Monthly Archives: May 2006

Cleaning House

Well, those of you who read yesterday’s post may have noticed a blurb about coins from places not named the United States. I ignored them yesterday but today finds me back probing my inventory. All the numismatic advice columns say that one should focus one’s collection. If you try to collect EVERYTHING you’ll just end up with a mess and I have to say that they’re fundamentally correct on that one. So today I’m officially declaring the previous silly goal: “Type set for the world” (Note: This means one coin of each particular design from each country on the planet) officially at an end. Instead, I declare that I shall henceforth focus my efforts on… well, some poorly defined subset of the entire planet. To do that, however, I have to cull out certain items from the old collection that don’t fall into the new area of focus. It’s quite a list. Anyone wanting to trade anything they happen to have laying about the house for some real life money from around the world drop me a line.

Gettin’ rid of:

Country Type Denomination Year Krause # Approx Condition
Afghanistan Banknote 100 Afghanis 1991 58c UNC
Afghanistan Banknote 1000 Afghanis 1991 61c UNC
Afghanistan Banknote 50 Afghanis 1991 57b UNC
Afghanistan Banknote 500 Afghanis 1991 60c UNC
Argentina Banknote 1 Austral 1985 S2703 UNC
Argentina Coin 1 Peso 1959 57 VF-20 (75%)
Argentina Coin 10 Centavos 1970 66 MS-60
Bahamas Coin 1 Cent 1968 2 F-12 (50%)
Bahamas Coin 1 Cent 1973 16 AU-55 (100%)
Bahamas Coin 1 Cent 1979 59 MS-63
Bahamas Coin 1 Dollar 1966 8 AU-55 (100%)
Bahamas Coin 50 Cents 1966 7 MS-63
Bahrain Coin 10 Mils 1965 3 EF-40 (95%)
Bangladesh Banknote 1 Taka 1980 6a UNC
Barbados Coin 5 Cents 1994 11 EF-40 (95%)
Belarus Banknote 100 Rublei 1992 8 UNC
Belarus Banknote 1000 Rublei 1998 16 UNC
Belarus Banknote 25 Rublei 1992 5 UNC
Belarus Banknote 3 Rublei 1992 3 UNC
Belarus Banknote 5 Rublei 1992 4 UNC
Belarus Banknote 50 Kapeek 1992 1 UNC
Belarus Banknote 50 Rublei 1992 7 UNC
Belgium Coin 1 Franc 1977 143.1 F
Belgium Coin 1 Franc 1975 143.1 F
Belgium Coin 1 Franc 1970 143.1 F
Belgium Coin 1 Franc 1970 143.1 F
Belgium Coin 1 Franc 1980 143.1 VF
Belgium Coin 1 Franc 1977 143.1 F
Belgium Coin 1 Franc 1964 143.1 F
Belgium Coin 1 Franc 1988 143.1 XF
Belgium Coin 1 Franc 1972 143.1 F
Belgium Coin 1 Franc 1954 142.1 VG
Belgium Coin 1 Franc 1975 142.1 VF
Belgium Coin 1 Franc 1951 142.1 F
Belgium Coin 10 Francs 1979 155.1 XF
Belgium Coin 5 Francs 1975 135.1 F
Belgium Coin 5 Francs 1965 135.1 VG
Belgium Coin 5 Francs 1973 134.1 VG
Belgium Coin 5 Francs 1972 134.1 F
Belgium Coin 5 Francs 1949 134.1 VG
Bermuda Coin 1 Crown 1964 14 MS-63
Bolivia Banknote 1,000 Bolivianos 1982 167 UNC
Bolivia Banknote 10,000 Bolivianos 1945 151 VG
Bolivia Coin 1 Boliviano 1951 184 MS-63
Bosnia-Herzegovina Banknote 10 Dinara 1992 10a UNC
Bosnia-Herzegovina Banknote 100 Dinara 1992 13a UNC
