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NRGordon

NRGordon
Date Joined: July 16, 2018
Last Online: January 27, 2020

Country: United States

About Me

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Updated: Aug. 28th, 2019

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 three 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, who is two-and-a-half years old. 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 is growing very quickly now and she is putting together three and four word phrases of her own.

We also have a good friend with five-year-old triplets. I mind them when their Mother works and the daycare isn’t open. My wife and I also do things with the four of them and enjoy the little 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, 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.

MUSIC: 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.

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, especially toddlers.

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.

POSTCARDS: I look forward to meeting new people through PC swaps. I often find a short message as enjoyable as the card itself.

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. Hand-made cards are fine. I think that a lot of people miss out on some very interesting things by not wanting hand made 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.

IHOME-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.

EEK! WASHI TAPE and STICKERS on postcards: 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 and often pieces of the tape 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 pastels. While colorful, they are hard for me to read. Especially 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 generally not interested in a lot of 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.

My particular PC 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) 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?

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".

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.)

DISLIKES: Subjects I don’t particularly care for: - NUDITY - CATS (domestic… I like wild cats – lion, lynx, bobcat, leopard, etc.) - POLITICAL (unless it's a joke) - I truly dislike anything that DENIGRATION of women… anyone, any group, even (especially) as a joke.

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

OTHER LIKES:

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

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 (as we say in northern New England) Take Care!

Ratings

silexelis rated for Fast Blind Swap 9 on Jan 26, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for going above and beyond. It was an absolute delight to read through the letter! What an absolute treat!! The photos, the poem, the postcards!! the Sumikko (Kawaii!!) are all so lovely, HOWEVER, the chibi self portrait is my favourite!!! Sorry for all the exclamation points. I am just so touched. I too hope to see you in a future swap! Take care, dear friend!
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Comment: Love the vintage postcard, and your letter! Thank you for participating in my swap for sharing a little about yourself!
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Comment: Thank you for another excellent PC. I love photos & paintings of Gentleman's Studies/libraries like this one. :-)
Whovian487 rated for ALL THINGS BOOKS on Jan 24, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for the great postcards and bookmarks. I saw the 100 Greatest Bookshops card and chuckled. I’d just bought that set the other day. 😀 Thanks for the Pez quote. 😀
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Comment: Thank you, Neal ;) We usually 'meet' in electronic swaps, but it's always nice to be your partner. An interesting idea with sending a set of the same beginnings of your stories to two people. Can't wait to add my part!
MamaD rated for Postcard swap 2020 #3 - Animals on Jan 23, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much for the fantastic postcard and the wonderful note!
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Comment: Hi Neal - Love the card from NH's Mt.Washington Hotel - thanks and Happy New Year!
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Comment: Thank you, once again, for such a long and lovely letter! Thanks for joining my SOC series! :)
lorencz rated for Bye 2019, Hello 2020! PC Swap on Jan 21, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the cool sign post PC. That moment with your granddaughter sounds sooo sweet. Wishing you and your family a great 2020 and fantastic trip! Thanks again.
Amandlyn22 rated for Me from A to Z swap on Jan 21, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the letter! Hope you’re staying warm! My uncle in Whitefield said they just got snow!
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Comment: Thanks Neal for the update on my traveling pc. I’ll send your pc on next round.
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Comment: Thank you so much!
jules4534 rated for SCATTS PC SWAP - E - US ONLY on Jan 11, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the fun PC!
krspellman rated for Random Questions #3! on Jan 8, 2020
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Comment: Thank you I enjoyed reading your answers
Dinkyde rated for Speedy Found Image #16 on Jan 7, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for the images
SoberMermaid3 rated for SCATTS PC SWAP - D - US ONLY on Jan 6, 2020
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Comment: Great answers and cool post card! Thank you!
SunflowerRose rated for Random Questions #3! on Jan 4, 2020
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Comment: I enjoyed reading your answers. I found your envelope interesting!!! I found myself looking at on the way home trying to figure it out lol.
pernie123 rated for 3 Prompts - Dec - International on Jan 2, 2020
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Comment: Thank you very much for your descriptive letter. I used to have a den and a big house. Now, I have a small apartment and often work from the top of my bed. My living room is consumed by bookcases.
RiverTopanga rated for Speedy Found Image #16 on Dec 31, 2019
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Comment: Neal.. you always find the most interesting pictures for the Speedy Found Images! Zoetrope.. what a wonderful magazine, and a very interesting sculpture, wish I could see the rest of it! The champagne glasses.. perfect for the new year! Thank you also for the wonderful postcard of Beacon Hill! It brings back memories of when I went to school at Katharine Gibbs. :-) Happy New Year!
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Comment: Thank you! I thouroughly enjoyed reading your letter. I understand about the writing thing, I have carpal tunnel and my hand can get pretty sore, fairly quickly, but I love to write.

