A while ago, my friend Ricky, made a very interesting post about his coin and dictionary collections
. In it he asked whether other people had collections, so here is one of mine: The postcard diaries.
On many occasions I've tried writing a diary. On many occasions I've failed. It seems to me that there is a fundamental problem at the very heart of writing a diary: If there's enough going on in your life to make a diary interesting, you won't have time to write it; if you find it's easy to spare the time, then there might not be any exciting stories. The postcard diaries are a way around this problem. For several years now if I've gone anywhere interesting I buy myself a postcard and in the back I jot a few notes. And that's it. Simple.
Above are a few of my favourite cards - at least favourite as far as the image on the front goes - I can't possibly talk about backsides here. The pictures here are not really a fair representation of the places I've been. Jarvo's law of inverse postcard interest clearly states that, "The nicer the place - the poorer the quality of the cards", so there are some very nice places missing in this montage, because the locals were too busy sunning themselves on beautiful beaches to produce a nice quality print.
For any insomniacs who have yet succumbed to the irresistable force of the back-button, here's a little guessing game. Which one of these cards do you think is:
- of the town I work in?
- of the place Lin and I had our honeymoon (though the card was bought many years later)?
- is from the best day of my life (outside the obligatory marriage/birth responses)?
- is of a building I regularly work in?
- features one of my own images?