Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Moose Have Birthdays Too

Hi all!  I know I haven't posted for a while.  I really REALLY enjoyed taking a break.  Posting every night was getting a bit tedious for me, and I think the content was starting to suffer because of it.  


I decided to post tonight for several reasons.  First of all, my friend Mark, aka wassamatta u, has started posting to his Boxers 'n' Briefs blog after more than three years and a lot of chiding from his friends, including me.  (Warning: his blog contains a copious amount of puns. And also letterboxing references, which you may not understand if you don't letterbox.  But mostly beware of the puns.)  So I figured if he could start posting again after being laz...ummm...busy for that long, I could start again after a comparably brief month and a half.  Second, it is Mark's birthday today. I decided that it was as good a time as any to post a couple of cards that he sent to me.  And to explain to everyone how insulted I was to receive said cards.


One day, a couple of months ago, I came home from work and checked to see if I had any mail in my mailbox, as I so often do.  I was pleased to see that I had several postcards, including this one:


California - The Stinking Rose, San Francisco

Hmmm...interesting.  Here is the message that was written on the back:


"I saw this postcard and thought of you!  Not because you are stinky.  Or because you look like the picture or anything.  But because it was a postcard.  And free."


Ummm, excuse me? It's a free card, so you thought of me?  What am I, some sort of cheap postcard slut?  *shaking head*  Of course, I chastised wassa vehemently for this.  He apologized, and I thought the matter was settled.  Until a few days later, when I received this....

California - The Dead Fish, Crockett

This one says:

"I saw this postcard, and thought of you.  Hmm...this is sounding strangely familiar...  Anyway, enjoy!

P.S. I EXPECT TO SEE THESE ON YOUR BLOG..."

Enjoy?  Really??  First he basically calls me a cheap slut, and then he tells me that a dead fish makes him think of me?  I never thought I could be so insulted by something as seemingly innocuous as a postcard.  And then he has the audacity to demand, in ALL CAPS no less, that I post the cards on my blog?  How RUDE!  As you might expect, I gave him another earful.  Or eyeful, as I was typing on the computer rather than using my voice.  Hopefully between that, and the tremendous shame he is sure to feel when he realizes that the entire world (or at least the dozen or so people that read this blog) are now aware of his offense, he will think twice before putting pen to postcard again!

FYI for those of you who are just interested in the postcards and could not care less about wassa's affont, The Stinking Rose Restaurant is in San Francisco, California, and The Dead Fish is in Crockett, California.

But seriously, wassa, I am very glad to call you my friend, and I hope you had a extraordinarily joyous birthday.  And I really do appreciate the postcards.  Mostly.  ;)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Do Not Panic

I realize that I have not been posting much lately.  I just really haven't felt like it.  I will try to get back to it on a more regular basis soon.


This card came from Postcrosser wackystuff in Canada as part of group 9 of the Ad Cards Round Robin.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Trekkie Time

I had every intention of posting something on Saturday night (last night I was too tired).  The only problem was that I didn't get home until after midnight, which was at least 4 hours later than I had anticipated.  I was at a Star Trek convention, waiting for Nichelle Nichols autograph.  For those of you who aren't Star Trek fans, she played Uhura on the original series.  She started signing at 6:15, and the line moved at a snail's pace.  Actually, what is slower than a snail?  That's how slow it moved.  She was being very nice, taking the time to talk with each and every person in line, but for those of us waiting, it was quite frustrating.  I had a general admission ticket, rather than one of the premium tickets, so I knew I was going to have to wait a while, but I didn't know I'd be waiting FIVE HOURS!! Yes, you read that right.  Oh, but it gets better.  Just after 11, those of us still waiting were told that Ms. Nichols wasn't feeling well and she was going to have to stop signing.  I don't blame her - she is almost 79 years old and I'm sure she was tired after 5 hours.  But the people running the convention might have encouraged her to move it along a little.  Anyway, not to worry....I'll still get my autograph.  They had us leave the items that we wanted signed and they will mail them back to us once she has signed them.


Fortunately, I was able to get a photograph with Ms. Nichols earlier in the day (apologies to my Facebook friends who have already seen all of these photos).



Love her necklace! :)

I also had photos taken with several other people.


This is John de Lancie, who played Q in 3 of the Star Trek series: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager.




And here we have Brent Spiner and Jonathan Frakes, who played Lt. Commander Data and Commander William Riker, respectively, on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

That's all for tonight.  What's that?  You want postcards?  Oh, well, if you insist. :)

I have about 90 Star Trek postcards, most of which I have purchased myself.  And of those 90, only two show anyone from The Next Generation cast.  Can you believe that?  I received them earlier this year as a trade with Postcrosser Thomas18183, who is from Germany.  

