Swap-bot Time: October 25, 2021 11:06 pm


Date Joined: July 11, 2007
Last Online: October 24, 2021
Birthday: September 25
Country: United States
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About Me

My name is Kurtis and I was born and raised in Minnesota. Moved to Nebraska where I have been living since 2011. I have a teenage daughter and a cat named Rigby. Spent nearly twenty years working restaurants ranging from Townie Bars and Grills, corporate chains, to fine dining. The restaurant life was wearing on me, so I went back to school and, in 2019, graduated with a degree in computer programming. Today I work Web Applications Developer for the State of Nebraska, DHHS.

I try to stay active and enjoy kayaking, bicycle rides, hikes and running. During the height of the pandemic, I started doing virtual 5k/10k races. Usually do at least one a month; however, sometimes there are two cool races. Especially around the holidays. I am also really into politics and current events. Probably watch too much news/podcasts and sneak in a book on political theory now and again to keep learning. Guess I Like to feel angry and hopeless. 🙃

Since restrictions have eased, I have been trying to travel more. Took my daughter on a seven day 14 state road trip in June. Mostly the south, but followed the Gulf Coast all the way to Houston then on to Albuquerque/Santa Fe before deciding to head home. The trip was a refreshing eye-opener and about as close as I’ll ever get to a “Kerouac” experience. My plan is to keep getting away periodically even if only a visit back to Minnesota. Plus, a perk of traveling is that I listen to less news.

Covid renewed my interest in postcards. Was really active on this site from 2007-2011, then moving states and other life events put swapping on the back burner. Sprinkled throughout the years, I'd log on and do a few swaps. Being back at this, though, has renewed my interest in painting, drawing, photo editing and now collages. It has been enjoyable getting back into the arts again.

I send swaps on time and try to rate as soon as possible. If you haven't received something from me, please let me know so I can make the necessary corrections.

Favorite Music

My music taste is rather eclectic. Just not a huge fan of death metal or country music. Not to say I won’t listen to those if someone suggested a song on a postcard or wanted me to listen. I can dig the older metal or older country/folk music a little more.

Recently purchased and old Zenith record player and have been diving into the wonderful world of vinyl! It has been a pleasure digging through old dusty records in dank record stores and taking a chance on random LPs. One of the best things about having a record player is that I’m actually listening to music again and it also keeps me less occupied with politics. So, overall, good for my health!

Been listening to a lot of jazz since getting the record player (Vince Guaraldi, Dave Brubeck, Sonny Rollins, Bossa Nova compilations..), and picked up some more recent alternative/indie stuff like Elliot Smith, Weezer and Fitz and The Tantrums.

I am a huge fan of The Smiths! I also like Talking Heads, The Police, Stark Reality, Jamiroquai. Two of my favorite (Pandora) stations to play, especially while getting crafty, are Thievery Corporation and Pete Rock. Both of those stations are pretty chill. Jamiroquai radio and English Beat radio are also pretty good. A little more upbeat and have wide ranges.

Favorite Movies

A few I really like:

  • Locked, Stocked and Two Smoking barrels
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Annie Hall
  • Love and Death
  • Manhattan
  • Hedwig & The Angry Inch
  • Mushrooms
  • Big Lebowski
  • Royal Tenenbaums
  • SLC Punk

Favorite Books

Never was much of a reader. Always felt like I didn’t have the attention span or was intimidated by having to read. Guess I was used to having due dates, papers to write and being tested on the materials. Made it seem like a big task. A little over a year ago I signed up for an audiobook app (scribd) and started listening to audiobooks while taking walks, runs and such. Then there were some books I really wanted to listen to, but weren’t on the site, so I had to read them. From there, I started reading a lot more. Usually I have an audiobook going and one that I am reading. I mostly enjoy fiction (contemporary classics, postmodern, etc..) and political science. Not much of a fantasy / science fiction fan. Last year I finished twenty-three books (mostly audiobooks) and this year I have set a goal of completing 25 books for the year. So far I am on pace and maybe even surpass the goal. Below are what I am currently reading and listening to, along with some of my favorites.

Currently Reading: Brief Interviews with Hideous Men - David Foster Wallace

Current Audiobook: Disappearance at Devil's Rock by Paul Tremblay

Some Favorites:

  • Bongwater - Michael Hornburg
  • Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
  • Tortilla Flat - John Steinbeck
  • Inherent Vice - Thomas Pynchon
  • Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
  • The Rules of Attraction - Bret Easton Ellis
  • Super Host- Kate Russo
  • Bright Lights, Big City - Jay McInerney
  • On the Road - Jack Kerouac

Favorite Television

I watch a lot of news, but these are some of my favs:

  • Breaking Points with Krystal and Saagar
  • Jimmy Dore Show
  • Get Your News on with Ron
  • The Zero Hour
  • The Vanguard

Outside of news..

