Swap-bot Time: December 2, 2020 7:22 pm


Date Joined: August 21, 2020
Last Online: December 2, 2020
Birthday: April 24
Country: United States

About Me

Hi, my name is Rick. I'm 40something; happily married for over 22 years, have an 18 year old son, a black cat (Salem), and a black pug (Lucy). 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.

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 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 with a card in your spokes 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 teenage 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. I'd love to try Lifeboat Tea from the Williamson Tea Company. Individually-wrapped bags are not available in the US (at least that's what my research indicates).

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

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

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 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.


Aurora1 rated for Christmas Postcard Swap on Nov 27, 2020
Casmi rated for CS: Swapping Christmas Postcards on Nov 25, 2020
Comment: Your card has arrived! I will be good and wait until Christmas morning to open it. :)
Response: I'm so glad it got across the pond safely. I hope that you enjoy it Christmas morning. Happy Christmas! Best Wishes, Rick
laterdayze rated for CS: Swapping Christmas Postcards on Nov 23, 2020
Comment: Love the beautiful vintage style postcard, thank you so much! I hope you get your new axe for Christmas! :)
Response: I'm so glad to hear that you liked it! I hope I get the axe too...I keep dropping hints to my wife and son. ; ) Best, Rick
atlantian rated for Chunk O Cardboard - October 2020 on Nov 23, 2020
me2az50 rated for Halloween Card-Ghost on Nov 23, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the Green Ghost card. Thank you for the note. Our Indy (blind dog) is so amazing, some of our neighbors still don't believe she is blind.
Response: Animals are capable of amazing things, one of which is warming our hearts. Best, Rick
Lilyhax rated for Thanksgiving on Nov 22, 2020
Comment: Happy Thanksgiving. Stay safe.
Response: You as well.
Jillemina rated for Happy Little Notecards #126 on Nov 18, 2020
Comment: I LOVED this. This is the most thoughtful letter I have ever received. I have read it several times already. My favorite part of swapbot are the letters and I love when I get one. I cant tell you how much I want to try a fire-pit turkey! I have even googled it to see if it's something I dare try! Thank you so much for sharing those wonderful memories with me! Happy holidays!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it, your kind words mean a lot to me. I try to always write from the heart as, if one is taking the time to write/read a letter, it should be straight and true. I look forward to swapping with you again. Best, Rick
Carrii rated for Happy Little Notecards #126 on Nov 16, 2020
Comment: Thank you for your note, I enjoyed it very much. You've inspired me to check out my local hockey teams' schedule.
Response: I'm glad you liked it! Best, Rick
SkaGirl rated for A Note For You # 72 on Nov 7, 2020
Comment: Thank you!!! The postcards are great! One of the best things about seeing the Aquabats live is the openers...have you ever seen them when Koo Koo Kanga Roo opens for them? They always make me so happy!
Response: So good! I haven't seen Koo Koo Kanga Roo, I'll have to check them out. (I'm looking forward to seeing live music again). Best, Rick
Comment: Thanks so much for the cute postcard. And cool Halloween stamps. Every year my sister and I watch Hocus Pocus and Casper, during October.
Response: So much fun! Best, Rick
ericabella rated for A Note For You # 71 on Nov 4, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the sweet note and the tea!
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed both! Best, Rick
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful postcard and for sharing some facts about the Grand Canyon & the trip you took. I've visited once and walked a little around the rim. I would love to go back and hike down into the canyon!
Response: It's so worth the hard work! Best, Rick
hihaze rated for Halloween on Oct 25, 2020
Comment: Hi Rick, Thank you for your kind words. I also love your handwriting! I have a private board on Pinterest where I collect people's handwriting. I just love neat people write. I know Halloween is going to be different for so many people this year but I still wish you a good one.
Response: Pinterest handwriting board...GENIUS! I'm totally going to do that! Best, Rick
nanadiana rated for A Note For You # 70 on Oct 23, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the nice Halloween note and sharing your 'normal' halloween festivities and your plans for this year. We will make treat bags for the grandkids then stay home this year. Hopefully, we will be back to our usual Halloween festivities next year. Thanks again!
Response: I'm happy to hear that you made Halloween special for your grandkids! Best, Rick
Comment: Those are great quotes. I am nothing like the Coast Guard.
KaleenaMail rated for Chunk O Cardboard - October 2020 on Oct 16, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the potato chunk! It is funny how foods from our childhood bring comfort and we have a hard time giving them up!! You also have wonderful handwriting!! Happy swapping!
Response: It IS weird how childhood food brings comfort...I still have the occasional 'mustard sandwich' (literally mustard and bread, nothing else) as I remember having them as snacks when I was young. Thank you for complementing my handwriting, that was very nice of you. It's funny, when I look at it all I see is room for improvement. You're very sweet.
fortannam rated for Chunk O Cardboard - October 2020 on Oct 14, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the fun postcard! I love PB Cpn Crunch too! For dessert now and then!
Response: Mmm, so good, right!?!
debbiespoms rated for Halloween Card-Sender's Choice on Oct 14, 2020
Comment: Thank you very much for the cute skeletal Halloween card. I haven't had the chance to write yet. I've been so busy with doctor visits. I'm having my every 3 months radiation treatments. Next month, I will be chemo treatments. Somehow someway I'll get a letter to you.
Response: No rush on a response letter, take your time.
Comment: Thank you. The message was very fascinating to read and made me reflect on my own life. Your handwriting is gorgeous, also!
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed the PC. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for the compliment on my handwriting...you know how it goes, when I see my handwriting all I see is the need for improvement when others see the beauty. I greatly appreciate the compliment! Best!

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CookieMomster78 on Nov 26, 2020:

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

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