This is my home page. It contains the truths and myths of who I am. So have FUN and don't take anything I say too seriously. Remember my motto:
Let it all ride on number 7.
Enough of the advertisements, they pay the bills but is not the reason your here. So on we go with who I am....
Well I have a number of hobbies that keep me busy. Here is a short list of some of them here:
I got interested in stamps when I was a small child. I was given a collection
from all over the world. It had many stamps and for all I knew they were
worth a mint. It got me interested and I was off. In fact, my goal was to
collect every stamp ever made! While this was not an obtainable goal I
did collect stamps from all parts of the world. From this I was able to
learn a lot about world geography, world history and a lot of information
about a wide range of stamps. Knowing that I could not collect every stamp
ever made I decided to focus on the classics (19th century stamps and
some turn of the century stamps pre-WWI). This seemed like a logical decision
since they were not making these stamps any more and I find these stamps
the most interesting of all.
I currently special in German States, Canadian Provinces and early Commonwealth stamps. I love to buy and I love to sell stamps in these time periods. If this interests you then follow the links at the bottom of the page or go directly to my favorite stamp site. stamp link.
Of course thereisn't enough time in the day to do all of these activities so I am learning how to time slice so that I do not burn out. I always try and leave one weekend day open for some sort of hike. I really love to get out in the wilderness. Camping, backpacking and hiking is something I look forward to every spring/summer as thats some of the best hiking in California. I also do some traveling for the job, and for pleasure, and I always try to find new and interesting places to hike.
So what is this smashed penny thing? Well if you haven't been able to tell so far I really do not have time to shop with everything else I am doing. Acutally, I really do not like to shop. On one trip, probably to Disneyland, since they are the king of smashed penny machines, I thought what a great souvenir. The best part is many times the machines are on the streets, you do not even have to go into the store. So this is how I started collecting smashed pennies. I think I am now up to over 250. At 51 cents a pop, thats a lot of pennies.
Another place to get pennies has been in museums. As an adult I really gathered and appreciation for museums. Part of this was due to my travels and some due to maturity (nah!) but I like historical homes and interesting museums, and many of these you'll be able to find a penny machine.