Retired soldier, having the time of his life ressurrecting a childhood hobby.
I am a retired Army Sergeant. I spent 20 years, 29 days, 21 hours and 15 minutes consecutively in the service of Uncle Sam. My recruiter picked me up at 0345 on a september morning awhile ago. Upon retiring I had to pursue another career, and about after 1 year of retirement I found a pretty good job. I do work a swing shift though. And to those who do it or have heard of it. It makes your off time pretty hard to manage at times. I work a 4 on 12 hour shift, with 4 days off, and then I swing to nights for 4 days for 12 hours. In between you can work alot of overtime on your off days. As much as I love the Army the pay ain't great. So I work quite a bit of overtime.
Which brings me to what I was trying to say. I had 3 days off consecutively, for the first time in a while. And they fell on the weekend! So being still highly energized, I set off to find those secret spots where comics are their in abudance, and I would find that showcase #22, or Avengers #4. Being that I didn't want to waste time or gas, I called both the Salvation Army Stores, or Goodwill to see if any comics were there to be had. I founc out that the Salvation Army Store I called doesn't accept comic book donations, and the Goodwills I called had none. That didn't deter me though.
I got in the car, and travelled to an old flea market, that I hadn't been to for years. I believe the last time I went there was like 1989. I was home on leave, and wanted to get my ear pierced. On the way to that flea market, where my Amazing Fantasy #15, was soon to be mine. I hit a resale shop on the way to the flea market. Upon looking at it, I was amazed at all the things I saw for sale. I was more amazed that the people who owned the store thought anybody wanted that stuff. I saw a smoker, that had most certainly seen its best days. Bikes that Dennis the Menace used to ride. Clothes that Richie Cunningham would tell his Dad that they were too out of date to wear. And I swear I saw the oldest toaster , that I have ever seen. It must have been the first electric one ever. And just how big were bread slices back then? Did they have slicers to cut? Or did people just tear hunks out of loaves and slop them in that machine?
So no success there, and of course I tried one more resale shop and they did have a comic. Yup, one comic, It was an annual of some sort. I saw the coffee stains on it and left. The flea market yielded no success either. Well if I wanted knock off clothing, or generic cologne I would have hit the motherlode. That's still not detering me. I have to find somewhere, estate auction, or garage sells where I can possible find a few diamonds in the rough. No, I don't expect FF#1 or Hulk #81. But we comic book readers have always been dreamers though.
Back to reality, I now have a solid plan on getting my collection together. I'll tell you more about that as they come in. Believe it or not I have been busy. I now have a comic book collection of 335 books. And my on hand total is a whopping 27 now or is it 28. I got 2 in the mail now, and anxiously awaiting the other 308 or 307. I even have some Cgc books heading my way. More about that next time. Following my heart for want I want, And Spa-fon's excellent advice. Looks like I'm moving in the right direction. But I still want that "Big Book", just have to see which one falls to me.
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