Star Trek The Next Generation - William Riker

In case you don't recognize him from my photo with him, as he does look a bit different, this is Jonathan Frakes in character as William Riker.  He was second in command of the Enterprise under Captain Jean-Luc Picard.  Speaking of which....

Star Trek First Contact - Captain Jean-Luc Picard

This is Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: First Contact.  Unfortunately, I have never seen him at a convention.  But Brent Spiner does an excellent impression of him, so it's almost like he was there on Saturday. :)

Friday, September 30, 2011

Beachy Keen


These colorful beach huts were brought to you (well, to me) by Postcrosser JessikaRosa, who owns the coffee shop across the street from this beach in Victoria, Australia. 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Let's Live Together

Did that title freak you out?  Sorry, I was just repeating what the card says.


Germany DE-355535 received 06-25-2009


I'm not sure exactly what this scene depicts, but it look somewhat biblical.  I thought maybe it was Noah, but there seem to only be one of each animal.  I don't think it's Adam, because he's too old and too clothed.  Postcrosser JuleVarjak, who is from Germany, didn't give me any clues either.  Anyone else have any ideas?


I'm keeping it short tonight because I really want to go read now.  I just got a Kindle today, and I have downloaded about 12 free classics and 1 library book so far. :)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wait 'Til Next Year!

Today was the last day of the regular baseball season for 2011, and unfortunately, the Chicago Cubs will not be heading into the post-season.  Again.  So, as Cubs fans have done for the last 103 years (which is how long it has been since they won a championship),  I will be patiently waiting for April and the start of a new season.

The only card I have of Wrigley Field, where the Cubs have played since 1916, that I have not previously posted is one that I purchased myself.

  Illinois - Wrigley Field, Chicago

I have, however, received a postcard of U.S. Cellular Field, where that other Chicago MLB team plays.

USA US-404824 received 05-09-2009

This stadium, formerly Comiskey Park, opened in 1991, replacing the old Comiskey Park.  It became U.S. Cellular Field in 2003.  I received this card from Postcrosser Festerwretch.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Auriferous

USA US-419675 received 05-30-2009

Dahlonega, Georgia was the site of the first major gold rush in the US, in 1828.  When gold was found in California in 1849, the assayor of the Dahlonega Mint tried to get miners to stay in the area, telling them "There's gold in them thar hills."  So if you've always wondered where that expression came from, now you know.  And FYI, auriferous means 'containing gold' or 'gold-bearing'.  Wow, that's something else you probably learned here tonight.  I've got to stop before this blog becomes educational.  *shudder*

Oh yeah, I received this card showing scenes of downtown Dahlonega from Postcrosser brownhrb.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Soup-er

So here is the recipe for the soup that I made.  I'd give it an A-.  I'd make it again, and maybe use a little less chicken next time...and possibly the addition of some celery.  I had a small bowl last night when it was finished just to try it, and it was definitely better today.  It thickened up nicely, which is good because I don't like soups with too much broth.  I know that sounds weird because soup has to have broth in order to actually be soup. :) I ate a bowl for lunch, and had another bowl in the fridge for lunch tomorrow (I froze the rest), but I ended up eating that bowl for supper.  Anyway, here is a photo of the finished product.


Ok, moving on.  The new season of The Amazing Race started tonight, with the teams making their way to Taipei, Taiwan.  One of the locations they had to visit was the Confucius Temple.  Well...I don't have a postcard of that temple, but here is one of the Longshan Temple, also in Taipei.


I received this card from Postcrosser ann0324.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Soup's On

Right after I'm finished writing this post, I am going to attempt to make soup.  Yes, it will be around midnight at that point, but that doesn't matter to me.  Why am I going to make soup?  1.  I like soup.  2.  It's a good time of year for soup.  3.  I'm having one of my rare urges to actually cook something.  4.  Homemade is better than store-bought...in theory, anyway.  I'm just hoping that this isn't going to be one of the times where the idea of making something is better than the process of actually making it.  But I do not like cooking by any means, so that is usually the case.  I'm not going to say what kind of soup I am making just in case it turns out bad.  I will tell you, however, that I am not making this soup.


