Swap-bot Time: March 29, 2023 1:29 pm


Date Joined: August 21, 2020
Last Online: March 12, 2023
Birthday: April 24
Country: United States

About Me

Hi, my name is Rick. I'm 40something; happily married for over 24 years, have an 20 year old son, a black cat (Salem), a black pug (Lucy), and a fawn pug (Ethel). 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.

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

Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest - Suzanne Simard

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 (everything) 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.


Conni59 rated for Chunk O Cardboard - February 2023 on Mar 22, 2023
Comment: I feel sure I got this chunk, however cannot find it.
Comment: I love your LIFE box! We used to play that when we were kids, along with Aggravation, Clue, Chutes and Ladders, Candyland (I actually still like both of the last two), Mastermind, etc. Thanks for the blast from the past. I'm happy to hear that you enjoy these swaps. Swap on!!
findeerror rated for Chunk O Cardboard - January 2023 on Feb 16, 2023
Comment: Received, great chunk of cardboard and I do love Indian food, and do cook a bit of it at home... love fenugreek! Thank you for the swap!
Comment: Tortillas was a great subject to write about. Hubby is picky and we pretty much always have them in our fridge. We like Guerrero that you have to cook on the comal but fresh packs from Food City's tortilleria are delicious! Thanks for the swap!
colleenbUSA rated for GEEK of the Week PC Swap #155 on Jan 31, 2023
Comment: Thanks for sharing and the pc! I've never heard of that one as I don't watch a lot of art films.
onyx95 rated for Chunk O Cardboard - December 2022 on Jan 20, 2023
Comment: Love it, and the movie also, we watch both the 1947 & 1994 versions of Miracle on 34th Street most years, it's more difficult to get my kids here for it now that they are out on their own so maybe only 1 each but I get both 😉
pernie123 rated for Chunk O Christmas Intl 2022 on Jan 19, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the pretty card and greeting message.
ioana rated for National Nothing Day - January 16 on Jan 17, 2023
Comment: Thanks for Nothing! :)
Response: I feel that the right response is to say nothing, but I'm going to zig instead of zag and say "thank you"! ~ Rick
Aynora rated for National Nothing Day - January 16 on Jan 17, 2023
snailmailrocks rated for Chunk O Christmas Intl 2022 on Jan 17, 2023
Comment: Hi Rick, thank you so much for the postcard, I really liked your note - thanks for taking the time to tell me a little bit about yourself :-)
Response: I'm glad to have had the opportunity to swap with you! HAPPY SWAPPING IN 2023!! ~ Rick
Comment: Thanks for the great postcard! It is adorable.
Response: #facts
Conni59 rated for Chunk O Cardboard - December 2022 on Jan 5, 2023
Comment: Christmas was great. Thank you for this fun Rudolph card. He is a favorite of mine.
Response: Mine too! I'm glad you liked him! HAPPY NEW YEAR! Best, Rick
baseri rated for christmas postcard international on Dec 23, 2022
Comment: Merry Christmas Rick - thank you for the nice vintage postcard with the birds on it. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday! Ah so I am not the only adult penny press collector :) Happy Swapping. Dale
Response: Totally! I hope that yo had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Comment: Hi Rick! Thank you for the fun card and yes it has cooled off here in Pa. This morning it was 45 degrees! ❤️
Comment: That spooky sticker is FANTASTIC!!!
mle rated for Chunk O Cardboard - August 2022 on Sep 16, 2022
Comment: I remember fall in Tempe. The shift in light and the change of the feel in the air. I accept your wish for the autumnal equinox. I need it.
onyx95 rated for Chunk O Cardboard - August 2022 on Sep 7, 2022
Comment: Wonderful chunk and nice hand writing, thanks for the bit of story too.
Comment: Trader Joe cookies chunk! Yum! Thank you. I sent you a message about a local PHX snail mail meetup on Oct. 1st.
dmwcheng rated for Pretty Writing on Pretty Paper #4 on Oct 22, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter. Cool handwriting. =) Have a lovely weekend. Cheers.
Response: Thank you. I hope that you weekend was good as well. ~ Rick
MarHelene rated for Looking Forward PC #8 on Oct 6, 2021
Comment: I hope you had fun camping!
Response: Ooooh, SO MUCH FUN! Best, Rick

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USAFwife on Sep 28, 2021:

Thank you so much for the nice surprise card. :) I hope you had a nice harvest celebration. :)


ariestess on Sep 18, 2021:

Happy Autumnal Equinox and Merry Mabon! I hope you have a truly lovely harvest, a smooth and stressless rest of 2021, and a blessed and happy 2022. Blessings to you! aj

USAFwife on Sep 17, 2021:

tPCC: Mabon greetings, from USAFwife

Rick, At this time of equal light and equal dark, may you find your balance, and be surrounded by those who love you. Blessings! Cindi

isandie on Jul 29, 2021:

I got your angel package!!! Thank you so much!!! I live the “bee happy” notebook! And the extras are amazing! XOXOXO ❤️❤️❤️

CookieMomster78 on Nov 26, 2020:

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

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