Sharing the Hate: Sent to China, Germany, Singapore, & the U.S.

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Mmm, Thai food–from Thailand!  You know, no Southeast Asian person I know willingly goes to American Thai restaurants.  Oh, they love great Thai food–they just don’t believe it exists in restaurants here! In fact, a Thai cook I know told a group of people who asked about the best Thai restaurant, that she’s never been to a good one.  This is before she taught us all to cook the stuff ourselves.  This postcard came from Thailand, and it’s going to Clarksville, Tennessee, in a swap-bot trade of food postcards.

The train card is going to a train enthusiast in Shanghai, China, in a Postcrossing Forum trade.  I’ve never traveled in a sleeper train here in the U.S., but I have overseas.  Returning from Chiang Mai to Bangkok, Thailand by overnight train allowed me to see some beautiful scenery (before dark took over), and it wasn’t only a cheap way to travel: it also save me from a night’s hotel fee!

I HATE that “Seein’ things at night” card.  It came to me as a part of The Disappointassortment, of course; now it leaves me for a swap-bot “I HATE This Postcard” trade.  Yea! Off to Troy, New York, with that rubbish.

The black & white New York image goes off in another swap-bot trade, called “I don’t live here.” It goes to a swapper in Singapore, and I told her I would not want to live in NY.  To list one main reason: snow.  No, thanks.  It snows in California, but not where I live.  And if it did, well, it wouldn’t be living where I live.

Finally, a regular Postcrossing draw.  The Fairyland post office (no longer a post office) goes to someone in Norderstedt, Germany with an interest in post-related post.

Stamps, stamps, stickers, & washi tape:

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What if I fail? I’ll get held back! — Sent to Finland, Germany, and the United States

Three heading out–

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That wonderful one at the top is going to Oulu, Finland, for the Postcrossing Forum Snoopy/Peanuts tag trade.

The other two cards are going out via swap-bot, for a “favorites” trade in which participants were to send cards to two others, having written our favorite color, food, movie, and animal.  This was the most difficult thing ever, just awful.  I can say I have a couple of favorite colors, and that is as specific as I am able to get.  Favorite movie?  Nope.  Love movies, no favorite.  Favorite food, no–but I do have favorite cuisines.  Plural.  And many, many “favorite” animals.  And I am lucky I can still sleep at night: this is for swap-bot.  Swap-you-get-graded-by-your-trading-partners-bot, if you know what I mean.  What if I fail?  I’ll get held back!

The scrawl is destined for Knoxville, Tennessee.  Yes, the “giraffe” is hideous, from the weakest artist in the Animal Box of postcards, but the recipient did say she loves giraffes, so maybe she will love this poor thing.  If not her, then whom?  Will this poor giraffe have to be put down?

The Grand Tetons should end up in Esselborn, Germany, with a swapper who said he’d like nature & national landmarks.  This card is one of the decent ones from the Assortment from Hell.

Stamps, stamp, & stuff from the Peanuts card:

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Sent to Germany, Poland, and the United States

Another Postcrossing/swap-bot combo day.

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Let’s start with the one that is by far my favorite in the batch, the Oreo/Popeye Spinach mash-up that is quite similar to one I’ve made in the past.  It is for a swap-bot “food package postcard” exchange, and is sure to be a welcome addition to the art scene in its destination city of Nashville, Tennessee.

The other postcards go to Postcrossing members.  The California card is destined for Gorlice, Poland, and a Postcrosser who says she has been coolecting “view postcards” since she was a child.

I have never been to North Carolina; that card came to me with some other postcards in some swap-bot trade.  It’s going to a Postcrosser in Hanover, Germany, who said she likes waterfalls.  I do, too, but not in places where it possible I might be near snow!

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Drawing a name on Postcrossing can be like pulling the handle on a slot machine: results that are displeasing may leave one wondering whether fate would have been kinder if the push of the button had been ten seconds earlier, or perhaps a minute later.  Ohhh, look, yet another Germany!  Second Russia in a row! Oof, another boor who lists a strict list of wants and dislikes!  Aww, another person who lists expired cards!

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This card is going to Oelde, Germany, to a Postcrosser who lists vintage cards among his likes.  The photo depicts a motel in Tennessee.  No, I have never been to that state; I received the card through a swap-bot trade of unused postcards.

Received from: Australia & U.S.A.

