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04 Dec 2021

Distractions

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Being distracted, getting side tracked isn't always a bad thing. It's been some time since I last posted and for those very reasons. And this is the blog of the week. Enjoy!





Enjoy. A trademark signature used not only about the words you read but how we as people and collectors should embrace each day and the world around us. While the purpose of this websites blog is aimed at coinage, there are rare times that off top subjects serve as a break from the ordinary. But it will include a mention of coinage, I promise.



Before going any further, blogs I write are rarely if ever personal. To be such distracts from the subject or topic and goes against what constitutes good writing. Yet having read the many messages left for me from my many ANA friends I felt the need to break this rule explaining my seemingly absence from the website. Which I have read and commented on at least three of the seven day weeks since my last blog. I took from November of last year through mid-October for myself, meaning I did not punch that proverbial time clock. Rather, I have been extremely fortunate to find myself in that unique situation where I'm able to do what ever I choose. Whether out of boredom or the turning of colder weather I'm back to doing the nine to five thing. Actually, eight to four. Yet that has not stopped me from the enjoyment of those past eleven months, travelling on the weekends. Asheville, North Carolina, Lexington Kentucky one weekend, Bardstown and Louisville another, Spartanburg South Carolina over the Thanksgiving weekend.




Keeping to my promise, I picked up a few Eisenhower dollars from a coin shop in Greenville, SC on a short drive with my collecting Uncle and a few in Kentucky the weeks before. I did not have time to stop by the former Charlotte Mint coming back, but it's on the list for sure. As for the accompanying image? One of the many sculptures on the exterior facade of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. So now you understand why I state Enjoy! Life's way too short.



Oh, and I did a tour of the Jim Beam distillery (and four others) where I bottled my own personal fifth of Knob Creek 9 year old. For the record, Basil Hayden is my personal bourbon favorite hands down but they were running Knob Creek that day. Before you tell me to enjoy, know that I am writing and thinking my collecting friends. Like in the picture!

Comments

Mal_ANA_YN

Level 5

Sounds like a fun travel time.

Kepi

Level 6

Love your blog! The traveling sounds wonderful! When I saw the photo for your blog... I just knew it was written by Long Beard! haha

Long Beard

Level 5

Yeah. I saw the resemblance myself looking up at the bearded chap to the upper left of the window.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

I like bourbon in cold weather. Generally I enjoy Blanton's, but recently I have had an opportunity to enjoy Elijah Craig.

Long Beard

Level 5

Buffalo Trace in Frankfort distills some fine bourbon. Haven't tried the horse stopper's yet though.

slybluenote

Level 5

ALWAYS enjoy reading your blogs! Glad you’re back and glad you had a good time while traveling! I also have traveled that “part of the woods” visiting friends and family in Lexington, Russell Springs and Louisville . I was actually stationed at Ft. Knox for my basic training during my service time. Thanks for sharing buddy !

Long Beard

Level 5

Funny you brought that up. Fort Knox is on my list when I visit Harlan and Corbin right after Christmas.

I usually find Ikes unattractive coins, but in 7 and up they are actually quite nice coins. Thanks for sharing!

Long Beard

Level 5

I'm working on a Whitman and considering a graded in 67, the year I was born.

Glad you're staying here for a long time!

Long Beard

Level 5

More friendlier people here than on the other forums I belong to.

AC coin$

Level 6

Hi My friend You just put it the way I think. I missed you . Nice words .

Long Beard

Level 5

I enjoy your's as well. Especially those hand written, something few people do any more. Do they still know how?

Longstrider

Level 6

One needs to take time for yourself from time toi time. A break is usually very good. Love the statue.

Long Beard

Level 5

As far as the ANA and being active, I'm in for the long term. At this point in life it's become a juggling act with so much yet to see and things undone. However, my passion for coins and collecting remains rock solid.

Golfer

Level 5

Tours of the distilleries is what I would like to do. Looking for coins is also a nice thing to do while traveling. I look for coins also. Mostly at antique stores and flea markets when traveling. Never know what you might find in life and in coins.

Long Beard

Level 5

I went to Bardstown three weekends back with my nephew and he made me stop at an antique shop near some burial mounds east of Columbus. Bought a few Barber halves and quarter. Nice gentleman runs the place.

Mike

Level 7

As I have said we do have lives besides collecting. I talked to Sam. I had shut down. He said it happens to all of us. But the passion of the hobby will bring you back. Don't apologize. That's a great set Ike! And you had time to travel that's great. I had traveled allot it's always good to get home. Thanks for a great blog!

Long Beard

Level 5

Appreciate that, pal.

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