Swap-bot Time: August 13, 2022 7:40 am


Date Joined: July 16, 2018
Last Online: August 13, 2022

Country: United States

About Me

The USPS got their rate increase. Now, the service should improve... right?

It's not just the incoming mail. I mailed a birthday card to a friend in the same town on 7/4, before noon, thinking it would be delivered by her birthday on the 7th. She received it on the 12th and it wasn't even postmarked until the 8th! Word is that the Regional Distribution Center is severely understaffed.


I need to find a new profile picture. My granddaughter was barely three in this one... she is five now.


It amazes me that I get postcards from CA, OR, AZ... in three days but many mailed from lesser distances (MI, OH, PA...) have taken weeks. I received a swap from Australia a couple weeks ago, that was postmarked after a letter I got from Pennsylvania on the same day.


Profile Updated: May 18th 2022

Greetings form southern Maine,

ME: My name is Neal. It is spelled as if it were a last name because it was my Mother's maiden name. My family name could be both a first or last as well. Back when I used film to take pictures, the drugstore would have my prints filed under my first name more often than my last.

My wife, of 45 years (and bless her for putting up with me) and I live on a country road in a small rural town in southern Maine. I retired six years ago after 40+ years in electronic work. She still works at the local hospital, but has cut back to two or three shifts a week so we have more time to do things together.

We have two grown daughters and a granddaughter. Our grandchild turned five on Valentine’s Day. She is a hoot! I love every minute I can get with her. That was often, before Covid, and is quite a lot since adults have been vaccinated. Every time we see her, even after only a week some times, she has changed so noticeably. Her vocabulary grows all the time. As a contractor’s daughter, before she was three years old ,her vocab included terms like front-loader, backhoe, nail gun, plumber, backhoe, permit, staging, chop saw, and estimate. As a Doc McStuffins fan, her vocab includes diagnosis, treatment, and vaccination. All those terms she uses appropriately. I enjoy that I can have an actual conversation with her.

We also have a good friend with almost-eight-year-old triplets. I have had the pleasure of minding them since they were infant, when their Mother works and on other occasions when their mom has to do something or just wants a break. I am, for better or worse, their primary male roll model. My wife and I also do things with the four of them and enjoy the young ones as though they were grandchildren. They live less than two miles from us so we have seen them frequently, all be it masked and distanced until recently.

I am getting to a point where I can almost keep up with them again. I had Covid in January of 2021 and it left me weak, short of breath, with balance issues and with post-Covid fog-brain (yes, that’s a thing). I can walk over two miles now, though it has to be on a smooth flat surface, Fortunately, there are a couple rail-trails close by. I want little more than to take a nice long hike in the forest but I would trip over every rock and root in the trail.

In the winter, I like to snowshoe and I spend more time working on my Banknote collection (see below). In the summer I seek shade, hike, seek shade, work in my yard, and (did I mention this?) seek shade. I do not like hot weather and, for me, hot is anything over 68F. I’m a ginger (well, most of my hair is white now, but I still have the light complexion) so I have to be careful with how much sun I get.

MUSIC I like pretty much all kinds, depending upon my mood at any given time. My constant favorite groups are Pink Floyd, Warren Zevon, The Eagles, Talking Heads, Florence and the Machine, Dropkick Murphy's, Raining Jane). My favorite instruments to listen to are harpsichord, fiddle, cello, violin, sitar... all the strings, really. I don’t much like RAP or Hip-Hop as most of the lyrics seem to denigrate women. My town has a free, summer, outdoor music series, featuring local artists. The opening acts are young local musicians. I love it!

TV and MOVIES: I don’t watch TV. Not regular TV programs at least. I use my television to watch movies and anima from DVDs. I have a large DVD collection. According to the spreadsheet listing them, I currently have 1342 titles. Over half are horror and psychological suspense. I have decent sub-collections of anime and of Wizard Of Oz and Alice In Wonderland versions and related movies. My favorite movies are the Star Wars series and the Harry Potter movies. My favorite anime is When Marnie Was There.

READING: I like to read but am not a fast reader. I usually like young-adult horror, Sci-fi, and dystopia. YA books are usually not real long and fairly easy reads. That said, my two favorite authors are Stephen King and Douglas Adams. I have read everything they have written (aside from some of King’s screen plays and Adam’s Dr. Who radio program scripts), much of it more than once. I have read Adam’s 'The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy' [5-book trilogy] more than a dozen times in the past 30+ years and I have listened to King’s 'The Dark Tower' series five or six times.

