Getting out of the hobby

jim stephens jwsmail at
Wed Oct 12 03:14:16 CDT 2016

On 10/11/2016 1:07 PM, Seth Morabito wrote:
> Hey folks,
> Recent activity on the list, especially the "Ka... ching!" thread, has
> had me reevaluating a lot of what I get out of this hobby. I think there
> are two things going on that make it less fun for me now: The money,
> and the age of the stuff. I'll try to explain.
Seth, as others said, sorry to hear you are losing interest, and don't 
want to suggest that you should not move on to another interest.  I had 
a friend who went from competitive shooting (45ACP) to Skeet shooting 
(3rd in the US), to racing boats (had at one time the US speed record 
for a 6 cyl outboard), to Astronomy, and then on to cameras.  So one can 
evolve in the hobbies and move on.

I find that the thing I like that will suck me in forever is both the 
thrill of the chase of finding something, and being really satisfied 
when I find some collection of parts, or just a system that works.  in 
the former, I've bought interesting gizmos and years later have found 
parts that complemented or were parts of the system, or even completed 
it.  In the latter, finding something and examining it after getting it 
is the other part.

Just my $0.02 worth.  I will probably thin the herd too, as since my 
interest lies in some amount of the thrill of the chase, once I have 
something, I hope to pass it along to someone else to enjoy.

The thing here that is unique to this list and other places is just the 
collection of knowledge.  I hope we don't lose out on what you've known 
and you keep some connection to pass on what you've learned.

Best in your collecting.  I'll be watching and be interested in your stuff.


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