Swap-bot Time: January 20, 2021 2:24 pm


Date Joined: July 16, 2018
Last Online: January 20, 2021

Country: United States

About Me

Wednesday, January 20th 2021

I have just returned home from being hospitalized for Covid-19. I have a pile of swaps to be rated that I will start plugging away at. It may take a day or two as I have little energy and poor concentration.

I am behind on sending out some swaps. I dropped everything I could, when I realized I was getting ill but there were nine swaps for which Partners had already been assigned. I will message the thirteen people involved, and the swap Coordinators, individually.

I am still symptomatic and so do not feel good about mailing out anything I have touched or been near. They tell me that I should be “safe” by Jan 28th. I will mail things after that, depending upon when I feel safe about it.

Please, take care my Friends. You do not want to go through this.


Updated: March 1st, 2020

Greetings form southern Maine,

ME: My name is Neal. It is spelled as if it were a last name because it was my Mother's maiden name. My family name could be both a first or last as well. Back in the old days, when I used film to take pictures, the drugstore would have my prints filed under my first name more often than my last.

My wife, of 42 years (and bless her for putting up with me) and I live on a country road in a small rural town in southern Maine. I retired four years ago after 40+ years in electronic work. She still works at the local hospital, but has cut back to two or three shifts a week so we have more time to do things together.

We have two grown daughters and a granddaughter. Out grandchild turned three on Valentine’s Day. She is a hoot! I love every minute I can get with her and, fortunately, we see them often. Every time we see her, even after only a week some times, she has changed so noticeably. Her vocabulary grows all the time. As a contractor’s daughter, her vocab includes words like front-loader, nail gun, plumber, backhoe, permit, staging, and estimate. As a Doc McStuffins fan, her vocab includes diagnosis, treatment, and vaccination. I enjoy that I can have an actual conversation with her now.

We also have a good friend with almost six-year-old triplets. I mind them when their Mother works and the daycare isn’t open, and on other occasions when their mom has to do something or just wants a break. My wife and I also do things with the four of them and enjoy the young ones as though they were grandchildren.

In the winter, I like to snowshoe and I spend more time working on my Banknote collection (see below). In the summer I seek shade, hike, seek shade, work in my yard, and (did I mention this?) seek shade. I do not like hot weather and, for me, hot is anything over 68F. I’m a ginger (well, most of my hair is white now, but I still have the light complexion) so I have to be careful with how much sun I get.

MUSIC I like pretty much all kinds, depending upon my mood at any given time. My current favorite groups are Pink Floyd, Warren Zevon, The Eagles, Talking Heads, Florence and the Machine, Dropkick Murphy's, Raining Jane). My favorite instruments to listen to are harpsichord, fiddle, cello, violin, sitar... all the strings, really. I don’t much like RAP or Hip-Hop as most of the lyrics seem to denigrate women.

My town has a free, summer, outdoor music series, featuring local artists. The opening acts are young local musicians. I love it!

TV and MOVIES: I don’t watch TV. Not regular TV programs at least. I use my television to watch movies and anima from DVDs. I have a large DVD collection. According to the spreadsheet listing them, I currently have 1342 titles. Over half are horror and psychological suspense. I have decent sub-collections of anime and of Wizard Of Oz and Alice In Wonderland versions and related movies. My favorite movies are the Star Wars series and the Harry Potter movies. My favorite anime is When Marnie Was There.

READING: I like to read but am not a fast reader. I usually like young-adult horror, Sci-fi, and dystopia. YA books are usually not real long and fairly easy reads. That said, my two favorite authors are Stephen King and Douglas Adams. I have read everything they have written (aside from some of King’s screen plays and Adam’s Dr. Who radio program scripts), much of it more than once. I have read Adam’s 'The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy' [5-book trilogy] more than a dozen times in the past 30+ years and King’s 'The Dark Tower' series five or six times.

HOBBIES & INTERESTS: I am an Amateur Radio Operator who enjoys contests. I also enjoy: Postcrossing, WheresGeorge, and Letterboxing. I like to fly in small plains but don't do it much as it can be quite expensive. Mostly, I enjoy working in my yard and garden. I keep flowering plants that attract butterflies and Hummingbirds and grow milkweed for the Monarch Butterflies.

