Sent to Israel and the United States

I bought a small load of Jetoy cards a month or so ago; today, I sent out my first two, as a part of a swap-bot trade.

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I like the hula-hula cat best.

These cards are have a different layout than cards here in the U.S.: the orientation is vertical, with a place for the stamp on the left-hand side.  I’m afraid the post office will have a fit!  I would ignore this design, but for the fact that doing so would result in dark vertical lines through my writing.

This was a “book lovers” trade, in which one option was to list the last five books we read.  Here are mine (not necessarily in order):

1) Agent to the Stars, by John Scalzi

2) Desert Exile, by Yoshiko Uchida

3) Coyote, by Linda Barnes

4) The Shadow Hero, by Gene Luen Yang

5) Return to a Sexy Island, by Neil Humphries

Oceanside, California is the destination of the top card, to a swap-botter who says she is a huge reader, and even remembers being a small child reading side-by-side with her mother (each with her own book) on the family couch.

The coconut kitty under the palm is headed for Ramat Gan, Israel, to a trader I have been matched with several times.  Her list of favorite books includes two each by Neil Gaiman and Jane Austen.

I got a little more interesting than usual with the stamps:

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Sent to Israel & the United States

Two sent out for a swap-bot “Read in February” trade, in which we were to write about a book we–well, you got it.

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Bonus points on my part for using book-themed postcards.

The Puffin Puzzle Book is destined for Ramat Gan, Israel (to one of the same partners I had in last month’s round of this trade), and The Clothes We Wear went off to Gadsden, Alabama.  I told both recipients about having read the book Desert Exile: The Uprooting of a Japanese American Family, by Yoshiko Uchida.  It’s the author’s memoir of having been imprisoned with her family as a young woman following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, when thousands of Americans of Japanese descent found themselves living behind barbed wire in concentration camps.  Uchida’s family was scuttled from their Berkeley home to a horse stall in the Tanforan Racetrack south of San Francisco, and then finally to the Topaz internment center in Utah.  Another family’s personal story is told in Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston’s Farewell to Manzanar, which has been used as school curriculum for several decades.

I love a postcard trade like this, because it encourages me to keep up with my reading!  Next month’s card will reflect some lighter fare.

Sent to Canada, Israel, & Netherlands

Another three out, another combo of Postcrossing & swap-bot.

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Working clockwise from the top left:

That beach town is head for Leiderdorp, Netherlands, via Postcrossing. The recipient is a 25-year-old student of linguistics who expressed an interest in all kinds of postcards, including city views, nature, & animals–so I think I covered things pretty well. She also said she adores owls, but I don’t think I have any owls in my postcard stash.

The other two cards are part of a swap-bot trade in which we were supposed to recommend a book we finished reading last month.  I told my two partners about Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi.  I earned my copy of the book as a prize for finishing a local library’s adult summer reading program, and I once I finally read the thing, I really enjoyed it!  It’s about a Hollywood agent who ends up with an interesting client: a race of blob-like space creatures who communicate through odors.  Obviously, they get along really well with dogs!

The pink book cover card goes to Gan, Israel, to a Russian native with, in her words, “very very eclectic taste,” but I really chose this card because it matches the trade’s “book” theme.  Well, she does say she likes pink.

Finally, the cute couple is on its way to Hornell Heights, Ontario, Canada, to a young woman who is currently engaged & planning a Batman-themed wedding.  She also happened to mention that she likes Disney, thus my choice.

Sent to Israel & the United States

Three out today, for a swap-bot “illustrated postcard” trade.

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Clockwise from the top left, these cards will go to:

Mooresville, North Carolina

Mooresville is best known as the home of many NASCAR racing teams and drivers, along with an IndyCar team and its drivers, as well as racing technology suppliers, which has earned the city the nickname “Race City USA.” — Wikipedia

Topeka, Kansas

In August 1998, Topeka renamed itself “ToPikachu, Kansas”, in reference to a character from the 1990s video game franchise Pokémon. — Wikipedia

Ramat Gan, Israel

Ramat Gan is a city in the Tel Aviv District of Israel. It is home to one of the world’s major diamond exchanges, many high-tech industries, and Israel’s tallest building, the Moshe Aviv Tower. — Wikipedia

The two top cards feature art by Coplu, based in Canada & Turkey; the art in the bottom card is by Seattle-based Narboo, whose work has been seen here before once or twice.