When It’s Raining Outside

20200111_172846The weather was, and this is not a very poetic term, yucky today. It was above zero, so not particularly cold, but thanks to the rain, it was yucky nonetheless.  I wouldn’t have gone out at all, except that needs trump desires.

After a frantic shopping trip and a moment at the bank, I managed to get home and I did what everyone should do on a rainy day when the only other words you might want to use are icky and bleh, I took a moment to engage in one of my hobbies. The idea was to transport myself away from the gloom outside the windows to the warmth within.

I am a man of many hobbies, and I had my choice of all of them. The beauty of having many hobbies is that when one gets boring, you just switch to another one.  When that one no long appeals, you’ve got another one.  In this modern age, there is no end to hobbies both digital and non-digital.

In my case, today, I took a look at my stamp collection. I don’t spend a lot of time on this one, but every now and then it is worth a look.  I am trying to amass every stamp from the year I was born.  This is just shy of 8000 stamps–depending on how you look at it.  I won’t go into detail about that as it isn’t important.  I am also collecting stamps that feature bicycles and stamps from Antarctica.20200111_173036

Today’s Perfect Moment is just having those few moments to myself that weren’t deep in thought about the things that have been crowding my mind lately–teaching, armed conflicts, blog posts, writing, health, dieting, vacation preparations, relationships, exercise….and so many more.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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11 Responses to When It’s Raining Outside

  1. Sounds relaxing! My dad has a huge stamp collection- he’s trying to sell them now on ebay 😂😂😂 glad it’s still your hobby, hobbies are great! I like to read on a rainy day, so cosy!

  2. lkvy says:

    Do you only collect un-marked stamps? How do you feel about those modern sticker stamps?

    • Anthony says:

      I am still quite new. For the 1970 collection I am trying for mint like stamps. For the bicycle, this is less of a concern

    • Anthony says:

      The next big issue is how to house the collection

    • Anthony says:

      As for the modern self-adhesive stamps….great for the user and postal service, but difficult for a collector. I have seen different methods on the internet, but I am not sure what will happen. Since most of what I am collecting is old, I won’t have to deal with that for a while.

  3. gemmi72 says:

    I appreciate your hobby I did collect stamps as a child.
    What caught my eye about your post was the comment about the weather! Not particularly cold??!??!! Where I am from anything below about 15 is regarded as particularly cold. Any self respecting Australian would think they are in Antarctica under those conditions! I love different interpretations of weather around the world.

  4. gemmi72 says:

    Ha! I would be considering hibernation if the daily maximum was consistently below 10.

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