Swap-bot Time: April 10, 2021 2:08 pm


Date Joined: August 21, 2020
Last Online: April 7, 2021
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 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 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 (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 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.


Excetera76 rated for Pagan "Getting to know you" swap on Apr 9, 2021
Comment: Awesome swap! THX
Comment: Thanks for the chunk and the tip on the Indian restaurant in Chandler!
drakkonusa rated for A Note For Your # 93 on Apr 6, 2021
Comment: Very nice note card with cosmic postcards! Love it! Thanks Rick!
TrishaLSmith rated for Bird Watching via PCs Swap #3 on Apr 2, 2021
Comment: Hello and many thanks for the postcard you sent.
Comment: I wish I would of bought the house I bought in but I had already bought one prior to that. I’ve been to Tucson but never Phoenix or Tempe. TYVM for sharing!!!
BicycleUkulele rated for Bicycle PC Swap #2 on Mar 31, 2021
Comment: Great swap idea! Can we have more? So many bikes on your card! That was a great technique to map your ride route, so you could find your way back, a good skill to make an instictive habit for being aware of your route, since you became a lifelong bicycler. Good story! Thanks!
Comment: Thank you. Norse and Celtic also align with my own theology.
XFoxgloveX rated for Pagan "Getting to know you" swap on Mar 29, 2021
Comment: Enjoyed getting to know you!
MsBellaDonna rated for Send me my Postcard Back! #2 on Mar 29, 2021
Comment: This is a fun swap. I can see why the postcard you chose is a "keeper." Hope it made its way back to you safely! :)
Clutzegrl rated for PC - Senders Choice #3 - USA on Mar 29, 2021
Comment: Love my post card before I read the back, I thought to myself "your bike is in the basement" LOL Thank you
RoBeastRo rated for Bicycle PC Swap #2 on Mar 29, 2021
Comment: i was laughing at your story! Think I'll be fine if I never get a chance to ride one of those. xD Awesome postcard too! I like the bicycle stamp! Thanks for hosting!
USAFwife rated for Pagan "Getting to know you" swap on Mar 26, 2021
Comment: Thank you for sharing your answers. I am noticing some commonalities that we are all sharing. It's nice to know I'm not alone! :)
Comment: Well, thank you for that! It's gratifying to know there are other people out there on a similar path. Celebrating our differences really does make a difference.
marclively rated for A Note for You # 87 on Mar 24, 2021
Kellpepper rated for Chunk O Cardboard - January 2021 on Mar 20, 2021
Comment: Super cool! I am going to check this out.
suepier rated for 10 Things Postcards Swap #2 on Mar 20, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the nice postcard and sharing your 10 things with me.
mchesser12 rated for Sunshine in a postcard #3 on Mar 17, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the dark matter map postcard and reminder we are made up of stars.
laterdayze rated for PC - Senders Choice #1 on Mar 16, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the postcard, my favorite thing to bake is cookies!!
BicycleUkulele rated for Map postcard from my state #1 on Mar 15, 2021
Comment: Thanks! A lovely postcard, I've read about Route 66, in many books set there, as well as historical stops along the way. Did you ride your bike on it? It might be a nice bike ride at that, wonder if there is a bike road trip along the route?
SunflowerRose rated for A Note For You # 90 on Mar 15, 2021
Comment: Loved the extras. Cant wait to try the tea. Dif try it over ice. I love sweet tea so we will see. I never went camping till i meet my husband. He dragged me out in the woods lol.

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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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