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Thursday, January 28, 2010

100th Postcard

I sent my very first Postcrossing card on August 31, 2008.  At the time, I was visiting New York with Karim and Aneez.  The main purpose of our trip was to watch the Jays play the Yankees in their last year at the old Yankee Stadium.  Our Jays were victorious!  I also won $83 dollars at a game some friendly and hilarious South Carolinians taught us called Ground or Mound (there will be a post on that after spring training gets under way.)

We had an amazing sibling trip (our first vacation as a trio.)  What I remember most fondly were the little things we shared with each other that have stayed with us since that memorable time.

Here we are on the Staten Island Ferry seeking out the cool of the Upper New York Bay on what was probably the hottest, stickiest, sweatiest day I've ever experienced.  See how my hair rose up to meet the humidity? Karim's face is melting!  Lovely.

Karim introduced both of us to The Moth podcast. The Moth brings live "storytellers" together (they can range from the former editor of a French fashion magazine to a rookie NYPD cop) who share true stories off book.   You can listen to some of the stories here to get a feel.  If you like them, download the free podcasts off iTunes.  They are great to get you through 15 or 20 minutes on the treadmill.  They can also provide a hilarious soundtrack to a short, brisk walk.

Aneez introduced both of us to Postcrossing. Here's a picture of the first card I ever sent.  I bought five postcards on 34th Street, picked up some stamps from a bodega just south of the Empire State building and placed my first three cards into the hands of the trusty USPS (they have been good to me.) I received my first postcard from Japan less than two weeks later!
I just received my 100th postcard through Postcrossing.  
It's from Belgium and depicts Manneken Pis (Little Boy Pissing.)

Getting my 100th postcard was definitely a fun moment for me but most of all it was the 100th reminder of a moment in time spent with Karim and Aneez that I will forever give thanks for.


Megan said...

Oh its so wonderful that these postcards hold such wonderful memories for you. I am a bit annoyed at postcrossing at the moment i havent received a postcard for ages :-( and have sent heaps. I love the New York one!

Faiza said...

M - send me your address stat! I will send some postcard joy your way.

tez said...

I love the relationship you have with your brothers. x

Sylvie said...

What a cool idea that is! I think I'll have to sign up at Postcrossing myself.

Faiza said...

sylvie - give it a try! It's a lot of fun!

Nahl said...

The name "Karim" reminds me of Kartography. Amazing book.

Karim Kanji said...

Hey thanks Faiza! I still listen to The Moth and a bunch of other Podcasts as well.

Faiza said...

@Nahl - Thanks for the book recommendation and thanks for visiting my blog. Hope you have a great week!

@Karim - I sitll listen to it too. What other podcasts do you listen to?

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