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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Wood Fishing Box Postcard - What do you think?



This postcard is a small hand made box with a hand carved fish loose inside it. The back has the typical postcard place for address and stamp.

Definition of a postcard:

A postcard or post card is a rectangular piece of thick paper or thin cardboard intended for writing and mailing without an envelope. However, some postcards have deviated from this (for example, shaped postcards).

With this said, I have postcard made from Plastic, Metal, Leather, Fabric and Wood. One of my wood cards Has been sent through the mail with a stamp on the back. (See yesterday's blog) So, 'wood' you consider this a postcard?

unused, the man I bought it from ($3.00) said it is from the 1940's

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Horse and Wagon Wood Postcard from Idaho


This is a Hand Carved wood postcard from Idaho (back has Idaho - Famous Potatoes)
from Woodcards 208-342

postmarked in 1999 with two 33 cent flag/building stamps.

It is a rare day when you find a wood postcard for sale. If you do, don't pass up the opportunity to buy it!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Sarawak Museum, Island of Borneo


Sarawak Museum
Borneo

1. Kelirieng Burial Pole
2. Sarawak Museum
3. Rock Carving

postmarked in 2010 with two Malaysia 50sen bird stamps

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The Sarawak State Museum is the oldest museum in Borneo.

It was built in 1891 and was extended to its present form in 1911. The building was especially built to permanently house and display local native arts and crafts and collections of local animals as mainly encouraged by the famous naturalist, Alfred Wallace, who was then collecting specimens in the state.

Borneo:

Borneo is the third largest island in the world and is located at the center of Maritime Southeast Asia.

It is divided administratively into 3 parts, the only island in the world that is a recognised part of 3 countries:

1. The Indonesian provinces of East, South, West and Central Kalimantan
2. The Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak (the Federal Territory of Labuan is located on nearshore islands of Borneo, but not on the island of Borneo itself)
3. The independent country of Brunei (main part and eastern exclave of Temburong)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

SR-71B Blackbird


SR-71B Blackbird - (#61-7956 In Flight)

postmarked in 2007 with 24 cent Common Buckeye stamp

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The SR-71 was the world's fastest and highest-flying operational manned aircraft throughout its career. On 28 July 1976, an SR-71 broke the world record for its class: an absolute speed record of 1,905.81 knots (2,193.17 mph; 3,529.56 km/h), and an "absolute altitude record" of 85,069 feet (25,929 m). Several aircraft exceeded this altitude in zoom climbs but not in sustained flight.

When the SR-71 was retired in 1990, one example was flown from its birthplace at United States Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California, to go on exhibit at what is now the Smithsonian Institution's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (an annex of the National Air & Space Museum) in Chantilly, Virginia. On 6 March 1990, Lt. Col. Ed Yielding and Lt. Col. J. T. Vida piloted the Blackbird, setting a coast-to-coast aircraft speed record: 67 minutes 54 seconds, at an average speed 2,125 miles per hour (3,420 km/h). Three additional records were set within segments of the flight, including an average speed of 2,190 miles per hour (3,520 km/h) measured between the radar gates set up in St. Louis and Cincinnati. These four speed records were accepted by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), the recognized body for aviation records in the United States.

Here is the plane at the Smithsonian ...

SR-71 and Space Shuttle Enterprise -
Pictured in the foreground is the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, the fastest jet-powered aircraft ever built. The Space Shuttle Enterprise is in the background in the James. S. mcDonnell Space Hanger of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. -
Photograph by Dane Penland -

Postmarked in 2007 with USA First -Class 'Liberty Bell Forever' stamp

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Map of Antigua Island


Antigua, West Indies - The larger island of the nation of Antigua and Barbuda, Antigua boasts 365 beautiful beaches, one for each day of the year. It lies roughly 17 degrees north of th equator in the middle of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean. It is about 14 miles long and 1 miles wide (108 sq. miles). The capital is St. John's

postmarked with Antigua & Barbuda 90c cruise ship stamp in 2007

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Antigua is an island in the West Indies, in the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean region, the main island of the country of Antigua and Barbuda. Antigua means "ancient" in Spanish and was named by Christopher Columbus after a church in Spain, Santa Maria La Antigua — St. Mary the Ancient. It is also known as Wadadli, from the original Amerindian inhabitants, and means approximately "our own".

