Thursday, February 28, 2008

Just Postcards 2

Finland FI-262388 received 02-26-2008

FI-262388. That is the ID number for this first card. That means Finns have sent out over 200,00 official Postcrossing postcards! Now, not all of those have been received, but still, that is a lot of postcards for one of the most sparsely populated countries in Europe. In fact, Finland's total population is just over 5 million people. In comparison, the Chicago metropolitan area has over 9.5 million people! This particular postcard is from AnnaR, who is also in one of my Movie & Television Round Robin groups. In the lower right corner is St. Olaf Castle, which she tells me was built in the 15th century to protect Savonia and to control the border between Sweden and Russia. The stamp on this card is huge and depicts a robot built by the Helsinki University of Technology. 

The following 5 cards are all from the Transport Round Robin. 

Finland - Tram in Helsinki

The first card is also from Finland. It is from duffeli and it shows the tram in Helsinki near Market Square. The stamp is also of a tram. Here is the tram website in English: If you click on the Netshop link, you can see all of the tram postcards.

Now for another tram in another country. 

New Zealand - Wellington Tramway Museum

The Wellington Tramway Museum is, of course, in New Zealand. Below the name of the museum, it says Queen Elizabeth Park, Paekakariki, New Zealand. I'm not sure if any of these trams actually move or not - it looks like they do. There is a railway museum in Union, Illinois and some of the trains there are used for rides. Sounds like fun to me. :)

Lots of rail vehicles today. Here is one from the UK. 

UK - Watercress Line Train

The Watercress Line was so named because it used to transport locally grown watercress to the markets in London. It is only a 10 mile line, running from New Alresford to Alton in Hampshire. Its official name is the Mid-Hants Railway. mrsiris sent this card. This railway is about a 20 minute drive from her home. She has been on the steam train twice with her sons, the first time on a Thomas the Tank Engine Day. The steam made the boys cry. Poor kids! :) This card has a James Bond - Diamonds are Forever stamp on it. Neat! 

This very cool travel poster card came from crizle in Australia. Burns, Philp & Co. Ltd. began as a trading partnership in 1883. A year later, they became the first company to offer tourism to New Guinea. The company was also once involved in the production and distribution of food ingredients and products. The company still exists, but it is wholly owned by another company and is basically a shell corporation. Although it is difficult to see, this card has a scalloped edge, which is a feature seen on very few postcards. The picture looks to me like a cruise on the Nile, which is something that I would really like to do one day. Actually, I would like to cruise almost anywhere....but that is beside the point. But if I ever win the lottery, I will quit my job and go on an around-the-world cruise. Hey, it could happen! On the next card is a picture I have seen before, although I didn't think the picture was real until now. This is an actual train accident that occurred at the Gare Montparnasse station in Paris, France on October 22, 1895. According to Luminara (who sent the card), the Granville-Paris Express overran the buffer stop due to a faulty break. Wikipedia also mentions the train may have been going a little too fast because the engineers were trying to make up time. The train dashed 30 meters across the station and crashed through a 60 centimeter thick wall. Yikes! That would be something to see. Everyone on the train survived, but a woman on the street below was killed by falling masonry. I have another card with the same picture that came in a stack of ad cards I purchased on eBay. That card has the caption "Oh shit!", which I'm sure was said more than once on the day of this accident (although in French, of course). :) Now for the movie-related cards. The first should be a recognizable face. When I tell you this is from the Elvis Presley tag, it should be even more obvious who this person is. :D This shot is from the movie Stay Away, Joe. I have never heard of this movie, but perhaps my mom or aunt has. They are both huge Elvis fans. My aunt even has an Elvis room in her house! I do enjoy his music, but I have never seen any of his movies. And I don't own anything with his image on it besides postcards. No wait, I take that back. I think somewhere I have a throw blanket of the 1993 Elvis postage stamp. My mom gave it to me, in case you were wondering. I was only 14 months old when Elvis died, so I have never experienced Elvis-mania. :) Finally, we come to the cards from the Movie & Television Round Robin. The first card is from a movie I have never heard of, but it is a French movie, so that isn't surprising. This card was sent by marklaro, who lives in Portugal. Smoking and No Smoking are actually two separate films, each containing three separate stories. They are based on a series of plays by English dramatist Alan Ayckbourn, and are all "what might have happened if..." stories. This is funny - French viewers invariable seemed to prefer the second movie they saw, no matter which one it was! So if they went back to see the movies again in the opposite order, would they like end up liking them both equally?? From adrimanfre in Brazil came this card of O Passado or The Past. It starred Gael Garcia Bernal, who is somewhat known in the US. According to the brief synopsis on IMDB, a couple decides to split after 12 years together, but the woman won't leave Bernal or the new women in this life alone. Just from that, it sounds like this could be a creepy stalker movie, but the reviews make it sound more like a comparison of the way men and women view a break-up. The Point Break card came from AnnaR (the same person who sent the first card in this post). She said she was about 12 when she first saw this movie and that she absolutely loved it. Or maybe she just loved Patrick Swayze. :D I have never seen this movie. I'm not even sure what it is about, but I get the impression that there is surfing. Wait, I think the Mythbusters (love those guys) tried something from this movie. *checking* Ah yes, the parachute myths. They challenged 3 things from this movie - you can take 90 seconds to fall only 4,000 (busted), you can have a shouting match in mid-air with another skydiver (busted) and you can catch up to another skydiver with a 15 second head-start (confirmed). So I guess there was some skydiving as well as surfing in this movie. :D We're almost done, I promise. Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show is a very recent movie according to the date on the card, but I haven't heard anything about it except for this card. It doesn't seem to be playing anywhere in the Chicago area, so I guess that would explain why I haven't heard of it. The card came from 9teen87 in Florida, so perhaps it is playing near her.
Finally we have a card from 3 of my favorite movies ever, The Lord of the Rings. I am considering rereading the books again, but I just can't seem to find the time to just sit down and watch the movies. I have the extended editions, so each movie is almost 4 hours. Nope, I just don't have the time for that. But I can read a few pages while I am brushing my teeth or washing my face or other such activities that take very little brain capacity. :) Anyway, if you don't know, this is Faramir, played by David Wenham. Not one of the most interesting characters, but he was a good guy. This card came from coveralls in Norway.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Just postcards 1

