Monday, March 28, 2011

Ramblings on a Slow Hobby Month

I have been working on a few projects here and there, but I've had little time to put in a lot of time on anything. There have been a lot of things going on since my last posting, good and not-so-good, that have preoccupied my time.

Last week, I celebrated the Big 5-0. Yikes! My wife threw me a nice dinner party. It was mostly friends from work, their spouses, family, significant others, etc. The highlight seemed to be the showing of the "war room." A lot of my friends knew about my hobby activities, but few have seen my stuff. It always feels a little funny when I show people my minis and such. I guess I feel a little reluctant to let people into my private world.

Work has been incredibly stressful...probably the most since I became the head of the department. I'm not going into particulars, but a lot has to do with the financial health of my school and the penny-wise, pound-foolish decisions that the administration has made. The past three weeks or so has left me feeling really demoralized (the birthday party was major pick-me-up). It has also got me rather concerned about retirement, more so than usual.

Big question for folks out there: does the current economy and/or retirement plans make you re-think your hobby expenditures? It has for me. It seems that every year, the financial and retirement experts keep bumping up the minimum amount of money needed to retire somewhat comfortably. I'm not doubting their wisdom, but it feels like swimming against a current. I am not ready to put up all my wargaming stuff on E-Bay yet, but I need to take a hard look at what I am buying. I have the feeling that there are those of us out there that spend far more than I do, but I feel like I need to cut back on a lot of things.


  1. Firstly...congarts on the five on...a belated happy birthday from me.
    The question of cutting back on my model spending...yes...I think twice these days. I may really want to have a set or whatever but do I really need it or can I redo some older stuff or convert abandoned figs etc? Maybe it will bring back a sense of "make" do I remember from long ago days when all there was fig wise was Airfix and atlantic.

  2. Thanks!

    I became sort of nostalgic on my birthday. I remembered back to my seventh birthday. I got a gift which consisted of two boxes of Airfix figures and a Roco tank. This was back in the day when Roco minitanks cost about $1.

  3. Congrats on the 50 mile mark! I achieve
    this later in the year. You are thinking the
    same as I on hobby expenses. I did take the
    plunge and am selling off items I have carried
    around for years. At flee markets I just ask
    for a fair price.
    Again Congrats!


  4. I'm sure I can part with my pile of unpainted lead, but its hard just to think about it.