The major Antiguan sport is cricket. Sir Vivian ("Viv") Richards is one of the most famous Antiguans, who played for, and captained, the West Indies team. Antigua was the location of a 2007 Cricket World Cup site, on a new Recreation Ground constructed on an old cane field in the north of the island.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

3 unused vintage Sunday School postcards


Looking for you at Sunday School

We miss you when you are away ~ Come next Sunday

Al things work together for good. Romans 8:28

the back reads:

Dear ___________

We wonder if you know quite how much you are missed from our group. Do try to join us next week

Very sincerely,
Your Friend,
__________


Look in the mirror and you will see
who we missed last Sunday!

Be thou an Example of the Believers I Timothy 4:12

the back reads:
your friends in _________School
will be watching for you next Sunday at
_________o'clock


This little piggy went to market
This little piggy stayed home
This little piggy went to Sunday School
And my! did he have fun!

"We missed you Sunday."

Train up a child in the way he should go: and, when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Prov. 22:6

the back reads:

Dear _________
The little people and the big people in __________
missed you. We shall be watching for you next Sunday
Your loving friend
_____________

Monday, January 25, 2010

Philadelphia Zoological Gardens, 1948


Flower Bed and Reptile House, Zoological Gardens, Philadelphia, Pa.

The Zoological Garden is located in Fairmount Park on the west side of the Schuylkill River, stretching over 33 acres. It contains a large collection of wild animals, birds and reptiles from all over the world.

postmarked in 1948 with a 1 cent Washington stamp from 1939

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The Philadelphia Zoo is now 42-acres with victorian gardens and is home to more than 1300 animals, many of them rare and endangered.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Vintage Poem about sending Postcards!


A post card coming frequently
From those I love the best,
With letters sandwiched
here and there,
To give the cards a rest
Would give me greater happiness
Than they have ever guessed.

postmarked in 1916 with a 1 cent stamp

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I love this! I wish they made postcards still about sending postcards :D

Saturday, January 23, 2010

England, Life Guard Sentry


London, England

Life Guard Sentry

unused, from 2005

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The Queen's Guard and Queen's Life Guard are the names given to contingents of infantry and cavalry soldiers charged with guarding the official royal residences in London.

The Queen's Life Guard is the mounted guard at the entrance to Horse Guards. Horse Guards is the official main entrance to both St James's Palace and Buckingham Palace. The guard is on horseback from 10am until 4pm, with the two sentries changing every hour. From 4pm until 8pm a pair of dismounted sentries remain. At 8pm, the gates of Horse Guards are locked, and a single sentry remains until 7am.

Friday, January 22, 2010

England, Beefeater, Yoemen of the Guard


London, England

Beefeater

unused, from 2005

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Beefeater is the colloquial name of the Yeomen of the Guard.

The Queen's Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard are a bodyguard of the British Monarch. The oldest British military corps still in existence, it was created by Henry VII in 1485 at the Battle of Bosworth Field. The Yeomen still wear red and gold uniforms of Tudor style. There are 60 Yeomen of the Guard (plus 6 Officers), drawn from retired members of the British Army, Royal Marines and Royal Air Force, but not the Royal Navy, because while members of the other services take oaths to the Crown, members of the Navy take an oath to the Admiralty.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

History of Sunglasses





Before there were sunglasses:
It is said that the Roman emperor Nero liked to watch gladiator fights with emeralds. These, however, appear to have worked rather like mirrors. Flat panes of smoky quartz which offered no corrective powers but did protect the eyes from glare were used in China in the 12th century or possibly earlier. Contemporary documents describe the use of such crystals by judges in Chinese courts to conceal their facial expressions while questioning witnesses.
James Ayscough began experimenting with tinted lenses in spectacles in the mid-18th century, around 1752. These were not "sunglasses" as such; Ayscough believed blue- or green-tinted glass could correct for specific vision impairments. Protection from the sun's rays was not a concern for him.

Modern developments:
In the early 1900s, the use of sunglasses started to become more widespread, especially among the pioneering stars of silent movies. It is commonly believed that this was to avoid recognition by fans, but the real reason was they often had perennially red eyes from the powerful arc lamps that were needed due to the extremely slow speed film stocks used. The stereotype persisted long after improvements in film quality and the introduction of ultraviolet filters had eliminated this problem.