Thailand TH-44913 received 06-17-2010


According to the back of the card, this is Spicy Soup with Prawn and Lemon Grass Ingredients.  It actually does include the recipe.  If you want it, click on the card image.  Between the recipe, the address and the four very large stamps celebrating the 50th anniversary of Thai Airways International (here is someone else's picture of them), Postcrosser funnyfairytale didn't have much room to write a message. :)


Ok, wish me luck with the soup!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

What a Stinker

So, tonight in the AQ chat room, I was mad at wassamatta u because he called me cheap slut.  Well...actually, I was mock mad at wassa because he wrote something, and I wildly interpreted it in such a way that it became an insult. And it all sort of had to do with garlic.  Yeah, garlic.  So anyway, when it came time to pick a postcard for tonight, I decided to let wassa have the honor so that he would know he was "forgiven".  He asked if I had any garlic cards.  Well, in a way, I do.


I know most of you are looking at this postcard and are saying to yourselves "What does that have to do with garlic?"  Yes, I can hear you.  Every year, Gilroy, California, which is just south of San Jose, has a garlic festival.  I guess they couldn't see fit to actually put anything about that on the postcard though.  This card does show (clockwise from upper left): Bonfante Gardens entrance (wassa tells me this is now called Gilroy Gardens), Downtown Gilroy, Goldsmith Seeds Company and Gilroy Vineyards.

As a surprise for wassa, I am including a second card.  Of the city that wassa lives in! :)


This card shows (again clockwise from upper left): Museum of Art, Morris Daily Auditorium at San Jose State University, Municipal Rose Garden and the Winchester Mystery House, which I have wanted to visit for many years.  Some day....  :)  

I received both of these cards in flight 1 of the US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Monumental

Belarus BY-25421 received 09-12-2009

"Victory Square.  The monument - Obelisk to Warriors of the Soviet Army and Partisans deceased in the battles for liberation of Belarus from Nazi occupants.  It was established on June 4, 1954."


Postcrossing member Baksolka from Minsk, Belarus sent this card to me.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Randomly Random

Nothing really to talk about tonight, so I just picked a couple of cards for the heck of it.  Well, more like they picked themselves....I opened a box and stuck my hand in and these are what came up.



This is Siedlce, in eastern Poland. The city was founded some time before the 15th century, but more than half of the buildings were destroyed in WWII.  The caption on the back of the card is in Polish, so I'm not sure what these buildings are.  I believe Katedra is cathedral, and I'm almost certain that Muzeum is museum, but that's about it.  I received the card from Postcrosser kubanczyk.




Białogard is in northwestern Poland.  There is no caption on the back of the card, so I really can't tell you what any of these pictures show.  The sender, ice_ice, wrote a long message though...well, as long as you can write on a postcard. :)  Her father is an American, and lives in the Chicago suburbs.  Based on my profile, she checked out my favorite band, Barenaked Ladies (I mention their song 'Another Postcard' for obvious reasons).  She said "Those boys sing very nice!" :D  Yes, yes they do.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Succinct

I tweeted so much about the Emmy Awards earlier this evening that I have run out of things to say. So here is a card that is appropriate to the night.


I received this card from Flight 1 of the US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Whew!

The past week or so, I have been worried.  "Why?" I hear you ask.  Well, because my TiVo wasn't updating the programming lists.  Not earth shattering, I know, but it is somewhat important to me. Normally, the updates are something that the TiVo does automatically every few days, but it hadn't updated successfully since September 1.  I searched the internet for help and tried a number of different suggestions.  I finally found one that worked, but it involved deleted all the programming info, including my Season Passes. My TiVo has now successfully updated, just in time for the fall television season to start.  Yay!


In case you were wondering, a Season Pass records every new episode of a chosen show so that I never miss one.  I had about 30 Season Passes listed before I had to reset.  Do you think I watch a lot of TV? :D  But seriously, they were all for shows that I do not want to miss.  Shows like Doctor Who, for example.


Doctor Who - The Tenth Doctor


First of all, yes, I realize that David Tennant isn't the current Doctor.  But I don't have any cards showing Matt Smith.  I would certainly accept them if someone wanted to send them to me though...  :)  And second, I been trying to post the rest of the cards that I received in 2009.  This, however, is not one of them.  I received it last month from a private swap with Postcrosser audiopineapple, but I was so freaking excited about it that I couldn't wait to share it any longer.  I just wish the postal service hadn't marred it. But at least that white streak isn't across his face.  That would be unforgivable! ;)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Bridge Over Calm Waters


Bridge across Venetian Strait in Hydropark, Kiev, Ukraine.  Sent by Postcrosser alivemary.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Blue & White

That's what I see when I look at this picture.

