Swap-bot Time: March 3, 2021 7:37 pm


Date Joined: August 21, 2020
Last Online: March 2, 2021
Birthday: April 24
Country: United States

About Me

Hi, my name is Rick. I'm 40something; happily married for over 22 years, have an 18 year old son, a black cat (Salem), and a black pug (Lucy). 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. I'd love to try Lifeboat Tea from the Williamson Tea Company. Individually-wrapped bags are not available in the US (at least that's what my research indicates).

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

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 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.


frenchd73 rated for Bird Watching via PCs Swap #2 on Mar 3, 2021
Comment: I love watching birds as well, I think I get it from my grandparents. I saw my first Baltimore Oriole in the yard this year. The Eastern Bluebird is my favorite! Thank you for the great pc!!
debbiespoms rated for Bird Watching via PCs Swap #2 on Mar 2, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the Hooded Merganser. I collect these PC's & have this one, hee! They are definitely different, that's for sure.
mchesser12 rated for GEEK of the Week PC Swap #58 on Mar 2, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the Crab Nebula postcard and sharing your answer. How cool to meet Brent Spiner!
Comment: Thanks for the tea talk! :^) We used to buy big tins of Sadaf Earl Grey for my husband, at a Middle Eastern grocery in Dearborn. But now we get it (not Sadaf, not in a tin) from a local store. Lately I've been drawn to some oolongs to supplement my greens.
jmjackson rated for Vintage Postcard Swap - USA on Feb 27, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the postcard and nice note! Wish I was there! We are having a "wintry mix" today.
NRGordon rated for A Note For You # 88 on Feb 24, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the great PC and note. The War Bonnet was impressive, especially on the cab and cowl units.
Cynfully rated for Chunk O Cardboard - February 2021 on Feb 24, 2021
Comment: thanks for the PC
Comment: Beautiful postcard Rick, thank you ^-^ I think I would stay on earth, it is such a beautiful planet. I'll wait for the movie LOL
Comment: Thank you! Happy swapping!
Carrii rated for Chunk O Cardboard - February 2021 on Feb 18, 2021
Comment: We are Chicago Cubs (and Iowa Cubs) fans in my house. We had big hopes of coming to your neck of the woods for spring training, but that was before the world fell apart! Great stamps and postcard, thanks!
Snailmail1772 rated for Send me my Postcard Back! on Feb 17, 2021
Comment: Happy to send back your cool cool pc!
Response: Thanks so much!
Comment: Loved the postcard! I should have it framed on my desk! I can totally relate to your travel and financial advice. Take care, and Happy Swapping!
Response: I'm glad you liked it! Best, Rick
CraftyShana76 rated for I Love Games PC Swap on Feb 16, 2021
Comment: Great PC and great list!!! TYVM!!
Response: Glad you liked it! Best, Rick
Comment: Been to Arizona. Travelled the entire state. Loved it. Ty
Response: Awesome! What was your favorite place in AZ?
Comment: Arizona sounds beautiful! I hope to visit one day soon! Thank you!
Response: May our beautiful skies and vast deserts welcome you with open arms. Best, Rick
Carissakarisma rated for Pagan/Wiccan penpal on Feb 16, 2021
Comment: I will be responding to your letter shortly :)
Response: Looking forward to it! Best, Rick
debbiespoms rated for I Love Games PC Swap on Feb 14, 2021
Comment: Hello Rick and thank you for the outer space PC! Love these kind! Thank you too for list of games. I have never heard of Ticket to ride board game, Taco, cat, goat, cheese, pizza card game, or Ship, Captain, crew dice game. I did look them up & they looked interesting.
Response: Hey Debbie! I'm glad that you liked the PC and looked into the games. We play a lot, A LOT, of games in my house! My favorite when we're 'out and about' is, hands down, Ship, Captain, Crew. I always have a deck of cards and some dice in the car so we can keep ourselves busy when waiting at a resturant, etc. I hope that you do get to play! Best, Rick
Comment: Thanks! I love postcrossing but it's ALWAYS international, I wish there was a way to pick what countries. I stopped using postcrossing because of it.
Response: Totally agree! My Postcrossing is always International and my Swap-bot is always US-Only. It's fun to have the trackable international post with Postcrossing and have that 'filler' local stuff with Swapbot. Best, Rick
Comment: I’ve been to the mountains is south east Arizona and it was beautiful!
Response: I'm glad that you got to experience some of Arizona's beauty (and saw beauty in our many shades of brown). ; )
KarenFife rated for 10 Things Postcards Swap #2 on Feb 12, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the lovely French postcard, Rick! I enjoyed reading your list. My husband uses a headlamp often. I can tell I will be borrowing it in the near future.
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed the list! Ya, my family teases me about my headlamp use. Anytime someone needs me do look for something, do some detail work, go outside at night, etc. I always say, "wait, let me grab my headlamp". Best, Rick

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CookieMomster78 on Nov 26, 2020:

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

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