Inexpensive mass-produced sunglasses were introduced to America by Sam Foster in 1929. Foster found a ready market on the beaches of Atlantic City, New Jersey, where he began selling sunglasses under the name Foster Grant from a Woolworth on the Boardwalk.
Polarized sunglasses first became available in 1936, when Edwin H. Land began experimenting with making lenses with his patented Polaroid filter.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Cathedral Caverns, Alabama


Frozen Waterfall, Cathedral Caverns, Alabama

A portion of the world's largest frozen waterfalls, 100,000,000 years old. Featuring the 7 greatest wonders In the world.

postmarked with US Buffalo Bill Cody 15 cent stamp in 1989

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Cathedral Caverns State Park is located within Woodville, Alabama city limits. The cave was first developed as an attraction by Jay Gurley in the late 1950s. It was declared a National Natural Landmark in June 1972.

Mr. Gurley maintained the cave as a tourist attraction from 1959 to 1974. The cave was sold in 1975 at an auction. The State of Alabama bought the cave in 1987 with the intent to reopen the site as a state park. After funding delays, restoration work actually began in 1995. In May 2000, the Cavern re-opened to the public.

In 1995, Cathedral Caverns provided the cave settings for the Disney Studios film Tom and Huck especially where the vicious Injun Joe (Eric Schweig) falls into an enormous chasm.

Cathedral Caverns holds six world records:

(1) Cathedral Caverns has the widest entrance of any commercial cave in the world. It is 25 feet tall and 128 feet wide.

(2) Cathedral Caverns is home to "Goliath"--the largest stalagmite in the world. It measures 45 feet tall and 243 feet in circumstance.

(3) Cathedral Caverns has the largest flow stone wall, which is 32 feet tall and 135 feet long.

(4) Cathedral Caverns is known for the largest "frozen" waterfall.

(5) Cathedral Caverns has the largest stalagmite forest of any cave in the world.

(6) Cathedral Caverns has the most improbably formation in the world which is a stalagmite that is 35 feet tall and 3 inches wide!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Legend of the Sea Horse


The Legend of the Sea Horse

With a head shaped like a tiny prancing horse, in rigid bony plates and thorny spikes and a tail that curls like a snake, there is little about the sea horse to suggest that he really is a fish. It swims upright with the aid of a single back fin. With its tail curled around sea weed to keep from being swept away, it looks like a small dragon from some fairy tale.

One of the most curious agreements known to marine biologists is that between male and female. The female puts her eggs into the male's front vest pocket, which resembles a kangaroo's pouch, so that the father instead of the mother carries the eggs about until they are hatched.

They eat only live sea life such as plankton and the eggs of other sea creatures, smaller than themselves. They are found in large numbers along Florida's seacoast.

from 2009 - a USA 44 cent Christmas stamp is attached

Monday, January 18, 2010

The American Legion, Trenton, New Jersey


Corner in Reading Room, Hitching Post No. 93, adjacent Pennsylvania Railroad Station, sponsored by Trenton Post No. 93, The American Legion, Trenton, New Jersey.

postmarked in 1943, member of the Army so free to mail, no stamp

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The American Legion is a congressionally chartered mutual-aid veterans organization of the United States armed forces founded to benefit those veterans who served during a wartime period as defined by the U.S. Congress. The American Legion was founded in 1919 by veterans returning from Europe after World War I. The organization is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and also has offices in Washington D.C. The group has nearly 3 million members in over 14,000 Posts worldwide.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Please Help Haiti

"Notre Dame" Church in Petit-Goave

Photo by Willy Nicolas

unused, but has writing on the back and a large crease going down the center

This building collapsed during the earthquake and claimed the life of the archbishop.

The Cathedral, Port Au Prince, Haiti

Photo: Herbert E. Miller

unused

After the earthquake, this almost 100 year old building is gone - only the lower walls are left.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Brijuni National Park, Croatia

Brijuni nacionalni park

the back of the fish is cut out of the postcard

Postmarked in 2009 with two Croatia stamps

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On the Brijuni there are several archaeological and cultural sites.