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Comments

colleenbUSA on Jul 19, 2019:

Profile Hello #3

Sorry for being so late with this!

I agree completely on the heat, it's sweltering right now, almost 100 and an even higher heat index! I hope you're cooler there than we are here!

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I have made this brief because the room where I have my computer is hotter than Hades!

I hope you and your family are well!

mellowmel on Apr 25, 2019:

2019 Profile Hello #3

Hi Neal 😀

I'm totally the opposite if you lol... I LOVE hot weather. I'm cranky when I'm cold.

How's the weather in Maine? It looks like a beautiful place from pictures I've seen. The weather here in Sausalito is beautiful! It's been 75 degrees all week. I went sailing with a friend on Easter. ⛵️

Have a wonderful day.

Mel

Fabriqueen on Apr 24, 2019:

2019 Profile Hello #2

Hi Neal, I really enjoyed reading your profile. I can read through your writing just how much you enjoy those children you are so lucky to have in your life. Our grandchildren live 5 hours away and we don't get to see them often enough. Cherish them while they are little. They grow up way too fast. Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Diane

VeronikaB on Apr 24, 2019:

2019 Profile Hello #3

Hello Neal! Greetings from Czech Republic. You look like a good man ♥ I hope you have a nice day. Happy swapping! Veronika

JessP on Apr 24, 2019:

2019 Profile Hello #3

Hello Neal! You spell your name the same way as a very dear friend of mine! I love it! You put a lot of care and information in your profile and I really enjoyed reading every bit of it, I feel as though I could hear your voice (though I don't know what you sound like) and you seem like a lovely person! Tell your wife thank you for the works she does in the hospital! Health care workers are underappreciated and as my husband is quadriplegic, we spent a fair amount of time in and out of healthcare facilities. I have met many and love every single one who has ever taken care of us!
I hope you are having a wonderful week! Jess

purrincup on Apr 24, 2019:

2019 Profile Hello #3

Hi Neal! I enjoyed reading about you. Hope Spring isn't getting too hot for you. I live in Folsom, CA. We get the extreme hot. I've lived here for 5 years and I'm still not used to it. Sometimes we'll drive down to San Francisco for cooler weather.

LadySunshine on Apr 22, 2019:

2019 Profile Hello #2

Hey there! Hope you will have or are having a wonderful day! :)

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jaimierandolph on Apr 22, 2019:

2019 Profile Hello #2

Good morning, Neal!

I hope this little message finds you doing well! I hope that you got to spend Easter with your grandson! I'm so glad to see you in the swap!
Have a Blessed Day

FireBall96 on Apr 22, 2019:

2019 Profile Hello #2

Hello there ! I hope you are doing well :) How is the weather? It is getting quite nice , close to 70F , so nice for spring time :) I hope you had a great Easter and a wonderful weekend! Best wishes from Canada ! Ashley

terry1985 on Apr 22, 2019:

2019 Profile Hello #2

Hello to you! :-)

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