Bosnia-Herzegovina Banknote 1000 Dinara 1992 15a UNC
Bosnia-Herzegovina Banknote 25 Dinara 1992 11a UNC
Bosnia-Herzegovina Banknote 50 Dinara 1992 12a UNC
Bosnia-Herzegovina Banknote 500 Dinara 1992 14a UNC
Brazil Banknote 1 Cruzado Novo 1989 216b UNC
Brazil Banknote 100 Cruzados 1987 211c UNC
Brazil Banknote 100 Cruzados Novos 1989 220a UNC
Brazil Banknote 100 Cruzeiros 1984 198b UNC
Brazil Banknote 200 Cruzeiros 1990 229 UNC
Brazil Banknote 5 Cruzeiros 1964 176d UNC
Brazil Banknote 500 Cruzados 1987 212c UNC
Brazil Coin 10 Cruzeiras 1983 592.1 EF-40 (95%)
Brazil Coin 2000 Reis 1924 526 F-12 (50%)
Brazil Coin 50 Reis 1886 482 MS-63
British Virgin Islands Coin 1 Cent 1973 1 PRF-65
British Virgin Islands Coin 1 Dollar 1973 6a PRF-65
British Virgin Islands Coin 10 Cents 1973 3 PRF-65
British Virgin Islands Coin 25 Cents 1973 4 PRF-65
British Virgin Islands Coin 5 Cents 1973 2 PRF-65
British Virgin Islands Coin 50 Cents 1973 5 PRF-65
Bulgaria Banknote 100 Leva 1951 86a UNC
Bulgaria Banknote 20 Leva 1991 100 UNC
Bulgaria Banknote 200 Leva 1951 87 UNC
Bulgaria Banknote 25 Leva 1951 84 UNC
Bulgaria Banknote 3 Leva 1951 81 UNC
Bulgaria Banknote 50 Leva 1951 85 UNC
Bulgaria Banknote 50 Leva 1992 101 UNC
Bulgaria Coin 2 Stotinki 1974 85 EF
Bulgaria Coin 2 Stotinki 1974 85 EF-40 (95%)
Bulgaria Coin 20 Stotinki 1962 63 VF-20 (75%)
Bulgaria Coin 5 Stotinki 1962 61 VF-20 (75%)
Burundi Banknote 10 Francs 1997 33d UNC
Cambodia Banknote .5 Riel 1979 27a UNC
Cambodia Banknote 0.1 Riel (1 Kak) 1979 25a UNC
Cambodia Banknote 0.2 Riel (2 Kak) 1979 26a UNC
Cambodia Banknote 1 Riel 1972 4c UNC
Cambodia Banknote 1 Riel 1979 28a UNC
Cambodia Banknote 100 Riels 1972 13b UNC
Cambodia Banknote 100 Riels 1972 8c UNC
Cambodia Banknote 100 Riels 2001 52a UNC
Cambodia Banknote 1000 Riels 1973 17 VF
Cambodia Banknote 5 Riels 1979 29a UNC
Cambodia Banknote 5 Riels 1987 33 UNC
Cambodia Banknote 50 Riels 1972 7c UNC
Cambodia Banknote 50 Riels 1992 35a UNC
Cambodia Banknote 500 Riels 1975 16c UNC
Cayman Islands Coin 1 Cent 1987 87 AU-55 (100%)
Ceylon Coin 1 Cent 1945 111a EF-40 (95%)
Ceylon Coin 25 Cents 1920 105a MS-63
Ceylon Coin 25 Cents 1951 122 EF-40 (95%)
Chile Coin 1 Centesimo 1963 189 AU-55 (100%)
Chile Coin 1 Peso 1975 207 VF-20 (75%)
Chile Coin 1 Peso 1976 208 VF-20 (75%)
Chile Coin 1 Peso 1979 208a EF-40 (95%)
China Banknote 1 Fen 1953 860 UNC
China Banknote 1 Jiao 1962 877d UNC
China Banknote 1 Jiao 1980 881 UNC
China Banknote 1 Yuan 1980 884c UNC
China Banknote 10 Yuan 1980 887 VG
China Banknote 2 Fen 1953 861 UNC
China Banknote 2 Jiao 1962 878 UNC
China Banknote 2 Jiao 1980 882 UNC
China Banknote 2 Yuan 1990 885b UNC
China Banknote 5 Fen 1953 862 UNC
China Banknote 5 Jiao 1980 883 VG
China Banknote 5 Yuan 1936 217c EF
China Banknote 5 Yuan 1980 886 UNC
China Coin 1 Chiao 1955 Y-533 MS-60
China Coin 1 Chiao 1970 Y-546 MS-60
China Coin 1 Jiao 1997 Y-328 MS-63
China Coin 1 Yuan 1997 Y-330 MS-60
China Coin 20 Cash 1920 Y-393.1 VF-20 (75%)