The post-Covid fog-brain left me unable to read much at all for over three months. I could struggle through swap requirements, reading them three or four time to comprehend, and then having my wife check that I understood. I have been improving over the past few months so that I can now handle swaps and read magazine articles and such. I have recently been enjoying listening to audio books but have been sticking with those I have already read or listened to.

HOBBIES & INTERESTS: I am an Amateur Radio Operator who enjoys contests. I also enjoy: Postcrossing, WheresGeorge, and Letterboxing. I like to fly in small plains but don't do it much as it can be quite expensive. Mostly, I enjoy working in my yard and garden. I keep flowering plants that attract butterflies and Hummingbirds and grow milkweed for the Monarch Butterflies.

PHOTOGRAPHY: I love taking pictures but don't consider myself a "photographer". They put thought and effort into their work. I just set my shutter on continuous and squeeze off five to ten shots. Usually a couple will be good. I find this method works well when trying to get photos of active children.

TRAVEL: My wife and I enjoy 'seeing the world'. I particularly enjoy our two-week-ish road trips to areas of our own country. I also enjoy traveling by rail and use that option whenever I can. It disappoints me greatly that my own country has what is probably the least used - per capita - passenger rail system of any country in the world and is vary limited because of it.

We have, of course, not travelled other than to see our children and grandchild over the past year-and-a-half. A rail trip through Canada and two domestic road trips have been cancelled so far. We hope to do a road trip this fall but it is going to be a long time before we are comfortable flying again.

SWAP INTERESTS: I came to Swap-bot mostly for Postcard Swapping but I have now tried several other things that interest me. I have made some ATC’s but it will be a little while before I try swapping any but the most basic.

POSTCARDS: I look forward to meeting new people through PC swaps. I often find a short message as enjoyable as the card itself. I like getting almost any card. (See my few dislikes below) Anything that will tell me something about you or your country, town, or area.

Multi-view cards are fine for me. I think of them as like receiving several nice little cards all in one. Handmade cards are fine. I think that a lot of people miss out on some very interesting things by not wanting handmade PCs. LGBTQIAPK related are fine. Just not too kinky, please. I am straight so nude/partial nude guys don't do anything for me. I have friends who are, and friends with children who are LBG... I support them.


TRAIN cards (Diesel and Electric more than steam) Railroad stations (Historic to modern) Historic buildings, architecture (especially those particular to your area) Though I am not a religious person, I do like PC's of churches, cathedrals. mosques, alters, etc. They represent some of the finest and most lovely architecture. Your country's currency, especially paper banknotes. A card showing your National Bank or Mint would be nice. Traditional, native, or ceremonial dress / costume. Children (children are the best thing ever invented!) If only the sounds of children laughing could be sent on a PC... If you are a Ham Radio Operator, I would enjoy one of your QSL cards. I enjoy a MESSAGE on the card. Just a little something about yourself, your family, work, hobbies, town, region, or country. What has the weather been? How does the garden grow?

DISLIKES: Subjects I don’t particularly care for: NUDITY CATS (domestic… I like wild cats – lion, lynx, bobcat, leopard, etc.) POLITICAL RELIGIOUS (Except religious buildings and costume are fine)

I truly dislike anything that DENIGRATES WOMEN… anyone, any group, especially as a joke.

Send that postcard NAKED... unless it is hand-made and you are really concerned about it getting damaged. I received 'roughed up' PCs all the time. Very few, that don't have Washi tape on them, are damaged significantly. A cancellation mark, bar codes, and even a little scuffing adds to the charm... makes them look "travelled".

WASHI TAPE ON POSTCARDS causes damage to them. While I have Washi tape and stickers, will swap them, and use them in some crafts, I am not a fan at all of it on postcards. It seems to cause problems with the postal sorting machines. Almost every PC I get with Washi around the edges is torn and/or badly scuffed with pieces of the tape loose or are torn right off, along with pieces of the card. Also, Washi and stickers take up message space and I would rather have a nice message from you.

PASTELS and MARKERS: I have gotten some PCs that were written in pastel colored markers. While colorful, they are hard for me to read. I would prefer the message be done in a good old black or blue ink pen and I can't help but think that the post office would like the address that way too.

LANGUAGES: Like most Americans (shame on us), I only really speak and read English. I knew some Spanish and a little German, many years ago -- even a few phrases of Russian -- but I have not used them in many a year, so they are pretty much gone. I know several Japanese words and phrases by sound, from watching Anime, but can not read the language and couldn't have much of a conversation..

