Saturday, July 25, 2015

California Dreamin'...or Not

USA US-1589890 received 04-30-2012

Sent by: lucedelsole
From: Los Angeles, California, USA
ID number: US-1589890
Notes: The Santa Monica pier opened in 1909 as Municipal Pier.  Its primary function was to carry sewer pipes beyond the breakers.  The adjoining pier, Newcomb or Pleasure Pier, was built in 1916 as an amusement pier.  However, during the Great Depression in the 1930s, the amusement attractions closed and the pier was used primarily as a ferry landing.  In the 1970s, the city of Santa Monica had plans to raze the pier, but citizens protested and the city eventually gave up the plans.  The pier was severely damaged by storms in 1983, and the city created the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation to handle the rebuilding.  Today, the pier has restaurants, shops, and amusement rides, and it has been featured in an impressive number of films and TV shows.

California - Monterey Otter

Sent by: wassamatta u
From: San Jose, California, USA
Notes: This extremely classy card was sent to me by my extremely classy friend Mark, who thinks puns and whoopie cushions are the epitome of humor.  Monterey is located in central California, along the Pacific coast.  The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is home to about 1,200 California sea otters, like the one seen here.  They are unfortunately an endangered species, as they were hunted for their fur up until the early 20th century.  I'm fairly certain, however, that passing gas will not harm them, despite the look on this otter's face.


wassamatta_u said...

"Extremely classy". Yeah, you nailed that one.

Kristin aka Trekkie Gal said...

Yes, I'd like to think that I am quite good at sarcasm.