Four pieces of mail:

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From Sydney, Australia comes the postcard of Canberra (the writer visited that city recently).  She’s also visited California several times, & says she enjoys our warm weather.  I love the stamp on her card!

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Isn’t it interesting how real Tasmanian Devils look absolutely nothing like Tasmanian Devil from Looney Tunes? And you should look at a photo of a Roadrunner sometime.

From the United States, all through swap-bot:

Illinois: the penguin up above is the result of a “notecard postcard” trade, in which we were to tear the front off of a notecard, and–you can guess the rest, I hope.  I’ve done a couple of these so far, as you can see if you scroll back through my posts.

North Carolina: for a “recycled postcard” swap, I received the flower vase card with a new backing.  The sender originally received it from the Netherlands through Postcrossing.

I loved that swap, the idea of taking a card I’d received, gluing on a new back, and sending it on to a different user.  Like I said starting out: I collect neither stamps nor postcards; I’m in this for the experience of snail mail itself, and making tiny connections with people from around the world. To take a card I’ve received (one of my less-favorite, of course), and get additional use out of it, & maybe even have it find a home where it is treasured, is so cool, I think!

Tennessee: no card!  Swap-bot isn’t all about postcards, though that is the part in which I am most active.  The bit of letter & bookmarks you see in the photo is from a “easy booklover’s swap,” in which we were to talk about what we were reading & also tuck in a couple of free book marks.

I especially like the bookmark my swap partner procured from a local independent bookseller in Memphis, The Booksellers at Laurelwood.  The back of the bookmark heralds the benefits of buying from independents.  They are in the same general spirit as these I am pasting from indiebound.org:

Why shop Indie?  When you shop at an independently owned business, your entire community benefits:

The Economy

Spend $100 at a local and $68 of that stays in your community. Spend the same $100 at a national chain, and your community only sees $43.
Local businesses create higher-paying jobs for our neighbors.
More of your taxes are reinvested in your community–where they belong.
The Environment
Buying local means less packaging, less transportation, and a smaller carbon footprint.
Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money to beautify your community.
The Community
Local retailers are your friends and neighbors—support them and they’ll support you.
Local businesses donate to charities at more than twice the rate of national chains.
More independents means more choice, more diversity, and a truly unique community.

Received from: Canada, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, and… Tennessee, U.S.A.!

From Canada:

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For a swap-bot “art-phabet” challenge. As my correspondent tells me, J is for “Jezus.”

Interesting stamp on that one…

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There must be some story…

From Berlin, Germany:

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Annually in Berlin, the sender tells me, there is a food & agricultural festival–and this card was procured there.

The stamp:


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From Netherlands:

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The person who sent this also tucked in a photo she took:

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–because I’m a toy photographer, too!

Cool stamp, too. I am assuming this is NOT Tom Brokaw:

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From New Zealand:

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My correspondent tells me that this postcard comes from Scotland, where she has a cousin who sends her postcard calendars every year. Cool, huh? You can see the perforation at the top, where the card has been removed from the calendar.

–and its stamp:

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The stamp, though, is not Scottish. The New Zealand postal authorities would certainly have none of that.

A card from Russia:

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I like water. Do you like water? I like water.

I love these stamps, probably more than any others I’ve seen during this Postcrossing/swap-bot adventure.  Of course, the fact that I favor them so much probably has to do with the fact that my memory is so horrible…

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So cool. I think perhaps its the entire combination I love, more than any one specific stamp here.

And finally, Tennessee:

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Sent to: Kamnik, Slovenia; Clarksville, Tennessee; and Anaheim, California

3 outgoing through swap-bot!

To Slovenia:

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The Secret’s out — to Slovenia!

To Tennessee:

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A “close your eyes & grab one” swap. The recipient could certainly have ended up with worse! Translation: I hope to get more “close your eyes & grab one” swaps.

To California:

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This again! 3rd out of a limited edition of 500. Unless those creeps at the print shop ran off a few hundred thousand more & are selling them to shops around the globe.

I was able to step up my game stamp-wise: for the in-country cards, I found some aloha shirt stamps with the old, 32-cent rate, and some penny stamps to get to the required 34-cent total.  A little stamp collection on a card!

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Actually, there are new things going on for me on the international stamp front, too: since the post office I go to most often never keeps a very large stock of international stamps, I finally ordered some online–and got winter solstice wreaths!

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