Friday, July 6, 2012
What is Wrong With Me?
It seems that I have limited capacity for discipline and organization. Like squeezing a balloon, the imposition of discipline in one area of my life invariably leads to a concordant loss of discipline in another. On a small scale, my card collection is an example. I keep my sets (both built and working) neatly organized in sheets and binders. Any additions are immediately checked off the want list and put in their respective pocket. Doubles, though? Thrown in a box. Sometimes I'll sort them by set and card number, sometimes only by set, sometimes not at all. My dupes box is a mess.
On a grander scale, my new job requires a great deal of discipline and organization. I have been making a point to stay on top of it. But, not surprisingly, my organization at home has suffered. I am behind on my yardwork and spent a good part of last night getting Quicken updated because I hadn't entered the checking account records for over a month(!)
My collecting has gotten out of control, as well. I currently have 9 sets in progress. I really ought to have 5 or less. So, am I focusing my efforts on those that I am closest to completing? Or even focusing on any one specific set? No, of course not. There is no rhyme or reason to what I have been doing recently. My last post showing off the 2004 Fleer Greats of the Game auto cards is a perfect example. Why am I starting working on those subsets when I am a stones throw away from completing both 2010 Obak and 2011 Topps Heritage? I don't know. but, it is only getting worse. I just won a lot of 16 2004 Fleer Greats blue parallels on EBay. And this arrived today:
Now, don't get me wrong. I love this card. But, I don't need it. I already have a non-relic version of this card, so I am no closer to finishing the Forever subset. But, I dropped $9 (shipped) to get it. Why? Well, in fairness, this is the type of relic card I do like. But, with this new job, I have less time for hobby related activities right now and I need to make the most of it. This is not that.
But, dang, it is a sweet card.....