Swap-bot Time: February 26, 2021 4:09 pm


Date Joined: December 20, 2011
Last Online: February 25, 2021

Country: United States
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About Me

Just started doing the postal exchange. Love reading the other blogs regarding letter/postcard writing and have gotten involved with quite a few.

I have resolved to send at least 5 cards a week min and have been on the search for older and unique items.

Please let me show the younger generation in the family the joy of sending and receiving mail from all over the world.

we have a few animals 1 dogs, 2 cats.

This started out as a way for me to show the kids in the family how to write letters/postcards and how neat it would be to get mail and converse with people from all over the world. Write a letter get a letter.

I can remember as a kid when I sent away for some crappy toy out of a comic book with my own money and how I waited day after day for the postman to show up..

I look forward to ANY mail from you guys.

Interests, Camping, Hiking (always have to make time for that on vacaions or around here, frequent trips to Point Reyes or just walking around SF after work, stationery, pens (have a few fountain pens and still learning to use them). Photography, baseball (I shoot for some magazines) concerts ..

anything really..

I've been told I need to flesh my profile out so here it goes..

Favorite Music

I really do like just about anything, most liked though in genre sense goes, Classic rock (eagles, tom petty, Rush, Ted Nugent) to Rock (Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Montrose, Sammy Hagar, Saving Abel) to Classical to Country. Only thing I'm not "really" into would be really heavy death metal.

Recent concerts: of Mountains and Men, Cake (I work as an IT manager for a group of radio stations in Northern California so I get my fill as we have many acts roll through the building to play.)

Favorite Movies

Romantic comedies have to probably be my fav. Yup I'm a big girl..

Under the Tuscan Sun, You've got mail, Notting Hill, Quiet Man, The Cheyenne Social Club, anything with Cary Grant (Operation Petticoat, Mr. Blandings build his dream home.

BIG fan of Old Time Radio, Jack benny, Uncle Milty, Dragnet, The Shadow and so on..

Favorite Books

Though one: more of a favorite Authors thing than books. Bill Bryson, Christine Melor, James Herriot, Jenny Colgan.

Books I really enjoyed though, A Walk in The Woods (bryson), Dog Stories (herriot), We were here first (melor), The Rosie Project. All of Jenny Colgan books (The Cupcake Cafe, Beach Street Bakery, Rosie Hopkins series, The Island series).

Goodreads Profile: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/43242705-derrick-dodson

Currently reading: Midnight Library; Matt Haig

Recently finished: Love your Life, Kinsella

Anything animal related (dogs)

Favorite Crafts

Letters; found a few folks while doing a mail blog (istillwrite.com), have kind of let that go as well (life).

Still write to many of the folks I found there, always looking for another pen-pal.

I am really enjoying the letter/postal exchange. I have just learned how to make my own envelopes and postcards, so you guys will be getting those soon :) I am trying to figure out how to get some of my photography onto postcards (looking the way I want them.. OK I'm a bit OCD when it comes to my photography, my own worst critic as it were.

The animals

We are animal folk. I do volunteer work for the Chesapeake Bay Retriever Relief and Rescue (cbrrescue.org/) Transporter/home visits.

The Dogs (down to 1): I am a Chessie (Chesapeake Bay Retrievers) person I am currently on Chessies number 4-5 which consist of Skits

The Cats (3): Snow a rescue and my daughters sleeping partner, IO and Dingle


While I am currently sending postcards and mostly vintage ones I have found at antique stores as to be a bit more special (you should see the look on the shop keeper faces when I tell them I'm going to mail some of these as in their minds I'm destroying the value. My thought is they were meant to be sent.)

Fountain pens/Ink. I can always use another. Always trying out new inks. Really like the Noodlers stuff I've been getting lately.

Ephemera - Drug store labels, soda labels, bread label, etc.. Something I can use in mail art.

What NOT to send - bling things/rhinestones, really small sticky stones (we have dogs and cats that like to find these things) Random clippings/paper or washi samples, playing cards. (If the swap recommends it- I will never rate down if not sent)

If you happen to find anything Chesapeake related I would appreciate very much. I know that there have been stamps made in other countries with the Chessie on them.

And remember if your would like a card/letter back, please either send me a message with your address or put it on the card.


I promise to rate every item the day received.

I promise to send every swap ON TIME. If I am unable to for some reason (life happens) I promise to contact my partner and explain and give a send date. I accept the fact that if I have failed to contact my partner, I DESERVE a lowerlife rating. It is my job to communicate if I'm going to be late.