China Coin 20 Cents 1908 Y-201 VG-8 (25%)
China Coin 5 Jiao 1998 Y-329 MS-63
Columbia Coin 1 Peso 1979 258.2 VF-20 (75%)
Columbia Coin 20 Centavos 1971 246.1 VF-20 (75%)
Columbia Coin 20 Pesos 1985 271 VF-20 (75%)
Columbia Coin 50 Pesos 1986 272 F-12 (50%)
Costa Rica Coin 1 Colon 1972 186.3 EF-40 (95%)
Costa Rica Coin 10 Centimos 1979 185.2b MS-63
Costa Rica Coin 2 Colones 1983 211.1 MS-63
Costa Rica Coin 5 Centimos 1943 179 EF-40 (95%)
Costa Rica Coin 5 Centimos 1953 184.2a MS-63
Croatia Banknote 1 Dinar 1991 16a UNC
Croatia Banknote 100,000 Dinara 1993 27a UNC
Croatia Banknote 5 Dinara 1991 17a UNC
Croatia Banknote 50,000 Dinara 1993 26a UNC
Curacao Coin 5 Cents 1943 40 VF-20 (75%)
Cyprus Coin 1/2 Piastres 1949 29 MS-60
Cyprus Coin 100 Mils 1955 37 MS-60
Cyprus Coin 25 Mils 1955 35 VF-20 (75%)
Cyprus Coin 3 Mils 1955 33 MS-63
Cyprus Coin 5 Mils 1955 34 EF-40 (95%)
Cyprus Coin 5 Mils 1979 39 EF-40 (95%)
Cyprus Coin 50 Mils 1955 36 EF-40 (95%)
Czech Republic Coin 1 Koruna 1996 7 MS-60
Czech Republic Coin 2 Korun 1995 9 MS-63
Czech Republic Coin 20 Haleru 1996 2.1 MS-63
Czechoslovakia Coin 1 Koruna 1976 50 EF-40 (95%)
Czechoslovakia Coin 10 Haleru 1985 80 VF-20 (75%)
Czechoslovakia Coin 10 Haleru 1992 146 EF-40 (95%)
Czechoslovakia Coin 2 Koruny 1975 75 EF-40 (95%)
Czechoslovakia Coin 20 Haleru 1983 74 VF-20 (75%)
Czechoslovakia Coin 3 Koruny 1965 57 EF-40 (95%)
Czechoslovakia Coin 5 Haleru 1954 37 F-12 (50%)
Czechoslovakia Coin 5 Korun 1975 60 VF-20 (75%)
Czechoslovakia Coin 5 Korun 1991 152 MS-63
Czechoslovakia Coin 50 Haleru 1969 55.1 VF-20 (75%)
Dominican Republic Coin 10 Centavos 1991 70 MS-60
Dominican Republic Coin 25 Centavos 1967 20a.1 F-12 (50%)
Dominican Republic Coin 25 Centavos 1986 61 VF-20 (75%)
Dominican Republic Coin 25 Centavos 1991 71.1 MS-63
Eastern Carribean States Coin 1 Cent 1965 2 MS-60
Eastern Carribean States Coin 10 Cents 1965 5 MS-60
Ecuador Coin 10 Sucres 1991 92.2 MS-60
Ecuador Coin 20 Centavos 1972 76c MS-60
Ecuador Coin 5 Centavos 1946 75b MS-60
Ecuador Coin 5 Sucres 1943 79 MS-60
Ecuador Coin 50 Centavos 1963 81 EF-40 (95%)
El Salvador Coin 25 Centavos 1977 139 EF-40 (95%)
El Salvador Coin 5 Centavos 1953 134a VG-8 (25%)
El Salvador Coin 5 Centavos 1966 134 F-12 (50%)
Eqypt Banknote 10 Piastres 1971 183h UNC
Eqypt Banknote 10 Piastres 1998 188 UNC
Eqypt Banknote 5 Piastres 1998 188 UNC
Eqypt Banknote 50 Piastres 1989 58b UNC
Eqypt Coin 5 Piastres 1916 318.1 VF-20 (75%)
Eqypt Coin 5 Piastres 1972 A428 EF-40 (95%)
Estonia Banknote 1 Kroon 1992 69a UNC
Ethiopia Coin 10 Cents 1977 45.3 EF-40 (95%)
Fankland Islands Coin 50 Pence 1977 10 MS-63
French Polynesia Coin 2 Francs 1973 10 MS-62
Gambia Coin 1 Dalasi 1998 59 VF-20 (75%)
Ghana Banknote 2 Cedis 1977 14c UNC
Greece Coin 1 Drachma 1976 116 F
Greece Coin 1 Drachma 1976 116 F
Greece Coin 10 Drachmes 1978 119 VF
Greece Coin 10 Drachmes 1984 132 VF
Greece Coin 10 Drachmes 1986 132 XF