At four sites on Veli Brijun island over 200 dinosaur footprints have been discovered, which can be traced to the Cretaceous Period from where Brijuni Cretaceous Park gets its name.

There are also several archeological sites worth seeing. There is the 13th century AD St. Mary's Church which was built by the Knights Templar. There are also two ancient Roman villa remains, from the 2nd Century BC. The last remain is Hill-fort which indicates a Bronze Age settlement on the island dating back to 14th century BC.

There are also several exhibitions including natural history and art exhibitions, and archaeological collections.



Friday, January 15, 2010

Lord of the Rings Movie Poster Postcards

The first is from the United States, the second is from Slovenia.

Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring - movie poster postcard - postmarked in Feb. 2007 with 24 cent Buckeye stamp
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Gospodar Prstanov
Bratovscina Prstana

(Lord of the Rings)
(The Fellowship of the Ring)

postmarked in 2008 with 0,48 Slovenija (Slovenia) stamp

Gospodar Prstanov
Bratovscina Prstana

V casu, preden se je zacela zgodovina, v kraju, imenovanem Srednji svet, je mogocni Temni vladar zdruzil sile zla, da bi unicil tamkajsnja ljudstva in zasuznjil vso prebivalstvo, ki se mu znajde na poti. Prisel je Sauronov cas. Potrebuje le se droben predmet - Prstan, ki je bil stoletja izgubljen - da bo lahko utrnil luc civilizacije in svet zavil v temo.

Ceprav je Sauron vse svoje moci posvetil iskanju, je usoda Prstan prinesla v roke nekomu drugemu - mlademu hobitu Frodu Basiginu, ki podeduje Edinega in se z njim zapise v legendo. Ob pomoci zveste bratovscine hobitov, ljudi, skrata in vilina ter pod modrim vodstvom vesca Gandalfa, se mora Frodo odpraviti na goro Pogubo in uniciti Edini Prstan. Ce njemu ne uspe, nikomur drugemu ne bo.

thank you ettelewen for the translation and card!!...

"In a time before history, in a place named Middle-earth, a dark and powerful lord has brought together the forces of evil to destroy its cultures and enslave all life caught in his path. Sauron's time has come. He needs only one small object - a Ring that has been lost for centuries, to snuff out the light of civilization and cover the world in darkness.

Though he has put all of his power into the search for it, fate has put it in the hands of a young hobbit named Frodo Baggins, who inherits 'the Only' and steps into legend. With the help of a loyal fellowship comprised of hobbits, humans, dwarf and elf and with the guidance of the wizard Gandalf, Frodo must journey to the Mount of Doom to destroy the Only Ring. If he doesn't find a way, no one will."

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Lord of the Rings


This was a WONDERFUL surprise postcard for me! The sender is from New Zealand and her dad was an extra in the Return of the King, from the trilogy The Lord of the Rings. (My favorite movies :) This is him dressed for the Mount Doom battle scene.

the sender writes:
As soon as I found out you love Lord of the Rings, I thought I would make this for you. (The picture is glued to a light cardboard, then sent as a handmade postcard!!!) This is my father in full costume! Apparently it was quite secretive around the set. Dad auditioned because they wanted tall people and dad is tall.

postmarked in 2009 with a New Zealand Christmas stamp

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Island of Grenada


Grenada
Isle of Spice
(West Indies)

postmarked in 2009 with a Grenada $1 bird stamp
Blackburnian Warbler
dendroica fusca

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Music, dance, and festivals are extremely important in Grenada. Soca, calypso, and reggae set the mood for their annual Carnival activities. Over the years Rap music became famous among Grenadian youths and there have been numerous young rappers emerging in the islands underground rap scene. The islanders’ African heritage plays an influential role in many aspects of Grenada’s culture.

As with other islands from the Caribbean, cricket is the national and most popular sport and is an intrinsic part of Grenadian culture.

Another important aspect of Grenadian culture is the tradition of story telling, with folk tales bearing both African and French influences. The character, Anancy, a spider god who is a trickster, originated in West Africa and is prevalent on other Caribbean islands as well.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Lion Habitat at MGM Grand


Here Human, Human, Human.

