Swap-bot Time: June 16, 2024 11:16 pm


Date Joined: August 21, 2020
Last Online: June 14, 2024
Birthday: April 24
Country: United States

About Me

Hi, my name is Rick. I'm 40something; happily married for over 25 years, have a 21 year old son, a black cat (Salem), a black pug (Lucy), and a fawn pug (Ethel). I work as an environmental scientist and volunteer my time as a bicycle mechanic at a local bicycle cooperative/education center devoted to teaching people in under-served communities about bicycle maintenance, building, and repair as a bike is often their only mode of transportation.

My childhood summers were spent in the mountains of Northern Arizona where I fell in love with science and nature. Spending time in natural environments is paramount to my being. These two John Muir quotes define my approach to nature; "The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness" and "Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt". I also believe this Aldo Leopold quote should be the foundation to one's approach to the environment; "Ethical behavior is doing the right thing when no one is watching, even when doing the wrong thing is legal."

Bicycles are my passion. I own twelve bikes, all of which I regularly ride. My collection is basically a small museum of carefully curated pieces from 1964 to 2017. My favorite is the one that I'm riding at that exact moment, but I do really like my 1964 Schwinn Typhoon beach cruiser "Old Crusty" - a bike I saved from a trash pile and pieced together with vintage parts over the course of several years. It's heavily patinaed, won't win 'best in show' by a longshot, but is quirky, nostalgic, and has a certain 'feel' that conjures images of riding down Main Street of small town America to get a Slurpee at the local Gas-n-Sip. Several years ago I stumbled upon and purchased my 'retirement bike', a virtually unridden, garage-kept 1978 Schwinn Town & Country adult tricycle. Yes, my wife and son lovingly tease me that I'm going to end up being that old guy who rides around the neighborhood on his big tricycle trying to save the environment by picking recyclables out of the trash with a stick that has a nail on the end...ya, that's probably going to be true...and I'm going to love it! I'm far from retirement, but ride the bike now for fun and because it turns heads. I typically have to kick my son off of it..."hey, whippersnapper, who's got the hip ride now?!?"

I'm also an avid tea drinker - "There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life" - Lin Yutang. Black teas are my favorite, I have two cups of strong, English-breakfast style black tea every morning. I also like green teas, my favorite afternoon cuppa is a honey-ginseng green tea from Republic of Tea. In the winter I cap the evening with calming herbal tea. I don't care for rooibos/red teas and despise sweeteners of all kinds.

My family and I chose to switch to a whole-food, plant-based diet several years ago for health reasons. As such, please don't send any animal food products. It was a big change for us,and a change that isn't for everybody, but we've never felt better.

Favorite Books

Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest - Suzanne Simard

Sand County Almanac - Aldo Leopold

Silent Spring - Rachel Carson

Guns, Germs, and Steel - Jarrod Diamond

Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling

Hot Zone - Richard Preston

The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern

Archie Comics - John Goldwater and Bob Montana (a guilty pleasure)

Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger

Kingkiller Chronicle - Patrick Rothfuss

Walden - Henry David Thoreau

Favorite Music






Better than Ezra


Elton John

Gogol Bordello

Goldie Lookin' Chain

Gretta Van Fleet

Nerf Herder


Red Elvises

Teenage Bottlerocket


Showtunes (Hamilton, Heathers, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera, Spamalot)


Papercraft, postcrossing, writing letters, washi tape, gardening, hiking, boating, canoeing/paddling, drinking tea, anything (everything) bicycle related.


Some ideas for postcards if you don't know what to send or if the swap isn't specific. I would love to hear about your hobbies, interests, home, books you're reading, holiday traditions, your favorite play or musical, or what you like best about where you live, what makes you happy, or anything you want to share!

I would love to hear about or see postcards of:

  • birds, especially birds from your country - What's your favorite bird?
  • bicycles (I own 12!) - Do you have a favorite bicycling memory?
  • nature, wilderness hiking, camping (We camp every summer, do you have a special camping memory?)
  • black and white, retro, or vintage postcards
  • tea (but coffee is a close second) - What's your favorite tea?
  • live theater (and pictures of theaters) - What's your favorite play or musical?
  • science fiction (Star Trek, Dr. Who, Firefly, Star Wars)
  • Harry Potter (I love the books, but I do not support JK Rowling's views)
  • gardens and gardening - What do you like to grow?
  • reading and libraries
  • baseball stadiums (I’m a Red Sox fan, but love the sport as a whole!)
  • cricket (or any bat sports)
  • homemade postcards
  • vintage comics or comics from your country (My favorite is Archie).
  • pin ups (vintage, modern, photograph, or illustration - art is beautiful, beauty is art).
  • gnomes/dwarfs/woodland fantasy creatures

Almost anything is really great the only thing I really don't want are Christian/religious cards (alternative religions are ok). I'm not too picky or easily offended.

