Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Postcards from A to Z: G

As I mentioned in my E post, I don't like to visit art museums. But that doesn't mean I dislike receiving postcards of art museums. And as I hinted in my F post, I was going to show you another museum for G. Guess what kind of museum it is? :) And since I realized that the majority of my alphabet posts have dealt with cards from Finland, this art museum is in a different country. So, on with the show. G is for Guggenheim. There are actually 5 Guggenheim museums in the world: New York City, New York, USA; Venice, Italy; Bilbao, Spain; Berlin, Germany; and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. I bet that you can't guess which one this is! ;)

Obviously, this is the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain, which sits alongside the River Nervión. The very unusual design is by Frank Gehry, who also designed the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park in Chicago and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California. The exterior is made of glass, titanium and limestone, and apparently is supposed to resemble a ship. Yeah, ok. This is a modern art museum, and the majority of the permanent collection consists of installations and electronic forms rather than paintings and sculptures.
I received this card from ArwenUndomiel (ooh, a Lord of the Rings name!). It was the 65th card I received....and now I am approaching number 300. Wow! Granted, it has been a year and a half since I received this card (yes, I am rather behind), but that just seems like a lot. :)
See ya next time!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Postcards from A to Z: F

As I mentioned in my last post, I enjoy visiting museums. But museums, for the most part, do not contain living things (there is an exception at the museum where I volunteer). That is why I also enjoy visiting zoos and aquariums. Animals are fascinating to watch, and zoos and aquariums offer you the opportunity to see animals from places that you probably will not have the opportunity to visit. So where the "F" am I going with this? I'll tell you right now. F is for Fish I'm not sure if this card from SEA LIFE Helsinki is supposed to be funny or not, but I think it is.

Finland FI-411771 received 11-22-2008

Ok, be honest - how many of you thought "I found Nemo!" when you saw this picture? :D I just love that little clownfish staring down that other fish. Does anyone know what kind of fish the silver one is? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? I have a feeling that this picture was Photoshopped, but that doesn't keep it from being funny.
The card was sent to me as an official Postcrossing card by chillaa, who including a shiny fish sticker on the back of the card. According to chillaa, SEA LIFE Helsinki (I capitalize SEA LIFE because that is how it is written on their website) is part of Linnanmäki Amusement Park. I believe I have already posted this card of the park in a past blog, but I will post it again in case you missed it (SHAME on you!). :D I got it as part of a trade with Lihis.

Finland - Linnanmäki Amusement Park, Helsinki

So, that's it for F. I think I'll go with another museum for G. See if you can figure out what I mean. ;) P.S. Take a second an vote on the poll on the right. Thanks! P.P.S. I'm LOVING being able to include links in my posts - can you tell? :) P.P.P.S. I figured out how to edit the HTML of my blog template to make the posting area wider so that it doesn't cut off part of the postcards. WOOT!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Postcards from A to Z: E

I like museums. I don't think that is going to come as a surprise to anyone who knows me. I volunteer in a museum, for crying out loud. Now, I'm not talking art museums - art museums are among the dullest places I can think of. I'd rather watch paint dry or grass grow than go to an art museum. (Maybe that's because I don't have a creative bone in my body. Hmmm....) No, I'd rather visit history museums and science museums and industry museums. And a museum that has science AND industry is even better. Like this one. ;) So I'm sure you are wondering why I am talking about museums when the letter tonight is E. Museum certainly doesn't start with E. Well, here you go. E is for Engine. In this case, a steam engine museum in Finland.
Finland FI-276972 received 04-08-2008
That is one big engine! In case you didn't notice her, there is a woman at the bottom of the picture for perspective. The Steam Engine Museum is part of the Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, which also has a Textile Industry Museum. The textile museum makes sense, as Werstas is located in the former dye shop of the Finlayson Cotton Mill. If I ever make it to Tampere, Finland, I will be sure to visit these museums.
I received that card over a year ago (sorry it took so long for me to post it) as an official Postcrossing card from BBanana. It is part of my ever-growing collection of museum postcards from around the world. I will probably post more of them as I get farther into the alphabet. :D
P.S. Thanks to Kaaren, I now know how to include links in my posts that show just words and not the www and .com parts. I was just too dense to understand how to do it at first. But I get it now. ;)
P.P.S. Did anyone notice I added new music?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Postcards from A to Z: D

When I was a child, my parents believed in taking me on educational vacations. Consequently, I have been to Mt. Rushmore and Yellowstone and most of the places that Laura Ingalls Wilder lived, but I have never been to the "Happiest Place on Earth". I really, really, really, really, really, really, really want to go, and someday when I can afford it, I will. But until then, I can only look at pictures, which is why this place is on my Postcrossing wishlist. If you are truly clueless as to what I am talking about, let me enlighten you. D is for Disneyland. Yes, it could also be for Disney World, but Disneyland in Anaheim, California is the original Disney park, so that is the one that I am going with tonight. So there. :P Here is a great aerial shot of the park, with an adorable hot air balloon, which is also a subject on my Postcrossing wishlist. Just hot air balloons, not specifically adorable ones.

This card came from geocarrick, who lives in Anaheim and has worked at Disneyland since 1979. I have to imagine it would be a fun place to work. Of course, I have never been there, so how would I know? :)
I just happened to glance at the caption on that card, which is under the address on the right instead of on the left side where the caption normally is (maybe that's why I didn't notice it before). The balloon is called Earforce One. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Ok, that's funny to me. Which could just be because I'm tired. :D
Anyway, instead of just a balloon Mickey, how about a picture of the man, I mean mouse, himself? Yup, I can do that.

