Like Citizen Kane and his sled, all I really wanted was a half-dime:
I got this a few weeks ago as a Christmas present to myself. Has anybody ever seen "Repo Man"? Weird film. There's this fun bit where this guy talks about synchronicity, about how something might occur to you out of the blue, like plate, or shrimp, or plate of shrimp, and next thing you know there's a plate of shrimp (a later scene in a restaurant features a sign saying "special today, plate of shrimp"). So I'm finally getting my half-dime, and then a short time later, an email appears in my inbox that this thread had been appended! I guess that's something.
So where have I been? Life has overtaken and prevented me from pursuing a hobby for a few years. A huge year long project at work in 2012-13 was successful, and so I was rewarded with a huge multi-year project which is about to conclude. And then the original project will need upgrading. And my children got older, too, needing more time. And then we sent my son to a private boarding school because he needs to sing. And, poof!, just like that any disposable income I might have had for hobbies disappeared. The good news is I haven't had to sell any of my collection. Yet.
Glad to see this community is still around and active. Chances are I'll remain a phantom for a while yet, but maybe someday I can jump back in.
And for what it's worth, I stick by my previous assertion that the perts are genuine. And, c'mon, Sinclair, it isn't that