The Lion Habitat at MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada

Surround yourself in a wild jungle adventure starring the King of the Jungle. This upclose and personal approach is designed to educate and amaze.

unused, bought in 2009

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Nestled in the heart of the MGM Grand, the lions of this Las Vegas resort are clearly the kings of this neon jungle.

Separated from the lions by only one and a half inches of glass, visitors can watch as these majestic creatures feed, play, groom themselves and sleep.

When they're not on display, the lions live on an 8.5-acre ranch located 12 miles from the MGM Grand. The lions are bathed and blown dry before being transported in a specially designed van to the MGM Grand each day.

Rotated in and out of the exhibit throughout the day, the lions are kept in the habitat for only six hours at a time. Generally, only a few lions will be on display at any given time, but there are 31 in all -- 20 females and 11 males.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Wai-O-Tapu in New Zealand

Wai-O-Tapu
Thermal Wonderland
Rotorua, New Zealand

From Top left: Champagne Pool, Lake Ngakoro, Artists Palette & Champagne Pool

Postmarked in 2009 with a New Zealand $1.80 stamp

The sender writes:
Rotorua is the most volcanic place in New Zealand. It sticks of sulphur from the hot pools. Unfortunately the one time I visited, it was shrouded in fog and I couldn't see anything.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Jack Russell Terrier


I labeled this a Jack Russell Terrier, but after reading about them, I'm not sure what type of Russell Terrier this is.

art by Sharon Forbes / Applejack Art Partners

Postmarked in 2009 from Finland, with a Suomi Finland fish stamp

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A few famous Russell Terriers:
Long believed to be Jack Russell Terriers, father Moose and son Enzo, played the role of Eddie, on the long-running TV sitcom Frasier. They are often mistakingly called Jack Russell Terriers because most of the public is unaware of the other variations of Russells. Eddie belonged to lead character Frasier's father Martin, and constantly "stole the show" with his deadpan antics. Eddie received more fan mail than any other Frasier character. Both Moose and Enzo were of Parson Russell Terrier genealogy.

Similarly, the role playing terrier on Wishbone, a television show which aired from 1995 to 2001 in the United States, who shared his name with the show, has had his breed wrongly identified over the years. Wishbone was also a Parson Russell Terrier from imported English and Scottish lines. The problem with having several different types of Russells is that it is difficult to determine the specific type until examining the individual dog's pedigree. Many Parson Russell Terriers and Russell Terriers have been referred to as Jack Russells over the years due to the fact that most of the general public and entertainment industry have been unaware of the existence of these other classifications.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Hialeah Park Race Track - Then and Now


Finish of an exciting race at Hialeah race Course.

postmarked in 2009 with a 32 cent stamp

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The Hialeah Park Race Track (also known as the Miami Jockey Club or Hialeah Race Track or Hialeah Park) is a historic site in Hialeah, Florida. It is located at East 4th Avenue. On March 5, 1979, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

The Hialeah Park Race Track is one of the oldest existing recreational facilities in southern Florida. Originally opened in 1921 by the famous aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss and his partner James Bright, in 1925 the Miami Jockey Club launched Hialeah's race track on January 25, 1925. The facility was severely damaged by a 1926 hurricane and in 1930 was sold to the Joseph E. Widener. With Col. Edward R. Bradley as an investor, Widener hired architect Lester W. Geisler to design a complete new grandstand and clubhouse facilities along with landscaped gardens and a lake in the infield that Widener stocked with flamingos. Hailed as one of the most beautiful racetracks in the world, Hialeah Park officially opened on January 14, 1932.

The park became so famous for its flocks of flamingos that it has been officially designated a sanctuary for the American Flamingo by the Audubon Society.

In 2001, Hialeah Park stopped hosting racing after a change in the state law kept it from having any exclusive dates in its competition with Gulfstream Park and Calder Race Course. Consequently, owner John Brunetti closed Hialeah Park to the public.

In 2004, the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering revoked Hialeah's thoroughbred permit because it did not hold races for the previous two years. Its facilities remain intact except for the stables, which were demolished in early 2007.

On March 2009, it was announced that current track owner John Brunetti was awarded a racing permit. A $40-$90 Million restoration project is set to start within the next year.

