Stumpy's Blog

24 Dec 2020

Merry Christmas

Exonumia | Stumpy

2020 started out bleak from a Numismatics standpoint. I had been collecting coins since the 1960s, but didn't have a clue.

I became active, first by reading everything I could get my hands on, then joining the ANA.

I read the blogs without responding, was all this something reserved for only experienced folks?

Did you have to have the computer equivalent of a secret handshake to join in?

If you were new and didn't know what you were doing would the folks on the site ignore you or worse?

How do you communicate with people who obviously know what they're talking about when you don't?

You are older and don't have a strong computer background, can you even succeed in making a post?

There is no manual, how in the heck do you put pictures up?

What could someone with my limited knowledge bring to the table so to speak?

On 1 Aug 2020, I posted my first blog, nervous.... hell yeah, I was just waiting to be blown out of the water by folks telling me I was wasting their time.

Oobie was the first person to respond to my blog, and even stranger as I was to later find out Mike didn't respond at all. There was even a response from some Bama fan, not normally a welcome thing if you're an Auburn man! Lol!

All welcomed me, even told me to contact them if I had any questions.

I try to remember those feelings when I see a post from a new person, if I with my life experiences could feel that nervous and apprehensive over my first blog, think of how others must feel.

I have developed friendships with many here on this site, have been mentored, taught valuable knowledge, become a better person overall.

You guys and gals, young and old have made me a part of this family, allowing me to pass on personal experiences, lessons learned.

I look back at my knowledge level today and April feels like 10 years ago. What is exciting is I know I'm just beginning to learn!

So from the Stumpy household to all of yours, Merry Christmas, and I hope 2021 is a better year for all. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

Nuff Said!



Level 5

Sorry for the belated Merry Christmas wishes. How about a Prosperous New Year in 2021!

Long Beard

Level 5

For myself, and on frequent occasion, the manner in which you write conjure up visions of days long gone. This blog post in particular exhibits all those things which leaves me anxious waiting for the next. Well done as usual. Have a Happy New Year, pal!


Level 6

Hey Stumpy, Merry Christmas to you and Mrs. Stumpy. It's been great having you here. What a drag not being able to meet at the CK Shows, yet. Hope to hear much more from you and everyone. merry Christmas to all! Happy everything else as well. Thanks.


Level 6

I loved this blog! I'm still laughing as I can relate to many of your thoughts ; ) Merry Christmas to the Stumpy household from the Kepi household!


Level 5

I had a similar story as well! I barely joined after you, and didnt get involved for a few months. I am so glad I did! Cheers, NM

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Thank you Stumpy. Just having joined myself in June, I have found everyone very friendly and supportive too Thank you all for that...


Level 5

Merry Christmas. 2020 wasn't all bad for me but 2021 has to be better. I can remember being a little intimidated making my first post back ....whenever that was. After the first one, the rest are easy.

It's Mokie

Level 6

A Very Merry Christmas to You and Yours as well, Stumpy. To say you have enhanced our community would be stating the obvious. Thank You for all YOUR contributions in 2020 and the many more to come.


Level 5

As I like to say, Happy Celebration of the Anniversary of the Date of Christ's birth! I remember the day I wrote my first blog, which was either in June or July. Everyone stay safe and have a great week!


Level 5

Merry Christmas to you and your family, and may you have a blessed and prosperous new year! I love your trademark phrase, "Nuff said."


Level 5

Merry Christmas to you and family. Merry Christmas to everyone ! Let's all make 2021 a nice year.


Level 7

Merry Christmas to you and your family.. By the way weekends are slow around here!!

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