Specifically, Alameda CA just across from San Francisco.
Almost 64 years old I began collecting in elementary school and even started a small stamp club!
Eventually I fell away from philately during high school only to return to the fold in 2004.
Having embraced stamp collecting with enthusiasm and renewed energy, I now focus on Gold Coast/Ghana, US Back-of-the-book (revenues, match & medicine, etc.) and philatelic literature.