How's this place work?

If you could take a little mental holiday and go to any imaginary place, where would you go?
And what would you do while you were there?

Send me a postcard, handmade or otherwise, from an imaginary location. It can be a place from a book or a movie or a piece of music, or some other world you made up. On the other side, write and tell me what you've been doing on your vacation from reality.

All postcards to be addressed to:

Wish I Were Here
6219 156th Ave. NE
Redmond, WA 98052
United States

I'll scan a selection of postcards and post them to the blog for all and sundry to enjoy.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Postcard the twenty-sixth: The lunar skate park

In this world, there are your average everyday thrill seekers...

...and then there are those who go the extra mile. Or in this case, the extra 238,000 miles.

Tanner writes:
"Red Bull's new lunar skate park has got to be the most exhilerating experience I've ever had! It took months of saving to afford the ride up, but it was soooo worth it. I'm going to miss the super low gravity once I'm back on Earth."

Thanks for writing, Tanner! (Have you heard they're breaking ground for another park at Aitken Basin? It's gonna be epic!)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Postcard the twenty-fifth: Out of Narnia

I guess sometimes you just get fed up with your job.

And even the wisest and greatest among us has bad days.

Aslan writes:
"To Lusy, Edmund, Peter & Suzan
Aslan goes home. He's tired of the White Witches nonsense. He wants to retire in the sun, have five wives and eat zebra all day long.
(Yes Aslan talks in 3rd person)"

Well, OK, all the best to you, Aslan. Hope the polygamy works out for ya!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Postcard the twenty-fourth: Submersible subway

Has anyone found Nemo yet? He still owes me money.

I only ask because it seems the latest Mystery Correspondent visited his stop recently.

Our laconic correspondent writes:
"'Fish are Friends not food,' Subway edition"

Well said. Good on ya, Bruce.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Postcard the twenty-third: Commitment-free snow days

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Everywhere you go...

Look at this picturesque image! Magnificent, noble Airstreams as far as the eye can see!

Our friend currently inhabiting the Airstream trailer on the left writes:
"This place is amazing. Went snowboarding earlier and came back to the trailers feeling great. The weather is really no issue here. If you're too hot in your gear you can just go back to the mountains. If you're too cold you can walk back to the park. It's incredible. I'll keep you posted -- brought a snowman I made back and totally forgot these things melt.
See you soon"

It seems our snowboarding friend is inhabiting the best of both worlds. Which means this postcard must have come from Hannah, MT.

See you soon, friend! When we meet, do you wanna build a snowman? (It doesn't hafta be a snowman.) OK, bye!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Postcard the twenty-second: A day out with Mr. Snugg'ems

Truly, I can't make this stuff up.

Seems like a beautiful day for a picnic. Also for spotting extra-large fauna in the wild.

Here's what it says about the encounter:
"Today I went to my favorite spot on Casas Ridge to have a picnic. There was a slight breeze to complament the warm hug of the sun. Once I set up my basket and blanket I waited for Mr. Snugg'ems. I was so happy when he joined me for lunch. After we ate, we had a fabulous time exploring and having fun. We traveled to the Relaxing Mountains, Mr. Snugg'ems was ever so kind to let me have a ride, and found a quarter in one of its many valleys! Afterwards we visited the Forests of Kil'ton and had an absolute blast sliding over the pristine black and white rock sheets. It was a blast!
Wish you were here!"

Neat! There's nothing like going exploring with a friend. (And congrats on your find; the only thing I ever find in the Relaxing Mountains is lint.) Thanks for the news of your adventurous day out, and all my best to Mr. Snugg'ems.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Postcard the twenty-first: Dragon attack

Not all postcards have cheery greetings.

Some have distressing news to report.

As does this one:
"Dear Soozcat,
I hope all is well! We've had our third dragon attack this week and things are pretty wrecked. I hope the fog clears soon but it's been twelve years so I won't hold my breath... I'll keep you posted.
The lady in the balloon"

Best wishes and better days to you, balloon lady. And this is probably as good a time as any for a public service announcement: folks, don't just leave big bags of Purina Dragon Chow sitting around unsecured. Remember, only you can prevent dragon attacks.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Postcard the twentieth: Castle Infinity

An interesting postcard today, from a name with which you may be familiar.

Here's an invitation to visit Castle Infinity at the edge of spaaaace! *insert echo-y effects*

And here's where the familiar name comes in:
Castle Infinity is inviting you to the edge of space so you can witness our Castle of the Future. When the End of Times comes the Castle Infinity will be humanities last Bastion, reserve a spot now!!
--Elon Musk"

Great Scott, I've received a personal invitation from the genius behind PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla! Well, my duty's clear. Thank you, Mr. Musk, and see you at lunchtime in the Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Postcard the nineteenth: Apog 229

Today's postcard comes from a strange new world.

A world where many are boldly going where no one has gone before.

And making a huge mess in the process.

Don't believe me? Ask our correspondent:
I am writing to you from the recently discovered planet Apog 229. I would recommend you visit this planet, but... college students have already overrun it. You know what that means... cute dogs are everywhere, the smell of pizza floats in the air, and forts of textbooks litter the landscape. If these problems don't affect you, STILL DON'T COME! Free food and swag is all over. Surveys for free things run rampant.
If you do come, please bring summer with you!

Oh, honey, no. No. Seattle has been looking for summer since 1890. Believe me, I could make bank if I figured out a way to bring it here first. But enjoy the pizza and free swag!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Postcard the eighteenth: 2 SPOOPY

A lot of these postcards didn't have the stamps canceled. I'm not sure why. Such are the vagaries of the United States Postal Service, I guess.

This image is beautiful if a bit foreboding. But what is this place? Shangri-La? The Dalai Lama's secret clubhouse? Let's see what it says.

AAAAH! It's a skeleton! Who writes (with bony fingers, somehow):
I am a spoopy skeleton and I like to scare people with creepy spiders!"

Woo! Get down with your bad self, spoopy friend! (I think you misspelled "creppy," but it's hard to write with bony fingers.) And thank you for the postcard!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Postcard the seventeenth: Greetings from Walifornia

Today Emily A sends a beautiful, and more than a little wistful, postcard.

That looks... a little bit familiar, actually.

Emily writes:
"Hi Soozcat,
I'm a 2nd year Computer Science Engineering major at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. I'm from Seattle [YAY] and as this quarter has been getting harder I've been feeling pretty homesick. [aww] My imaginary location combines my favorite spot in California, MontaƱa de Oro, and home, Seattle. If only they actually were this close to each other."

I can so relate to this. Many's the time I've wished my favorite places were jammed up close to each other in a cosmic fun palace of easy visiting. Thanks for writing, Emily! (And let me know if you want a Seattle care package.)