That one is from tlockwood, who says he goes to Disneyland at least once a month with his wife. Lucky! I have caption issue with this one too - the caption says that is Sleeping Beauty Castle in the background. Why did I think it was Cinderella's castle?
Just because I have never been to a Disney park does not mean that I have not met Mickey Mouse. When I was a junior in high school, the marching band went on a cruise to the Bahamas. The ship we were on was the Atlantic (I think), and it was part of Premier Cruise Lines (aka The Big Red Boat), which at that time was the official cruise line of Walt Disney World. One night at dinner, the Disney characters came around to the tables. So here I am (on the right) with part of my hair in braids. That's a requirement when you go to the Bahamas as a teenager, right? :D
I almost thought I had forgotten the name of the girl on the left (hey, high school was a while ago), but after thinking about it for a while, I came up with the name Wendy. I went through one of my yearbooks and found out that I was right. Whew, the memory still works on occasion. :D
So, E is next. Are you curious as to what I am going to post? Yeah, me too. :D Tune in at a later date to find out.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Postcards from A to Z: C

My apologies for not posting for the past two days. Friday night I was really tired, so I went to take a nap for maybe a half hour, but I ended up sleeping for over 4 hours! I didn't wake up until after 11:00 PM, and had some cleaning and laundry to do before I actually went to bed for real. Then yesterday (and quite a bit of today) my parents were down from Wisconsin for a visit. We went to see Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian yesterday. I liked it, but not as much as the first one. But anyway, this is the first chance that I have really had to write anything. But without further ado.... C is for church. I know, I know, that sounds kind of boring. But this is a very unusual looking church. This is the Temppeliaukio (Temple Square) Church in Helsinki, Finland. It was actually built into the rock! The top picture shows the copper dome and the windows in the roof that let in natural light. Bottom left is the altar and bottom right is the organ. Finland FI-339454 received 08-25-2008 Not surprisingly, the church is one of the top tourist attractions in Helsinki. I'm definitely not a church-goer, but this is one church that I would be sure to visit if I had the chance. I just realized that I forgot to give credit to Lihis for sending this card to me. It is one of many official postcrossing cards that I have received from Finland, but it is certainly unique. :)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Postcards from A to Z: B

I have never been to Great Britain, but I would definitely like to go someday. Maybe when I win the lottery or something. :D In the mean time, I'll have to settle for looking at postcards of Great Britain (or do they prefer United Kingdom?). Anyway, here is a card showing one of the most famous landmarks in London. B is for Big Ben. Do I get bonus points for the double B? ;)
Isn't that an awesome picture? I received this card from Amanda from Seattle. Those of you who don't know Amanda may wonder why someone from Seattle sent a postcard from London. Amanda is a flight attendant, and she was in London on business. :)

UK - Big Ben's Clock Tower, Palace of Westminster, London, England

I'm sure there are those of you who are saying "That's not Big Ben!" Of course it's not! It's just Big Ben's tower. And now I'm sure I have confused other people. Big Ben is NOT the tower, nor is it the clock. Big Ben is actually the bell inside the tower. There are several theories about how the bell got its nickname, but no one is sure which one is correct. I guess that is why they are called theories!
A few interesting facts about the tower, which is part of the Palace of Westminster: it is the world's largest four-faced chiming clock, and the third tallest free-standing clock tower in the world. London celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2009 - the clock first ticked on May 31, 1859.
Hopefully one day I'll see it for myself. Now I'm off to decide which "C" card to post. :)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Postcards from A to Z: A

I just realized today that Flickr will show me an alphabetical list of all of the tags I have used on my photos/postcards. Pretty cool! I thought I would use this to start an blog series. I will post a card each day or so that shows something that starts with the next letter of the alphabet. I'll try to avoid using country and state names as the subject for the chosen letter, but I may have to for some of the letters. I do actually have something I can use for X, but I am going to try to get something better. I have a while before I get to X. :D So tonight, A is for anemone. In this case, a blue anemone flower. I think this is a nice card for spring. A big thank you to Marnie in Finland for this card. She sent it to me as a "Random Act of Smileness", a Postcrossing program where people send surprise postcards without expecting a card in return.

I know there are a number of postcards that I haven't tagged yet, so I'd better go get busy. :)

Monday, June 1, 2009

How odd!

I have been taking a different route home from work lately because the freeway that I normally take is under construction right around the exit ramp I usually use. The new route has a lot of stoplights, which can get tedious, but the red lights do give me time to look around. So I was sitting at a red light one day last week, reading the signs on the buildings around me, when one struck me as odd. I managed to get a picture of it a few days later.

A barber/beauty salon AND a car wash? I sure hope they have separate people for each part of the business! Or maybe they wash your car and your hair at the same time. :D But you know, if those prices include a haircut and a car wash.......naaaaaah! Has anyone else seen any odd business combinations like that?

Of course I could never end a blog entry without showing you a postcard. I looked through my postcards to find the strangest one I could find. I didn't have to go very far back to find one. I received it as an official Postcrossing card at the end of March. It is from tomsaaristo, who lives in Chicago, a whopping 33 miles away. :) Now, I have to warn you, this picture is very, very Gorey. ;)

USA US-376311 received 03-30-2009

I warned you, right? :D Perhaps I should have been more specific - it is a drawing by Edward Gorey, who was born in Chicago. I am not that familiar with his work, but I do know that pretty much all of it is rather weird. If anyone knows the name of this particular drawing, please tell me. I tried looking a bit on the internet, but I couldn't find any sites that just showed his drawings.