PHOTOGRAPHY: I love taking pictures but don't consider myself a "photographer". They put thought and effort into their work. I just set my shutter on continuous and squeeze off five to ten shots. Usually a couple will be good. I find this method works well when trying to get photos of active children.

TRAVEL: My wife and I enjoy 'seeing the world'. I particularly enjoy our two-week-ish road trips to areas of our own country. I also enjoy traveling by rail and use that option whenever I can. It disappoints me greatly that my own country has what is probably the least used - per capita - passenger rail system of any country in the world and is vary limited because of it.

SWAP INTERESTS: I came here mostly for Postcard Swapping but I have now tried several other things that interest me. I have made some ATC’s but it will be a little while before I try swapping any but the most basic.

POSTCARDS: I look forward to meeting new people through PC swaps. I often find a short message as enjoyable as the card itself. I like getting almost any card. (See my few dislikes below) Anything that will tell me something about you or your country, town, or area.

Multi-view cards are fine for me. I think of them as like receiving several nice little cards all in one. Handmade cards are fine. I think that a lot of people miss out on some very interesting things by not wanting handmade PCs. LGBTQIAPK related are fine. Just not too kinky, please. I am straight so nude/partial nude guys don't do anything for me. I have friends who are, and friends with children who are LBG... I support them.

My particular PC INTERESTS are:

  • TRAIN cards (Diesel and Electric more than steam)
  • Railroad stations (Historic to modern)
  • Historic buildings, architecture (especially those particular to your area) Though I am not a religious person, I do like PC's of churches, cathedrals. mosques, alters, etc. They represent some of the finest and most lovely architecture.
  • Your country's currency, especially paper banknotes. A card showing your National Bank or Mint would be nice.
  • Traditional, native, or ceremonial dress / costume.
  • Children (children are the best thing ever invented!) If only the sounds of children laughing could be sent on a PC...
  • If you are a Ham Radio Operator, I would enjoy one of your QSL cards.

I enjoy a MESSAGE on the card. Just a little something about yourself, your family, work, hobbies, town, region, or country. What has the weather been? How does the garden grow?

DISLIKES: Subjects I don’t particularly care for:


  • CATS (domestic… I like wild cats – lion, lynx, bobcat, leopard, etc.)


  • RELIGIOUS (Except that pictures of religious buildings and costume are fine)

  • I truly dislike anything that DENIGRATES WOMEN… anyone, any group, even (especially) as a joke.

Send that postcard NAKED... unless it is hand-made and you are really concerned about it getting damaged. I received 'roughed up' PCs all the time. Very few, that don't have tape on them, are damaged significantly. A cancellation mark, bar codes, and even a little scuffing adds to the charm... makes them look "travelled".

WASHI TAPE ON POSTCARDS causes damage to them. While I have Washi tape and stickers, will swap them, and use them in some crafts, I am not a fan at all of it on postcards. It seems to cause problems with the postal sorting machines. Almost every PC I get with Washi around the edges is torn and/or badly scuffed with pieces of the tape loose or are torn right off, along with pieces of the card. Also, Washi and stickers take up message space and I would rather have a nice message from you.

PASTELS and MARKERS: I have gotten some PCs that were written in pastel colored markers. While colorful, they are hard for me to read. I would prefer the message be done in a good old black or blue ink pen and I can't help but think that the post office would like the address that way too.

LANGUAGES: Like most Americans (shame on us), I only really speak and read English. I knew some Spanish and a little German, many years ago -- even a few phrases of Russian -- but I have not used them in many a year, so they are pretty much gone. I know several Japanese words and some phrases by sound, from watching Anime, but can not read the language and couldn't have much of a conversation..

I would love to see a few words in your own language, with a translation in English, if you could. (especially Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Cyrillic, Abugida... as I do not have the capability of entering ideograms into Google Translate. At least I don't know how.)

HOME-MADE POSTCARDS: love making my own PC's from found images. I can usually find a nice image that suits a Partner's likes better than the commercial PCs I have. If the swap doesn't prohibit it and there is nothing in your profile saying you don't like them, there is about a 50% chance you will get a handmade postcard from me. If a swap requires an envelope, there is a fair chance that will be hand made too.

