Morton Fox (mortonfox) wrote,
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Of hair, bridges, and postcards

Nevius Street Bridge

Got a haircut this evening. Last one was 3 months ago. I thought it was only 2 months since my last haircut, but I checked the journal archives and the last one was on May 3rd. Went to Supercuts in Ramsey, as usual. I seem to get a different hairdresser every time, but the one I got this time was very fast and knew exactly what to do. (not that I asked for anything complicated)

I came across this Flickr photo on the Minneapolis bridge collapse by Dani Bora. Quite a horrific sight. Closer to home though, the Tappan Zee Bridge is in similar peril. It is past its planned 50-year life expectancy and it suffers from poor drainage, corrosion, loose/cracked concrete, and buckling steel beams. Holes in the deck are already a monthly occurrence. Any serious problems on that bridge effectively cuts off my area from Westchester and Southwest Connecticut because the detour is over 30 miles.



Wrote a quick-and-dirty Perl script today to parse my Postcrossing postcards sent/received pages and produce stats by country. So here are the tables:

Postcards Sent

Rank Country Postcards Percentage
1 Finland 46 36.51%
2 Netherlands 13 10.32%
3 Germany 12 9.52%
4 United Kingdom 5 3.97%
5 New Zealand 5 3.97%
6 Portugal 5 3.97%
7 Belgium 4 3.17%
8 Japan 4 3.17%
9 France 4 3.17%
10 Austria 3 2.38%
11 Italy 2 1.59%
12 Australia 2 1.59%
13 Canada 2 1.59%
14 Brazil 2 1.59%
15 Estonia 2 1.59%
16 Malaysia 2 1.59%
17 Taiwan 1 0.79%
18 Turkey 1 0.79%
19 Switzerland 1 0.79%
20 Norway 1 0.79%
21 Thailand 1 0.79%
22 Slovakia 1 0.79%
23 Singapore 1 0.79%
24 Poland 1 0.79%
25 Slovenia 1 0.79%
26 Ireland 1 0.79%
27 Romania 1 0.79%
28 Denmark 1 0.79%
29 Spain 1 0.79%
  Total 126  


Postcards Received

Rank Country Postcards Percentage
1 Finland 38 31.93%
2 Germany 13 10.92%
3 Netherlands 9 7.56%
4 United Kingdom 6 5.04%
5 Spain 5 4.20%
6 China 4 3.36%
7 Estonia 4 3.36%
8 Australia 3 2.52%
9 Philippines 3 2.52%
10 Brazil 3 2.52%
11 Japan 3 2.52%
12 France 3 2.52%
13 Russia 3 2.52%
14 Portugal 3 2.52%
15 Italy 2 1.68%
16 Belgium 2 1.68%
17 Norway 2 1.68%
18 Singapore 2 1.68%
19 Turkey 1 0.84%
20 Iceland 1 0.84%
21 Hungary 1 0.84%
22 Switzerland 1 0.84%
23 New Zealand 1 0.84%
24 Canada 1 0.84%
25 Luxembourg 1 0.84%
26 United Arab Emirates 1 0.84%
27 Belarus 1 0.84%
28 Ireland 1 0.84%
29 Austria 1 0.84%
  Total 119  


No surprise that Finland is #1 on both lists. It is the country with the most Postcrossing users.

Another number I can estimate from the postcard count is the cost of the hobby. Including postcards that have expired and postcards that are still traveling, I sent 96 cards before the postal rate hike and 39 cards after. Making an adjustment for cards mailed to Canada (lower postal rate), the total stamp cost is $106.69. Postcard prices vary, but I'll use the figure of 36 cents per postcard, which is what I pay at the Garden State Parkway rest area where I get most of my postcards. That brings the total up to $155.29 for 11 months of Postcrossing activity. (Getting postcards in return from all over the world... priceless! :) ) That's not so bad though. It's only my 3rd most costly hobby.
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