I have been a bit busy lately with a letterboxing gathering, a volunteer banquet at the museum, actually volunteering at the museum and all the other normal life things I do. I haven't had a chance to think up anything clever to talk about, and even if I had thought of something, I haven't had time to write it (not even at work!). But I have been receiving postcards. LOTS of postcards. So I thought I would do several entries that are just postcards (hence the title). If you don't care about seeing postcards, you are hearby notified that the rest of this post contains postcards and only postcards. I'll probably show about 1o per post - any more than that makes them too hard to arrange the way I like. I usually end up swearing at some point when trying to maneuver them around (especially when I accidently delete a picture).
As per usual, I will start out with the official Postcrossing cards. This one was sent to my office account by Beisszange in Germany. Her message is in German, so I am not really sure what it says. But I looked up the city and found that Rottweil is the oldest town in southwestern Germany. And yes, this is where the Rottweiler dog comes from. Good puppy, nice puppy, please don't chew my arm off! :)
From lindwurm in Germany comes this castle, which is actually in the Dolomites in Italy. I think it is funny that a card of an Italian castle has a caption in German. But anyway, it is a beautiful castle.
dollart, with whom I am in at least one round robin (how about that proper grammar!), sent me this card of Naantali boat harbor in Finland. Naantali is Finland's sunniest city. Perhaps she could send some of that my way - we are supposed to get about 6 inches of snow tonight. I am so sick of snow!!! Oh, postcards, right. This card had a very cool stamp on it. It was a gold heart surrounded by musical notes and symbols. The gold on the heart looked just like a scratch-off lottery card. So, of course, I had to test it. Sure enough, it was scratch-offable (so much for the proper grammar). Under the gold were two adorable cartoon puppies. Scratch-off postage stamps. Gotta love 'em! :D
The last of the official cards came from Old-Car in the Netherlands. This is a card that he printed himself. Great shot! The tulip fields are wonderful. I love those overhead views of the tulip fields with all the different blocks of color. Of course, I can't find a picture like that now, but I hope you know what I mean. I think this is my first card of a windmill from the Netherlands, as hard to believe as that is.
Lucky me, I won another lottery! I had my choice between several subjects, so I chose a card of a UNESCO World Heritage Site . PriscilaDB sent me this lovely card from Brazil. Olinda is one of Brazil's oldest cities and has been a WHS site since 1982. Priscila says it has many baroque churches like like this one, and also a great carnival.
Now for the BIG cards. I joined the Panoramic Cards Round Robin. There were six people in my group, so I sent 5 cards and received 5 cards. Here are those 5 - 2 from South America, 2 from Europe and 1 from Australia.
The great view of Ibirapuera Park in São Paulo, Brazil, came from vbformig. She says it is comparable in size and importance to Central Park in New York City. The locals call the city a "jungle of stones", so she says it it great to have this park as a green area. It looks like a nice park. :) Strangely enough, this card arrived with no stamp. There is a partial postmark, so it looks like there was a stamp on it at one time, but it must have fallen off!
From Vainillina came my very first card from Argentina. This is the Teatro Colón (Colon Theatre) in Buenos Aires. It was completed in May of 1908, so it will be 100 years old this year. The Aurora borealis or Northern Lights came from duffeli in Finland. I know people have seen the Northern Lights in northern continental US, but from number of Finnish postcards around, this seems to be a much more common phenomenon there. It would be cool to see in person. Ice-H in Hungary sent me the wonderful night view of the Parliament building in Budapest. She says it is 268 m long, 123 m wide and 95 m high. Gosh, I wish I could relate to metric measurements. I am just so used to inches and feet that meters don't really make much sense to me even though they should be easier to understand. For those of you stupid Americans like me (no offense), it is roughly 879 feet long by 404 feet wide by 312 feet high. Finally, I received this great of Sydney Harbour (notice the spelling) from bumblebee2560. If someone offered me a trip anywhere in the world, I would almost certainly pick Australia. I would love to see this gorgeous view in person. I hope I get there someday.