Greece Coin 100 Drachmes 1992 159 VF
Greece Coin 20 Drachmes 1982 133 VF
Greece Coin 20 Drachmes 1986 133 VF
Greece Coin 20 Drachmes 1998 154 AU
Greece Coin 5 Drachmes 1976 118 F
Greece Coin 5 Drachmes 1978 118 F
Greece Coin 5 Drachmes 1986 131 VF
Greece Coin 5 Drachmes 1986 131 F
Guatemala Coin 1 Centavo 1970 265 MS-60
Guinea Banknote 1 Syli 1981 20a UNC
Guinea-Bissau Banknote 50 Pesos 1990 10 UNC
Guyana Banknote 1 Dollar 1992 21g UNC
Haiti Banknote 1 Gourde 1992 259 UNC
Haiti Coin 10 Centimes 1949 58 VG-8 (25%)
Haiti Coin 10 Centimes 1958 63 F-12 (50%)
Haiti Coin 5 Centimes 1905 53 F-12 (50%)
Honduras Coin 10 Centavos 1951 76.1 VG-8 (25%)
Honduras Coin 50 Centavos 1991 84.a1 MS-63
Hong Kong Banknote 1 Cent 1971 325b UNC
Hong Kong Banknote 10 Dollars 1991 278d VF
Hong Kong Banknote 10 Dollars 2002 EF
Hong Kong Banknote 20 Dollars 1993 201a VF
Hong Kong Banknote 50 Dollars 1994 202a VF
Hong Kong Coin 1 Cent 1924 16 VF-20 (75%)
Hong Kong Coin 1 Dollar 1960 31.1 MS-63
Hong Kong Coin 1 Dollar 1974 35 MS-60
Hong Kong Coin 10 Cents 1964 28.1 F-12 (50%)
Hong Kong Coin 20 Cents 1979 36 EF-40 (95%)
Hong Kong Coin 5 Cents 1949 26 EF-40 (95%)
Hong Kong Coin 5 Cents 1971 29.3 MS-63
Hong Kong Coin 50 Cents 1979 41 MS-60
Hungary Coin 1 Forint 1989 575 EF-40 (95%)
Hungary Coin 1 Forint 2004 692 MS-62
Hungary Coin 10 Forint 1989 636 EF-40 (95%)
Hungary Coin 10 Forint 2003 695 EF-40 (95%)
Hungary Coin 100 Forint 1998 721 VF-20 (75%)
Hungary Coin 2 Forint 1982 591 EF-40 (95%)
Hungary Coin 2 Forint 1994 693 MS-65
Hungary Coin 2 Forint 2005 693 MS-63
Hungary Coin 20 Filler 1973 573 EF-40 (95%)
Hungary Coin 20 Filler 1978 573 F-12 (50%)
Hungary Coin 20 Forint 1983 630 VF-20 (75%)
Hungary Coin 20 Forint 1994 696 VF-20 (75%)
Hungary Coin 5 Forint 1971 594 VF-20 (75%)
Hungary Coin 5 Forint 1985 635 EF-40 (95%)
Hungary Coin 5 Forint 2005 694 AU-50 (99%)
Hungary Coin 50 Filler 1967 574 EF-40 (95%)
Hungary Coin 50 Filler 1981 574 VF-20 (75%)
Hungary Coin 50 Forint 1995 697 VF-20 (75%)
Iceland Banknote 10 Kronur 1981 48 UNC
Iceland Coin 1 Krona 1940 3.2 EF-40 (95%)
Iceland Coin 2 Kronur 1940 4.2 MS-60
Iceland Coin 5 Aurar 1942 7.2 MS-60
Iceland Coin 5 Kronur 1969 18 MS-60
India Banknote 1 Rupee 1973 77m VF
India Coin 1 Naya Paise 1957 8 MS-63
India Coin 1 Paisa 1966 10.1 EF-40 (95%)
India Coin 1 Pice 1954 1.4 MS-63
India Coin 1 Rupee 1991 79.5 MS-63
India Coin 2 Annas 1925 516 VG-8 (25%)
India Coin 2 Naya Paise 1957 11 MS-63
India Coin 2 Paise 1967 13.1 VG-8 (25%)
India Coin 20 Paise 1986 44 VG-8 (25%)
India Coin 25 Naya Paise 1960 47.1 VF-20 (75%)
India Coin 25 Paise 1977 49.1 VF-20 (75%)
Indonesia Banknote 1 Sen 1964 90 UNC
Indonesia Banknote 10 Sen 1964 92 UNC
Indonesia Banknote 100 Rupiah 1992 127a UNC
Indonesia Banknote 2 ╜ Rupiah 1961 79 UNC
Indonesia Banknote 25 Sen 1964 93 UNC
Indonesia Banknote 5 Sen 1964 91 UNC
Indonesia Banknote 50 Sen 1964 94 UNC
Indonesia Banknote 500 Rupiah 1992 128h UNC
