Date Joined: July 16, 2018
Last Online: February 19, 2019
Birthday: May 2
Country: United States
19 Jan. 2019 I received a nice PC, with a very nice note, from CHENHAOAN without any reference to the swap or a Postcrossing ID.
Updated: Feb. 7, 2018
Greetings form southern Maine,
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 in the old days, 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 41 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 two 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, who will be two years old on Valentine's Day . She is a hoot! I love every minute I can get with her and, fortunately, we see them often. It is so astonishing that, every time we see her, even after only a week some times, she has changed so noticeably. Her vocabulary is growing very quickly now.
We also have a good friend with four-and-a-half year old triplets. I sit for them when their Mother works and the daycare isn’t open. We also spend a fair amount of time with the four of them and enjoy the little ones as though they were also our grandchildren.
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, 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 listen to music a lot. I particularly enjoy Folk, Bluegrass, and Rock but listen to all genres, depending upon my mood. My favorite instruments to listen to are harpsichord, fiddle, cello, violin... all the strings, really.
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 radio programs), 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 King’s 'The Dark Tower' series five times.
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.
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 four-year-olds and toddlers.
I look forward to meeting new people through swaps.
I came here 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.
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. 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.
Postcards with WASHI TAPE and STICKERS: 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 or badly scuffed and very often the ends of the tape are lifting or pulled off. Also, Washi and stickers take up message space and I would rather have a nice message from you.
I have gotten some PCs that were written in pastels. While colorful, they are hard for me to read. Especially markers. 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.
I am 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. If you really want something special from my area, message me first.
My particular PC interests are:
Train cards (Diesel and Electric more than steam but steam is okay, especially if it is a locomotive that is still in service.)
Railroad stations (Historic to modern)
Historic buildings, architecture (especially those particular to your area)
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, you can send me 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?
Send that PC 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 tape on them, are damaged significantly. A cancellation mark, bar codes, and even a little scuff adds to the charm.
Like most Americans (shame on us), I only really speak and read English. I knew some Spanish and a little German, many years ago, but have not used them so they are pretty much gone. 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)
Subjects I don’t care for: - Nudity - Cats (domestic… I like wild cats – lion, lynx, bobcat, leopard, etc.) - Political (unless its a joke) - Anything that denigrates women… anyone, any group.
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.
Music I like pretty much all kinds, depending upon my mood at any given time. My current favorite groups are Pink Floyd, Warren Zevon, The Eagles, Talking Heads, Florence and the Machine, Dropkick Murphy's, Raining Jane)
Extras - While I appreciate "extras", the best way to get a Heart from me is to write something about yourself, your family, town, or country. I love a 'personal touch'. I'm afraid that I can not afford to send a lot of extras.
KID FRIENDLY SWAPS - I may join one, from time to time, to share with my three favorite four-year-olds. 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 typical kids 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 things.
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 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.
Thanks for reading my rant.
Best Wishes, have fun swapping, and (as we say in northern New England) Take Care!
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