I ask the same of my partners. If you are going to be late send me a message. Late + No Message = Ding. While this is a place to have fun and meet new people, I teach my child to be punctual and not to make commitments she cannot keep.

So as I have made my promises to be courteous to others and ask the same in return.

Thank you for reading this and if you ever find one of my swaps lacking I will do everything within reason to make it right for you.


This is more for me but here it goes.

Deedee62 - Fill my home with Christmas Cards (also flaked on her partner for same below)

Elizabeth Lineberry (elineberry) - Big Fat Stuffed Envelope #16


Comment: Wowza! So many Lantern Press postcards -thank you, Derrick!
sleepingrover2010 rated for InCoWriMo 2021 #1 USA on Feb 19, 2021
Comment: aHi Derrick, Thank you for the very nice postcard you sent with the seal inviting me to The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. If I visited that city, I know this Center would be a place I would visit. It was a pleasure to have you as a partner again on Swap-bot. I hope we have some more times to swap with one another. Until we meet again, Happy Swapping!! Colorado mail in and out of the state has been slow as well as I am also awaiting a special form of low back surgery to keep my chronic pain at a Level that is tolerable. I am sorry for the delay. Barb B. sleepingrover2010
Comment: Great cards, thanks for sending so many! Love the stamps you put on the envelope, too - so saucy and fun :)
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card 😊
Comment: Thank you
mamajoy rated for Theme A Week Postcard Swap #3 Maps on Feb 15, 2021
Comment: Hope the week off helps. Thanks for map of Oregon.
Comment: Thank you! Stay safe!
Comment: Glad you got through the storm safely! Hope you are doing well. Such a cute postcard!
Comment: Thanks Derrick! That's great advice! Haha :)
krspellman rated for InCoWriMo 2021 #1 USA on Feb 11, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the postcard! :-)
Comment: Thank you for the postcard from Seattle. I lived in that area so long ago and it is one of my fav places.
Highlander18 rated for National parks facts & pc #7 on Feb 10, 2021
Comment: Beautiful cards, thank you very much. I should go to Utah for the Arches and Canyonland NP. They are close to Colorado.
HannahKaitlyn rated for InCoWriMo 2021 #1 USA on Feb 10, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the Stinson Beach card! Stay safe!
Karen07 rated for Theme A Week Postcard Swap #3 Maps on Feb 8, 2021
Comment: Awesome card Derrick! Thanks and enjoy your vacation.
Comment: I'm so glad you made it through okay and I'm sorry to hear about the damage to your property! Stay safe out there <3
AzEkologi rated for Vintage Postcard Swap - USA on Feb 7, 2021
Comment: My family and I laughed out loud when we read your PC and you said that 2021 is $h!t show part 2. We totally agree that it will totally end up only slightly better than 2020. I'd like to be an optimist and say it'll be MUCH better, but I'm a realist and know that we haven't yet emerged from the woods just yet. Thanks for the laugh! Best, Rick
Amyncognito rated for InCoWriMo 2021 #1 USA on Feb 7, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for the cool card!
Comment: Great card! Thanks!
Comment: <3 thanks
Comment: I really think books fall into that category where you simply cannot have TOO many of...ROFL! There's just something so satisfying about holding a book in your hands. I would never be able to read a book on a computer or other screen! Thanks for the great pc!

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mamajoy on Feb 2, 2021:

Of course I’ve read her books. I just didn’t realize that from the title. Her stories are charming and a good read when you want something light. I didn’t realize how many she has written. I now have her latest on hold. Glad you commented on that.

lou on Aug 4, 2017:

Happy Birthday Month from WIYM group!

AnnieMaxine on Apr 26, 2014:

Thanks for the great old Tiger Stadium postcard! LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I hope the one I sent you reaches you soon! I miss the old place at Michigan and Trumbull. Lots of great memories down there!

TheWhiteSquirrel on Apr 1, 2014:

I ♥ the sentiment: 'Meant to be Sent' ...indeed :D

LauraAust on Jan 29, 2014:

Did you really write 37 pages for the January "The Un-Journal Journaling Swap"? WOW!! :)

Cauti92 on Nov 9, 2013:

Thank you for such an amazing send! Very interesting items! I really enjoyed going through ALL of it! Margie

ladyfee on Jan 25, 2012:

Thanks for the SURPRISE postcard:) You didnt have your swapbot name on it so i had to do some digging......lol

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