On May 7, 2009 the Florida legislature agreed to a deal with the Seminole Tribe of Florida that would allow Hialeah Park to operate slot machines and run Quarter Horse races.

The historic racetrack reopened on November 28, 2009; solely for quarter horse races. The park will install slot machines in January as part of a deal to allow for two calender seasons of racing. The races will go on all the way until February 2, 2010. Up until this point, only a portion of the park has been restored, and an additional $30 million will be needed to complete this first phase of the project. The full transformation is expected to cost $1 billion since the plan includes a complete redevelopment of the surrounding area, which includes empty lots and the towering pine trees, into a destination spot with a hotel, restaurants, casinos, stores and a theater.

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Here is the racetrack in 1961

Parading to the post on the turf at beautiful Hialeah Racecourse Miami, Florida.

postmarked in 1961 with a 4 cent "Lincoln" stamp

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Here is a 1953 postcard of the Flamingos ...

Flamingos Nesting at Hialeah Park, Miami, Florida - The unique feature of Hialeah Park is its great flock of flamingos. These birds were imported from Cuba and South America and in 1939 for the first time, flamingos were raised to maturity in this country. That first season 62 birds were hatched at Hialeah and this year there were almost on hundred. The young birds are white and take on their pink coloring with maturity. Flamingos are fed a mixture of boiled rice, dried shredded shrimp, grains and cod liver oil - postmarked in 1953 with 2 cent John Adams stamp

Friday, January 8, 2010

The Fremont Troll, Seattle, Washington



The Fremont Troll
by Steve Bandanes, Donna Walter, Will Martin and Ross Whitehead

Photo by Nance Carter

postmarked in 2009 with a 28 cent stamp

the sender writes:
The Fremont Troll lives under a bridge in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. He's covered in concrete, and that's a real Volkswagen Beetle in his left hand. We've been assured he's a friendly troll - he presides over neighborhood festivities such as Trolloween.
(thank you Violet!)

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The Fremont Troll (also known as The Troll, or the Troll Under the Bridge) is a piece of public art in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington in the United States.

The Troll is a mixed media megalithic statue, located on N. 36th Street at Troll Avenue N., under the north end of the Aurora Bridge. Aurora Avenue North was renamed "Troll Avenue" in its honor in 2005. Despite its name, the Troll is not under the nearby Fremont Bridge. It is clutching an actual Volkswagen Beetle, as if it had just swiped it from the roadway above.

The piece was the winner of a competition sponsored by the Fremont Arts Council in 1990, in part with the goal of rehabilitating the area under the bridge which was becoming a dumping ground and haven for drug dealers. It was built later that same year. The Troll was sculpted by four local artists: Steve Badanes, Will Martin, Donna Walter, and Ross Whitehead. He is interactive—visitors are encouraged to clamber on him or try to poke out his one good eye (a hubcap). The Troll is 5.5 m high, weighs two tons (1814 kg), and is made of steel rebar, wire, and concrete.

The Troll was featured in the film 10 Things I Hate About You.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Giant Fir Trees in Canada


Cathedral Grove, Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada

Photo Eric J. Cooke

Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Park on Hwy. No. 4 between Parksville and the Albernis is a living monument of giant Douglas Fir Trees and other native species.

The largest are 800 years old, but most sprouted when a fire opened the forest about 300 years ago.

Vancouver, Island, British Columbia

postmarked in 1995 with a Canada Apple Tree stamp

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To give it a little perspective: The oldest trees sprouted when Genghis Khan was alive - or about 300 years before Columbus found America!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Crawfish Fried Rice Recipe


Crawfish Fried Rice

Serves 6

2 cups long-grain rice
1 onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/2 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup parsley separate stems from leaves, finely chopped
2 cups crawfish tails, washed
1/4 cup Louisiana style hot pepper sauce
salt to taste

Ahead of time, cook the long grain rice and chill. In wok or large skillet, saute onions, bell pepper, garlic and parsley stems in oil until crisp-tender over high heat. Add washed crawfish, green onions and parsley leaves. Saute for another 2 - 3 minutes. Mix cooked rice and crawfish together, adding pepper sauce. Keep stirring until rice is heated through. Salt to taste.

postmarked in 2009 with a 28 stamp