Indonesia Coin 50 Rupiah 1971 35 EF-40 (95%)
Indonesia Coin 50 Sen 1955 10.1 MS-63
Iraq Banknote 1 Dinar 1979 69 UNC
Iraq Banknote 1/2 Dinar 1979 68 UNC
Iraq Banknote 1/4 Dinar 1979 67 UNC
Iraq Banknote 25 Dinars 1992 75 UNC
Iraq Banknote 5 Dinar 1979 80c UNC
Iraq Banknote 50 Dinars 2004 UNC
Israel Banknote 10 Sheqalim 1980 45 VG
Israel Banknote 100 Sheqalim 1979 47a VF
Israel Banknote 500 Sheqalim 1982 48 VF
Israel Coin 10 Agorot 1988 195 MS-60
Israel Coin 100 Prutah 1949 14 VF-20 (75%)
Israel Coin 5 Lirot 1979 90 VF-20 (75%)
Jamaica Coin 1/2 Penny 1894 16 F-12 (50%)
Jamaica Coin 1/2 Penny 1965 38 VF-20 (75%)
Jamaica Coin 10 Cents 1969 47 F-12 (50%)
Jamaica Coin 10 Cents 1993 146.1 MS-63
Jamaica Coin 5 Cents 1993 46a MS-65
Jamaica Coin 50 Cents 1975 65 VF-20 (75%)
Japan Banknote 1000 Yen 1984 45 VF
Japan Coin 1 Yen 1994 Y-95.2 MS-60
Japan Coin 10 Yen 1969 Y-73a MS-63
Japan Coin 100 Yen 1970 Y-83 MS-60
Japan Coin 100 Yen 1975 Y-82 EF-40 (95%)
Japan Coin 5 Sen 1922 Y-44 F-12 (50%)
Japan Coin 5 Yen 1964 Y-72a MS-60
Japan Coin 50 Yen 1990 Y-101.2 MS-63
Japan Coin 500 Yen 1997 Y-99.2 MS-64
Kazakhstan Banknote 1 Tenge 1993 7 UNC
Kazakhstan Banknote 2 Tyin 1993 2a UNC
Kazakhstan Banknote 20 Tyin 1993 5 UNC
Kazakhstan Banknote 5 Tyin 1993 3 UNC
Kenya Coin 10 Cents 1978 18 VG-8 (25%)
Kenya Coin 50 Cents 1994 19a EF-40 (95%)
Korea, South Banknote 10,000 Won 1983 49 UNC
Korea, South Banknote 1000 Won 1983 47 UNC
Korea, South Banknote 5000 Won 1983 48 UNC
Korea, South Coin 10 Won 1971 6a F-12 (50%)
Korea, South Coin 10 Won 2001 33.2 MS-63
Korea, South Coin 100 Won 1974 9 EF-40 (95%)
Korea, South Coin 50 Won 1998 34 MS-64
Kyrgystan Banknote 1 Som 1994 7 UNC
Kyrgystan Banknote 1 Tyiyn 1993 1 UNC
Kyrgystan Banknote 10 Tyiyn 1993 2 UNC
Kyrgystan Banknote 50 Tyiyn 1993 3 UNC
Laos Banknote 1 Kip 1962 8a UNC
Laos Banknote 10 Kip 1979 27a UNC
Laos Banknote 100 Kip 1979 30a UNC
Laos Banknote 20 Kip 1979 28a UNC
Laos Banknote 5 Kip 1979 26a UNC
Laos Banknote 50 Kip 1979 29a UNC
Laos Coin 10 Cents 1952 4 MS-65
Latvia Banknote 1 Rublis 1992 35 UNC
Latvia Banknote 2 Rubli 1992 36 UNC
Lebanon Banknote 10 Livres 1986 63f UNC
Libya Coin 1 Millieme 1952 1 EF-40 (95%)
Lithuania Banknote 0.10 Talonas 1991 29b UNC
Lithuania Banknote 0.20 Talonas 1991 30 UNC
Lithuania Banknote 1 Talonas 1992 39 UNC
Lithuania Banknote 3 Talonas 1991 33b UNC
Lithuania Banknote 500 Talonas 1992 44 UNC
Lithuania Banknote 500 Talonas 1993 46 UNC
Lithuania Coin 1 Centas 1991 85 MS-60
Lithuania Coin 2 Centai 1991 86 MS-60
Luxembourg Coin 1 Franc 1984 55 EF-40 (95%)
Luxembourg Coin 1 Franc 1986 59 EF-40 (95%)
Macdenia Banknote 10 Denar 1992 1 UNC
Macdenia Banknote 25 Denar 1992 2 UNC
Macdenia Banknote 50 Denar 1992 3 UNC
Malawi Banknote 10 Kwacha 1997 37 UNC
Malaya Banknote 1 Dollar 1942 M5c UNC
Malaya Coin 20 Cents 1939 5 EF-40 (95%)
Malaya & British Borneo Coin 5 Cents 1961 1 EF-40 (95%)
Malaysia Coin 1 Sen 1990 49 MS-60
