Hi everyone! When I first found my way here to this Mecca of the coin world I saw points. Didn't know what they were about and I didn't like them. I said to myself this can turn into a game. I would never get points the way I saw them adding up. So I called and asked what they were about. I was told it showed your involvement in this wonderful program. Everyone knows how I feel so we will not address this topic anymore. Most of you know my condition. I was told to read blogs and very short stories. I did that. I became so interested in what others had to say it actually worked for awhile. Learned so much I had to take notes. I started to write blogs. I was told this is how we share and learn. Well about four months or so ago my friend said your number is whatever. I said how did this happen? I wasn't pleased. But I said if I'm learning and sharing and helping others that's why I'm here. Well I received bad news. Read some in the morning and stretch it out. I did that. Unknown to me the points added up. Some tried to follow the blogs I was reading. But I get up early and by the time the rest of the world work up they would fall of my activity page. I'm here because I like collecting coins and learning how others do it. I am so grateful to all of you who have taken time to write them. I have increased the amount of my friends and those who follow me. This is a great benefit of this program. Yes I did pass ten thousand points based on my way not others. I jumped in with both feet. And I was the one who benefited by it. So did the others by my comments. Some of my comments don't agree with the blog. That's fine. I found speaking how you feel is very important. Don't deceive those who wrote something wrong or they will continue to believe it. Not all my suggestions or recommendations are right either. But I would hope someone tells me. I wrote this so others would do things the same way. Not exactly my way but how there comfortable in doing it. That's the hobby how you see it and how you learn. We each have our style that's what makes this program so great. Now I have slowed down considerably and it upsets me. It means things are getting worse. My reading has slowed. I have a list of blog on coins i hope to write them. If I can do this so can you. Write a blog read more help your selves and others. Does this sound familiar yes because I believe in it. I try to explain just by following the program you will do very well. The ANA has a ten point program on how to write blogs. I followed it was I surprised. Many of you don't know it but I have learned so much from you it's unbelievable. I thank you for that. I thank the ANA who gives so freely of this program to make us better collectors. Every so often i go thru the list of those I follow. If they don't have any contributions in a certain period of time I drop them. There not doing anyone any good. Themselves or others. When I follow someone I want to see how active they are. If there not I have others who are. Those I follow. Those I learn from. I see coins from all over the world. Where else can you do that and have fun. Here at the ANA. Thanks for taking time to read this. I hope I helped. If you disagree write it so I will know. Nothing here is personal. We're all here for the same reasons. Take care Mike.
Well, I am doing some cleaning, sorting and reorganizing on this holiday weekend and found somethings that I kept because they were "odd things with coins" used in them. This is the first one. It is a Pig!! with a coat made of 27 Chinese coins. Sort of a piggy bank turned inside-out. The coins on the outside instead of on the inside. I think it is very ugly!! So ugly that I like it!! I think it is folk art and belongs in a museum. Others think it is so ugly that it belongs in the trash. What do you think?? What "odd things with coins" have you kept?