Thursday, June 14, 2012

Wish you were Here!

Note from Mel:  I'm re-running this post because we're on our way to see Conan O'Brien tape his show at the Chicago Theater!  We are BEYOND excited - in fact, we "wish you were here"!  :D  Back with a new post on Friday!  :D

Can you believe it's August already?  Here in my neck of the woods, the kids go back to school in about a month.  You know what that means - if you haven't already, it's time to start that vacation before it's too late!

Not having any kids, Brian and I could hypothetically vacation anytime we want.  We've gone on some Duesies - Alaska, Hawaii, Toronto (twice), Duluth, Washington, D.C. (twice), Denver, Fargo (don't laugh - Fargo has my FAVORITE HOTEL EVER).  Alas, we haven't really taken a vacation in the last two years; it was a sacrifice we made when I quit my job at The Reporter.  Skipping vacation is a really easy way to save money and truth be told, we haven't missed it much.  Instead, we're choosing to explore our own state and its close neighbors.  When you live in Wisconsin, this is pretty easy and fun!

When you leave your home, for whatever reason, you MUST write postcards!  Okay, I'm TERRIBLE at this - I think the only time I wrote postcards was when I was in Europe (that's my Hotel Hungaria postcard to my family from January of 1988).  I have some cool postcards from friends and family when they've vacationed - they're more on the ball than I.  :D

But postcards used to be for everything!  I have a great collection of photo postcards and some that are ridiculous, given to me by my friend Dina (now how did she know I'd like these?).  Aren't they wonderfully awful?

I love postcards of old motels.  Every time I view one, I can't help but feel nostalgic for a time in our recent past when a stay at a motel was postcard-worthy.  It makes me sad to think that most of these motels, unless situated on a stretch of highway with no other option or located in a "kitchy" spot like Route 66, have been relegated to the transient set.  Even some of ours here in Fondy have that unfortunate reputation (it seems like many, um, "ladies of the evening" are caught at these types of accommodations).

With the arrival of the Internet and mobile phones with Foursquare and other sites, it seems quaint to send a postcard now, doesn't it?  Then again, I can't put a Facebook post up on my fridge.  And who doesn't love getting a postcard in the mail?  That kind of stuff makes my day!

I have created some pieces utilizing old postcards - they're so versatile and fun to use!





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