  

The belltower, which located at Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius monastery in Sergiyev Posad, Russia, is almost the same color as the sky.  The monastery, which was founded in 1345, currently houses over 300 monks.  It is the spiritual center of the Russian Orthodox Church.  I received this card from Postcrosser Habik.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Vintage

USA US-425888 received 06-09-2009


Obviously, this is the State Capitol Building in New York.  It is one of ten state capitols that does not have a domed roof, although it was originally intended to have one.  But the weight of the building even without the dome was not only creating stress fractures, but causing the building to shift downhill.  The large staircase in the front of the building was designed to support the building and prevent that from happened. Yikes!

The card itself is a vintage postcard.  Unfortunately, it gives no indication of exactly how old it is.  Vintage cards are a bit smaller than the average postcard today, and as you can probably tell from the odd way it scanned, the surface of the card is textured.  Postcrosser Okami sent the card to me as an official Postcrossing card.  And if you were wondering, yes, it is rather unusual to receive a vintage card through Postcrossing without swapping for it. :)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Rice is Nice

I didn't post anything last night because I felt that any subject other than 9/11 would have seemed insensitive, but I didn't have any postcards worthy of the subject.  So I decided to leave well enough alone.  And I'm not going to post much tonight because once again I am quite tired.

 Philippines - Banaue Rice Terrace, Batad Village

It's fascinating how people were able to turn such hilly terrain into land suitable for farming rice.  What is even more fascinating is that is was done completely by hand two thousand years ago, which is how long the Banaue Rice Terraces have existed.  Very cool!  I received this card as part of a private swap with Postcrosser stillwaters.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Movie Night

I spent the past couple of weeks rewatching all seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so I have been neglecting my Netflix discs. I decided to remedy that today, and I watched the remake of Arthur with Russell Brand and Helen Mirren.  It wasn't the greatest movie I've ever seen, but it was still kind of cute.  I don't have any cards from Arthur, but I have a card showing Helen Mirren.


  Germany DE-310325 received 03-30-2009


This is from the movie Inkheart, starring Brendan Fraser, a movie that I have also seen via Netflix.  I received the card from Postcrosser DumDum, who lives in Germany.


After the new episode of Doctor Who, this evening, I was looking for something else to watch and I finally settled on The Wizard of Oz.  I'm trying to find something else to watch now, but none of the movies I own are appealing to me right now, and everything I want to watch isn't available instantly through Netflix.  Oh well, I guess I'll find something. 

Friday, September 9, 2011

Lovely

South Africa - Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

"Kirstenbosch is situated on the Eastern Slopes of Table Mountain.  Many of the South African Indigenous plants are threatened and Kirstenbosch is a haven where these plants are grown and protected.  Kirstenbosch is fast becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in Southern Africa.  A visit to these spectacular Gardens is definitely worth while."

Private swap with Postcrossing member Protea.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

One for Two

Thailand TH-39626 received 04-01-2010

This is one of those cards that I have received twice.  Postcrossers nok1234 and aranya both sent the card to me as an official Postcrossing card about 5 months apart. I'm sure I wasn't so tired, I could think of more to say about it.  Then again, it's a pretty cool card so maybe it speaks for itself.  Anyway, I'm going to bed...right after the Packers win. :)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Stuff of Nightmares

Tonight, I got sucked into looking at the Craftastrophe blog, which sadly is no longer being written.  Even so, it offers page after page after page of entertainment.  Some of the items are absolutely hilarious, and some are downright scary. The 16 Worst Star Trek Craftastrophes include some of each.  I should warn you though, some of the other entries are rather risque.  Make sure there are no children in the room when you look through the site.


I tell you, there are some creepy things on that site.  Then again, there are some creepy things on this site too. :)


Netherlands NL-274706 received 01-25-2010


I received this card from Postcrosser josephin, who is from the Netherlands.  She thought that since I like Star Trek, I would like this card because he looks like an alien, but honestly, I find him a little disturbing.  And yet, I can't look away.  :)

Monday, September 5, 2011

Something

I really had no reason to post anything tonight, so I just decided to pick something.  And here it is.


This is the Temple of Debod, which as you can see, is in Madrid, Spain.  However, it wasn't always in Madrid.  It was originally built just south of Aswan in southern Egypt in the second century BC.  However, in 1960, the temple was threatened because of the building of the Aswan Dam.  UNESCO decided to save the temple, and Egypt donated it to Spain in gratitude for Spain's help in saving the Abu Simbel temples.  The temple was rebuilt in the Parque del Oeste in Madrid, and was opened in 1972.