That's all for now. It is past my bedtime. :)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Going Postal

Eeeeek! Has it really been a week since I last blogged? I'm waaaaaaaay behind. I have lots of postcards to show you. Speaking of postcards, I think I may be a bit obsessed with them. I carry a rather heavy bag full of them to work with me every way. And when I say heavy, I mean heavy enough for my car to think that there is a person sitting in the passenger seat. The car recognizes that it isn't an adult sitting in the seat because it still turns the passenger side airbag off. But it wants me to buckle the seatbelt. Can you just see me buckling my postcards in?? They are a very precious commodity, after all! :D I have also been looking at postcards on eBay. In fact, not long after I started Postcrossing, I purchased a huge lot of brand new postcards on eBay. They must not have been selling well in the store I purchased them from (a pharmacy just over the border in Ohio), so they put them up for auction. There were a large number of scenes, and many multiples of most of the scenes. I don't remember how much I paid, but I remember figuring out that it came out to about $.03 per card, including the cost of shipping! I am currently trying to snipe some Star Trek postcards (big shock there, huh?) from another buyer. Hang on while I see if I can get them...............Got 'em! Sorry capefearguy, you weren't paying attention. ;D Ok, here are the multitude of postcards I received over the past week. The first four are all official Postcrossing cards - the ones I receive randomly. The first two are from Germany. I wish I could read the name of the person who sent the Esslingen card. I can't even check it on Postcrossing because the site is down for maintenance. Thanks whoever you are. :)

The second card is from Anna. The Lord of the Rings is one of her favorite movies - hey, mine too! It is called "Herr der Ringe" in German. She also told me that she visited the Museum of Science and Industry in October when she was an exchange student in Wisconsin. All right! :D


Next is this card from Estonia. I believe the sender's name is Anneli, and this is the town hall in her hometown of Paide. I'm not sure what this card is made from, but it feels different than most postcards. It is a little bit lighter weight and it has a very slight texture to it. 

The final official card is from Gdansk, Poland, and it also shows the town hall. This card is from Pawel, which I know because she (he?) put an address label on the card. That makes the names so much easier to read. :)

I mentioned a few blogs ago that I was missing postcards from only a few states. The very kind ArtGekko read that Minnesota was one of those states, so she sent this card to me - one of the 10,000 lakes. Thanks, AG! Check (insert check mark here) another state off of the list.

Minnesota - Fishing on a Lake

The next four cards are cards that I traded for. Laura (gosh, I really wish Postcrossing was back up so that I could check her screen name) in Iowa sent me two cards of, where else, Iowa. Everything is so pretty and green. Can we have that here, now? Anyone else sick of snow? Actually, I don't mind it so much unless I have to drive in it, but I have had to drive home from work the past 3 or 4 times we have had snow. Yuck! But I digress. The other two trade cards came from Ninich in Croatia. The first is the city she lives in, Zagreb (the capital of Croatia). It looks like a beautiful city. 

