Sunday, March 17, 2019

Soliciting in the workplace!

I’ve always taken pride in my position on shamelessly asking for postcards – I mean, what’s the harm in asking when the possible replies are, “yes,” “I’ll try,” “no,” or “get away you creep!”

In casual settings, shamelessly asking for a post card can be charming and charismatic, but in a professional work setting, shameless can be a liability. And my work setting – where I have to maintain some sense of professional composure – has offices around the world with a global staff of hundreds nearing a thousand. You see where I’m going with this? The possibilities!

So, when I found myself in a new setting, surrounded by all these professionals – many of which have impressive PhDs in sciency stuff – I was… well, I was lost for starters - literally. Our offices at the time were split over two floors and were super confusing to navigate; and cold… I was cold all the time because the thermostat was set to Witches Tit – always ironic for an earth-friendly organization.

I was also patient. Solidified my mental map, brought in a scarf and plugged in an unauthorized space heater for those summer days indoors. And I made friends. Pam was the first professional work place friend that I asked for a postcard, and she obliged.

The postcard was sent June 8, 2018 and arrived in our office on June 25… but I didn’t get the postcard until September! And that’s because a coordinator that was in charge of picking up mail for a neighboring division accidentally collected this postcard and kept it on her desk for months. Said coordinator is no longer at the company (a better gig) and delivered my postcard a week before her last day.

Pam, I’m glad you had a blast exploring the seat of a former Empire! Your travel schedule is still insane… as for this postcard – it traversed over 3,000 miles to stall just a hundred steps away from my desk for months. But you know what? I got your postcard!

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

It's Amazing They Still Exist


2018 was a pretty decent year for postcards - and how the fuck is it already February? Yeah, 2019 is going to be the year of the f-bomb so get used to it. It's quite fitting too because this postcard is from my friend and work colleague, Rob, who was on assignment in Madagascar (officially the Republic of Madagascar) for about a month.

Madagascar is what is know in the industry as a key biodiversity hot spot. Having broken off the Indian subcontinent about 90 million years ago, the flora and fauna has developed unique species - 90% of which are only found on the island. There are over 100 different lemurs, and the ring-tailed lemur is found only on Madagascar. There... and the National Zoo in Washington, DC.

So, the best part about this postcard was the doubt and uncertainty following my request for a posty - we didn't know if this would even get to the States. It did. And thus, we have Madagascarian stamps and stamp cancels. It's pretty rad.

Actually the best part about this postcard are the lemurs, and Rob's observation, "... the lemurs are really quite dumb, amazing they still exist." So, without out a doubt, Madagascar has a postcards and post offices. Thanks Rob, I got your postcard!

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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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