

Four copies of my very favorite card going out into the world!

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No, as a matter of fact, this is NOT getting ridiculous; how DARE you?

One goes via Postcrossing.  A card I’d sent to Helsinki, Finland arrived (traveling 17 days and 5,430 miles), and so now I am able mail out another card!  This one will go to Chelyabinsk, Russia.  In 2013, I learned, a meteor exploded over the city, injuring well over a thousand people.  There’s a very odd little animation at the Chelyabinsk Wikipedia page, comparing the sizes of the meteor & a car.  None of which, of course, has anything to do with postcards.

The next two are via swap-bot: one to Muar, Johor, Malaysia, and the other to Arnhem, Gelderland, Netherlands.  They are both for a trade in which we are to complete the sentence, “if money wasn’t a problem, I’d…”  My answer, of course, was TRAVEL.  Heck, my passport would need extra pages!  And I’m sure that with enough money, travel authorities could be persuaded to look the other way and let me take my dog everywhere with me!  And even recline her seat on the plane!

The last card goes to Wexford, Pennsylvania, and not by Postcrossing or swap-bot.  In my occasional search for other blogs concerning the art & joy of snail mail, I’ve run across The Orphaned Postcard Project, a site where the administrator attempts to pair potential correspondents with postcards she already owns.  She mails them a blank card, they mail it back… I’ll let you go over & read the details of this fascinating project yourself, but I definitely intend on taking part soon!  Today, a card went out her way to serve as an entry in a book giveaway she is running.

I do want to share some musings I read on that site, though, as they mirror some feelings I’ve been having in my short time being involved with these snail mail projects.

I’m always thrilled when the card comes back with a first hand experience relating to the card subject, but it is also fun to get a card back with a message that might have nothing to do with the card, but is instead related to something quite topical to the sender’s day. I am puzzled when people request cards and return them with just “here is your card back” type messages. That sort of defeats the whole purpose of connecting a blank card to a real person. It is also frustrating to get the cards back with wikipedia-type entries written on the back. I always do my own research and will probably read the same thing anyway. Give me something fun to write about!

Yes!  Too often, I’ll get a card with basically nothing written on it: something like, “hope you like this card,” or, “ugh, it’s hot here,” or “happy swapping.”  I’ve said it before: I am not in this to collect stamps or postcards, and I think only people who are in it strictly for those reasons don’t care about the lack of effort put into the written side of the card.  I put effort into what I write on the cards I send.  In the end, perhaps that is the most I can get out of this project: that which I myself put into it.