I live in Rochester, New York in the United States. It is a small city in the northeast part of America, near the Great Lakes and the Canadian border.
I have many hobbies. I really enjoy writing and receiving pen pal letters as well as doing Postcrossing. I like gardening in the summer, coin collecting, and I am an amateur artist (oil painting). Some of my paintings are displayed online at http://bootboy.terbel.net if you are interested in seeing some of my work. I am an organic chemist and I love chemistry, astronomy, and other sciences.
I am a powerlifter and have been in eight competitions -- my last one was May 2019 and went very well. I was going to compete again March 28th 2020 but it was cancelled due to the COVID-19.
I do not travel very much, so getting unique and interesting post cards from other people around the world is exciting. I am interested to see anything about other people's cultures, the different scenery, the cities and famous buildings, and the lands they live in.
I love languages. English is my primary language. I do speak French as well and have studied bits of others. If you are from a Francophone country I would like to read your card in French as it is good practice for me. If you are writing in English as your 2nd language I would love to see a sentence in whatever your own language is.
If you're interested in postal hobbies beyond postcards, check out http://youvegotmail.club
I joined up there and I've really enjoyed sending and receiving little postal surprises!
I have sent or received postcards to/from 59countries/postal regions so far.
Thank you, Romania, for becoming #59!
I wonder which country will be #60 on my list?
Countries I've received from but never sent to YET:
Denmark, Ghana, Guernsey, Iceland, Jamaica, Kyrgyzstan, Peru and Vietnam
Countries I have sent to but never received from:
Estonia, the Isle of Man, Israel, and Romania
All the 47 other countries I have both sent to AND received from.
2018 lost/expired postcards -- 6
2019 lost/expired postcards - 11
2020 lost/expired postcards - 9 so far. 7 expired the regular way and 2 automatically registered by Postcossing because the person I sent a postcard to deleted their account! This included what would have been my first postcard to Chile! Ugh!