Swap-bot Time: April 18, 2019 7:25 am


Date Joined: July 16, 2018
Last Online: April 18, 2019
Birthday: May 2
Country: United States

About Me

April 17th of 2019

I'm all caught up on ratings. Thank you for your patience. I got my mail so late yesterday and had so much that I didn't get finished until this morning.


I am unexpectedly going to be out of town for the next six days. I generally have the arrangement with my house-sitter to text me photos of the swaps I receive, so that I can rate them in a timely manner. Unfortunately, this time, I am having to have my mail held at the post office so, I'm afraid there will be a delay in rating any swaps received over the next six days. I am sorry for this but can't find a way around it.

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, 2019

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 almost three 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 was 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. Hand-made cards are fine. I think that a lot of people misroute on some very interesting things by not wanting and made 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.

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 particularly care for: - Nudity - Cats (domestic… I like wild cats – lion, lynx, bobcat, leopard, etc.) - Political (unless its a joke) - I truly dislike 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 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.

Thanks for reading my rant.

Best Wishes, have fun swapping, and (as we say in northern New England) Take Care!


Mark63 rated for Railroad PC Swap #2 - Int'l on Apr 16, 2019
Comment: Another informative PC!!! Thank you. :-)
christy102194 rated for Happy Little Notecards #89 on Apr 16, 2019
Comment: Hope you have a nice Easter lunch ^^ My mom just got out of surgery so I am taking on a "mini" Easter dinner.
Response: Hope she is doing well. Good luck with the dinner. I like to cook but have trouble making everything ready at the same time with big meals.
bunny3ars rated for Weekend Postcard Project #2 on Apr 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you for a wonderful swap, Neal! I appreciate the extra postcards, and my dog appreciated the scratch behind the ears :).
Fabriqueen rated for Ask me anything! ~ e-swap #1 on Apr 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for your answers! It's nice when we get to learn more about our partners. I wish I had something I could give to your friend. I bet that even in her lack, she's doing a beautiful job of being a mom. Keep dancing in your chair! Hugs, Diane
Response: She is. A fine job. Thank you.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely Maine postcard! Your list of plants sounds interesting. I also enjoy the hummingbirds and they are fond of the red honeysuckle vine that grows over my deck.
Comment: Hi Neal - thank you for the chunk of cardboard! Yep not liking cats would be controversial for some folks but I am not a big fan either - so all is good! LOL! I am a dog lover but currently do not have a fur baby, just Grandpups which works for now! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Hyshu rated for Recipe Postcard Swap 2 on Apr 13, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the great card! Sounds yummy!
Comment: Sounds like you have some great plans =D Happy traveling!
Ruthless rated for Scatts PC Swap - O - US only on Apr 12, 2019
Comment: I love the beautiful postcard! I understand the occupation thing! I get asked crazy questions and people think they want to know more! Less said is sometimes better! Great answers. I enjoy your postcards! Have a great weekend!
Comment: Thanks for the LOVELY card you sent, and for the facts you shared. I'm sure your response to your wife's concerns about the show shoeing give her great comfort haha! I'd LOVE to hear the story of the first girlfriend and who or what and details. I mean, if you ever decide to just write an actual letter for no particular reason, let it be to me telling THAT story! Fascinating! I hope the EMT balance was to the good, or at least that you found a way to see it that way. Anyway, thanks so much. Ooh, also, the recurring dream - deets on the one time it changed? Anyway, thanks so much for sharing really interesting stuff and sending a beautiful card, too! Always happy to see you as my partner.
Comment: Cards received and ready to continue the journey! Thank you very much for the lovely note and extra cards too, I love them both, but especially the Moose one. I wish we had Moose in the UK! North Lincolnshire is just the unitary authority area our town falls under within Lincolnshire. The Wolds are very close to my town, about 30 minutes away, and there are lots of designated walking, cycling trails and bridleways. Most trails are marked on maps or signposted to avoid people trespassing and wandering through farmers crops etc. https://www.lincswolds.org.uk has some routes listed <3
Comment: You are awesome! Thanks for sharing such amazing, beautiful, and personal things. You are very brave!
CiCiHatter rated for Scatts PC Swap - N - US Only on Apr 10, 2019
Comment: Ohhh...I love lighthouses!!....thank you for such an interesting PC!....I loved reading everything you included in each category!!....very nice.....cheers!!
MsMarvel rated for HIDDEN WORDS on Apr 10, 2019
Comment: I enjoyed your words! Haha woking is me all the time.
SunTradeToo rated for Chunk O Cardboard - April 2019 on Apr 9, 2019
Comment: very cool chunk! Thank you ♪♫*¨*•.¸¸💌 (tomorrow is going to be 90 degrees here!)
Luvslife3 rated for What do you SMELL? Whatever PC on Apr 9, 2019
Comment: I love the pig postcard!! thank you very much!! What a cool first job!! I totally agree with you on the roses and the child's fresh washed hair!!
MeggyMoo rated for HIDDEN WORDS on Apr 9, 2019
Comment: Loved the words as well as the humour in your email!
Comment: Cute kitty card!
itsnobody rated for HIDDEN WORDS on Apr 9, 2019
Comment: Yay I knew vivarium already! But good to learn some more words. Yetman is my favorite so far.
fairylover rated for “Tell Me” Letter #4 on Apr 9, 2019
Comment: I loved your favourite place in the forest as mine is in the forest too! It was really pleasant to read your little adventures in this forest, really relaxing, thanks a lot for writing this!

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jenmcjen on Mar 17, 2019:

neecie on Mar 1, 2019:

seattle has changed so much, you missed the character it had, but this corner of the country is still where i want always to be ~

Sabbe77 on Jan 24, 2019:

Thank you Neal for the great Maine Facts and Trivia card you sent me as Postcard Roulette (Jan '19) extra ♡ A heart for the little peek of your pc swapping (I can rely on the same with Postcrossing). Great profile! See you in swaps :)

CHOWEFACE on Dec 27, 2018:

thank you so much for the Wells, Maine card! Another card for the collection- yay! :)

Gatzcat on Dec 23, 2018:


Wishing you a Happy and Healthy Christmas Day 🎄 & New Year!!

From your friend in Idaho,


counrtygirl on Dec 3, 2018:

I my worstam selfish impatient and insecure I make mistakes I am out of control and hard to handle a deserve met my worst then you sureas do not hell do not deserve me at my best country girl profile quite

jaimierandolph on Nov 30, 2018:

Newbie Friendly - Profile Quote #13

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

jaimierandolph on Nov 29, 2018:

Newbie Friendly- Profile Joke #7

One beautiful Sunday morning, Reverend Barnard announces to his congregation, 'My good people, I have here in my hands three sermons...... A $100 sermon that lasts five minutes A $50 sermon that lasts fifteen minutes And a $20 sermon that lasts a full hour. Now, we'll take the collection and see which one I'll deliver.'

I thought this was funny and my pastor said it in church on Sunday although he preached for 45mins so I don't no how much his was worth hahaha

Mishi on Nov 29, 2018:

Favorite Christmas Movies Email Swap

jessnewson98 on Nov 29, 2018:

Newbie Friendly - Profile Quote #13

Hi Neal!

Your profile is so gorgeous! I hope you like the quote (also sorry for my comment posting mishap, my computer is fritzing).

"The world before us is a postcard, and I imagine the story we are writing on it.” ― Mary E. Pearson, The Miles Between

I hope you have a wonderful day!

x Jess

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