The second is a multiview of some of the castles in Croatia. I love castles. We just don't have any here in the US. 

Speaking of castles... Hey, I won the lottery! Ok, not THE lottery, but a lottery. Some people on the postcrossing forum offer postcards and other items and people can sign up to try to win them. I sign up for a number of lotteries (but not all of them - I'm not greedy). I won this card of Hrad Lukov Castle in the Czech Republic! :D 

Ok, stick with me now. I know there are a lot of cards here, but there are only a few left. Ok, 8 left. They are all from round robins (each person on the list sends a card 
to all of the other people on the list). 

I have posted two cards from the lighthouse round robin before. Here are the final two. 
The Santa Maria Lighthouse in Portugal is from Joana 122. It is about 30 KM west of Lisbon. It is funny to me to see palm trees next to a lighthouse. I don't know why. 

The Cape Reinga Lighthouse in New Zealand is from twinkley. The caption on the back says the beacon beams out for over 50 KM. That's a bright light! 

New Zealand - Cape Reinga Lighthouse

My very first card from the Movie and Television Round Robin that I organized came from nordbaer in Germany. I think this card is rather creepy looking. :) Bad Company apparently came out in 2002, but I haven't seen it and I know nothing about it.

From the US and Around the World Round Robin came this view of Interstate 80. It came from postcardiva81 in Iowa, so I can only assume these pictures are from Iowa. Funny enough, I actually drive a portion of I-80 every day on my way to and from work. But here in NW Indiana, it is merged with I-94, so it is referred to as I-80/94.

Iowa - Traveling on Interstate 80

This card from Rio de Janeiro came from crhagi as part of the Multiview Round Robin. It looks like an interesting city. Whenever I hear Rio, I always think of the movie The Girl from Rio (or Chica de Rio) starring Hugh Laurie. Of course, he is the reason that I rented the movie from Netflix, but it turned out to be a pretty good movie. Just seeing Hugh Laurie samba dancing is well worth it. :) Here is a synopsis if you are interested:
Finally, the last three! They are all from the Transport Round Robin. From swan, who lives in California but is from Germany, I received the suspended monorail of Wuppertal. It almost looks like someone flipped the El track upside-down. :)

Next is this 1928 Ford Truck. Ok, so Ford is an American company, but this card came to me from coveralls in Norway. What is even funnier is that the caption on the back is in German. And I swear the license plate says Sao Paulo. Yes, I can read that. I have some sort of bionic vision when it comes to reading small print. I can even read some of the microprinting used as a security measure on checks. 

Ok, you can all breathe a sigh a relief - here is the last card. A 1952 Morris Minor Series MM convertible. This came from Duplevista in the UK. What an adorable car! I seem to be a sucker for British car designs though. :) 

If you made it all the way to the end here, good on you! And thanks for reading my inane blathering.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Pioneer Girl

**SPOILER ALERT** Below is the image of the rubber stamp I carved of Rocky Ridge Farm. If you are still waiting for this postal, you may not want to look. :)

Pioneer Girl. That is what Laura Ingalls Wilder originally wanted to call her book.

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls was born on February 7, 1867, in a little house in the big woods of Pepin, Wisconsin. With her Ma, Pa and her sisters, she moved from Wisconsin to Indian Territory near Independence Kansas. After a short stay back in Wisconsin, the Ingalls family moved to Walnut Grove, Minnesota, the setting of the television show loosely based on Laura's life. South Troy, Minnesota was next and then Burr Oak, Iowa. Laura never wrote about these two places because they were sad times, after the death of her baby brother. Finally, the family moved to De Smet, South Dakota where Laura met and married Almanzo Wilder in 1885.

South Dakota - Ingalls Family Home, De Smet

Years of hardship followed their marriage, including a bout of diphtheria that left Almanzo partially paralyzed, several years of severe drought that devestated their crop, a fire that destroyed their house, and the death of their unnamed newborn son. After allowing Almanzo to recuperate for a year at his parents' farm in Minnesota, Laura, Almanzo and their daughter Rose moved briefly to Florida. The climate improved Almanzo's health, but Laura wilted in the heat and humidity. The family moved back to De Smet for two years. Then, in 1894, the Wilders moved to Mansfield, Missouri. It was the last big move of Laura's life - she lived the rest of her life there.

