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fdrake

fdrake
Date Joined: September 29, 2016
Last Online: February 22, 2017
Birthday: July 14
Country: United States
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Stamp Notes

Hello!

I stumbled over Swap-bot from Postcrossing, and am interested in swapping cards & stamps rather than in making crafts. I'm fairly technical, so crafts don't come naturally to me.

Interests

I'm a computer programmer and a stamp & cover collector. I also have a university degree in architecture, though I've never practiced in that field, as well as a degree in computer science. I'm especially interested in postal material from southeast Asia (particularly Thailand!), Sri Lanka, Japan, France, and Bermuda. I enjoy going to stamp shows to find new material.

Books

I enjoy reading science fiction & fantasy, mysteries & thrillers, and a bit of history from time to time. Time to read, of course, is hard to come by these days.

I shop at used bookstores when I get the chance, though that's pretty unusual (too many have closed, and I work too much to be able to get to the ones that are left). When I do find the time, I usually browse the cookbooks and histories more than fiction. I also make it an opportunity to hang out with my daughter when she can make time for her old man!

Bookstores with only new books don't get many visits unless I'm looking for something specific; there are too few left with an interesting variety of books.

Foods

Since I mentioned cookbooks....

Over the past year or so I've been teaching myself to cook Thai and Korean cuisines. I really enjoy spicy foods and some of the complex flavors found there.

I try to handle the cooking once or twice a week, and usually end up with leftover, since most of my family thinks it's too spicy for them. (I think a couple of them are just scared!)

Music

I listen to a good bit of jazz, mostly "smooth" jazz from the 80s forward (Najee, Mindy Abair), and a bunch of the instrumental & electronic selections that were labelled "new age" just a few decades ago (Richard Burmer, Tangerine Dream, Ira Stein & Russel Walder). Add a lot of pop/rock, and singers like Feist & Alison Sudol, and... well, there's a lot of people who like all that. I guess I'm one of them.

Then there's the rest. Most of what I add to my collection these days has non-English lyrics (I only speak English), mostly Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Thai (including the best band in the whole world). Eastern European languages have been making inroads as well.

My wife tells me I have very weird listening habits, but I like my selections.

Ratings

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Comment: Thanks for resending :D
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Comment: thanks for the great selection! Happy Swapping.
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Comment: Fred thanks for the neat postcard. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed Portland! My husband and I would like to go there soon. He is a huge craft beer fan and they are all about that. :-) Happy New Year to you!
matt319 rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 29! on Jan 4, 2017
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Comment: Thankyou for the great postcard!
eel rated for Where You Live (PC) - December on Dec 18, 2016
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Comment: Hej Fred. Thank you for the card. Yum. Which dishes have you tried? Which did you like best? We have such a large Asian population that it is easy to find the ingredients needed. Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! eel
widelo123 rated for Where You Live (PC) - December on Dec 8, 2016
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Comment: Fred, I hope this the right swap as you didn't specify which swap it was for. Shirley
Response: Sorry, Shirley! Yes, you've got the right swap. Take care! -Fred
sonriacat rated for NH: Easy Postcard #11 on Dec 7, 2016
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Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome card and note. It was fun reading about the area!
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Comment: Thank you for the nice selection of stamps.
theevidenceisme rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 29! on Nov 30, 2016
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Comment: Gorgeous card! I'll have to try to remember to stop by if I'm ever in Fredericksburg. Coincidentally, Monday I went to a small museum that featured an artist's house...it was in Winter Park, Florida (The Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Garden); definitely worth the stop as well.
Response: I'll have to remember that in case I'm ever down in Florida again! Take care, -Fred
tulipqueen rated for Random (PC) - November on Nov 26, 2016
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Comment: Hi Fred, Thanks for the cool PC!I love San Francisco
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Comment: Thank you for your lovely selection of stamps and extra. Thank you too for the great stamps on the cover.
Camiliann rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 29! on Nov 22, 2016
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Comment: Thanks for the pc..love black n white
aladyde rated for Fantasy PC Swap on Nov 22, 2016
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Comment: Thank you for the fantastic card and for using so many nice stamps! Wishing you and your family a very happy and healthy Christmas!
nsciambi rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 29! on Nov 19, 2016
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Comment: Thank you!
TwoTurtles rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 29! on Nov 18, 2016
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely note!
christy102194 rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 29! on Nov 18, 2016
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Comment: Yeah you could say my music taste is quite eclectic! Very cool that you collect Japanese stamps!
squince rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 29! on Nov 17, 2016
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Comment: Thanks!
quirkyish rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 29! on Nov 16, 2016
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Comment: Thanks for the nice postcard! You mentioned in your note escaping the election returns and it struck me as unbelievable that the election was barely over a week ago. It feels like that dramatic result happened weeks ago, and yet, at the same time, I still find myself questioning the reality of it.
Response: Some people wanted change, without fully understanding the change they were getting (I hope). I don't think it'll last four years. Given the running mate, I'm not sure if that's better, though. Time to buckle down and do what we can to keep our families safe. Good luck! -Fred
Missir rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 29! on Nov 16, 2016
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Comment: I love this postage stamp postcard! Thank you!

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