Swap-bot Time: October 2, 2023 11:35 am


Date Joined: December 20, 2011
Last Online: April 11, 2023

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, Ali Hazelwood, James Herriot, Jenny Colgan, David Sedaris. (Do love the Chick-Lit)

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: Lessons in Chemistry, Bonnie Garmus

Recently finished: Boardwalk Bookshop, Susan Mallery

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 volunteer for the Chesapeake Bay Retriever Relief and Rescue (cbrrescue.org/) Transporter/home visits.

The Dogs (down to 2): I am a Chessie (Chesapeake Bay Retrievers) person I am currently on Chessies number 4-5, which consist of Skits, and Buster, my wifes Shi-Tzu. Although the new Chessie pup is coming late Oct.


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: Thank you so much for the lovely Lantern Press pc's you chose for me. LP's are my absolute favorite cards and the ones you sent are ALL new to me!
Comment: Thanks for the great card, Rich
Comment: Thank you Derrick!
Comment: Awesome letter, I loved it. Thank you, Its always good to remember to breathe xx
Comment: Thank you for the nice postcard.
Comment: Thank you for your postcard.
Comment: Holy cow! You were so generous with the stationery/writing set. Like wow! While it was not necessary (it was very understandable why you sent out late, it was barely late and I probably would not have even noticed). I'm very glad though, that the health scare turned out alright :) All that being said, I was very touched and am extremely excited to use the writing set. First order of business is to respond to your swap, so expect a letter soon ♥ Again, thank you for such a thoughtful swap, going above and beyond ♥
Response: So glad you like the set/stuff. Those are some of my favs. Some of them are no longer made so I stocked up on them.
matt319 rated for Ratings Booster Postcard Swap #53 on Jan 29, 2022
debbiespoms rated for WIYM: lighthouse postcard swap on Jan 13, 2022
Comment: Hi Derrick! Received your lighthouse postcard today and thanks so much for it. I love this rectangle PC. But especially the overview of the lighthouse. Thanks again. Happy New Year!
Comment: Thanks, Happy New Year
ultracinematik rated for WIYM: FOOD POSTCARD SWAP #2 on Dec 8, 2021
Comment: The Oregon coast is also known for their clam chowder, but I can't tell you of it is equally good or not. I'm allergic! Thank you for the PC.
Comment: Thank you! :)
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful PC.
Comment: Thank you for the card! :-) I hope you're having a great holiday season!
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Thank you ♥♪♫*¨*•.¸¸🌲
Comment: Thank you for the cute Christmas card and for sharing with me how you're doing and I'm sorry for the loss of your loved ones recently. Have a safe and happy holiday season!
Comment: Thanks Derrick! My dad loves the Hallmark channel too and he set up his spare room this year with a Christmas tree next to the tv and no one is allowed to change the channel so he can watch Hallmark non-stop! LOL :)
Comment: What a fantastic vintage xmas postcard! Thank you!

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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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