Swap-bot Time: September 21, 2019 6:31 pm


Date Joined: July 16, 2018
Last Online: September 21, 2019

Country: United States

About Me

August 28, 2019

I'm still without my own computer but doing okay with my cell phone and sharing time on my wife's laptop. I don't like the mouse-pad on it and can seem to get used to it but I'm plodding along.


Updated: Aug. 28th, 2019

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 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.

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 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.

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 photos of active children, especially toddlers.

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.

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 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.

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


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!


biphobe rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 25 on Sep 19, 2019
Comment: card arrived safe and sound, ready for the next turn!
Comment: What a fun and unique attraction! Thank you for taking the time to visit and share with me. And great postcard of course too.
Comment: Thanks for the super cute bear post card. I was torn with my decision but I’m thinking number 3 is your lie? 🤷🏼‍♀️
Response: You are correct. While all the officers were named in suites, none ever went beyond giving a preposition. Some people will try anything and name everyone for a buck.
lilmermaid rated for [Ring] postcard package #4 on Sep 18, 2019
Comment: thank you for sharing
USTravelingGirl rated for SCATTS PC SWAP - M - US ONY on Sep 17, 2019
Comment: I have not been to Maine yet! Thank you for the postcard and awesome answers!
lilsiyh rated for ☆ EMAIL QUESTIONS #9 ☆ on Sep 17, 2019
Comment: Thank you for your answers!
Comment: Thank you ♪♫*¨*•.¸¸💌
Tuutis rated for Autumn postcard international #1 on Sep 16, 2019
Comment: Thank you from this beautiful postcard, so colourful, and I like your long message :) I like raking, when the weather it's very cool <3
Dinkyde rated for ☆ EMAIL QUESTIONS #9 ☆ on Sep 16, 2019
Comment: Good answers.
MissBrenda rated for Speedy Found Image #7 on Sep 16, 2019
Comment: Hi Neal, we must have sent all the summer heat to you guys this year. Well anyway our August heat. Usually August is unbearable, but this year it was very nice indeed! Sorry it wasn't for you! I know what you mean about it being bad, I don't like the humidity at all! I do like the cooler temps, but not the freezing temps. It takes my breath away! Thanks so much for the great ATC's and for joining my swap! Love having you in them! Have a great day!
Burger1girl rated for Speedy Found Image #7 on Sep 16, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the nice ATC's!! You picked good images and labeled them well.
Comment: Thanks for the Native American PC! I have Cherokee in my lineage, and have been interested in that culture all of my life,
Marykstaveness rated for Vintage PC Swap #6 - Monument on Sep 15, 2019
Comment: Thanks, Neal!
palmettogirl727 rated for Famous homes/buildings - 1 on Sep 14, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the Faneuil Hall PC. I visited Boston several years ago, but didn’t go to this building. Hoping to visit New England again maybe next fall.
Comment: What a beautiful PC! Thank you so much! I also enjoy the smell of burning leaves!
Ukucaitie rated for Postcard Bag/ Train #1 on Sep 13, 2019
Comment: Wow!! Thanks for the great postcard train!! I have never done one before and found out I did mine wrong by not putting it in it's own envelope or bag. Opps! The selection of postcards was fun to look through and to be honest hard to pick only 2! I narrowed it down and added 4 more with 1 being a local train in India. I hope you get that one back! Also thank you for the Maine sign post card and also the covered bridge card! These will go in my album!! Thank you and will get it ready for round 2!
Comment: Thanks for much for the Tony Manero PC! I was super excited to see this in my mailbox! I watched Welcome Back Kotter. I was just a little bit too young to see Saturday Night Fever when it came out, but not too young to get the soundtrack! Just last night I saw a clip from The Boy In The Plastic Bubble - what are the chances??!!? That one set us all atwitter at the time (he was SO CUTE). As did Grease.
Comment: Thanks for the cool chunk! I knew about Carly Simon as a musician, but didn't realize she had written books. Will investigate further!
kittyfun rated for FPRU: Cut n Paste #3 on Sep 13, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful picture on the postcard!

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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!


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.


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! :)


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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