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Old 08-22-2019, 09:20 AM
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The Great Late-Summer 2019 Doper Postcard Exchange!


Northern Piper, melodyharmonius and jayrey have run them in the past, and they're always fun, but it's been awhile.

Here's how it works (as adapted from NP's previous thread). Our rules, by the numbers, and written with past PE problems in mind:

1. If you want to get three (3), count 'em, THREE! postcards from witty and intelligent Dopers from around the world, just sign up here, and send me a PM with your real-life name and postal address. (You know, post - you put a stamp on it, put it in a mailbox, and a postal carrier will pick it up and deliver it - I'm sure if you've forgotten how to do it, it'll come back to you before you know it). Cut-off for signing up is noon EST on Thurs. Sept. 5. I'll take all the names and addresses received by PM by that date, and will then send out PMs to each of you with the names and addresses of the three Dopers to whom you'll send postcards.

2. Please, don't sign up unless you intend to do your very best to participate. I'll try to ensure that everyone gets at least one postcard from someone in another country. (Offer depends on availability of world-wide Dopers signing up. No warranty of world-wide Dopers is offered, express or implied. Terms may vary depending on local laws. Offer void where prohibited. You need not be sane to win. Do not adjust your dial, write if you get work, hang by your thumbs, &c &c &c).

3. You then purchase three (3!) postcards which you want to share with other Dopers. It's up to you what themes to select. Local color is always good, especially if you're sending it to an overseas Doper. Don't wait until the last minute to get your postcards (museums, historic site gift shops and local visitors bureaus are good sources) or to buy appropriate postage (remembering that domestic and international postage will likely differ). Bear in mind that some Dopers have small children, so nothing X-rated on your postcards, please.

4. Address your postcards. Write a short, clearly-written message to the Doper, who is going to be just thrilled to hear from you. Be sure to use your SDMB username, so they know who sent it to them. Get the right kind of stamps and put them on the postcards. Put the postcards in your local mail slot, and off they go!

5. Deadline for posting your postcards is two weeks later, by Thurs. Sept. 19. Report here as soon as you've posted them (not when you intend to, but after you've actually dropped them in the mail, please).

6. There is no Rule 6.

7. Gird your loins and wait with saintly patience (this is particularly hard for some Dopers, I remember well from previous threads). Soon enough, postcardy goodness will arrive in your mailbox.

8. Report back here every time you get a Doper postcard. Huzzah!

And we're off....
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Old 08-23-2019, 08:49 PM
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Old 08-23-2019, 09:03 PM
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Old 08-24-2019, 08:58 PM
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Old 08-24-2019, 09:16 PM
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Old 08-25-2019, 10:25 AM
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Old 08-25-2019, 12:05 PM
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Old 08-25-2019, 05:42 PM
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Old 08-25-2019, 08:09 PM
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Old 08-26-2019, 01:21 PM
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Old 08-26-2019, 02:49 PM
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Old 08-26-2019, 03:26 PM
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Done did dat, dude.
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Done did dat, dude.
Oops, sorry, overlooked that!
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Old 08-26-2019, 09:55 PM
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Old 08-27-2019, 03:07 AM
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Old 08-27-2019, 08:03 AM
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Old 08-27-2019, 08:56 AM
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Old 08-27-2019, 12:15 PM
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I just bought some French postcards! I'm totally in!
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Old 08-28-2019, 04:14 AM
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Got the PM from Elendil's Heir, and of course I'm in again. It's always a lot of fun.
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Old 08-28-2019, 08:09 PM
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Yay! The German Conspirators!
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Old 08-28-2019, 08:19 PM
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Old 08-30-2019, 06:42 PM
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Old 08-30-2019, 06:56 PM
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Old 08-30-2019, 06:57 PM
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Please don't expect too much from us, we're running out of "Die Sendung mit der Maus" Starschnitte .
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Old 08-30-2019, 07:42 PM
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Please don't expect too much from us, we're running out of "Die Sendung mit der Maus" Starschnitte .
No expectations; I'm just glad you are playing!
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Old 08-30-2019, 08:29 PM
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EinsteinsHund, no worries. You and The Butterfly's Ghost have always sent really cool stuff and it's always fun for us 'Murricans to get things from over yonder.
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Old 09-02-2019, 08:41 PM
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I'm in! I've been going through boxes of my in-laws' summer home contents, and found some cool postcards, and saved them for this very occasion!
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I just bought some French postcards! I'm totally in!
That kind of French postcards...?
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That kind of French postcards...?
I dunno, how excited are you by walled towns?
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Old 09-03-2019, 02:16 PM
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I dunno, how excited are you by walled towns?
There's a battering ram joke in here somewhere, but we're supposed to be acting more suave and debonair, so.....I got nothin'.
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Old 09-05-2019, 11:20 AM
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Thanks, everyone! The signup period is now over, and assignments with addresses should be going out in the next day or so. Please buy three postcards and stamps, if you've not already done so.
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PMs have now gone out to everyone. See Rules 4 and 5 above, please, and enjoy!
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Old 09-06-2019, 08:10 AM
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Mine are in the mail. One is going overseas, so not sure how long that one will take.
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Old 09-06-2019, 08:46 AM
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BTW, every group but one had a non-US Doper to send a postcard to, for that exotic international flair you all know and love.

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Mine will go in the mail tomorrow.
Just a friendly reminder to take another look at Rule 5.
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Old 09-07-2019, 04:19 PM
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I have returned from my vacation (to a location that will remain undisclosed until my recipients get their cards) and I have put my postcards in the mailbox just ahead of Mailman Eddie. Oops, he is grabbing them now! Bon voyage, my little postcards!
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Old 09-07-2019, 06:34 PM
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Dropped mine off at the post office this morning.

NOTE: I'm heading out for a 6-week road trip in a couple of days, so I won't be able to offer timely acknowledgements of cards sent to me. It will be nice, however, to have something cool waiting in the mail stack when I get home! I'm expecting to bump this thread towards the end of October.

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I promise to post again per Rule 5. But I just wanted to say in the meantime that I got the cards and will mail them out tomorrow!!
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Old 09-08-2019, 04:06 PM
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Please forgive my horrible hand writing. I don't think I've actually hand-written something in cursive for years! If you can't read your card, I will not be insulted if you PM me and ask what it says.
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Old 09-09-2019, 12:48 PM
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Dropped mine in the mail this morning. Postcards awaaaaaaaaay!

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Please forgive my horrible hand writing. I don't think I've actually hand-written something in cursive for years!...
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Old 09-09-2019, 11:38 PM
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I got postcards! I got a pack from blondebear, who just lives down the road a piece. There is a postcard from 1976 depicting what San Francisco traffic would look like if there were zoo animals all over the roads.

I also got an accordion-style pack of postcards depicting scenes from the "well known" Tri-Cities of Davenport, Iowa, Rock Island, Illinois, and Moline, Illinois. The scenes are -- I'm guessing -- from the 1940s. The postage area is marked "1 1/2 cents" -- so that long ago. There is an amusing place on the inside that says "Greetings From ________________", so you can write... what exactly? It seems clear the postcards are from the listed Tri-Cities -- every one of the 18 postcards is labeled with one of those cities!

Thank you blondebear; I can only hope that the postcard I sent you also arrived before you leave on your trip.
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My cards are on the way. From my experience of former postcard exchanges, they will take about one week to cross the pond.
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