I am generally not interested in DIRECT SWAPS and I will not respond to any card that I have not received as a part of a valid swap. Sorry. If you really want something special from my area, message me first.

I COLLECT BANKNOTES / Paper Currency that is currently or recently in circulation in other countries. When I get a new piece, I research the currency history for that country and the specific people and places that are pictured on the bill. I then write a page, outlining the information, to go in my album with it. I have made my collection available to local elementary school Teachers who have used it in lessons.

I also collect FLUTES and small figurines of OWLs and TURTLES


EXTRAS - While I appreciate the thought, if it isn't something related to my listed interests, I probably won't use it but pass it on. I'm afraid that I can not afford to send a lot of extras.

The best way to get a HEART from me is not to send 'extras' but to write something about yourself, your family, town, or country. I love a 'personal touch'.

KID FRIENDLY SWAPS - I may join one, from time to time, to share with my three favorite pseudo-grandkids. They are two girls and a boy, vegetarians, love stickers and anything they can color. They like animals, colorful pictures and being outside. They love being read to. They do not use video games or watch television.

I will list other likes as my swap interests dictate.

I hate to write this but...

When I started here and had read several profiles, I wondered why people wrote some of the things they did. After dealing with more than one unhappy partner, I find myself writing the same sort of thing.

My understanding of "Hearts" is that they are given for something special. It is very easy to get a heart from me. You do not have to send extras. All you have to do is write a bit of a message on / with the swap. Tell me a little something about yourself, your family, where you live, what you love, what you hate... I enjoy and reward that.

If you do the absolute minimum to satisfy the swap, you will get a five from me but not a heart. I expect nothing more from anyone for myself. I can't afford to send a lot of extras to people but I do try to write a note with each swap, which I hope people will find interesting and appreciate.

Thanks for reading my profile.

Best Wishes, have fun swapping, and Take Care!


AutumnMoon121 rated for Random Question Swap #6 on Jan 20, 2021
Comment: Thanks for sharing! Everyone in my house enjoyed the picture of the giant potato on the post card! lol
bringitb rated for Playing Card Swap- Series2: TWOS on Jan 20, 2021
Comment: OMG! =) Be well and stay safe!
nanadiana rated for Random Question Swap #6 on Jan 19, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the potato/train car postcard. I remember digging potatoes when I was growing up, so your hydroponic system sounds wonderful! I hope it becomes a reality. :)
mymerakidesk rated for First & Last Lines No. 29 on Jan 19, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. It was enjoyable to read your explanation - on what I thought the book was, and it wasn’t a romantic one. I like wartime books too.
Comment: New Years Greetings Thank you for your pictures and letter. I do hope you are feeling better.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful photos. It is so nice to see how people from other countries deal with this situation during holidays. I wish you get well really soon.
Comment: Thank you for cards! I like the casino cards too. I’ve never seen them before.
mchesser12 rated for Scatts PC Round 7 - E - US Only on Jan 17, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the New England postcard. I really enjoy receiving Scatts postcards from you because of your extended answers. I always take extension cords or surge protectors on trips.
PrincessLeia rated for Playing Card Swap - QUEEN's on Jan 15, 2021
Comment: Awesome cards Neal, and thanks for the Halloween stuff! I haven’t heard of “the resistance” - will have to look into it.
Comment: Cool PC Neal. I enjoyed reading about the tugs!
Carollee922 rated for GEEK of the Week PC Swap #47 on Jan 14, 2021
Comment: Sorry for the late rate, it just was delivered today. Thank you for sending!
KarenFife rated for 3 of a Kind! (In an envie) #5 on Jan 13, 2021
Comment: I love the Maine lighthouse postcards!!! The multi/view is beautiful! Thank you so much!! Enjoyed reading your note (the best part of any swap). I agree 💯% with your review of the situation. - Hugging trees is most cool!! - We’ve had a total 5” of snow this winter. Bah.
Comment: Hugs
dawnakaulen rated for 3 of a Kind! (In an envie) #5 on Jan 13, 2021
Comment: Beautiful scenery, thank you!
SoberMermaid3 rated for GEEK of the Week PC Swap #51 on Jan 13, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the suggestions Neal! My son is a huge Stephen King reader. I think I will try reading one of his. My mom said he was the most brilliant writer she ever read next to Tolstoy lol. That short story sounds interesting as well since I like medical conditions and diseases. Thank you again!
Comment: Thanks for sharing!
Comment: I love your Fruitcake Toss day card so much! Thank you!
marclively rated for Bridge-Sized Playing Card Swap on Jan 10, 2021
Nicollcia rated for How I Met My Partner on Jan 10, 2021
Comment: This story has honestly touched my heart, thank you for sharing it with me
Comment: That sounds wonderful and difficult. I couldn’t give my Dad a hug and I’ve barely seen him in a whole year. Glad you had your family together