I prefer to receive post cards "naked" (written on, no envelope). I love the sincerity of a handwritten message, am always thrilled to see vintage or special postage, and thoroughly enjoy examining the stamp cancellation.


redleek rated for Chunk-O-Cardboard Int’l - May 2024 on Jun 13, 2024
Comment: Hi! Thanks for the postcard. I am not a tea drinker myself, but a coffee drinker. I was not aware of that brand of tea so I can't really comment on it. Normally in family tend to go for Yorkshire tea, PG tips or Tetley Tea.
IDASHi rated for Chunk-O-Cardboard - May 2024 on Jun 8, 2024
Comment: What neat packaging! I went to the Grand Canyon with my family as a teenager. I don't remember exactly what part of the park we went to. Maybe I need to go back!
scrappermama rated for Chunk-O-Cardboard - April 2024 on Jun 5, 2024
Comment: Nice!! Security envelopes are so versatile! Many uses!! TY!! Have an amazing summer!!
Rosa1 rated for Chunk-O-Cardboard - April 2024 on Apr 23, 2024
Comment: love using inside security envelopes... And - it was in the 20's here last night! (I read your temp along the edge!)
Comment: Thank you for the security envelope collaged chunk. Mail made from mail is one of my favorite things!
Comment: Thanks for the great chunk! It was special, lol :)
Comment: Hello :) Thank you for the lovely card. Your handwriting is stunning! I also have this lego set, it will be fun to have a bit of the packaging :D Happy swapping!
Mystyne rated for Chunk-O-Cardboard - March 2024 on Apr 11, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the chunk-o-cardboard. I love soft pretzels also. I haven't been to am MLC match but would love to go. I live about 6 miles from the stadium.
Comment: Rick, thank you for the horned bear PC -I really like the very detailed drawing! The eclipse was great!! After days of cloudy predictions, the sun shined with a few wispy clouds, so viewing was excellent….u til just before totality when a big cumulus covered the sun & threatened to block the actual total eclipse. Ppl were on waiting scared to exhale…but then the cumulus drifted and we got to see the whole effect: it for dark like twilight , auto lights came on, the temperature dropped about 10-15°, birds quieted but roosters crowed, and you could hear ppl all over lahhh”ing & applauding….a really fun communal experience. It didn’t seem to last r.5 minutes though; more like 1 minute. Dunno if that was b/c of cloud? Anyway, it was excellent!
mle rated for Chunk-O-Cardboard - March 2024 on Apr 10, 2024
Comment: Great chunk as always!
kradke rated for Bird Watching via PCs - March 2024 on Apr 8, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the woodpecker postcard. I do like them and we get several here on our farm in Nebraska. Downy woodpeckers like the suet we put out. Sometimes get a Pilated woodpecker on a half dead tree the tire swing is on. Thank you
Response: Very cool. It's too hot in AZ (even some days in winter) to put out suet...it just melts in our heat. I wonder if there's another food that they might eat. I need to do some research. Best, Rick
aprilivy rated for Bird Watching via PCs - March 2024 on Apr 6, 2024
Comment: Thank you so much :) I love the card. Typically we don't see any. But we live in a newly built community
Response: Hopefully you won't have them banging on your house anytime soon. I think it's nuts that they in such urban areas (not shocked, just a little supprised). Best, Rick
Comment: Thank you for your card. The Gambel Quail are beautiful.
Response: Anytime! Best, Rick
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful card, Rick. I agree that cardinals are gorgeous birds. I see lots of them in my yard and I'm always glad to see them.
Response: I'm so glad to hear that you liked it! Best, Rick!
Comment: had a run in once with a Heron... scared the life out of me and I ran so fast I dont remember my feet touching the ground. Thank you 3/10
Response: Sounds scary! Best, Rick!
Comment: Thank you for your postcard. I don’t have any experience with wood Peckers but maybe if you put food out near tree they would use the tree instead of your house.
Response: My pleasure. I love to see them too! Best, Rick!
Comment: Thank you for the crispy chunk and communication about it. I'm generally a purist, won't even eat the store bought ones because all I taste is preservatives. A couple decades ago I was known for my vegan peanut butter version around Portland, OR (named Ludacrisps by a friend) though I prefer the original myself.
Response: Agreed, the store bought ones are bad, really bad, I never eat those. Love the "Ludacrisps" name, that's epic! Best, Rick!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely resend! Sorry that I am replying so late, but I was travelling :)
Response: I'm glad that you got it the second time around! I hope that your travels were relaxing and filled you with great memories! Best, Rick
Eulegirl rated for Chunk-O-Cardboard - January 2024 on Feb 17, 2024
Comment: Thanks for the raisins chunk. Raisins are awesome. I keep dark chocolate in my desk at school.
Response: Dark...is there any other kind of chocolate?!?! LOL!! Best, Rick
tea1227 rated for Chunk-O-Cardboard - January 2024 on Feb 14, 2024
Comment: thanks for the swap
Response: Anytime!

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USAFwife on Sep 28, 2021:

Thank you so much for the nice surprise card. :) I hope you had a nice harvest celebration. :)


ariestess on Sep 18, 2021:

Happy Autumnal Equinox and Merry Mabon! I hope you have a truly lovely harvest, a smooth and stressless rest of 2021, and a blessed and happy 2022. Blessings to you! aj

USAFwife on Sep 17, 2021:

tPCC: Mabon greetings, from USAFwife

Rick, At this time of equal light and equal dark, may you find your balance, and be surrounded by those who love you. Blessings! Cindi

isandie on Jul 29, 2021:

I got your angel package!!! Thank you so much!!! I live the “bee happy” notebook! And the extras are amazing! XOXOXO ❤️❤️❤️

CookieMomster78 on Nov 26, 2020:

You have been one of the lights in a seemingly dark world.

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