Swap-bot Time: July 27, 2021 5:41 pm


Date Joined: August 21, 2020
Last Online: July 25, 2021
Birthday: April 24
Country: United States

About Me

Hi, my name is Rick. I'm 40something; happily married for over 22 years, have an 18 year old son, a black cat (Salem), and a black pug (Lucy). I work as an environmental scientist and volunteer my time as a bicycle mechanic at a local bicycle cooperative/education center devoted to teaching people in under-served communities about bicycle maintenance, building, and repair.

My childhood summers were spent in the mountains of Northern Arizona where I fell in love with science and nature. Spending time in natural environments is paramount to my being. These two John Muir quotes define my approach to nature; "The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness" and "Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt". I also believe this Aldo Leopold quote should be the foundation to one's approach to the environment; "Ethical behavior is doing the right thing when no one is watching, even when doing the wrong thing is legal."

Bicycles are my passion. I own twelve bikes, all of which I regularly ride. My collection is basically a small museum of carefully curated pieces from 1964 to 2017. My favorite is the one that I'm riding at that exact moment, but I do really like my 1964 Schwinn Typhoon beach cruiser "Old Crusty" - a bike I saved from a trash pile and pieced together with vintage parts over the course of several years. It's heavily patinaed, won't win 'best in show' by a longshot, but is quirky, nostalgic, and has a certain 'feel' that conjures images of riding down Main Street of small town America to get a Slurpee at the local gas-n-sip. Several years ago I stumbled upon and purchased my 'retirement bike', a virtually unridden, garage-kept 1978 Schwinn Town & Country adult tricycle. Yes, my wife and teenage son lovingly tease me that I'm going to end up being that old guy who rides around the neighborhood on his big tricycle trying to save the environment by picking recyclables out of the trash with a stick that has a nail on the end...ya, that's probably going to be true...and I'm going to love it! I'm far from retirement, but ride the bike now for fun and because it turns heads. I typically have to kick my son off of it..."hey, whippersnapper, who's got the hip ride now?!?"

I'm also an avid tea drinker - "There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life" - Lin Yutang. Black teas are my favorite, I have two cups of strong, English-breakfast style black tea every morning. I also like green teas, my favorite afternoon cuppa is a honey-ginseng green tea from Republic of Tea. In the winter I cap the evening with calming herbal tea. I don't care for rooibos/red teas and despise sweeteners of all kinds. I'd love to try Lifeboat Tea from the Williamson Tea Company. Individually-wrapped bags are not available in the US (at least that's what my research indicates).

My family and I chose to switch to a whole-food, plant-based diet several years ago for health reasons. As such, please don't send any animal food products. It was a big change for us,and a change that isn't for everybody, but we've never felt better.

Favorite Books

Sand County Almanac - Aldo Leopold

Silent Spring - Rachel Carson

Guns, Germs, and Steel - Jarrod Diamond

Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling

Hot Zone - Richard Preston

The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern

Archie Comics - John Goldwater and Bob Montana (a guilty pleasure)

Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger

Kingkiller Chronicle - Patrick Rothfuss

Walden - Henry David Thoreau

Favorite Music






Better than Ezra


Elton John

Gogol Bordello

Goldie Lookin' Chain

Gretta Van Fleet

Nerf Herder


Red Elvises

Teenage Bottlerocket


Showtunes (Hamilton, Heathers, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera, Spamalot)


Papercraft, postcrossing, writing letters, washi tape, gardening, hiking, boating, canoeing/paddling, drinking tea, anything bicycle related.


Some ideas for postcards if you don't know what to send or if the swap isn't specific. I would love to hear about your hobbies, interests, home, books you're reading, holiday traditions, your favorite play or musical, or what you like best about where you live, what makes you happy, or anything you want to share!

I would love to hear about or see postcards of:

  • birds, especially birds from your country - What's your favorite bird?
  • bicycles (I own 12!) - Do you have a favorite bicycling memory?
  • nature, wilderness hiking, camping (We camp every summer, do you have a special camping memory?)
  • black and white, retro, or vintage postcards
  • tea (but coffee is a close second) - What's your favorite tea?
  • live theater (and pictures of theaters) - What's your favorite play or musical?
  • science fiction (Star Trek, Dr. Who, Firefly, Star Wars)
  • Harry Potter (I love the books, but I do not support JK Rowling's views)
  • gardens and gardening - What do you like to grow?
  • reading and libraries
  • baseball stadiums (I’m a Red Sox fan, but love the sport as a whole!)
  • cricket (or any bat sports)
  • homemade postcards
  • vintage comics or comics from your country (My favorite is Archie).
  • pin ups (vintage, modern, photograph, or illustration - art is beautiful, beauty is art).
  • gnomes/dwarfs/woodland fantasy creatures

Almost anything is really great the only thing I really don't want are Christian/religious cards (alternative religions are ok). I'm not too picky or easily offended.

I prefer to receive post cards "naked" (written on, no envelope). I love the sincerity of a handwritten message, am always thrilled to see vintage or special postage, and thoroughly enjoy examining the stamp cancellation.