I received this card from both Amanda from Seattle and Green Tortuga (Ryan).  Amanda bought the card and wrote out the first part of it, and then clearly turned it over to Ryan to mail.  Not very smart, Amanda.  Ryan made sure to point out that she bought the card, but he bought the stamp, and the stamp was more expensive.  *rolling eyes*  When I'm sending postcards internationally (which is often), the postage is almost always more than the cost of the card itself.  I don't think it was really necessary...or nice...for Ryan to point that out.  But coming from Ryan, it doesn't really surprise me. :)

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Shop Talk

Oops!  I just got home from grocery shopping and it's past time to write my blog.  So here is an appropriate card.

USA US-447363 received 07-08-2009

I think this is the only official Postcrossing card that I've received from someone else who lives in Indiana.  This store is in Fountain City, IN, which would be a 215 mile drive from my apartment, according to Yahoo Maps.  It looks like a place that I'd love to wander through and just look at everything.  Especially that aisle on the left....looks like lots of candy. :)  I received this card from Postcrosser emilyelisabeth.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

And Another

Ok, celebrating another AQ-versary tonight...Aurora's this time.  :)  She gave me a bunch of suggestions, and I narrowed it down to a waterfall or a beach.  She picked waterfall, so here is a beach.  Just kidding! :D



This waterfall is actually in a cave in Italy.  The Pertosa Caves near Salerno, to be specific.  I received this card from Postcrosser ValeP.

I couldn't find any other waterfall cards, but I wanted to post more than one card.  So I found another card from Italy...one that's not in a dark cave. :)



This is a lovely view of the Mediterranean in Reggio di Calabria, Italy.  It's not exactly a beach, but it's close.  Right? :)  Postcrosser Dynamite sent this card as part of a private swap.  

Friday, September 2, 2011

Everybody Sing!

Today is Goofy Girl's anniversary on AQ, so I let her pick the subject of tonight's post.  I couldn't find a card showing flowers like she originally wanted.  I don't get many flower cards because they aren't on my Postcrossing wishlist.  So she changed her request to a card or cards from her home state, which is....wait for it....OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOklahoma!  :)   Yeah, now try and get that song out of your head.


Oklahoma - State Capitol, Oklahoma City

Well, I guess the card pretty much explains what the building is.  The large Native American isn't a ghost.  He is actually an image of the statue, called "The Guardian", which is on top of the dome. I received this card as part of a private swap with Postcrosser AmoebaAlex.


.USA US-460473 received 07-27-2009

Obviously, this is a night view of the same building.  This card, however, I received from someone named Goofy Girl.  Hey, wait a minute!  I think maybe she remembered that she sent this card to me, and was secretly hoping that I would post it if she picked Oklahoma. ;)

Just kidding, GG!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Early To Bed...

So you may have noticed that I haven't posted for a couple of days.  I wish that I had some fantastic stories about where I was and what I was doing.  Like maybe I was at a fabulous party with all kinds of famous people.  Or that I won the lottery and was off planning how to spend my millions.  Or I was on a date.  But unfortunately, the truth is that I was sleeping.  I went to bed early the past couple of nights.  Actually, when I went to lie down, I had every intention of only sleeping for an hour or two and then getting up to write my blog, but once I fell asleep I was out like a light.  Which is funny because I feel asleep with my lights on both nights.  I have no idea why I was so tired.  Actually, I'm pretty tired right now, so I'd better finish this quick before I fall asleep on my couch.  Hopefully with a three-day holiday weekend coming up, I'll be able get a decent amount of sleep so that I'm not dragging so much every evening.

It seems like it's been so long since I've written a post.  I can't even remember what my last post was about or which card(s) I used.  And this new Blogger layout is freaking me out.  Everything looks so weird.  *a few minutes later*  Ok, I looked back at my last post.  How could I have forgotten about the shiftiness?  :)   Now comes the question of what to post tonight.  I guess I'll just pick a few cards that I haven't found a reason to use yet.



This statue is in the Old Garden of the Catherine Palace at Tsarskoye Selo.  Tsarskoye Selo is about 15 miles south of St. Petersburg, and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site encompassing the Historic Centre of St. Petersburg and Related Group of Monuments.  I received this card as part of group 113 of the 12 Viewcards in an Envelope Round Robin.



Here is a view of Marly Palace from the Golden Hill Cascade at Peterhof Palace, part of the same UNESCO site as Tsarskoye Selo.  And, not surprisingly, I received the card as part of the same round robin as well. :)



Finally, we have the Spit, or eastermost tip, of Vasilyevsky Island in St. Petersburg.  There are a number of museums on the island, and apparently a musical fountain just off the Spit.  I'm guessing that it's that big fountain on the right of the picture.  This card came from a round robin as well, but this one is from group 41 of the Round Robin Redux Traveling Envelope.

