Week 38: Hobbies. Did you have any hobbies as a child? Which ones?
- Stamp Collecting – The Inverted Jenny
In the truest sense of hobbies, I would have to say I enjoyed collecting stamps. I had a rather huge album full of stamps that I meticulously cared for and added to whenever DaD gave me a new stamp to add. He would buy me packages of stamps at the mall’s coin shows and I would sit for hours and look them up, adding them to the album. Eventually in high school I tired of the hobby, and gave my stamp album to my DaD’s girlfriend at the time, Noreen Ackerman. I regret it today; I really wish I had that album back.
I spent my allowance on a subscription to the 24k Gold Plated Replica Stamps collection from the United States Mint, and thankfully I still have that album. It’s not worth that much today in terms of value, but its sentimental value is enormous. It took me forever to complete that collection!
I dabbled in rock collecting a little bit, picking up some quartzite and fool’s gold in my trip Out West with my Grandma and Grandpa Cole (1989). It wasn’t a serious hobby but I do enjoy looking at rocks. Most of my spare time was spent playing my Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) from 1987 on. I was also heavily involved with computers and spent a lot of time hanging out on the Bulletin Board Systems (BBSs) in central Michigan.
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