In Mansfield, Missouri, Laura and Almanzo purchased 40 acres of stony, hilly land (the reason that Laura named it Rocky Ridge) that included a windowless log cabin. They struggled for years, but ever so slowly, the farm grew to 200 acres and produced poultry, dairy and apples. The farmhouse, which still exists today, was build entirely from materials found on their land.

In 1911, Laura submitted an article to the Missouri Ruralist, which lead to a permanent position as columnist and editor. Her column, "As a Farm Woman Thinks", ran until the mid 1920's. But the late 20's, Laura and Almanzo had greatly scaled back the farming operations. They settled in for a care-free retirement. But in 1929, the stock market crash wiped out their investments. This devastating blow, along with with death of Laura's mother in 1924 and her blind sister Mary in 1928, lead Laura to think serious about preserving her memories on paper. In 1930, Laura asked Rose, who herself was a well known author, her opinion about Laura's manuscript for her life story. It was published in 1932 as Little House in the Big Woods. Seven more books were published in Laura's lifetime, and she was a celebrated, famous author at the time of her death on February 10, 1957.

I read all of Laura Ingalls Wilder's books when I was a child. I have read them and read them and reread them until the covers are falling off and the pages are yellowed and tattered. I have travelled to many of the places that Laura lived, including Rocky Ridge Farm. The house is preserved exactly as it was the day she died, down to the mail on the kitchen table. I have no way to thank her for her work, her insight into a time gone by, and the hours of enjoyment that she has brought to millions over the past 75 years. I hope I will be able to read her books to my own children and that they will enjoy reading them as much as I did.

6 postcards today, 4 of which came in the same envelope. The first two are from the Lighthouses Round Robin. Both are of red-and-white striped lighthouses. The vertical came from Gilles in Belgium, and the horizontal from Dugyu in Germany.

The other 4 were a trade with MrsFrogge. The first, funny enough, is also a lighthouse. I have a
card from Ohio already, but I thought this one was pretty. It is the Marblehead Lighthouse in Port Clinton, the oldest continuously working lighthouse in the Great Lakes.

Then, my first two cards from Arkansas. The Buffalo River, and the State Capitol Building in Little Rock.

Last but not least, my first card of West Virginia, which shows Blackwater Falls in Blackwater Falls State Park. The black water is a result of acids from fallen red spruce and hemlock trees.

West Virginia - Blackwater Falls

Monday, February 4, 2008

It's FEBRUARY, people!!!

As I was driving to An Evening with Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood ( at the Center for the Performing Arts at Governors State University in University Park, IL on Saturday night, I noticed something rather disturbing. There were a number of houses still decorated with Christmas lights. They lights were not just up - they were on. And a couple of houses still had their trees up INSIDE! What the heck! It is February! I understand if you can't get outside to take the lights down because of the weather, but do you have to turn them on in February? And why is the Christmas tree still up - in February? Have I mentioned this is February? :) I wonder if they misunderstood this line from A Christmas Carol, "I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year." That doesn't mean you need to keep the Christmas decorations up all the year.
Ok, I'm done ranting now. As for the show, it was completely hilarious! My cheeks hurt (on my face, not my bum) and my throat was hoarse from laughing so much. If you enjoyed Whose Line Is It Anyway?, you should go see Colin and Brad. I have seen them 3 times and each time, the show is just as funny as the one before. The mousetrap skit alone is worth the price of admission. I won't go into details, I'll just give you a teaser: blindfolds, bare feet and 100 live mousetraps. :D

3 postcards to show you today. I actually received a lot of advertising cards from a round robin, but I will not post them now. Maybe I'll post them if I have a postcard drought. :) The first is an official Postcrossing card (if you don't know what that is, see my previous post). This is actually from my second account. I started a second account because I became frustrated that none of the cards from my first account were being received. I have the cards for the second account sent to my office's PO box. The screen name is officegals because I included my coworker Ann (Well Heeled to you letterboxers). This card came from Brigi in Hungary. It shows the main street in her hometown of Debrecen.

The second card is from the multiview round robin and it came from Merewyn973 in Australia. She says that Victoria is the smallest state in mainland Australia and it has many beauties. Judging by the scenes on this card, I would say she is right. I love the penguins in the bottom right corner, and the scenery is wonderful.

The final card comes from AnimeOtaku in Cuba. Yeah! Another hard-to-get country checked off of the list. I sent her a CSI postcard in exchange for this card, which shows Playa Santa Lucia in Camagüey. It has a great stamp on it too. Maybe I'll start scanning stamps one of these days. Then again, maybe not.