Malaysia Coin 10 Sen 1973 3 MS-60
Malta Coin 1 Cent 1977 8 EF-40 (95%)
Malta Coin 10 Cents 1972 11 MS-62
Malta Coin 2 Mils 1972 5 VF-20 (75%)
Mauritus Coin 1 Cent 1949 25 MS-60
Mauritus Coin 1 Cent 1969 31 MS-65
Mongolia Banknote 1 Tugrik 1953 28 UNC
Mongolia Banknote 1 Tugrik 1993 52 UNC
Mongolia Banknote 10 Mongo 1993 49 UNC
Mongolia Banknote 100 Tugrik 1993 57 UNC
Mongolia Banknote 20 Mongo 1993 50 UNC
Mongolia Banknote 50 Mongo 1993 51 UNC
Morocco Coin 1 Dirham 1965 Y-56 VG-8 (25%)
Morocco Coin 1 Franc 1951 Y-46 VF-20 (75%)
Morocco Coin 10 Santimat 1974 Y-60 F-12 (50%)
Mozambique Banknote 100 Escudos 1976 117 UNC
Mozambique Banknote 1000 Escudos 1976 119 UNC
Mozambique Banknote 50 Escudos 1976 116 UNC
Mozambique Banknote 500 Escudos 1976 118 UNC
Myanmar Banknote 1 Kyat 1972 56 UNC
Myanmar Banknote 1 Kyat 1990 67 UNC
Myanmar Banknote 1 Kyat 1996 69 UNC
Myanmar Banknote 1 Rupee 1942 14a UNC
Myanmar Banknote 10 Kyats 1997 71b UNC
Myanmar Banknote 10 Rupees 1944 16b UNC
Myanmar Banknote 100 Rupees 1944 17b UNC
Myanmar Banknote 5 Kyats 1973 57 UNC
Myanmar Banknote 5 Kyats 1997 70b UNC
Myanmar Banknote 50 Pyas 1994 68 UNC
Nepal Banknote 1 Rupee 1979 22 UNC
Nepal Banknote 2 Rupees 1981 29b UNC
Nepal Banknote 5 Rupees 1987 30a UNC
Nicaragua Banknote 1 Centavo 1991 167 UNC
Nicaragua Banknote 10 Centavos 1991 169 UNC
Nicaragua Banknote 25 Centavos 1991 170 UNC
Nicaragua Banknote 5 Centavos 1991 168 UNC
Nigeria Banknote 1 Pound 1967 8 VG
Pakistan Banknote 1 Rupee 1982 26a UNC
Pakistan Banknote 1 Rupee 1986 37 UNC
Pakistan Banknote 5 Rupee 1985 33 VG
Panama Coin 1 1/4 Centesimo 1940 15 MS-60
Panama Coin 1 Centesimo 1986 22 MS-60
Panama Coin 1/10 Balboa 1953 18 MS-60
Panama Coin 1/2 Balboa 1933 12.1 F-12 (50%)
Panama Coin 1/2 Balboa 1953 20 AU-55 (100%)
Panama Coin 1/2 Balboa 1979 12b EF-40 (95%)
Panama Coin 1/4 Balboa 1970 11a VF-20 (75%)
Paraquay Banknote 1 Guarani 1952 193 UNC
Peru Banknote 10 Intis 1987 129 UNC
Peru Banknote 100 Intis 1987 133 UNC
Peru Banknote 1000 Intis 1988 136b UNC
Peru Banknote 50 Intis 1987 131b UNC
Peru Banknote 500 Intis 1987 134b UNC
Peru Coin 1 Centavo 1960 227 EF-40 (95%)
Peru Coin 1 Sol 1962 222 VF-20 (75%)
Phillipines Banknote 1 Peso 1941 S215 VG
Phillipines Banknote 1 Peso 1942 S139b VG
Phillipines Banknote 1 Peso 1943 109a VF
Phillipines Banknote 10 Centavos 1942 104a UNC
Phillipines Banknote 10 Pesos 1942 108b VF
Phillipines Banknote 5 Pesos 1942 S136d VG
Phillipines Banknote 50 Centavos 1942 S134e VG
Phillipines Banknote 50 Centavos 1942 105b UNC
Phillipines Coin 1 Centavo 1944 179 MS-63
Phillipines Coin 1 Centavo 1962 186 MS-63
Phillipines Coin 1 Piso 1974 203 MS-60
Phillipines Coin 1 Piso 1981 209.2 MS-65
Phillipines Coin 1 Piso 1990 243.1 MS-65
Phillipines Coin 1 Piso 1992 260 MS-65
Phillipines Coin 1 Piso 1994 243.2 MS-65
Phillipines Coin 1 Piso 2002 269 MS-65
Phillipines Coin 1 Sentimo 1967 196 MS-65
Phillipines Coin 1 Sentimo 1975 205 MS-65
