A spent a good portion of my summer travelling through Italy as I’m great friends with a renowned collector of old musical instruments there. He’s a rather obscure, paranoid fellow and so to do him a favor I won’t be mentioning his name here, but I will talk about the fun adventures we had. The main point of this update post will be to share an amazing new thing I realized collectors can start collecting; it’s something I never considered before.
So what’s my latest collection? The funny thing is, my new collection is in little bits and pieces floating around the ocean getting eaten by fish and whales while you read this. Yup, you guessed it. My new collection is dining experiences! In Italy it’s easy to rack up a good collection of eating experiences, and when i’m looking to add to my collection in this aspect I don’t get skimpy. I only collect the best of the best, and that often means $200 dinners!
The Club del Doge Restaurant in Venice gave a beautiful waterside experience I’ll never forget, and the Il Palagio in Florence was mind-blowingly amazing. To make sure these experiences never leave my collection true loss of memory, I’ve kept a souvenir from each one. Sometimes it’s just a napkin with logo on it; other times it’s a fancy mind or a toothpick. I keep them all in a little tin box to examine whenever I feel like re-enjoying my amazing collection.
I’m planning to get more frequent with my blog posts for my small audience who wondered where I’ve been. Please don’t worry about me, for if I’m not collecting blog posts I’m out collecting something just as special!
Finding your passion and becoming a collector may seem like two different things, but really deep down they’re the exact same, as becoming a collector requires finding something you’re passionate about. A bottle cap collector mayn’t be as passionate about his bottle caps as he is about his wife and children, but there’s passion there nonetheless.
So my advice for anyone who is looking for their passion is to ask them, ‘What would you collect?” And my advice for anyone who wants to start collecting is, “What are you passionate about?”
To prove that becoming a collector and finding your passion are connected, just look at readers. Readers who read everyday may not consider themselves to be collectors eventhough they’re always adding to their collection of books.
Today I just wanted to share this truth as it’s been on my mind all morning. Most people who have passions are also collectors without even knowing it or admitting it. A welder who loves welding is a collector of welding rods and wires. A gamer who loves gaming is a collector of games. And so on and so on.
So next time you meet a collector, think of what your passion is and realize that you too are a collector!
Collectors are known to go to some crazy heights to get a collectible, but if they’re anything like me they like to spend a lot of time hanging out with their collection when they’re not out on a collecting spree. Like with my recent obsession for playing classic PC games on vintage computers, for a time my “going to crazy heights” was over and I was merely “hanging out.”
Recently I haven’t been able to enjoy my hobby as much because I’ve had this mosquito dwelling around my ear whenever I’m not paying attention and it keeps telling me, in a whispery little voice, “exercise, exercise, exercise. Why don’t you exercise you lazy pickle head.
My answer has always been an excuse, until yesterday when I got back into sports. I haven’t felt better in months. It was yesterday morning when I started to feel a bit of inspiration. While eating one of the healthiest breakfasts I’ve had in years, I watched this Ted Talk by Wendy Susuki about how exercising helps new brain cells grow, especially when you get your heart going. It’s a good inspirational talk, but there’s real academic research out there that can explain exercising’s relationship with adult brain growth.
For those wondering, my exercise of choice is tennis. It may have been fate or it may have been a coincidence that my friend offered to play tennis yesterday, either way I might have only done some push ups around the house if she hadn’t called me. I think she could sense they way I was feeling from the air–we’re long-time friends.
To make it easy for you I’ll just break down a list of the things I learned today while reflecting back on my exercise, as someone who really needed it, because, let me tell you, the tennis games I played really were a major work out:
- Exercising in the evening when you still have time left in your day makes the rest of that day more memorable as your focus and motivation become stronger.
- Exercising, like Wendy says in her Ted Talk, has a long-lasting, energy-boosting effect that has, I believe, given me the energy to write this (I should really be collecting another Ted Talk in my brain).
- Perhaps the most awesome thing I learned out of this whole experience has been that IT’S SO FUN TO COLLECT TENNIS BALLS! Seriously!
