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pibster

pibster
Date Joined: October 9, 2011
Last Online: May 6, 2012
Birthday: July 30
Country: United States

About Me

Howdy All,

So, a little about me and the kinds of things that float my boat. I love all things wacky and weird, including odd postcards, foreign sayings, bad translations, goofy stickers, cool stationery, vintage greeting cards, Japanese weird stuff, pretty much whatever. If it's a little offbeat or it's a lot creative, I'm going to love it for sure. Things that I can turn into stickers are Extra Bonus - images, ephemera, stray boardgame cards, little pieces of this or that, whatever.

Background: I'm a professor at a small college, I love to decorate my students' papers with tons of stickers, both store-bought and self-made. I play electric guitar (and love guitar-related stuff.) I have an irrational and enduring crush on Jimmy Page (hence my avatar) but I like a ton of different music, not just classic rock. I'm always interested in what's new and interesting out there, music-wise. Feel free to school me! I would love to hear any recommendations from you! Oh, and I also like weird trivia about almost anything. If you have any, please feel free to share!

I live with my sweetie, Kevin (married, actually - I just like the word sweetie better.) He's a professor as well - chair of the photography department at his college. Fine art photography is a big part of our lives and naturally, we love it. Both of us photograph and we love art of all kinds.

I have a kitty named Sammy, who's a big ol' love muffin and lives to sit on my lap.

I also have a stepson whom I adore. He's a nurse in a burn unit, but he floats around to Trauma and other ICUs as well. He's a wonderful, wonderful guy - clearly he takes after his lovely father!

Hope this helps - I'm pretty open-minded and receptive to whatever comes my way - that's part of what makes this whole thing so much fun. :)

Thanks!

Okay, so as I'm looking around, I see a lot of folks have included information on the kinds of books, music and movies they enjoy. So, in the spirit of that, here goes:

Favorite Music

Well, clearly I love me some Zep, but I listen to a wide range of things. I love Miles Davis' "Kinda Blue" on a rainy Sunday afternoon. I like a lot of post-rock stuff like Sigur Ros, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, This is Your Captain Speaking, etc. I dig 80's Manchester stuff and music from the older 4AD catalog, like The Stone Roses, The Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, Ultra Vivid Scene, Mercury Rev, Wolfgang Press, This Mortal Coil, etc. I like newer indie stuff as well: Wye Oak, Florence and The Machine, The Black Keyes, Arcade Fire, Mumford and Sons, Modest Mouse, The Civil Wars, Iron and Wine, etc. I adore Stax Records early '70's R&B. I love Chopin Etudes and Schubert sonatas. I love Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," but only the version with Stokowsky conducting - I'm a bit picky about my classical music. I sometimes like a little opera here and there. Classic rock still rocks my world: The Beatles, The Stones, The Who, The Doors, Cream, Hendrix, etc. Honestly, I'm all over the map. One thing is certain: I never, ever, ever get tired of listening to Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon."

Favorite Books

I tend to be pretty eclectic here as well. I read a lot of non-fiction, especially on brain research, positive psychology, books by Oliver Sacks, etc. But honestly, almost anything can catch my interest, from mountaineering stories to history books to memoirs. I read a lot of fiction as well and that's just as varied. It can be anything from the children's "Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle" series to "The Brothers Karamazov." I typically don't read a lot of best-sellers, but I'm certainly not averse to picking up a John Grisham novel someone's left behind in a vacation house and diving right into it. I'm not snobby about books at all. If it's a good read, I'm in! Probably if anyone looked at my bookshelf on any given day, they'd think about 10 different people lived in my house.

Favorite Movies

Hmmmm, I think this may the same story as the other categories - this really varies as well. I love Christopher Guest mockumentaries. I also love real documentaries - those are probably what I watch most often. Classic movies are great, including silent films. I've seen every film on the AFI's 100 best movies of the 20th century and I liked nearly all of them (although "The Silence of the Lambs" kinda freaked me out a little bit and "Birth of a Nation" was disturbing in other ways.) It's actually been awhile since I've seen a movie - I work a lot even when I'm not at work. I like my job. :)

In Conclusion...

