Saturday, September 17, 2016

Postcards Received Saturday, 9/17/16

542.  Novosibirsk, RUSSIA
Greetings from Russia!  City Novosibirsk.  Best Wishes, Lana  
Happy Postcrossing!

543.  The East Gate, Hsinchu City, TAIWAN
Hello My name is George.  I lvie in Taiwan't Hsinchu.  The weather here is very hot and very wet.

544.  Academic Opera and Ballet Theater - Saratov, RUSSIA
Hi!  Many greetings from Russia.  I hope yo like this card and stamps.  Today, 06 September 2016 +23 degrees C and sunny.  Very nice day!
Happy Postcrossing.

545.  Chapel at Tirol Castle (Schloss Tirol bei Meran) Northern Italy
Crucifixion scene ca. 1330
Hello Chris, My name is Anotnello and I'm 43 years old.  I live in a small town in northern Italy witgh my family.  My hobby is collecting stamps of each state of the world (gladly exchange).  Happy Postcrossing!!
Message Received 9/19:  “I am very pleased that you received my card IT-380199. 
If you are interested in exchanging stamps I would be happy. If you want to send me stamps of your state then I send you to Italian. 
My language is Italian. 
Please contact me to my mail:
My adress is:
Mattuzzi Antonello 
via G. Marconi,n.1 
39044 Egna (BZ) 

Happy postcrossing. 

546.  Waterfall of Tamerza, TUNISIA
Happy postcrossing.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Postcards Received Friday, 9-16-16

538.  Colorful Mailboxes, Postallove from Germany
Dear chris,  I am Nicole, 28 years old, high school teacher from Dusseldorf, Germany.  I am living in the center of the big city and I really love it, because there is always something going on around me.  Best wishes, Nicole

539.  Happiness Express from Japan
My name is Erika, and I'm 24 y.o. I'm from Taiwan.  I study Japanese in Tokyo City, Japan.  Hope you will like the postcard.  I wish you all the best.  Take care, Erika Oa

540.  Happy Cows from the Netherlands
Hi Chris,
This is y first postcard with postcardunited so sorry I don't have the postcard you like.  But I hope you find it funny.  We have a lot of cows here in the neighborhood.  I live in a small [place called Bodegraven with my husband and son.  Greetings, Naomi

541.  Ostfriesland, Germany
(EAST FRISIA, a region in coastal NW Germany)
Hello Chris!
Greetgings from Germany!  My name is Wilhelm and I live with my wife Jutta and our dog Monty in (sutu?) village Reipe.  I work as a tester of cars at the VW-Passat factory in Emden.  9,000 workers make 1250 cars every day.  Our region Ostfriesland is in northwest of Germany.  Best wishes, Willi

MOVIE - Star Trek Beyond

PG-13 (2:02)
Wide release 7/22/16
Viewed Friday, 9/16/16 at Century Park Place
RT Critic: 83   Audience:  83
Critic's Consensus:  Star Trek Beyond continues the franchise's post-reboot hot streak with an epic sci-fi adventure that honors the series' sci-fi roots without skimping on the blockbuster action.
Cag:  2: BORING but okay
Directed by Justin Linn
Studio Paramount Pictures

Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana

My comments:  I love sci-fi.  I've always enjoyed Star Trek.  But for this one no stretching-of-the-imagination could help explain (and shorten) all the chase/fight/zapping scenes - which make up about 80% of the movie.  The remaining 20% was delightful, fun and funny, lots of tongue-in-cheek, clever, eye-rolling reparte...but I couldn't WAIT for it to end.  Ho hum....

Fandango Summary:  In this third installment of the rebooted Star Trek film series (which began with J.J. Abrams's Star Trek in 2009), Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) struggles with a personal crisis as he and the crew of the Enterprise are attacked by a dictator named Krall (Idris Elba). When an assault by Krall leads to the destruction of their starship, the team end up marooned on a remote planet inhabited by aliens both hostile and helpful.  Star Trek Beyond is dedicated to both Leonard Nimoy (who passed away in 2015) and Yelchin (who died after filming concluded).

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Postcards Received Wednesday, 9-14-16

536.  Schone Grusse aus dem Maintal
Greetings from the Beautiful Main Valley, GERMANY
Hi, chris, my name is Jens and I come from Frankfurt  .  I'm 48 years old and I'm working in the office of DHL-Freight.  My hobbies are cycling, traveling, to meet friends and postcards.  Best wishes and have a nice day, Jens Henkel

537.  "have a Coke and a smile" 
Cologne, MN
(I looked this book up - I'd never heard of it, bad me... First published in 1945, it won an Edgar for best first novel in 1946 and is considered a "classic of crime fiction."  It's a 70-year-old mytery novel...looks like I'm going to have to at least research it more, if not attempt to find it and read it....)
Hi Chris!  My name is JOAN.  I'm writing from Cologne, MN.  I was going to get a box from a 12 pk of Diet Coke and cut it into a postcard but I'm not sure how soon I would get to the store.  Joan