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HappyMom on Jan 20, 2021:

Neal - I'm so sorry to hear you've been ill and wish you a speedy recovery. Glad you're home from the hospital - Take good care - You're in my prayers! gws

traceyj on Sep 24, 2020:

Hello Neal!

vintage train station postcard for you

I'm Tracey (from California); it's nice to meet you! My boyfriend (whose first name is also Neal) and I love to take roadtrips too, but obviously haven't had much chance to do so in a while--Canada and the northern states are among our favorite destinations, for the cooler weather and beautiful scenery. In our travels we've also seen lots of vintage train cars and a model train museum (I can't remember exactly where, but seem to recall it being next to an old cannery?). The world is so big and I have so much to learn!

Warm wishes to you and your family.

-TraceyJ (Quick and Easy Profile Hello #1)

RebornDoll19 on Sep 24, 2020:

Hello! My name is Lea. I am new to Swap-bot but have done crafting swaps for a few years in other groups. I am a doll artist and mom of a 15 year old boy. We live in a very small southern town where the weather seems to be over 80 degrees 9 months of the year. Your “seeking shade” comment on made me chuckle because I spend most of my time outside in summer seeking shade as well! I enjoyed your profile very much and hope to swap with you again soon. Many Blessings to you and your family 💙

Petaltea on Sep 24, 2020:

Quick and Easy Profile Hello #1 Hi there! My name is Robyn. I’m new to swapping but i’m enjoying all this back and forth contact and conversation. I wish I knew how to post a picture. I copied a few pics onto my profile page ( was proud of myself) but I don’t know how to do that here yet. I hope you have a great day and take care! Robyn (Petaltea)

Donna67 on Sep 24, 2020:

....oh I accidentally hit send to soon! Was just saying we were enjoying some lovely early autumn sunshine here. Anyway take care, bye for now Donna 😊🌸

Donna67 on Sep 24, 2020:

Quick and Easy Profile Hello #1

Hello 👋 from the UK. Just reading through your profile and wow, I can’t imagine seeing hummingbirds in my own garden! You’re so lucky. I get lots of birds like blue tits, great tits, robins, blackbirds, sparrows which are all beautiful to see but not quite as exotic as a hummingbird. Hope you have a lovely day, we’re enjoying some gorgeous early

pastorsmokeyt on Sep 24, 2020:

Quick and Easy Profile Hello #1

Greetings from Thorp,Wisconsin! First of all congratulations on 42 years of marriage! my wife and I have been married 18 years and I look forward to making it to 42 and beyond. We have a few things in common first I also live in a small town of 1,600 people. I grew up in Oklahoma in the country and have always lived in small towns. I agree with you on on the temperature I keep our thermostat set a a constant 65 degrees I also joined swap bot to swap postcards. I just joined last week so I haven't swapped any yet. I enjoyed reading your profile. Have a wonderful day! -pastorsmokeyt.

erinhayden on Jul 22, 2020:

Haiku for you

Enjoy your travels

Cool road trips to see the world

Make the best stories

\ō͡≡o˞̶ (vroom!)

horroradorer on Jul 22, 2020:

Haiku For You -- Neal lives on Witchtrot. He is the mail king of Maine. Nice to meet you, friend. : )

bruxbaby on Jul 21, 2020:

Haiku for you

Key in the front door, Excited to see you but, Mainly I want food

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