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AzEkologi

AzEkologi
Date Joined: August 21, 2020
Last Online: February 20, 2024
Birthday: April 24
Country: United States

About Me

Hi, my name is Rick. I'm 40something; happily married for over 25 years, have a 21 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 as a bike is often their only mode of transportation.

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 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

80's

Ska

Punk

Rockabilly

Aquabats

Better than Ezra

Cake

Elton John

Gogol Bordello

Goldie Lookin' Chain

Gretta Van Fleet

Nerf Herder

PPL MVR

Red Elvises

Teenage Bottlerocket

Volbeat

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

Likes

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

Postcards

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.

Ratings

Eulegirl rated for Chunk-O-Cardboard - January 2024 on Feb 17, 2024
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Comment: Thanks for the raisins chunk. Raisins are awesome. I keep dark chocolate in my desk at school.
tea1227 rated for Chunk-O-Cardboard - January 2024 on Feb 14, 2024
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Comment: thanks for the swap
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely postcard! I enjoyed reading all that you wrote too :) I've heard of the Moosehead, but haven't tried it (I'm not much of a beer person). I think some of my family has though!
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Comment: You know, we recently just got an Aldi. I'm not a big pretzel fan, but my partner is, so now I'm gonna have to keep my eye out for these~ 💜 Thank you for the lovely swap (I'm loving the border you drew on the message portion), and for the recommendation!
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Comment: Thank you for the gila monster. Your friend Joy
julebear rated for Send a PC from your state- US ONLY on Jan 29, 2024
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Comment: thank you the pc from AZ
basykes rated for Send a PC from your state- US ONLY on Jan 27, 2024
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Comment: thanks for the card from Tempe and the cactus Washi tape.
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BlueEyedButterfly rated for Christmas card swap🎄 on Jan 22, 2024
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Comment: Sorry for the late rating!
cookies37 rated for Chunk-O-Cardboard - December 2023 on Jan 19, 2024
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Comment: Hi Rick, Thanks for the very cute Christmas “Chunk”. I really didn’t know that they make tp from bamboo ~ such awesome wrapping paper. Cute stickers and washi tape too. Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year ~ Judy
dakotadee rated for Chunk-O-Christmas Int’l 2023 on Jan 18, 2024
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nomadmama rated for National Nothing Day - January 16 on Jan 17, 2024
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Comment: Thanks for nothing!
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Comment: Thanks for the neat chunk:) I like the image of the bear with antlers, google tells me that there is a mythical creature of Finnish origin called the Otso; the spirit of all bears, often pictured with antlers on the head or the forest growing on it’s back:) So cool! Wishing you all the best!
cherlita rated for National Nothing Day - January 16 on Jan 11, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for.... nothing! Happy national nothing day!
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Comment: Hi Rick! Thanks for the card, you picked a great chunk o cardboard! I'm not a beer drinker myself, but I showed it to my hubby and he is going to give a try on of these days. Happy Swapping!
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Comment: Thank you for the chunk! I love Christmas Tree Cakes! Happy holidays!
momto8cats rated for Chunk-O-Christmas Int’l 2023 on Jan 6, 2024
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Comment: What a lovely postcard. It reminds me of when I lived in Alaska. I have yet to go to Yosemite. My previous roommate & I hiked at Zion & Death Valley, but we had to part ways before making it to Yosemite. BTW, your stamps weren't cancelled. Want me to send them back to you? (I don't collect them.)
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Comment: Thank you so much for the cool Christmas PC! Have a very Happy New Year! Hugs, Diane
atlantian rated for Christmas card swap🎄 on Dec 31, 2023
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JBFR rated for Christmas postcards - International on Dec 29, 2023
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Comment: Thank you for this wonderful card! The blue jay, a whole era for me, it brings back so many memories!! When I was a teenager, I was on a Canadian ornithology forum, and I loved learning about and looking at photos of birds that I knew little about. and the blue jay was one of my favorite birds

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Comments

USAFwife on Sep 28, 2021:

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

Cindi

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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