I have not been around much
by, 12-12-2010 at 06:57 PM (1904 Views)
Sorry about that. 2010 has been a bit of a trying year- I've not been in good health for much of it, even worse than normal. (I have some issues I really don't like to talk about much). Back when I was in school I was sick for more than a year and the doctors couldn't find what it was. Well, this isn't the same thing (I know what this is) but apparently 2010 is going to go down in my history as another year when I spend most of the year sick or at least not good. As I type this I'm hurting in more than a half dozen places. So, there's that.
Then, there is the fact that I have not had hardly any money to spend throughout the year. 2010 has been lousy in that regard too. When I am not participating in a hobby I have a hard time getting into posting on the message board(s) related to it. I knew that was the case for my other hobbies and it really wasn't a surprise that it was the case with numismatics, either. A consideration with that is that seeing all the cool things being posted that I can't have...maybe can't ever have...it can make your outlook a little depressed about the hobby, if you know what I mean.
I have also lost three good friends this year- two in November. I knew one of them was having health problems but he thought it was fixed...losing all three was a shock to me and I really do NOT deal well with death. I know that no one does but I'm even worse. And I lost two of my best friends within two weeks of each other...less than a month ago. I'm still sad about that and it's not always easy to be happy on a message board when you aren't happy in real life.
There's another factor, but this is a good one. As you might have caught from my posts or visiting my website, I build scale models. 2010 has been a bit of a rennissiance for me. Since 1999 I built only cars but this year, on the strength of the support from one of my model clubs, I have greatly expanded my horizons. In 2010 I built my first ever airplane, figure, ship, and tank! I also found the time to build some cars, too! In all, I built 19 models during 2010 so I spent a lot of time on that. And as I eluded to earlier, if I am into a hobby I tend to spend the most time on the message boards for that...so what time I did set aside for internet/message boards, was spent on the scale modeling message boards, or researching. I know the cars I build by heart, but when I do a different subject, I have to do research which can be time consuming- but always fun! Last week I spent about 12 hours researching my next subject over a three day period (Teutonic Knights) Now, the winter is here in spirit if not in fact, and it's too cold to work on models. But it's not too cold to look at my coins, and here I am!
I am looking forward to 2011. I hope it brings better health, and a better year for my hobbies-2010 has been my worst ever so it should be better! My New Year's Resolution from 2010 didn't happen, which was to visit the Parsippany NJ coin show. Didn't happen, so I will roll that into 2011 as well, and my NYR for 11 is to get myself at least one Byzantine coin. I have had plans to get Allan Berman's 5 for $20 deal on Byzantines but I have not been able to set aside the $20 for it yet.
I'm sure none of you really care about all this stuff but it makes me feel good to say it, so I am! And that's all I've got for this installment.