When I do get some free time, I generally like to do things like read, surf the Internet, watch The Daily Show and Colbert online, listen to music, hang with my sweetie, go for walks, chat with friends, play my guitar or just generally mess about. :)

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tessalou rated for Novelty bandages on Feb 21, 2012
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Comment: Thanks for the bandaids!!
sandgsmom rated for Novelty bandages on Feb 20, 2012
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Comment: oh, my kids are gonna be super excited! thanks!
sugarskull rated for twenty questions letter on Feb 20, 2012
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Comment: Oh. My. Gawd. Can I give you ten hearts?! This was the most amazing package I think I've ever received via Swapbot (That is not an overstatement!) You went ABOVE AND BEYOND!!!!!! I loved all your stories: I was sharing them with my boyfriend as I read them. And the pictures were awesome. And envelope 20 was perfect! And the bf says thanks for the good luck for his test :D
faerytalz rated for Novelty bandages on Feb 18, 2012
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Comment: Thank you.
lilmissthrifty rated for Postcards in an Envelope #19 on Feb 17, 2012
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Comment: WOAH! Your package made me remember why I enjoy swapping in the first place! Thank you! I enjoyed your letter, and I agree here's to Orpha! and lovely snail mail like yours!!! XO
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Comment: Awesome postcard! Especially loved the Up poststamp (love that movie) and your colorful and interesting message! Santa Cruz looks great -- I'd have to try out every single one of the rides pictured!
dragonflysecret11 rated for Thriftstore Find - 23 on Jan 30, 2012
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Comment: Charlotte , this is the most amazing swap i have ever had. one star in not enough , a thousand stars are not enough . you gave me such JOY !!! I LOVED EVERYTHING !!! Thank you so so much ~~ hugs , kimberly
Response: I'm soooo pleased to know you liked everything!! I had a blast rummaging around the thrifts for you - felt like a big treasure hunt. :) Thank you so much for the lovely comment! So nice of you!
oliviarrow rated for I'll ask the questions! on Jan 22, 2012
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Comment: A million hearts for you! I am almost overwhelmed, I can't begin to tell you how special your package is...my god. It is by far the most spectacular thing I have ever gotten in a swap! LOVE love love love L-O-V-E!!! Thank you thankyouthankyou! :D
Response: Oooo, I'm hopping and down with happiness! I'm soooo glad you liked it - truly, it was mega-fun to put together and I'm totally thrilled that you enjoyed it! Thank you so much for the kind words - you rock!
ladylouie rated for Cartoon Character Postcard Swap on Jan 18, 2012
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tazzini rated for Cartoon Character Postcard Swap on Jan 15, 2012
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Comment: AWESOME!
d2photo rated for Cartoon Character Postcard Swap on Jan 13, 2012
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Comment: Boy you sure hit the mark. I'd give you more than 5 and a heart if I cold. thanks for reading the blog. If you would like a return PC from Kaylee send me your address. Derrick
Response: Thanks Derrick! I PM'd you with my address - I'd love nothing more than to be the recipient of a special PC from the adorable Kaylee! Fun!
theirmimi rated for Two Truths & A Lie PC Swap #1 on Jan 11, 2012
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Comment: Thanks for the postcard of Milford, PA. It looks just like Milford, Tx. Not! That would be my lie. :) Is yours that you accidently body slammed Leonard Nimoy?
Response: Nope,, that actually happened. Poor man, I ran smack into him in a doorway once. He ended up wrapping his arms around me to keep me from mowing him over. I started to apologize profusely, looked up at him, and came face-to-face with Mr. Spock! Haha! He was super nice about it. I, on the other hand, was mortified. :) The lie is that I haven't scuba-dived in Tortola - I went diving in the Turks and Caicos Islands, but not Tortola. Maybe one day I will - that'd sure be fun! :)
DCSAPART rated for Have a Doggone Great Christmas on Jan 10, 2012
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lorijean rated for Another random questions swap! on Jan 7, 2012
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apanko rated for Another random questions swap! on Jan 3, 2012
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noone7212 rated for Another random questions swap! on Jan 3, 2012
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Comment: Thank you for sharing! I loved your answers. Happy New Year!
dahliaakmal rated for 5 new songs on Jan 2, 2012
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Comment: Charlotte, thank you for the great card... and yes... How much fun one can have touring and toodling around on the back of a motorcycle....Thank you Take care...and Happy New Year.... Pat
Amoxicill rated for 5 new songs on Dec 28, 2011
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Comment: Thanks so much Charlotte for those songs! Pretty good tastes! The "Dead Can Dance" song gave me an impulse to dance, that's true! More like a mix of tribal and classic bellydance! ^^ Thx! Well for the second one, really good choice, because I love the Smashing Pumkins. And "Disarm" is an important song to me. And the guy is really HANDSOOOME! ^^ Thanks so much for making me discover all of them!
Response: My pleasure! I'm so glad you enjoyed them. And yes, that dude is VERY handsome!! Yowzer!! :)

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lilmissthrifty on Feb 17, 2012:

My boyfriend is an avid music/record collector...he suggests you listen to The Stooges "funhouse" and Blue Cheer "vincebus eruptum", Santana "moonchild", anddddddddddd.... if you ever feel like blowing your mind give Ash Ra Tempel "schwingungen" a listen!

raindiamonds on Dec 16, 2011:

Hey thank you so much for my card,I love it!!!

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