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

MOVIE - War Dogs

R (1:54)
Wide Release 8/19/16
Viewed at Roadhouse Cinema on Tuesday 9/13/16
RT Critic:  61  Audience:  73
Critic's Consensus:   War Dogs rises on the strength of Jonah Hill's compelling performance to take a lightly entertaining look at troubling real-world events.
Cag:  4.5 Liked it - and learned a lot - from it (and I don't consider it a comedy!)
Directed by Todd Phillips
Warner Brothers Studio

Miles Teller, Jonah Hill, Bradley Cooper, Kevin Pollack

My comments:  I enjoyed this movie, and since it was based on a true story, truly eye-opening.  I've turned a blind eye to all the crazy government spending, especially when it comes to the military, but this movie is a should-watch for everyone in the US!  Both leads portray their characters really well, I've been an especially strong fan of Miles Teller, so I particularly enjoyed watching his performance in this movie.

RT Summary:  Two friends in their early 20s living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War, exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military—a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government.

Postcards Received Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016

534.  Wiesbaden, Germany
Hello, Happy Postcrossing from Germany

535.  Greetings From MACAU
Hello.  How are you?  My name is Khaki Catia.  It's a pleasure to meet you.  I love painting and taking photos.  My dream is to send my artworks all over the wolrd.  I hope I can make it.  All the best, Khaki Catia

Monday, September 12, 2016

MOVIE - Sully

PG-13 (1:36)
Wide release Sept. 9, 2016
Viewed date at ElCon with Sheila on Monday, 9/12/16
RT Critic: 84   Audience:  89
Critic's Consensus:   As comfortingly workmanlike as its protagonist, Sully makes solid use of typically superlative work from its star and director to deliver a quietly stirring tribute to an everyday hero.
Cag: 5.5 - Tribute to an "everyday hero"
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Warner Brothers
Based on a true story

Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney

My comments: No complaints about this movie, that's for sure!  Sheila always gets me to go to these biographical movies that I don't usually want to go to, then I'm SO glad I did.  This was put together brilliantly (though I hate to give credit to Clint Eastwood (bleh) he did an incredible job directing), the way the story was told was brilliant. I realize that the hearings about possible other ways for Sully to more safely land the plane were the only way that there was enough for a full-length movie, but Eastwood and Hanks hit the nail on the head.  This was a wonderful movie, more-than highly recommended.

RT Summary:  On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the "Miracle on the Hudson" when Captain "Sully" Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.

Postcards Received Monday, Sept. 12, 2016

530. Saitama, Japan
Dear Chris, Hello!  Greetings from Japan.   My name is Miki.  I live in Saitama with my husband and son (two months old).  I like doing yoga, shopping and traveling.  September 19 is Respect for the Aged Day, which is a Japanese holiday celebrated annually to honor elderly people.  Many people spend time with their grandparents.  I wish you all the best.  Miki

531.  Virpi Pekkala card from FINLAND
Hello Hei Chris!
Greetings from Finland.  Nice you like our Virpi Pekkala's art.  I love her quiet humour.  Hugs and kisses, Leila

532.  Long Island Sound, New York
Hello Chris
I live about a mile from this picture, on the eastern end of Long Island, New York, in the small village of Greenport.  Across the sound is Connecticut.  I like the desert scenery ad mountains.  Happy postcrossing, Bob

533.  Elbe River, Germany
"DIE ELBE von Hamburg bis Dresden"
Hello Chris!  My name is Natalie, and I'm student from Magdeburg, Germany (you can notice it in the middle of the map).  Our city stands on the Elbe River and my friends and I love to sit near it in the evening.  I hope you're having a good summer! :)
cheers, Nataliya

Sunday, September 11, 2016

MOVIE - Hell or High Water

R (1:42)
Limited release 8/12/16
Viewed Sunday morning, (a great time to see a movie!) 9/11/16 at Park Place
RT Critic: 98   Audience:  90
Critic's Consensus:   Hell or High Water offers a solidly crafted, well-acted Western heist thriller that eschews mindless gunplay in favor of confident pacing and full-bodied characters.
Cag:  I'm going to go all out and give this a 6/Awesome, this was a wow movie, one that I won't forget.  Chris Pine (not one of my previous faves) was SO good, as was Ben Foster, who played his brother.  They made it seem real. And I'll take Jeff Bridges playing any part any day....
Directed by David Mackenzie
Film 44

Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges

My comments:  This was a terrific movie.  Incredible acting from all four of the major players.  Intriguing, gut-wrenching storyline.  West Texas/Oklahoma/New Mexican real towns (I just traveled through some of them, so I know they're depicted completely correctly).  Humor.  Love.  Family ties.  Conservatism vs. Liberalism.  Big guy vs. Little guy.  Rich vs. poor.  Powerful and powerless.  Overwhelming sadness and jubilant yeeha moments.  Everything done right....