Not every collector is a collector of many things. Some collectors only collect certain things, others collect things they make themselves. Others are collectors without even knowing they are. Others are super proud to be called a collector and they go to collecting groups to meet others with the same interests. Me, well, I’ve been travelling still, traveling into many focuses and one thing I found myself collecting is old school computer video games. I’m talking like really old school computer video games like Doom and Miner from the mid 90s where some of my peers think high end to-the-minute personal computer technology was best.
To facilitate my recent collecting spree I upgraded a second hand computer from Craig’s list, removed all the bugs from it and wiped the hard drive, installed new graphics cards and even got the computer tower screen fixed, some fans replaced and I was looking at a heavy investment before I broke down in a fit after playing Doom for 4 hours straight.
I had realized 4 things!
- I didn’t need a fancy 21st century gaming computer to play games from the 90s!
- Downloading the game online is nothing like buying the real thing!
- These high def monitors only stretch out the old games. I need a monitor from the 90s!
- Ok, screw it, I’m going to build my own historically accurate 1996 computer with old school windows, fans that squeak, a mouse and keyboard from the 90s and everything attached!
With those 4 realizations effecting my rational thinking, my collecting interests took a glide and I traveled up around my area in thrift stores looking up old keyboard and mouse model numbers to see if they were from the 90s. In a matter of a month I bought 5 keyboard from the 90s, one of them from the year 1990 itself, and also 3 old ball mouses from the 90s as well, and they all work. i even found an old windows computer that had windows 95 and Doom already installed on it! i was playing right after I had turned the thing on for the first time and I felt like a had felt when I had left my country for the first time! Things were getting exhilarating again.
Yup, you heard me. The computer I had bought for $50 crashed right before I was about to beat a level and I nearly broke one of my precious keyboards. Not knowing where I’d turn I searched for a quick fix because I’m not a super nerd when it comes to everything about the inside of computers and I found this great great computer repair Victoria BC company I think they deserve a shot out. After a bit of call time, the mobile computer nerd came out to have a look and I must have been the luckiest man in the world because, I don’t know how he did it, but my computer was fixed and I’m back on my collecting spree!
I got the original CDs for Starwars: Dark Forces, Warcraft 2, and tonight I’ll be playing some Stonekeep, but I have to give the disc back to my friend next weekend.
It’s funny how life can take a collector of travelling experiences to collecting memories. These memories I’m building just enjoying the old technology I love to touch and use. If you’re a gamer who loves older games then I highly recommend that you show your passion some love and play those games on devices that were built in the same year as the game was made. It makes the whole gaming experience so much more authentic.
This Is A Journey Of An Explorer.
Like most people, I also dreamed of travelling from a very young age, and it kind of sparked the snowball effect.
Reading stories and watching movies about other countries and the different cultures around the world were the primary things that inspired me to become a world-class traveler. And like most people, I realized at an early age that you don’t just become a traveler because you decided to. More often than not, life gets in the way of living or in this case travelling.
I am a collector of experiences…
Continue reading A Traveler’s Journey
I am the first featured collector to this new website! I am looking forward to sharing, here we go!
Staying at my workshop, cutting boards and building cabinets is just a day in my life as a carpenter. From sunup to sundown, my mind, arms and body are turned towards my work table, finishing drafts to calculate the proportions and executing these plans. I’m always busy with my hands, working with raw materials to build structures.
But making furniture, doors, and window fittings is not everything I do. I also take construction projects to work as a framework carpenter, establishing the building frames for commercial and residential properties. It all seems like a lot of work, but I have been doing this my whole life – Now, pounding on nails and drilling are no different from breathing, for me.
Continue reading I guess I’ll get my feet wet first!
As most collector’s begin young, as did I. My collecting began with the desire to withhold the oldest coin in the city. This didn’t last long as the urge to obtain more and more items sank into my skin so quickly I can’t even begin to explain. Some people call it hoarding, though I am not one to think of collecting as “hoarding”. Materialism is one thing, I understand I can not take any of these things with me when I pass on to the afterlife, though what I can promise is that when I am here, I will cherish these things.