  • Modern Family
  • Quantum Leap
  • Home Movies
  • The Wonder Years (Original)
  • American Dad / Family Guy
  • The X-Files
  • Walking Dead
  • Rick and Morty
  • Portlandia
  • Freaks and Geeks
  • Cowboy Bebop

Random Likes

  • Bicycles
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Handmade things
  • Running
  • Politics
  • Psychedelic Art
  • Puzzles
  • Postcards
  • Mushrooms
  • Beer
  • Cannabis culture
  • 1960's / 70's / 80's / 90's
  • Beatniks
  • Photography
  • Philosophy
  • Painting
  • Art Museums
  • Cities
  • Nature
  • Snowy days
  • rainy days
  • Sunshine
  • Stars / Planets / Space
  • Bars
  • Wind chimes
  • Autumn
  • Books
  • Cooking
  • Kayaking


If you need a postcard idea, I'll point you to the random likes section above. If you have a postcard that you're afraid to send because it may be inappropriate or whatever, I am you guy for those! Otherwise, I am pretty open to any kind.


suepier rated for Book you like PC #2 on Oct 25, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard from Nebraska and sharing your book with me. I am going to look into it on Goodreads.
LiliLuv rated for How 'bout them Hairdos? on Oct 24, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the awesome, artistic postcard! What a creative take on the theme! Mine isn't as artistic as yours, but I hope you like it and that it reaches you soon.😊
Response: Yay! I almost canceled this swap. Wouldn't have been my first "swap-flop" as a host. LOL! Glad i didn't cancel though! The hairdo theme seemed like it wouldn't be too hard at first. Then when i sat down to make one and the ideas i had were harder than i expected to put together (Didn't have images or the idea was larger than the postcard.. 😂). I was pleased with how this one turned out. Looking forward to see what you have in store! Thanks again for playing!
AmySue2 rated for For the love of Pen Palling on Oct 11, 2021
Comment: I am so sorry I forgot to rate (I think I forgot to hit save). I have already written back!
GreetingsEarthling rated for Cowboy Post Card Swap on Oct 3, 2021
Comment: Great cowboy card and quote. Thanks!!
Comment: Thank you for the jupiter postcard!
Comment: Thank you very much for the postcard. Have a great day and happy swapping!
Comment: Thank you very much for the postcard. Have a great day and happy swapping!
MuggleMom rated for Vintage tourist card #11 on Sep 27, 2021
Comment: I want to shop at your local thrift!! I can not find any hardly - it's a wild chase to find any. Lucky you and thank you for the great PC. xxMuggleMom
Comment: I loved the stickers I got, and the letter made me laugh! A+ swap and happy birthday!!!
Kbrewste09 rated for Worst Date Ever Postcard on Sep 24, 2021
Comment: Thanks for sharing your horrible date story! I'm glad you were able to get out of there!
soyprincesa2 rated for Worst Date Ever Postcard on Sep 24, 2021
Comment: Oh my gosh that date sounds dreadful! What memories and a great story as well! I don't think my worst date was nearly that bad. I love the postcard of the collapsing home.
Kraftylady777 rated for Musical Scavenger Hunt PC #3 on Sep 22, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the awesome swap!
Comment: I love how it turned out!
poetland rated for Sunshine in a postcard #8 on Sep 19, 2021
Comment: Thank you Wonderful card!
catlingmex rated for Sunshine in a postcard #8 on Sep 8, 2021
Comment: What a great recipe card and quote! Thank you.
Teraecau rated for Musical Scavenger Hunt PC #3 on Sep 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you very much for the postcard with the music titles! It was a pretty interesting listen through! :)
Johanna51 rated for Postcard from a Vacation on Sep 5, 2021
Comment: thank you. Beautiful postcard.
MsBellaDonna rated for September Plans on Sep 1, 2021
Comment: I would love to explore/hike Colorado! In June I went to Yosemite and did the Half Dome hike. It was absolutely incredible and my biggest hiking accomplishment so far. I can't wait 'til my next adventure! Hope you have fun and happy birthday wishes to you too!
christinacreates5 rated for Happy Mail #4 on Aug 30, 2021
Comment: WOW! You really went the extra mile on this swap, thank you so much! It really made my day so much better.

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Sharila on Mar 28, 2009:

Hello, I created 3 new swaps in the Psychology group, please come and check them out!

BarbaraMartinsDeSousa on Feb 17, 2009:

Thank you for the cd, I love it :D

By the way, great chicken with human head, ahah *

voodooninja on Nov 11, 2008:

Brother @Jib916 has started The Revolution's very first swap here.

I am encouraging everyone to support the cause and sign up!

Long live The Revolution!

doublekissable on Oct 9, 2008:

I would love to see a picture of your car!!!

sunnysidey on Sep 16, 2008:

The HPC would like to see your handmade postcards! Please read this thread in the forum for details!

voodooninja on Sep 1, 2008:

Welcome. Long live the revolution!

PostMuse on Aug 24, 2008:

I have started a discussion on the Handmade Postcard Club forum about the possibility of an interim group since the founder, @TeraBACat hasn't logged on in so long. I hope you will post your thoughts.

nancyflamingo on Aug 23, 2008:

Hey Kurtis! Love the "Omniscient Puddle of Doom" card! Thanks for sharing.

BlueDragonfly on Aug 11, 2008:

I am one of your partners for the 'I Love My Shirt' postcard swap. The card just came back to me, made it too thick - oops. I will put it in an envelope and get it back in the mail tomorrow. Sorry :-(

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