Connecting Our World

Greetings,

I’m not sure if any of you know this but I am a postcard junkie. I have a major addiction to postcards both new and old with the later being my favorite. There is just something about sending and receiving postcards that I truly enjoy. Maybe it’s that mystique of what I might find in my mailbox or that surprise in yours. Whatever it might be I truly enjoy it.

Some of you who are reading this may have been a recipient of one of my postcards from when I/we travel, a friendly hello or just a simple thank you. Yes I know what you are thinking I have to buy stamps and find a Post Office or mailbox when “I can just post a picture on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or whatever is the new fad today”. I’ll be honest, I love your pictures, however I love even more when you take the time to send me something tan·gi·ble “That may be touched, real actual; evident.” Something that years from now I can look back on and re-visit your life, journey, event or day.

A look back to a postcard written in 1958.
A look back to a postcard written in 1958.

One of my favorite stories is of recent, about a woman from our running community, a friend who lives a good distance from our area. While on social media prior to the Christmas holiday I was raving about the local coffee shop and their “Christmas Blend” coffee roast. Katie chimed in with “We are serious coffee drinkers ” asking if I might ship her some, so I did. After a week went by and I heard nothing of her receiving my package. I sent her a message asking if it had arrived and her response to me was “I sent you an old fashioned thank you card in the mail”. It was a handmade card, I was elated!From Katie O'Regan

Lately I have been recieving postcards from all around the globe. Have you ever heard of the Postcrossing project? I have been a member now for just over two years and I love it. I get to send  postcards around the world and even better I receive them from around the world as well. Furthermore I have the added benefit of all different types of stamps from across the globe. Exciting, yes I know!

My friends I hope that you have a happy 2015 and who knows maybe one of my postcards will make it to your mailbox.

Cheers!

Joe

Received from Siberia Russia on January15th 2015.
Received from Siberia Russia on January15th 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Received postcard from Taiwan on December 23rd 2014.
Received postcard from Taiwan on December 23rd 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This postcard came from a friend who was recently on a Caribbean cruise.
This postcard came from a friend who was recently on a Caribbean cruise.

A little information about the “Postcrossing Project” in hopes it might peak your interest. http://www.postcrossing.com

The project

The goal of this project is to allow people to receive postcards from all over the world, for free. Well, almost free! The main idea is that: if you send a postcard, you will receive one back from a random Postcrosser from somewhere in the world.

Why? Because, like the founder, there are lots of people who like to receive real mail.
The element of surprise of receiving postcards from different places in the world (many of which you probably have never heard of) can turn your mailbox into a box of surprises – and who wouldn’t like that?

How does it work?

First, the short version:

  1. request an address from the website
  2. mail the postcard to the address
  3. wait to receive a postcard
  4. register the received postcard in the system

The first step is to request to send a postcard. The website will display (and send you an email) with the address of another member and a Postcard ID (e.g.: US-786). You then mail a postcard to that member.

The member receives the postcard and registers it using the Postcard ID that is on the postcard. At this point, you are eligible to receive a postcard from another user. You are now in line for the next person that requests to send a postcard. Where the postcard comes from is a surprise!

You can have up to 5 postcards traveling at any single time. Every time one of the postcards you send is registered, you can request another address. The number of postcards allowed to travel at any single time goes up the more postcards you send!

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Lady in Red

I think the saying goes “There’s a first time for everything”. This evening was a first for me at least. The first time I have ever wore a dress. Now I know what your thinking, Joe Geronimo wearing a dress, pretty frightening. Especially that I am a full fledged representative of Man Caves LLC. However today was different, I was able to show some leg and get out and run the 16th Annual Red Dress 5K in support of the Crime Victims Center.

This was not an officially timed event but more of a fun run. As you all know that did not stop the competition between the dresses. Me personally, according to the clock at the finish line PR’d the 5K at 20:21 beating my last time of 21:16 back in April. Hey I’ll take it.

There was a lot of lipstick, blush and well just plain old fun. Honestly I was skeptical of the whole dress thing but in the end I had a blast.

Afterwards my wife and I went to Ebishura Sushi Restaurant in Vestal, New York for a bite. I had the fried shrimp tempura along with the beef short rib ramen noodle bowl. My wife had the same noodle bowl and found it to be just a weeeee bit more spicy than she likes. I on the other hand loved it! In the end I made it up to her with a trip to Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt http://sweetfrogyogurt.com.

Cheers!

Joe

Joe Geronimo. Image © Julie Geronimo
Joe Geronimo. Image © Julie Geronimo
Koen Gieskes. Image © Joe Geronimo
Koen Gieskes. Image © Joe Geronimo
Sue Cain, Koen Gieskes & Charles Wellman. Image © Joe Geronimo
Sue Cain, Koen Gieskes & Charles Wellman. Image © Joe Geronimo
Koen Gieskes. Image © Joe Geronimo
Koen Gieskes. Image © Joe Geronimo
Danielle Vick. Image © Joe Geronimo
Danielle Vick. Image © Joe Geronimo
Silverfox Cavalari. Image © Joe Geronimo
Silverfox Cavalari. Image © Joe Geronimo
Joe Geronimo. Image © Julie Geronimo
Joe Geronimo. Image © Julie Geronimo
And there off! Image © Julie Geronimo
And there off! Image © Julie Geronimo
Charles Wellman & Danielle Vick. Image © Joe Geronimo
Charles Wellman & Danielle Vick. Image © Joe Geronimo
Danielle Vick & Joe Geronimo. Image © Julie Geronimo
Danielle Vick & Joe Geronimo. Image © Julie Geronimo
Charles Wellman. Image © Joe Geronimo
Charles Wellman. Image © Joe Geronimo
Chris Cowden. Image © Joe Geronimo
Chris Cowden. Image © Joe Geronimo
Joe Geronimo & Sue Cain. Image © Julie Geronimo
Joe Geronimo & Sue Cain. Image © Julie Geronimo
Silverfox Cavalari. Image © Joe Geronimo
Silverfox Cavalari. Image © Joe Geronimo
Ramen and beef short rib noodle bowl. Image © Joe Geronimo
Ramen and beef short rib noodle bowl. Image © Joe Geronimo
Fried Shrimp Tempura. Image © Joe Geronimo
Fried Shrimp Tempura. Image © Joe Geronimo