Hey, look at that.  I managed to stay awake to write the whole thing.  Yay for me. :)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Shift Happens

Yes, once again, the AQ chat room folks have helped me pick out my postcards and come up with a topic.  We had been discussing shifty things, like Green Tortuga (long story, don't ask), so wassamatta u suggested that as the topic.  And I thought "What is more shifty than California?"  And I mean strictly tectonically, of course. ;)  Although, wassa DOES live in California, so I think that just adds another aspect to the 'shiftiness'.  hee hee hee




Wow, I thought Hollywood had big letters up on a hill, but look at the size of those!  :)  Burbank, like Hollywood, does have a number of movie studios, including The Walt Disney Studios, which is in the foreground of this picture, just above the freeway.  I was in Burbank in 2006 to see a taping of the Ellen Degeneres Show on the NBC lot, before she moved to the Warner Brothers lot.  I received the card from Postcrosser julieditor.






And here I though Burbank had big letters.  But look at those!  I guess it's appropriate for Sacramento to have the biggest letters...it is the capital of California, after all. :)  Postcrosser vchead sent this card to me.


P.S.  I REALLY wish that I could take credit for that title, but alas...that was wassa's idea as well.  *sigh*

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Hip Hippo

Finland FI-560517 received 06-05-2009

This is Moominpappa, one of the characters in the Moomin comic strips/books, which are popular in Finland.   Interestingly, even though they originated in Finland, they were originally published in Swedish.  And despite their looks, the characters aren't actually hippopotamuses (hippopotami?) - they are trolls.  The Moomin phenomenon has spawed a number of Moomin TV series and movies, songs, an art exhibition and even a theme park called Moomin World.


I've seen many requests on the Postcrossing forum for Moomin postcards.  They're cute, but they aren't really something I'd go out of my way to collect.  I received this one as an official Postcrossing card from manniul.  Even the stamp has Moominpappa on it (the one on the right here).   :)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

300!

No, this post isn't about the 2006 movie starring Gerard Butler (*drool*).  It is my 300th post.  So I thought I should post something special.  But it is another one of those nights where I am REALLY indecisive.  I keep scrolling and scrolling back and forth in my Flickr photostream.  Even my AQ chat room friends were no help, although they did try.


 -a few minutes later-


Ok, I think I finally found one.  This card is rather special because it was the sender's first official Postcrossing card, and only the 175th card sent from her country.  Let's see if you can guess where it is from.




Oh, before you guess, perhaps I should tell you that the location pictured isn't actually IN the country the card was sent from. :)  This is Ramoji Film City in India.  Supposedly, this is a Wild West street.  Umm...I'm not sure that they used paving stones on streets in the Wild West.  I could be wrong though. :)


Anyway, the card was sent to me by Postcrosser asmadi in Kazahkstan.  I'm sure I will probably never receive another card from there, so it is a little disappointing that the card doesn't actually SHOW Kazahkstan.  But at least the stamps and the postmark prove that it was sent from there. 

Friday, August 26, 2011

Before Irene

I'm really, really glad that I don't live on the East Coast.  And between the earthquake and now Hurricane Irene, I'm really, really, REALLY glad that I don't live on the East Coast. Hopefully everyone in the path of the hurricane will be smart and evacuate.


According to the news reports, Irene will likely make landfall in North Carolina.  Which, before Irene, looked like this.


North Carolina - Greetings from North Carolina


Hopefully it will still look like this in a few days.  


I received this card from flight 1 of the US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hodge-Podge

A lot of the cards I received (and subsequently post) are single views of locations around the world.  But there are also cards that most Postcrossers refer to as multi-views...cards that have several views of a city or location. They can be nice if the pictures are put together well.  If not, they can be kind of a mess.  I have several that I haven't really been able to think of a reason to post before.  I guess this is my chance. :)




These are scenes from the city of Turku, Finland (Åbo is the Swedish name), including Turku Castle and what I'm guess in the Aura River. The card doesn't have a caption on the back, so I don't know for sure. I received this card as part of group 85 of the 12 Viewcards in an Envelope Round Robin.






Kernavė was the medieval capital of Lithuania, and is now an archaeological site and tourist destination.  This card does have a caption on the back.
"Pensive Christ. A parish home in Kernavė.  The pond 'Lithuania'. The 'Lourdes". 2000 years to the Holy Virgin Mary."
That's the exact caption.  I think it starts with the largest photo on the right, then goes to the upper middle, the bottom left and the upper left.  I think.  Anyway, I received this card from kisto4ka as part of group 82 of the Other Continent Round Robin.


