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Years ago I got these cool Microman figures from Japan that held together with magnets. I haven’t had them on display in ages. I ran across them in a container of other figures and was sad to find out that the magnetic chest and hip parts have spontaneously disintegrated. Breaking down into iron filings. Not because they were moist either. Just randomly, because it is incredibly dry in this area almost all the time. That’s the nature of things though. Impermanence. Love not too well the creations of your own hands. They, like you, will come only to dust. Or, in other words perhaps, enjoy whst you have while you have it.

When I moved to Colorado I remember finding that some of my stuff had been damaged in the move & it really depressed me because I knew I’d never be able to replace it. I was never able to complete the set. There’s a war in me between the desire to complete sets of things & the knowledge that doing so is ultimately pointless. Something inside me keeps telling me if I can just get a complete set of some undefined group of things I’ll somehow feel complete myself. Logically I know that’s ridiculous. Feeling incomplete is just part of being mortal. Yet I continually indulge the idea because the hunt makes me feel good. It distracts me from the reality that nothing lasts & all we have is the moment we’re in right now.


A pal told me-

To take care of collectibles, like toys or books, or etc., they last longer if you keep them out of the light, + keep them out of dust and/or dust them.

Most folk forget (or were never told) that house-dust has a measurable acid content. The high-end, fine hardcover books have the outer-edges of the pages coated with actual gold, to protect the paper from dust-corrosion.

If it makes you feel good to do the huntin, then the hunting has been a reward in and of itself. It’s why I do garage sales. Yeah, sometimes I find awesome stuff, but mostly I just enjoy going. I talk to the owners and ask why they are selling stuff, if they seem personable. Sometimes I even wind up helping them cry it out. You’d be amazed how many garage sales are cleaning out grandpa’s old stuff, and how often a simple “Howdy, you’ve got some good stuff here.”can turn into a full blown life story of a deceased relative

Love the two spellings of petit(e). I once wrote a chapter in which two characters used different spellings of fairy/faery when they spoke. But neither of them could hear the difference, because they were talkink and listening. The reader of the chapter of course, could. But the reader wasn’t in the story.

Is it the actual completion or the journey to completion? Or both? Or are they distinct experiences? i get your brain telling you its all pointless, i have that about work i do, writing i will never finish, and on and on…

i guess i will just say, you are definitely not alone.

but it is the hunt that makes life interesting!

A cynical part of me sometimes thinks our lives here are to the cosmos, what our tv shows and movies are to us. Thus why struggle and conflict exist, because few are ever interested in total harmony and peace when they want to be entertained.

There is a certain amount of emotional satisfaction in completing sets; a sense of accomplishment. As a Trekkie since the late ’60s, I was finally able to complete my collection of the entire (TOS) series (the only REAL Star Trek :P) on Laserdisc recently, and it sits in a place of honor next to my TV. Even though it’s the Graphically Enhanced DVD set that I watch when I need a fix.

So, yes, everything you said about the pointlessness of collecting is true. But you better not touch my Laserdiscs!

Imagine my heartbreak, when I completed my DVD-collection of “Babylon 5” (yay!), only to discover that the video-quality of the 2nd_Season was so poor that many episodes were unwatchable, due to extremely “pixelated” low-quality transfers (weeping).

Since you own a hard copy, couldn’t you legally “acquire” a digital backup copy with better quality? You’d have to watch it digitally (transferring it to DVD would be a copyright violation), but at least you’d have something watchable.

Or am I misunderstanding the law?

Feeling incomplete is part of mortality but that is probably why we continue to seek out immortality so we can strive, in a way, to beat our limitations. We don’t want to be confined.

This is directed at no one in particular, but-
There are some aikido + karate teachers that teach the idea of: “embrace, or be cool with, the void.”

I think that means- you, me, or anybody, can see what we don’t have, + feel ok about it.

We can feel good about the holes in our skills.

For example- Donald Sutherland, [actor guy], was studying acting, + other fine arts, in college.
He saw another student’s drawing, on display in a classroom, or in some kind of a room.

This guy’s art was near M. C. Escher’s level of detailed drawing.
Sutherland looked at that drawing, + said, “I’ll never be THAT good! I’m now gonna focus on acting, + similar stuff that I’m good at.”
[I Paraphrased what he said].

I guess their idea is something like- It’s ok to see that we’re good at somethings, + not at others. (And some skills we’re still working on).
That’s Cool.

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