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This is a discussion on Bought more orchids within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Go to any hobby site (Model airplanes are my vice) and search the word "Stash". ...
Go to any hobby site (Model airplanes are my vice) and search the word "Stash". We are all alike, whether it's an attempt to sneak another kit into the house past the wife, or trying to use the old "No, that's always been there!" trick for an orchid or an aquarium fish.
(I actually tried that trick with an aquarium once, thinking I had so many that she wouldn't notice another, but she was taking photographs of the tanks to keep track of the spreading obsession!)
(BTW, Fountain pens are much easier to hide than fishtanks or orchids)
Awesome, Dave! What a great idea--the more compulsive collections one has, the harder it is for anyone to keep track. What s.o. could possibly keep tabs on orchids when there are fish & fountain pens & models coming in all the time. I'm going to have to pick up a few more hobbies.
So, is that all you collect, or do you only allow yourself to admit to 4 obsessions in any given setting?
I used to do the fish tank thing, then had to give it up. I also crochet (collect patterns and colors of threads), scrollsaw (collect patterns and pieces of wood), flower beds outside (obviously, collect flowers). It's an addiction, collecting that is. Oh, maybe I collect addictions.
Actually, the orchids replaced the fishtanks as my "Keep it alive" hobby. ("Defying Darwin" as Cathie calls it) The difference is that Cathie can keep plants alive when I am gone, but I couldn't be away 24 hours without losing fish. (She has a "green thumb", but I was the only one with a "wet thumb") Since orchids create a lot more harmony than the fish did, I will stick with them. It was easier to switch hobbies than replace Cathie
I built rubber powered model airplanes as a kid and never quit. Now, I fly them with motors and radios, but the concept is the same. That is my real obsession... I mean hobby. I have a basement full of tools, machinery, parts, plans and balsa. I could keep right on flying until I died of old age without ever having to visit a hobby shop again, but hobby shops are so much fun.... I am the "Mr. Fixit" for the local flying groups up here, and I spend more time and effort building and repairing their planes and machining parts for them than I do on my own planes any more. I don't mind as it allows me to fly my own stuff at no cost to the family budget. I only spend what I take in any more.
The fountain pens started when I inherited a handful of pens from Grandparents. I used the lathe and mill to make a couple of repair parts for them, and ended up spending quite a bit of time restoring and playing with pens. I ended up buying pens that needed work, restoring them and trading them for more pens that needed work. I have a nice small collection, and I still ink them up and use them regularly. I haven't bought a pen in a long time, but I still fix one up for a friend once in a while. Most of the tools are the same as the ones I use for the model building, and the new ones I needed, I was mostly able to build and machine myself.
So, most of the time, I have limited myself to two obsessions at a time. Either Fish and Fountain pens, or orchids and airplanes.
Sounds awesome! I got a lathe, a large one, a couple of years ago. It was fun, but with 2 little ones, I don't have alot of time to "play" with it. I want a mini lathe so that I can try some pens and crochet hook handles! Ah yes, another hobby.