KaleenaMail rated for Chunk O Cardboard - May 2021 on Jul 12, 2021
Comment: I'm not a huge fan of sparking water but this sparkling water chunk is so beautiful!! If I'm ever in Arizona I'm going to give it a try! I hope you are staying hydrated. It's a hot one here this summer too in GA. Be safe and well!!
chandlerguera rated for Chunk O Cardboard - June 2021 on Jul 9, 2021
Comment: Hi Rick, I always like your chunks. Where do you get the Liquid Death water? I agree, I hate the overnights of 100F. Hideous. I've been mostly staying inside anyway. Take it easy!
kayebubbly rated for A Note For You # 101 on Jul 7, 2021
Comment: Hello! thank you for the lovely note card and the extra goodies :) I enjoyed riding bikes specially summer time! riding just before the sun sets :) it cools off at night and the breeze is nice on your skin :D Hope you are having a great summer so far! stay cool!
fortannam rated for Chunk O Cardboard - June 2021 on Jul 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the chunk! Stay cool!
monicac rated for Bird Watching via PCs Swap #6 on Jul 5, 2021
Comment: Hello Rick, Not surprised to see you in this swap!! Thanks again for the pocket notebook swap. Hope you are surviving the heat. We are still at about 55F and cloudy most days. Not much of an Alaskan summer this year. Happy swapping, Monica
TrishaLSmith rated for Bird Watching via PCs Swap #6 on Jul 4, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the burrowing Owls postcard
TrishaLSmith rated for Bird Watching via PCs Swap #5 on Jun 13, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful barn owl postcard. I love it and it's a new one to me!
NRGordon rated for Chunk O Cardboard - May 2021 on Jun 8, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the fun chunk. I like their message! We had uncooperative weather for the past couple eclipses here. I should see if I can coincide our next visit to AZ with an eclipse.
Myself333 rated for GEEK of the Week PC Swap #68 on May 21, 2021
Comment: I looove the mushroom postcard, especially the adorable washi! Thanks neighbor, haha. I'm all about B-movies, thanks for the recommendation!
mjanssen1015 rated for Vaccine thoughts PC on May 17, 2021
Comment: I'm so glad you and your family were able to get vaccinated!
samsstuff rated for Chunk O Cardboard - April 2021 on May 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you, San Pellegrino is one of my favorites, too! For journaling I mostly do handmade journals. I have amassed a fairly large collection, but I find that I don't use them very often. My favorite music genre is probably punk also, but like you, I love a variety of styles. I used to run the music department of one of our local Borders stores. It's one of the few jobs I actually miss.
samsstuff rated for Chunk O Cardboard - March 2021 on May 9, 2021
Comment: Frosted brown sugar Pop Tarts are my favorites! I like them toasted, though & usually for breakfast!
Response: Frosted brown sugar HANDS DOWN for the WIN! Those are my favorite too! I've tried toasted and frozen, but straight from the package are is my favorite way to indulge. Best, Rick
fortannam rated for Chunk O Cardboard - April 2021 on May 8, 2021
Comment: thank you for the fun postcard! I love sparkling mineral water too! the illustration on that is great!!
Response: It's the best! Have a good week. ~ Rick
SETSigningOFF rated for Bird Watching via PCs Swap #4 on May 5, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the Great Horned Owl card! It really is "great"! - SET
Response: My pleasure! I'm glad you liked it! Best, Rick
BetsyPreston rated for Chunk O Cardboard - April 2021 on May 4, 2021
Comment: I haven't tried Top Chico, but the name is super fun! I am a also fan of the San Pellegrino, but the...soda. What do they call the fizzy lemonade and other fruit sodas that aren't just water? The lemon is SO GOOD - nice and tart. I also really like mixing them with Aperol or Campari. Mmmmm. They're better plain, but sometimes a cocktail is nice.
Response: Those sodas are good! Yep, I couldn't agree more....sometimes a cocktail is exactly what one needs! Best, Rick
BethiquaC rated for A Note For You # 97 on May 3, 2021
Comment: I have family in Gilbert! Loved hearing about the Arizona spring - one of my favorite times out there. Stay cool and thank you for the extras!
debbiespoms rated for Easy Postcard #11 on Apr 30, 2021
Comment: Thank you Rick for the PC of Georgia map. Yes, I do keep myself busy, with a lot of swaps. Esp. PC's. If I don't I go fruit loops. I'm wheelchair bound & this my only outlet. Besides, I love doing it & is so much fun for me. Have a great day!
CHOWEFACE rated for Bird Watching via PCs Swap #4 on Apr 30, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the owl card!
Response: Good to hear it was a "hoot". Best, Rick
lovetherain rated for Pinup Postcard - USA on Apr 29, 2021
Comment: Thank you Rick, for the pin up postcard. I really love it! Gil Elvgren (and Fritz Willis) are my favorite classic pin up artists. I personally don't have a preference between vintage and modern pin ups. I really like Suicide Girls, for modern though. I agree, finding vintage ones can be hard. Most of the vintage postcards I've found feature real women instead of illustrations. I received a few vintage style postcards in swap, and I used one for this swap. You can find pin up style postcards on Etsy. They would feature the artist's prints, but many artists do draw their own version of classic pin ups.
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. Never heard of Freejack but from the reviews it seems like it would be fun to watch.
Response: If you're into sci-fi at all, especially 'vintage' b-movies...it's a fun watch. Best, Rick

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CookieMomster78 on Nov 26, 2020:

You have been one of the lights in a seemingly dark world.

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