Phillipines Coin 1 Sentimo 1985 238 MS-65
Phillipines Coin 1 Sentimo 2002 273 MS-65
Phillipines Coin 10 Centavos 1960 188 MS-65
Phillipines Coin 10 Piso 1988 250 MS-65
Phillipines Coin 10 Piso 2002 278 MS-65
Phillipines Coin 10 Sentimos 1967 198 MS-65
Phillipines Coin 10 Sentimos 1976 207 MS-65
Phillipines Coin 10 Sentimos 1993 240.2 MS-65
Phillipines Coin 10 Sentimos 2002 270 MS-65
Phillipines Coin 2 Piso 1983 244 MS-60
Phillipines Coin 2 Piso 1991 258 MS-65
Phillipines Coin 2 Piso 1991 253 MS-60
Phillipines Coin 25 Centavos 1966 189.2 MS-65
Phillipines Coin 25 Sentimos 1974 199 MS-65
Phillipines Coin 25 Sentimos 1979 227 MS-65
Phillipines Coin 25 Sentimos 1983 241.1 MS-65
Phillipines Coin 25 Sentimos 1993 241.2 MS-65
Phillipines Coin 25 Sentimos 2004 271 MS-65
Phillipines Coin 5 Centavos 1963 187 MS-63
Phillipines Coin 5 Piso 1992 259 MS-63
Phillipines Coin 5 Piso 2003 272 MS-65
Phillipines Coin 5 Sentimos 1974 197 MS-65
Phillipines Coin 5 Sentimos 1975 206 MS-65
Phillipines Coin 5 Sentimos 1979 225 MS-60
Phillipines Coin 5 Sentimos 1986 239 MS-65
Phillipines Coin 5 Sentimos 2001 268 MS-65
Phillipines Coin 50 Centavos 1958 190 MS-63
Phillipines Coin 50 Sentimos 1972 200 MS-63
Phillipines Coin 50 Sentimos 1983 242.1 MS-65
Phillipines Coin 50 Sentimos 1993 242.3 MS-65
Poland Banknote 1,000 Zlotych 1982 146a UNC
Poland Banknote 10 Zlotych 1982 148a UNC
Poland Banknote 10,000 Zlotych 1988 151b UNC
Poland Banknote 100 Zlotych 1988 143c UNC
Poland Banknote 200 Zlotych 1988 144a VG
Poland Banknote 5,000 Zlotych 1988 150c UNC
Poland Banknote 50 Zlotych 1988 142c UNC
Poland Banknote 500 Zlotych 1982 145c UNC
Poland Coin 1 Grosz 2003 EF-40 (95%)
Poland Coin 1 Zloty 1949 45a F-12 (50%)
Poland Coin 1 Zloty 1975 49.1 F-12 (50%)
Poland Coin 1 Zloty 1988 49.2 VF-20 (75%)
Poland Coin 1 Zloty 1989 49.3 EF-40 (95%)
Poland Coin 1 Zloty 1992 282 EF-40 (95%)
Poland Coin 10 Goszy 1949 42a F-12 (50%)
Poland Coin 10 Goszy 1970 AA47 F-12 (50%)
Poland Coin 10 Grosze 1923 11 F-12 (50%)
Poland Coin 10 Grosze 1999 EF-40 (95%)
Poland Coin 10 Zlotych 1975 74 EF-40 (95%)
Poland Coin 10 Zlotych 1982 73 EF-40 (95%)
Poland Coin 10 Zlotych 1984 152.1 EF-40 (95%)
Poland Coin 10 Zlotych 1990 152.2 EF-40 (95%)
Poland Coin 2 Grosze 1925 9a VF-20 (75%)
Poland Coin 2 Grosze 2003 277 MS-62
Poland Coin 2 Grosze 2003 EF-40 (95%)
Poland Coin 2 Zlote 1973 46 VF-20 (75%)
Poland Coin 2 Zlote 1980 80.1 VF-20 (75%)
Poland Coin 2 Zlote 1986 80.2 VF-20 (75%)
Poland Coin 2 Zlote 1989 80.3 EF-40 (95%)
Poland Coin 2 Zlote 2004 MS-63
Poland Coin 2 Zlote 2004 MS-65
Poland Coin 20 Grosze 1923 12 F-12 (50%)
Poland Coin 20 Grosze 1970 A47 EF-40 (95%)
Poland Coin 20 Groszy 1997 280 EF-40 (95%)
Poland Coin 20 Zlotych 1973 67 F-12 (50%)
Poland Coin 20 Zlotych 1976 69 VF-20 (75%)
Poland Coin 20 Zlotych 1985 153.1 EF-40 (95%)
Poland Coin 5 Grosze 2003 MS-60
Poland Coin 5 Zlotych 1984 81.1 VF-20 (75%)
Poland Coin 5 Zlotych 1987 81.2 EF-40 (95%)
