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.

thanks
Jim

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