Wednesday, January 9, 2019

2018 Omega & 2019 Alpha

I have literally got a backlog of hundreds of postcards (cue the guilty conscience), but there are only 24 hours in a day... and I'm a busy graduate student working a full time job. That said, when the urge to write strikes, I make time!

And I have Craig L. to thank for sending this posty from Benin while on a work trip with USAID - this was of course pre-partial-government-shutdown AKA the times we live in. He like hundred of thousand of his fellow federal colleagues are on furlough including his husband. They're doing ok right now, but if this goes on for much longer they'll have to consider doing chores for their bank to help with the mortgage. And having consulted with their respective personal lawyers on retainer, they've both been given the green light to proceed... with the services.

This postcard is cool on so many levels: geographically, personally, and temporally. The first two we covered. Temporal, here goes: This postcard was the last postcard sent to me in 2018 and the first postcard I received in 2019. How cool is that? Well, I think it's cool, and I'm sure Craig thinks it's cool now. It also took a month to get to Washington, DC!

So, Craig - I hope you enjoyed your visit to Ganvie. The history sounds amazing. Appreciate your pick from the "gift shop" - thank you! I got your postcard.

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Chunky Stickers from Japan


Last night I was texting a friend about how I pretty much worship all things Japanese. It’s an extreme statement as I’m not a fanboy or anything, but there’s something about Japanese design, creativity, and execution that pulls me in. Take this “awesome” sticker Lilian attached. It’s a 3D sticker in that it’s not a flat. It’s probably about a quarter of an inch or 6 mm thick, semi-filled with some clear liquid with glitter, a pink heart, some beads, and a game controller or heart monitor floating around. WTF? Right? Well, it doesn’t matter it’s simply awesome. Can’t wait to go back to Shibuya Crossing with you, Lilian – and thanks! I got your postcard.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Royal Man Supports Mental Health Awareness

This postcard from my friend Patrick. And like all British men turned American citizen over 25 years ago, he goes by Paddy. He's a rather smart fellow - works internationally, gives smart talks, and jet-sets smartly all over the world in search of powder - for skiing. This isn't the 90's!

Paddy's European, so he's got that culture thing, plays golf, like boys, and watches Formula 1 - alas, nobody's perfect. 

As for this postcard, it is perfect. A sketch of the artist Keith Haring by Jean-Michel Basquiat in wax crayon, acrylic, and gouache on paper, on postcard. It's fabulous - and so Paddy! 

Thanks, Paddy - I got your postcard! Muah muah. 

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Checking in

So, it's been a year since I last posted, but don't fret. I've still been shamelessly asking friends and people to send me postcards. Yes, even randos that I've chatted with or met on the Tinder or the Hinge or from the work and of course the social crowd. Actually, I was at work the other day and I showed my friend (hey you!) the site to legitimize my ask, and they guffawed because it has been so long since i last posted - my bad!

The good thing is I've been getting them. The bad thing is that I've got such a backlog of postcards that I'm ladened with guilty about not posting. So, I'm pledging to turn off the Grey's Anatomy and put down the Häagen-Dazs and get to it. I'll keep you posted! In the meantime, send me a postcard!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Kona is enough, this time...


Just to be clear, Stephanie has yet to properly send me a postcard as one would understand. I’m a postcard purist, or at least I thought I was. A postcard should be sent via postal service of the original destination, include some type of message, stamp, stamp cancel and go the distance hand-in-hand with Lady Luck.
Well, Stephanie is a chronic violator of this postcard purist by providing (not sending) postcards either by third-party (mutual friends) or directly handing them to me. These abominations sans the aesthetically pleasing stamp, stamp cancel, and ever authentic wear and tear of (if you’re lucky) international transit. But the fact that she is chronic and consistent so is leading me to reconsider what the “rules” of postcards might be. 

When I showed Ryan, he said “She really doesn’t get it, does she?” But I will give some credit where some credit is due. Above you will find a postcard from Hawaii. Notably, the stamp and address are missing, yet she did send this through the mail – in a package. Gasp! I know, but the package contained Kona coffee. Thus creating a superior care package WITH a postcard inside. 

This blurs the lines for sure because the coffee more than makes up for the offense – a one off exception that I hope does not become the norm. That said, Kona coffee goes a long way to making it okay.

Aloha, Stephanie - I got your postcard.

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