IMBd Summary:  Two brothers -- Toby, a straight-living, divorced father trying to make a better life for his sons; and Tanner, a short-tempered ex-con with a loose trigger finger -- come together to rob branch after branch of the bank that is foreclosing on their family land. The hold-ups are part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that powerful forces beyond their control have stolen from under their feet. Vengeance seems to be theirs until they find themselves in the crosshairs of a relentless, foul-mouthed Texas Ranger looking for one last triumph on the eve of his retirement. As the brothers plot a final bank heist to complete their plan, a showdown looms at the crossroads where the last honest law man and a pair of brothers with nothing to live for except family collide.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Postcards Received Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016

526.  Dom zu Magdeburg - Magdeburg Cathedral
Magdeburg, Germany
I love streets from Germany.  Have a nice day and fun with postcrossing.

527.  Peace for Paris
Hello Chris,
Many greetings from the north of Franc.  My name is Pascale.  I like arts and I practice creative hobbies.  Today is Sunday, a great and nice day!I'm going to the market to do some shopping before going on holiday in Morocco!  All the best,  Pascale

528.  Geo Photo from GERMANY
Hi Chris,
My name is Susanne and I love all kinds of wildlife.  I like watching birds or even ants.  Buytterflies and dragonflies are so fascinating.  Of course,  cheetahs are pretty powerful, fast, strong, yet I find them very graceful, too.  I wish you a smooth transition to Pennsylvania.  I hope you can enjoy every day of your free time!  Best wishes, Susanne

529.  Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, Washington
Hello from Kalama, WA., which is near this mountain which I did see explode; which is now an amazing and beautiful place to visit if you get the opportunity.  Happy Postcrossing, Summer

Friday, September 9, 2016

Postcard Received Friday, September 9, 2016

525.  "Open Happiness" Sacramento, CA
Hello there!  
Well, instead of sending some generic landscape of the country you already know, I decided to send you something you like to drink!  Yeah, I know there are no "diet", but hopefully you'll make an exception this time.  I also used to teach 4th graders.  They are so funny!
Happy postcrossing, Leo

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Postcard Received Thursday, September 8, 2016

524.  Greetings from Wisconsin
Dear Chris, Sending out love and good wishes for whatever you want from this life.  Greetings from Wisconsin, Uncle Fitch.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Postcards Received Wednesday August 31

520.  A. Mucha's Window Vitus Cathedral, Prague, Czech Republic
Ahoj (HI) Chris :-)
I truly hope you're well and happy.  I lived in England for 10 years and am going back to London in Feb. to celebrate my birthday there.  I can't wait.  I worked as an English tutor for 2 years, now I work at a pizza place and I enjoy it very much.  Let's smile at a stranger every day.  Take care and have a fab life as it's a gift - good and bad.  Monika

521.  Pensacola, FLORIDA
(Card is from somewhere in the US)
Thank you for letting me send you this card.  I have been holding on to it for awhile waiting to send it tot he right person.  I love the irony in your last name.  I recently traveled through Arizona and got some good jackalope postcards.  Devin

522.  The First meeting of Jane Eyre and Rochester by Thomas Davidson
Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth
Dear Chris,
Greetings from Edinburgh, Scotland.  I hope you like my choice of postcard.  As a reader, I'm sure Jane Eyre is known to you.  Lovely story.  Edinburgh Book Festival is on at the mment, part of the yearly celebrations.  Best wishes, Pat

Monday, August 29, 2016

Postcards Received Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 - last week in PA

518.  An odd card to received from CHINA...
Hi Chris!  Greeting from China!  I'm Sophie, a 18 years old girl.  And I will enter college this Sep.  So excited!  I just can't stop dreaming about it!  Being a teacher must be cool.  Cause I have many cool teachers.  Thery are really nice.  Good day!

519.  "North of Silver Hill in Connecticut, the Appalachina Trail wanders through woods still growing up from 19th century overtimbering"
Card sent from TEXAS
Howdy from Texas.  I picked up this card on our trip last fall - we enjoyed it very much.  We plan to visit Maine and see some of the islands - any suggestions?  Figured we need to hire a bout and driver for part of it.  Enjoy travel - we do and hope to do even more.  Keys in Florida are next.
Cheers, Johny

Sunday, August 28, 2016

MOVIE - Jason Bourne

PG-13 (2:03)
Wide release 7/29/16
Viewed On Sunday, August 28, 2016 at Gettysburg Outlets
RT Critic:  56  Audience:  61
Critic's Consensus:  Jason Bourne delivers fans of the franchise more of what they've come to expect -- which is this sequel's biggest selling point as well as its greatest flaw.
Cag: 3/Liked it
Directed by Paul Greengrass
Universal Studio

Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, 

My comments:  75% crazy ridiculous car chases, 20% eye-rolling CIA garbage, and 5% traveling the world (with Matt Damon as eye candy).  Since I don't like stupid car chases, the movie was only....okay.

MovieFone Summary:  It's been 10 years since Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) walked away from the agency that trained him to become a deadly weapon. Hoping to draw him out of the shadows, CIA director Robert Dewey assigns hacker and counterinsurgency expert Heather Lee to find him. Lee suspects that former operative Nicky Parsons is also looking for him. As she begins tracking the duo, Bourne finds himself back in action battling a sinister network that utilizes terror and technology to maintain unchecked power.