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NRGordon

NRGordon
Date Joined: July 16, 2018
Last Online: December 10, 2018
Birthday: May 2
Country: United States

About Me

Updated: Nov. 26, 2018

11/30/18 I did it. I changed my email to a new address that is dedicated to Swap-bot. No more loosing track of things... I hope.

NOTE: I mail on time. I usually mail the day Partners are assigned. An exception may be a hand made PC or an ATC I do based upon a Partner's profile. I do not always mail from home though so it may be the next day before I can click the 'sent my items' button. I take my commitments seriously. If you don't receive something n a reasonable period of time, please, message me. I am always happy to resend anything that goes missing.

Greetings form southern Maine,

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 41 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 two 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 21 month old granddaughter. She is a hoot! I love every minute I can get with her and, fortunately, we see them often. It is so astonishing that, every time we see her, even after only a week some times, she has changed so noticeably. Her vocabulary is growing very quickly now.

We also have a good friend with four-and-a-half year old triplets. I sit for them when their Mother works and the daycare isn’t open. We also spend a fair amount of time with the four of them and enjoy the little ones as though they were also our 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, 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 listen to music a lot. I particularly enjoy Folk, Bluegrass, and Rock but listen to all genres, depending upon my mood. My favorite instruments to listen to are harpsichord, fiddle, cello, violin... all the strings, really.

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.

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 decent photos of active four-year-olds and toddlers.

I look forward to meeting new people through swaps.

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 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. 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.

Postcards with WASHI TAPE and STICKERS: 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 sorting machines as almost every PC I get with Washi all around the edges is torn or badly scuffed and very often the ends of the tape are lifting. Also, Washi and stickers take up message space and I would rather have a nice message from you.

I have gotten some PCs that were written in pastels. While colorful, they are hard for me to read. Especially the markers. 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.

I am 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. If you really want something special from my area, message me first.

My particular interests are:

  • Train cards (Diesel and Electric more than steam but steam is okay, especially if it is a locomotive that is still in service.)

  • Railroad stations (Historic to modern)

  • Historic buildings, architecture (especially those particular to your area)

  • 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 playing could be sent on a PC...

  • If you are a Ham Radio Operator, you can send me 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?

Send that PC 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 a little scuff adds to the charm.

Like most Americans (shame on us), I only really speak and read English. I knew some Spanish, many years ago, but have not used it so it is pretty much gone. 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)

Subjects I don’t care for: - Nudity - Cats (domestic… I like wild cats – lion, lynx, bobcat, leopard, etc.) - Political (unless its a joke) - Anything that denigrates women… anyone, any group.

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.

OTHER LIKES:

  • Music I like pretty much all kinds, depending upon my mood at any given time. My current favorite groups are Pink Floyd, The Eagles, Talking Heads, Florence and the Machine, Dropkick Murphy's, Raining Jane)

While I appreciate "extras", the easiest way to get a Heart from me is 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 four-year-olds. 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 typical kids 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 things.

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...

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 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.

Thanks for reading my rant.

Best Wishes, have fun swapping, and (as we say in northern New England) Take Care!

