I received a postcard via Postcrossing from Germany today. Aschaffenburg. It’s a city in Bavaria. It is a fairly typical card – several pictures of city views and a fairly generic comment on the back. But I am thrilled! I have it on our fridge – which means a lot because my husband hates having things on the fridge. He doesn’t like the clutter. I think that why he insisted on a stainless steel fridge on the last go round. I had no idea stainless steel is not magnetic until that fridge. And my dad was a metallurgical engineer. How embarrassing for the family. Anyways.
I also sent a postcard to Germany 5 days ago (to a different person) – from Huntsville! – and it was received in 4 days! I think the Germans have a very efficient postal system – through experience I know the mail here in Huntsville can be a little dodgy. You know with that mail carrier storing 4 or 5 bags of mail at his apartment a couple of times.
An aside. I discussed Beowulf with my husband tonight. I explained what Mr. Dickerson explained to me in high school. Bragging in Norse culture is akin to making a public declaration. If you lose your nerve in the face of Beowulf, perhaps the thought of dishonouring yourself after telling everyone how great of a warrior you are, will steady your sword hand.
Why am I telling you this? I don’t really know. Perhaps I want you to know I know Beowulf. And that is enough for today.
June 27th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary: Mail excitement has hit an all time high around here. You just never know what is coming through the slot. (try reading that aloud out of context in a mixed company)