Turkey - Multiview 2


This card also came from group 85 of the 12 Viewcards in an Envelope Round Robin.  There is a list of the location on the back, but they seem to be listed in a rather odd order.  Instead of listing them across the top and then across the bottom, or in clockwise order, they are listed upper left, lower left, upper middle, lower middle, upper right and lower right.  That just seems weird to me.  Here's the list of what is on the card.
1. Uçhisar - Cappodocia
2. Antalya
3. Sultanahmet Mosque - Istanbul
4. Life in Anatolia
5. The Grand Theatre - Ephesus
6. Pamukkale


I feel like I rambled a bit tonight.  Sorry about that.  I'll try to be more concise tomorrow night.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

On the Right Track

Tonight's theme was chosen by my friends in the AQ chat room: trains.  I don't know what got them on that track, but I didn't feel they could be derailed.  Ok, enough with the puns.  I don't need to get side-tracked.  ;)


I guess trains must be important in Taiwan, because I found I had a number of possibilities just from that one country.  Here are three.




According to the caption on the back of the card, this is "The Scenic Railway of East Taiwan".  Postcrosser yang2978 sent the card to me.






This is the Tamshui Line Chientan Station, part of the Taipei Mass Rapid Transit System. The station was apparently built to look like a dragon boat, according to Postcrosser shiahen.


Finally, we have something essential to any railroad...the track.




This card was sent by Postcrosser sh1992.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Two from Thailand

I was going to add "on Tuesday" to the title, but I didn't want Goofy Girl to think I was copying her. ;)


Want to ride on an elephant?  Thailand is apparently a good place to do that.  Apparently elephants are also used to drag logs for the Thai timber industry.




From Postcrossing member yuphawan.






From Postcrossing member unclepostman.


I received these two cards just over 3 months apart.  They were both official Postcrossing cards, so this wasn't a planned theme or anything. :)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Pretty Views, Boring Title



Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa.  It is also one of the greenest cities in the world, with around six million trees in the city.  Looks like it also has some wicked lightning.






This is the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town, the second largest city in South Africa.  It is the most visited tourist destination in the country.  Cape Town is the legislative capital of South Africa, with Pretoria being the executive capital and Bloemfontein the judicial capital. 


I received both of these cards as private swaps with Postcrosser Protea.  

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Smile!

USA US-429390 received 06-15-2009

From a young Postcrosser named dominiquefaith, who lives near Los Angeles, California.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

What Would I Do without AQ?

I would have a lot more trouble writing my blog, that's for sure.  :)  Ok, let me 'splain.  Some random comments in the AQ chat room tonight made Fluffy Cow think of the movie 'Joe vs. the Volcano', which is a movie that I have only seen once a long time ago.  But it gave me inspiration to post a particular card. Which is good, because before that I had no ideas. :) Apparently my blog has become a group effort.  Anyway, here's the card.


Costa Rica - Poas Volcano National Park


This is the Poás Volcano National Park, which as you can probably see, is in Costa Rica.  I received the card from Flickr member 9teen87 (the link is to her postcard blog), who is actually from Florida, but traveled to Costa Rica a few years ago.  She offered to send cards the first 3 people in the Central American Postcards Flickr group who responded to her post.  I was one of the lucky 3. :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

PG-13

WARNING: GUNS AND POTENTIALLY OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE
PARENTAL GUIDANCE SUGGESTED 


I picked two movie cards for tonight, both of which depict people holding guns.  I thought I would post them together so that I only have to post a warning once.




I have no idea what this movie is about without looking it up, but I'd have to guess by their poses and their large guns that it is not a romantic comedy.  :)




This card is one of four advertising cards I received from Postcrosser alenas for group 9 of the Ad Cards Round Robin.  In case you are wondering, the tagline above is in Italian, as is the quote on the back of the card.




This next card is the one that I have hesitated to post for a while because I thought it might offend some people, especially if they normally like to show my postcards to their children. Obviously, this would be a good night to skip that.  :)




I'm sure many people will recognize that silhouette as James Bond. The movie is Casino Royale, which was Daniel Craig's first outing as Bond, and a movie that I have actually seen.  I didn't want to like Craig as Bond because I liked Pierce Brosnan so much, but he won me over.  I got this card from flight 37 of some round robin, but I'll be darned if I know which one!  

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

D is for....

DINOSAURS!


Colorado - Dinosaur National Monument


The stripey dinos are camarasaurs and the other ones are barosaurs.  Both species were herbivores, as is evidenced by the fact that they are both eating plants.  I received this card from Postcrosser Gymnast as part of the US to US Alphabetical Tag.  Her letter was obviously 'D'. :)  She actually got the card at the Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado.  