I actually received a 4th card - well, part of one anyway. I got an envelope from the US Postal Service with one of their "We're sorry were really messed up your mail" letters and half a postcard in it. It was torn in a very jagged line lengthwise, but my entire address was still visible. Even though the name of the sender was torn off, I know it came from Noi, my postcard pal in Thailand. It looked like it was a beautiful card when it was whole -the top part is a couple of beach scenes with a bright blue sky and impossibly green water. Noi said it was Samed Island. I looked it up on Yahoo, but I couldn't find any pictures of it nearly as beautiful as on the card. *sigh*

Friday, February 1, 2008

Snow Fall

Yesterday, the meteorologists were predicting up to a foot of snow for my area. Yikes! I told work that if we got a significant snowfall that I would not be in today. I awoke a 5:40 this morning and looked outside. There did seem to be a significant amount of snow, although not the foot that had been forecast. I watched as a car tried to pull out of its parking space. It had quite a difficult time. I was afraid it would hit my car! At that point I decided to definitely stay at home. About 4:30, I went outside and brushed off my car to go to Jewel. I went Thursday night, but they were completely out of the things I wanted. Today, at least they had milk. I got home and took a gallon of milk, a 12 pack of Pepsi and a plastic bag out of the trunk. I stepped up onto the curb....or so I thought. The snow was very deceptive. My foot sunk down into the snow, and I pitched forward toward the sidewalk. The items I was carrying made it impossible for me to straighten up and get my balance. I must have been a sight, stumbling across the sidewalk with groceries in my arms! I felt like I looked like a cartoon character who was moving in slow motion - it seemed to take so much time. Luckily, I made it across the sidewalk and into the snow on the lawn before I actually fell. I wasn't hurt and none of my groceries were broken, but I wasn't wearing gloves so my hands were quite frozen by the time I got in the door of the apartment. Then, to add injury to insult, I hit my partially frozen hand on the closet doorknob as I was taking off my jacket. Ouch! I stood there for a few minutes whimpering in pain. I don't think it would have been so bad if my hands weren't so cold from the snow.
Fortunately, I received something in the mail today that made me feel much better. I love the movie Rebecca. It was the 1940 Best Picture winner, the only of Alfred Hitchcock's movies ever to win. I couldn't find the DVD in the stores or on - apparently they stopped making it here in the US. I found a number of copies on eBay, but they were all going for exhorbitant amounts. I bid on one that eventually went for $95. For one movie! No way Jose! As I continued to look on eBay, I found a number of Chinese DVDs for a much more reasonable amount. So, I bought one from a seller in Hong Kong for $10.99 (including shipping!). The description said the movie was in English and would work in US DVD players. I received it today and am watching it now. Wonderful! Except for the Chinese on the packaging and the fact that one of the subtitle options is Chinese, I would never know that this wasn't an American copy. Yay! In case you are wondering, it looks in every way like a legitimate copy, not a bootleg.

If you haven't seen this movie, by all means watch it if you ever get the chance. It is an excellent movie (and book, for that matter) - Just don't read any summaries of it on the internet - it could spoil the suspense. Laurence Olivier is perfect as the sullen, brooding Maxim de Winter. Joan Fontaine is beautiful as his young, innocent bride. And Judith Anderson is absolutely creepy as the cold, efficient housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers.

Now, for the postcards. Yesterday, I received this card of New Jersey from chimoy. chimoy lives in Florida, but grew up in New Jersey. 

New Jersey - Multiview

This card is particularly appropriate for this weekend, as you can see the home of the New York Giants. I'm sorry, I meant to say those stupid annoying New Yorks Giants, the ones that beat my Green Bay Packers in the playoffs. Anyway, this is my first card of New Jersey. I now need cards from just 6 more states to complete my collection: Delaware, Kansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Rhode Island and Tennessee. :D

The card I received today is the first "official" Postcrossing card that I have received since starting this blog. That is to say, it isn't from a tag, trade, round robin, etc. An official Postcrossing card has its own unique ID number. When you sign up for Postcrossing, you can request up to 5 addresses. With each address is the ID number for that particular card. You write the ID number on the card so that when it is received, the person who receives it can log it in. At that point, you can request another address and a person from another country will be given your address to send you a card with an ID number on it. The card I received today is DE-131631. The DE means that it came from Germany (Deutschland). The sender, joerfle, is also a Star Trek fan.