I would love to see a few words in your own language, with a translation in English, if you could. (especially Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Cyrillic, Abugida... as I do not have the capability of entering ideograms into Google Translate. At least I don't know how.)

HOME-MADE POSTCARDS: love making my own PC's from found images. I can usually find a nice image that suits a Partner's likes better than the commercial PCs I have. If the swap doesn't prohibit it and there is nothing in your profile saying you don't like them, there is about a 40% chance you will get a handmade postcard from me. If a swap requires an envelope, there is a fair chance that will be hand made too.

I am generally not interested in DIRECT SWAPS and I will not respond to any card that I have not received as a part of a valid swap. Sorry. If you really want something special from my area, message me first.

I COLLECT BANKNOTES / Paper Currency that is currently or recently in circulation in other countries. When I get a new piece, I research the currency history for that country and the specific people and places that are pictured on the bill. I then write a page, outlining the information, to go in my album with it. I have made my collection available to local elementary school Teachers who have used it in lessons. Go to the end of my profile to see a list of the banknotes I am still in need of.

I also collect FLUTES and small figurines of OWLs and TURTLES

EXTRAS - While I appreciate the thought, if it isn't something related to my listed interests, I probably won't use it but pass it on. I'm afraid that I can not afford to send a lot of extras.

The best way to get a HEART from me is not to send 'extras' but to write something about yourself, your family, town, or country. I love a 'personal touch'.

KID FRIENDLY SWAPS - I may join one, from time to time, to share with my three favorite pseudo-grandkids. They are two girls and a boy, vegetarians, love stickers and anything they can color. They like animals, colorful pictures and being outside. They love being read to. They do not use video games or watch television.

I will list other likes as my swap interests dictate.

I hate to write this but...

When I started here and had read several profiles, I wondered why people wrote some of the things they did. After dealing with more than one unhappy partner, I find myself writing the same sort of thing.

My understanding of "Hearts" is that they are given for something special. It is very easy to get a heart from me. You do not have to send extras. All you have to do is write a bit of a message on / with the swap. Tell me a little something about yourself, your family, where you live, what you love, what you hate... I enjoy and reward that.

If you do the absolute minimum to satisfy the swap, you will get a five from me but not a heart. I expect nothing more from anyone for myself. I can't afford to send a lot of extras to people but I do try to write a note with each swap, which I hope people will find interesting and appreciate.

Thanks for reading my profile.

Best Wishes, have fun swapping, and Take Care!

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“You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.” - Robin Williams

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Banknotes I need: (Note: I do not collect coins)

Comorian franc,

Danish krone,

franc pacifique (CFP franc),

Guyanese dollar,

Norwegian krone,

Saint Helena pound,

Swazi lilangeni,

Tunisian dinar,

Vatican City Lire,

. .


