These past couple of weeks, there has been something on my mind: I need a hobby.
A couple of weeks ago, my wife, Tina, told me she had subscribed to two magazines, one for her and one for me. The one for me is a handyman magazine, which does have projects for all sorts of things including making cabinets, key holders, tables and other items.
When I was growing up, my Grandpa Garner had band saws, routers, hammers, screw drivers, drills, and all sorts of other tools. He would teach us how to make the projects and in fact, my folks still have a few items that I did such as a key holder.
The other hobby that I really enjoy, but have not had the opportunity to devote a lot of time with it, is stamp collecting. Here is a little history of my collecting stamps.
My parents gave me a stamp commemorative set one Christmas. From there on, I started collecting them. Friends and friends of friends gave me stamps and even when Dad and I go to a baseball card and stamp show, he is over looking at the baseball cards while I am looking at first edition stamps. Some of the stamps that I have collected over the years included first edition of Civil War to National Parks to historical figures and others that have peaked my interest.
When I was a freshman in college, a friend of ours, Jerry Berry, was an avid stamp collector. When I went over to the family's house, he would bring out the stamps, the books and what to look for in stamps when stamp shows came about.
Fast forward a few years ago, Jerry stopped in my office to give me a present, it was a commemorative stamp of the famous upside down airplane.
A little history about the stamp. It's a 1918 24-cent air mail stamp with the bi-plane called "Jenny." In the case of the stamp, printers and engravers had to be concerned about the two colors, proper placement, paper, design limitations and a number of other specifications. To put it simply, the upside down plane was human error. Out of more than 20,000 sheets that were printed – one at a time – one of the sheets came out wrong.
Fast-forward a few years to last year, when Tina surprised me with some stamps. The stamps that were sent to me were from all over the United States and the world. These are neat and the next thing to do is to put them into protective sleeves so that they don't get misplaced.
I am excited about these two new hobbies and ready to get them started.
Todd G. Higdon is a staff writer and writes for the Neosho Daily News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @toddghigdonNDN.
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