Swap-bot Time: August 5, 2020 6:16 am


Date Joined: July 16, 2018
Last Online: August 5, 2020

Country: United States

About Me

July 27th 2020

The USPS is doing it to me again. For the past 3 weeks, I got an average of one piece a day all week and then get dumped on on Monday. It looks like I received 11 or 12 swaps today. I am now only letting my mail set overnight before opening it and just washing my hands after, so I will have them rated by tomorrow afternoon.

June 21, 2020

First-class mail within the US and from Canada seems to be doing well. Many packages are slightly delayed. Mail to and from many other countries is getting slower though.

If I haven't rated a swap, it is because I haven't received it. I am allowing at least six weeks past the send date before I am even questioning anything from another country. Much longer for countries that normally take four to six weeks and from those I know have suspended international mail.


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!


megan1230 rated for Expand my Vocab PC USA #34 on Aug 4, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the new words and the totally awesome Earth postcard!
ckwini rated for Playing card swap #24 on Aug 4, 2020
Comment: I love the intricate designs on these cards. Thank you! I also love the personal touch with the map of Oklahoma for the envelope.
Klymntine rated for GEEK of the WEEK PC Swap #29 on Aug 4, 2020
Comment: Neal, Thanks so much for your postcard. I remember my grandfather's own affinity for Bullwinkle J. Moose, so your postcard brought back some fond memories. :)
marclively rated for Expand my Vocab PC USA #32 on Aug 3, 2020
Comment: Love it! Your paciing of giving the information and the advancing heart attack and the understanding between mother and daughter -- really good job. Technically it might not be "flash" fiction, (a bit too long) but, frankly I really don't like the whole flash fiction idea. I like whole stories.
AnnaL rated for 3 Thing In An Envelope #5 on Jul 31, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much Neil for all the wonderful items you sent me, you went up & above the required items & am truly thankful. Have a great weekend. AnnaL.
lynnpinkdaisy rated for Short Story - U.S. on Jul 31, 2020
Comment: Your story was so interesting to read. I could picture the scene as I was reading it. Especially interesting was the way you included thedecoding of the strange assembling of words! I wanted to keep reading more! Lol!
Comment: Thank you for typing this swap. But this was an EMAIL swap!! You did a good job though
arimails rated for Haiku For You on Jul 27, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the awesome haikus (X2) :)
patty rated for Poetry Swap INTL Round 5- Candle on Jul 26, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the post card.
captkristi rated for Scatts PC Swap - H - US Only on Jul 25, 2020
Comment: Super fun card. I really liked getting your answers!
Comment: Thanks for the lovely poem and for joining my swap! be well <3 Al
alexalgebra rated for Haiku For You on Jul 23, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the haikus!! Unfortunately, I haven't gotten to WDW in Florida since 2002 I believe? I'm on the west coast, so I go to Disneyland when I can, or I go to TDR when I'm in Tokyo.
snailmailjadeox rated for Haiku For You on Jul 23, 2020
Comment: Fun PC. Thank you for a nice PC. Thank you again for sharing your writing with me. "Special" sweetener...more like love potion #9! LOL Happy swapping.
Comment: Thank you for the postcards!
Comment: Thanks for sharing. Even though some memories are of grief, it is what shaped us who we are today. I also enjoyed Captain kangeroo and I always wanted the lady on romper room to see me and call out my name, LOL. Howdy Dowdy was on reruns and enjoyed it. Tang was the go to breakfast drink in our house--drinking it I felt like I could be a astronaut. I really enjoyed seeing how you saw things then and even now. Thank you.
InTheWoods rated for 3 Lines Story #9 on Jul 19, 2020
jillybeanie rated for Crazy Postcard Swap #1 on Jul 18, 2020
Comment: Loved the long note and the impressionist art. I always think a person just has to "get" impressionist art or not. I love to look at it and study it, but I can't do it. I just do one more thing and one more things until it is done, and then it is no longer impressionist.
erinhayden rated for Picture, If You Will… Garden on Jul 18, 2020

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 1335 19 20
Completed Fives Threes Ones
1017 1630 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
153 779 85 0
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bruxbaby on Jul 23, 2020:

Please rate me for the "Haiku For You" swap when you get a chance. I posted it on your page on July 21. Thank you!

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

Sasha42 on Jul 8, 2020:

Old Book Pages #5 INT - Thank you, Neal for the awesome pages and the cool extras! Great swap!

riftvegan on Jun 18, 2020:

Thanks for the Purple Finch you sent my way for the Postcard Roulette! I didn't know about the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge, but now I want to visit it some day. :) I love all her books, and I hope you enjoy reading her as well!

FeltPrincess on May 15, 2020:

I also just realized after looking at your mail again (Poetry / Breeze) that you're from Maine. I was born and raised in Kennebec county. I enjoyed reading over you profile just now, and I appreciated getting one of the new Maine statehood stamps. I don't collect stamps anymore, but, as with the state quarters, the Maine one is a keeper. :)

CANNEKCUL on May 4, 2020:

What a well-written profile! Enjoyed reading it. You are my partner for one of the swaps I’ve joined. Grandchildren are gifts from heaven. 🙂

HappyMom on Mar 15, 2020:


Neal - We've been partnered AGAIN for Scatts! Love your answers and cards - and when I went to rate your N card, I realized that I goofed and rated your M card on the N swap. Sorry about that! I fixed it, but in case you're wondering.... that's what happened. Have a great week!

fairypretty7 on Feb 14, 2020:

Hi ,

Just want to let you know I received the roulette Jan. pc, you are right the black bear is cute. We only ever get different kinds of lizards in our yard and the odd cane told, which my husband likes to play golf with. My stepson recently returned from Canada and he showed us footage of bears in the wild, Anisha was in awe, she is hoping to now go there, when she finishes School. Thanks for picking me as your random partner.

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