Wingy rated for Chunk O Cardboard - July 2022 on Aug 12, 2022
Comment: Love love love the wizard of oz card. Thank you so much for the kind words Re: my daughter and her kids. We are all doing a bit better. Thank you. I also saw Wicked when it came to Austin a few years ago. I love the book too.
CHOWEFACE rated for ANY CARD FOLLOW THE PROMPT #21 on Aug 12, 2022
Comment: Thanks Neal! Love all your little details.
Rhino44 rated for Here's where I went this summer #2 on Aug 6, 2022
Comment: Thanks for your postcard and nice note. I was just in Boston this week and drove right by Quincy Market. I hope your summer in Maine is cooler than ours so far in RI!
Comment: Hey there Neal ! What a great surprise, to find your PC swap in my mailbox! Always happy to see a swap from you. Which are far & few between. Thanks so much for the Boston, Mass. PC and your awesome answers to School subjects you liked. Like you, I also enjoyed Math, all of it. I had as well been in Wood shop and loved it! I was also in Metal shop and loved that too! Yo mentioned being in an Art club & liked it. That was never my thing. In High school, I had joined an Outdoor club. I loved that and we got to go on a lot of Nature walks & loved every minute of it. Other than that, as like you, I hated school as well & with a Passion couldn't wait to graduate & get the flock out of there! That was the Happiest day of my life! And, Like you, I was bullied nearly all my life in school. I was bullied just for having the last name ( maiden name ) Brown. I was called Brown cow and a retard. I wasn't fat & I'm still not fat and I was one of the smartest kids in school, with nearly all A's. Only subject I didn't get an A in was Art class ( as didn't like it ) and I always got a B+ in it. Still passing though. Anyway, Enough on this subject. Which I could go on & on about, lol ! Take good of yourself & family and have a wonderful day.
HappyMom rated for SCATTS - H - ROUND 10 - US ONLY on Aug 5, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the High Hills of Vermont card for H! Love your answers!
Comment: Thanks for sending the postcard my way. We have been having brief pop up showers, mainly in the late afternoons. Guess it's better than nothing.
Comment: Thanks!! I love trying new beers. They have the Allagash White @ the nearby Total wine store. I'll try it.
Comment: I apologize for the delay thank you for everything,
Comment: Thanks Neal!
myancey rated for ANY CARD AND FOLLOW THE PROMPT #20 on Aug 2, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the Vermont card ! I never heard of good Sam nip/tuck or Jackie. I don’t remember st elsewhere or Chicago med either. Thanks for the card and there are several I didn’t know
Comment: Thanks! :)
Comment: Hi Neal it’s nice to connect with you again. Love the chunk o cardboard of the iron horses. It could be a postcard. Good luck with your move. I see the postmark is from NH. I was thinking NH would be a nice retire state!
Comment: Thank you for the interesting multi-view postcard. My sister lives in Canada but her husband doesn't want to move back to the U.S. You listed some of the same countries I want to visit as well.
rachelgogan rated for GEEK of the Week PC Swap #130 on Jul 28, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the PC! I sort of felt the same way about not having interesting rituals too. :)
Ace330660 rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 41 on Jul 27, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the resend and passing mine along !
Comment: Your card was so fun to read, thank you!!
RiverTopanga rated for PH: Something In Common #2 on Jul 26, 2022
Comment: Hi Neal! I had a Brownie camera when I was young, too! Remember the flash bulbs? They were super hot after you used the flash. Funny how they came, too... kind of like a small Hersheys candy bar 🍫. You had a much more advanced "real camera". I have a point and shoot that was given to me, I keep it in my car so I can get those Roseated Spoonbills or gators, or whatever we come across. But, like you, the phone is almost always close by, so it gets used the most. I bet you have taken some delightful pics of your grandchildren 🏃‍♀️🏊‍♀️🤸‍♀️ . They truly are hard to slow down enough to take a good pic. Good thing you have that point and shoot!! As always, fabulous to swap with you. Have a wonderful week. 😃
Comment: Thank you.
HappyMom rated for SCATTS - G - ROUND 10 - US ONLY on Jul 26, 2022
Comment: I always get the best laughs from your Scatts - you come up with the best ones! Case in point - "Passing Gas with a Great big Grin" - Thanks for the chuckles!
Comment: Thanks so much

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Robinarie on May 4, 2022:

@DheerajReddy may be the one who sent the lovely PC, from India, of the Charminar Mosque in Hyderabad. It was dated 12th Oct. 2021. Go to her page and message her. Maybe.......

loverofpostcards on Sep 14, 2021:

Neal Transportation swap #2 I have just found out it is supposed to be 2 postcards! Did I send you 1 or 2 postcards? Please let me know so I can correct it if it is wrong. Regards Glennys

HappyMom on Sep 8, 2021:

Hi Neal - I love the card you selected for ESG: 3-2-1 when you thought it was a postcard swap! I hope we get rich colors this fall... Lately, we've had a less-than-impressive season!

LavenderSprinkles on Sep 7, 2021:

Yes, you can type the letter!

cmalaina on Jul 4, 2021:


darkandstormy on May 2, 2021:

So beautiful!

JadeFan on Apr 25, 2021:

From My Area 🌞 Quick Profile Deco

Piping Plover

This is one of our Endangered Birds, the Piping Plover. They like to nest in the reeds on our beaches. They are so cute! We have warning signs up over the southern coastline to make sure no one disturbs them during the breeding season. Look at this chick with a black band; about 2 weeks old. Piping plover Chick

lyssathemermaid on Apr 25, 2021:

From My Area 🌞 Quick Profile Deco Hey lovely! Thanks for participating in this swap! In my area we have an unusual looking bird called the roseate spoonbill. The end of its beak is flattened like a spoon, and their wingspan shows off their beautiful pink feathers! Theyre commonly found in marshy areas along the coast of Florida

camelsamba on Jan 23, 2021:

(ugh, sorry for that giant image - feel free to delete!)

camelsamba on Jan 23, 2021:

Healing thoughts and best wishes sent your way!

rest you must

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