Does anyone else remember the Reading Rainbow episode where host LeVar Burton was at the Dinosaur National Monument?  I remember thinking at the time that it looked like a place I would like to visit.  Maybe someday...

Monday, August 15, 2011

Explain Something to Me....


Why is the water in this picture GREEN??  This postcard shows The Bund in Shanghai, China.  I looked up other pictures of it online, and I couldn't find a single other photo where the water was green.  It's the same color as the grass, for heaven sakes!  What the hay???  :)


I received this card from Postcrosser CathyTian. 

Sunday, August 14, 2011

A Tour Around the Netherlands


This postcard doesn't tell me specifically what these pictures show, so the only thing is can tell you is that they are scenes of Roermond, which is a city in the southern part of the Netherlands.  I received the card as a swap with Postcrosser Nicolletjuhhhh. Apparently I sent her a card showing a map of Indiana.




The pillar in the foreground of this picture is the National Monument in Dam Square in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  It was built in 1956 as a World War II memorial.  The large building on the left is the Royal Palace, which was originally built as a city hall in 1655.  Postcrosser Eline90 sent the card to me as an official Postcrossing card.




Finally, we head to Nijmegen, in the eastern part of the Netherlands.  This tower, which was built in 1426, is called the Kruittoren, or Powder Tower.  It stands in the Kronenburgerpark in the center of town.  This was also an official Postcrossing card, this time from a Postcrosser called maps.



Saturday, August 13, 2011

Halcyon

I was in the AQ chat room tonight for the first time in quite a while, and I decided to ask for suggestions of what kind of card to post tonight.  Most of the suggestions I received were no go because I didn't have any postcards that fit.  Aurora did make a number of suggestions, two of which were sun and water.  I think this card satisfies both of those criteria.


USA US-451187 received 07-14-2009


This is the Michigan shoreline of Lake Michigan.  Coincidentally, Aurora is from Michigan, so it all worked out very well. :)  The card was actually sent by Postcrosser Amooyu, who is originally from Michigan, but lived in Oklahoma at the time she sent the card.  

Friday, August 12, 2011

Off Broadway


This is the Teatro Municipal in São Paulo, Brazil.  I received this card from Postcrosser Sati, who must have sent it in an envelope because there is nothing on the back.  If I didn't know it was a theater, I'd think it was a castle, especially with the statue and fountains out front.






Here is another theater, but this one is across the Pacific Ocean.  This is the National Theater and Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan.  I received it from a swap with Postcrosser shui.  I sent her a card of one of the two MLB stadiums in Chicago (I don't remember which one) to help her complete her collection.  The stamp panel on the back of the card is HUGE...it takes up about 2/3 of the white space.  shui had to squeeze my address and her message to me in the space that was left. 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Peachy

Japan JP-62999 received 04-10-2009

No, those aren't actually peaches.  They are one version of a Japanese confection known as wagashi, and they are traditionally served with tea.  I received the card from Postcrosser Yukimi.  The scan didn't come out very well because the surface of the card is textured.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Oh, Just Pick One Already!

I have been scrolling back and forth through my postcard images, trying to pick one or two for the last half hour. For some reason, I just can't decide. I suppose I could use my indecision as an excuse not to write a post tonight, but since I've already started writing something, it seem's silly to stop. I'm sure that you'd rather I stop blathering and just get on with the postcard, right? There's one that I've been considering posting for a while, but it might offend some people, so I have been hesitant to actually show it. Other cards are cool but I'd feel obligated to include information about the location, and I don't really feel like doing research right now. Argh.


*15 minutes later*


I resorted to flipping through the actual boxes of postcards. I think I found a viable candidate. It doesn't have an geographical location listed, so I don't have to research it, and I'm fairly certain that no one will find it offensive.


Belgium BE-39674 received 08-22-2009


Everyone is ok with a hot air balloon, right?  Ok, good.  I received this particular balloon from Postcrosser Lerik, who hails from Mons, Belgium.


Cross your fingers that I won't be so indecisive tomorrow night.  :)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

What a Quack!

I'm sure that this grumpy face will be familiar to many people.


Finland FI-543753 received 05-16-2009


Yes, it is indeed Donald Fauntleroy Duck.  Ahhh, I bet you didn't know that he had a middle name, did you? :)  He first appeared in The Wise Little Hen in 1934.  This card, however, appeared in my mailbox in May of 2009.  It was sent by Postcrosser Katiriina.

Monday, August 8, 2011

In the Heights

USA US-353809 received 03-14-2009

The Sandia Peak Tramway is the longest aerial tram in the U.S.  I received this card as an official Postcrossing card from nowaglas.  I have also swapped cards with her several times.