Ratings

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Comment: I enjoy reading about local lore in different areas of the world.
Candace rated for Happy Little Notecards #84 on Dec 10, 2018
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Comment: That makes at least 2 of us that did not venture out into the madness of black friday!
Jlynn rated for Local Legends & Ghost Stories! e-Swap on Dec 10, 2018
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Comment: I love stories that have anything to do with witches or Salem. Very creepy. On a side note your street is beautiful!
MrsKytes rated for Scattergories Int B on Dec 10, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much for the great Maine postcard. The blue of that water is so vibrant. I wouldn't have imagined that a Bass could be that endangered. I think I'm going to Google it later to learn more about it. I don't think I have ever really thought about being burned alive. For me it's drowning that I am irrationally afraid of, so I'm on the opposite end with water! The little squirrel story is funny! Thanx again!
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Comment: Thank you so very much for joining my swap. I hope you enjoy reading everyones ghostly tales and for sharing your local legends with us!!! Happy swapping!!!
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Comment: Very interesting.
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard! So interesting learning about double rainbows too - we'll start looking for them now :) :)
marinda rated for Scattergories PC Swap - W - US Only on Dec 8, 2018
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Comment: What a beautiful landscape of New Hampshire! I love this postcard. I really enjoyed reading your responses, too. I like the personal touch! Thank you
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Comment: Thank you for the great postcard and sharing you facts with me. I enjoyed reading them.
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Comment: Hi! Thank you so so much for both of the quotes! I love them to pieces!
dartha rated for Harry Potter letter #33 on Dec 7, 2018
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Comment: I received your cool and wonderful letter. It is funny when I saw the word EXPELLED at the bottom before reading - I thought what has Ron done now. Of course it is the twins they have been mischief makers from birth. Thanks so very much. And Happy Holidays to you too, darla
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Comment: Thank you for the card! Happy Holidays! :)
Onaki rated for ATC - Free Themed #154 (USA) on Dec 4, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely set of ATC's! :)
JurassicParkerPage rated for Bit of history PC #2 on Dec 4, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much!
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Comment: You seem to love adventure just the way I do.. so happy to have heard from you and would love to meet you in yet another swap.:) Greetings ,Israa
sydgwiz rated for Scattergories PC Swap - T - US only on Dec 3, 2018
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Jenicat rated for My Playlist in November 2018 on Dec 3, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for your playlist. Pink Floyd has been one of my favorite bands since I was a kid. I love that you have some early Floyd on your list too. 💜
Response: I love Pink Floyd throughout their entire catalog. I like live tribute shows but it irks me that they are all based upon _The_Wall_, when there is so much more.
tentmari rated for Happy Things #7 November on Dec 3, 2018
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Comment: I just received your PC on Dec 1. I don't know where it has been but I'm sure glad it made its way to me. Thank you for sharing your list of things that make you happy. I really enjoyed reading it ☺
Response: Two weeks seems like a long time for mail between two addresses within the US but I have seen worse. :-) Thanks for letting me know.
Fabriqueen rated for Funny Names Survey E-Swap on Dec 2, 2018
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Comment: If I ever had a turtle I would want it to be a Purple Turtle. Heehee. Thank you so much! Hugs, Diane
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Comment: Thx loads can't wait to watch these.

Rating Overview

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5.0000 219 0 0
Completed Fives Threes Ones
179 273 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
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Comments

counrtygirl on Dec 3, 2018:

I my worstam selfish impatient and insecure I make mistakes I am out of control and hard to handle a deserve met my worst then you sureas do not hell do not deserve me at my best country girl profile quite

jaimierandolph on Nov 30, 2018:

Newbie Friendly - Profile Quote #13

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

jaimierandolph on Nov 29, 2018:

Newbie Friendly- Profile Joke #7

One beautiful Sunday morning, Reverend Barnard announces to his congregation, 'My good people, I have here in my hands three sermons...... A $100 sermon that lasts five minutes A $50 sermon that lasts fifteen minutes And a $20 sermon that lasts a full hour. Now, we'll take the collection and see which one I'll deliver.'

I thought this was funny and my pastor said it in church on Sunday although he preached for 45mins so I don't no how much his was worth hahaha

Mishi on Nov 29, 2018:

Favorite Christmas Movies Email Swap

jessnewson98 on Nov 29, 2018:

Newbie Friendly - Profile Quote #13

Hi Neal!

Your profile is so gorgeous! I hope you like the quote (also sorry for my comment posting mishap, my computer is fritzing).

"The world before us is a postcard, and I imagine the story we are writing on it.” ― Mary E. Pearson, The Miles Between

I hope you have a wonderful day!

x Jess

jessnewson98 on Nov 29, 2018:

Newbie Friendly - Profile Quote #13

Hi Neal!

Your profile is so gorgeous! I

glitterandlace on Nov 28, 2018:

Profile Quote #13

Have a great day!

Mishi on Nov 28, 2018:

Newbie Friendly - Profile Quote #13

Mishi on Nov 28, 2018:

Newbie Friendly- Profile Joke #7

soccer8s on Nov 28, 2018:

I think I emailed you instead of posting on your profile. Sorry about that.

I am so happy that you keep family as close to your heart. I can hear the joy in your text when speaking of your grand daughter.

Congrats on being married for 41 tears also!!!

Have you gotten snow yet this year? Are you out snowshoeing already? I went snowshoeing for the first time two years ago and had a blast. We don't have enough snow for that yet this year...

I hope you have an amazing winter.

Steph

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