Poland Coin 50 Groszy 1949 44 VG-8 (25%)
Poland Coin 50 Groszy 1977 48.1 VF-20 (75%)
Poland Coin 50 Groszy 1991 281 VF-20 (75%)
Poland Coin 50 Zlotych 1990 216 EF-40 (95%)
Romania Coin 15 Bani 1966 93 MS-63
Russia Coin 2 Kopeks 1974 Y127a F
Sarawak Coin 1 Cent 1927 KM-18 EF-40 (95%)
Singapore Banknote 2 Dollars 1992 28 UNC
Slovenia Banknote 1 Tolar 1990 1a UNC
Slovenia Banknote 1 Tolarjev 1990 2a UNC
South Africa Coin 10 Cents 1992 135 EF-40 (95%)
South Africa Coin 20 Cents 1977 86 VF-20 (75%)
South Africa Coin 5 Cents 1978 84 MS-63
South Africa Coin 50 Cents 1961 62 MS-63
Straits Settlements Coin 10 Cents 1927 KM-29b VF-20 (75%)
Straits Settlements Coin 5 Cents 1902 KM-20 VF-20 (75%)
Sudan Banknote 1 Pound 1987 39 UNC
Sudan Banknote 25 Piastres 1987 37 UNC
Suriname Banknote 10 Gulden 1963 31 UNC
Suriname Banknote 10 Gulden 1998 47c UNC
Suriname Banknote 10 Gulden 2000 57 UNC
Suriname Banknote 25 Gulden 1985 37b UNC
Suriname Banknote 25 Gulden 2000 58 UNC
Suriname Coin 100 Cents 1988 23 EF-40 (95%)
Suriname Coin 5 Cents 1982 12.1a MS-60
Tajikistan Banknote 1 Ruble 1994 2 UNC
Tajikistan Banknote 10 Rubles 1994 3 UNC
Tajikistan Banknote 50 Rubles 1994 5 UNC
Thailand Banknote 10 Baht 1980 87 UNC
Thailand Banknote 100 Baht 1994 97 UNC
Thailand Banknote 20 Baht 1981 88 UNC
Thailand Banknote 50 Baht 1996 99 UNC
Thailand Banknote 500 Baht 1996 100 UNC
Thailand Coin 1 Baht 1977 Y110 F
Thailand Coin 1 Baht 1977 Y110 VF-20 (75%)
Thailand Coin 1 Baht 1992 183 MS-63
Transdniestria Banknote 1 Ruble 1994 16 UNC
Transdniestria Banknote 10 Rublei 1994 18 UNC
Transdniestria Banknote 10,000 Rublei 1996 29 UNC
Transdniestria Banknote 5 Rublei 1994 17 UNC
Transdniestria Banknote 50 Rublei 1993 19 UNC
Trinidad and Tobago Coin 1 Cent 1983 29 EF-40 (95%)
Trinidad and Tobago Coin 10 Cents 1977 31 MS-60
Trinidad and Tobago Coin 50 Cents 1976 22 AU-55 (100%)
Turkey Banknote 20 Lira 1970 187a VG
Turkey Coin 1 Kurus 2005 MS-65
Turkey Coin 1 Lira 1976 889a.2 EF-40 (95%)
Turkey Coin 1 Lira 1981 943 VF-20 (75%)
Turkey Coin 1 Lira 2005 MS-65
Turkey Coin 10 Kurus 2005 MS-65
Turkey Coin 10 Lira 1987 964 EF-40 (95%)
Turkey Coin 10,000 Lira 1997 1027.2 VF-20 (75%)
Turkey Coin 10,000 Lira 1998 1027.3 VF-20 (75%)
Turkey Coin 100 Lira 1986 967 VF-20 (75%)
Turkey Coin 100 Lira 1989 988 VF-20 (75%)
Turkey Coin 100,000 Lira 2000 1079 VF-20 (75%)
Turkey Coin 100,000 Lira 2003 1106 EF-40 (95%)
Turkey Coin 1000 Lira 1991 997 MS-62
Turkey Coin 25 Kurus 1973 892.3 EF-40 (95%)
Turkey Coin 25 Kurus 2005 MS-65
Turkey Coin 25 Lira 1987 975 VF-20 (75%)
Turkey Coin 250,000 Lira 2004 1137 MS-60
Turkey Coin 2500 Lira 1991 1015 MS-60
Turkey Coin 5 Kurus 2005 MS-65
Turkey Coin 5 Lira 1982 949.1 VF-20 (75%)
Turkey Coin 5 Lira 1983 949.2 EF-40 (95%)
Turkey Coin 5 Lira 1984 963 VF-20 (75%)
Turkey Coin 5 Lira 2005 MS-65
Turkey Coin 50 Kurus 1976 899 EF-40 (95%)
Turkey Coin 50 Kurus 2005 MS-65
Turkey Coin 50 Lira 1989 987 VF-20 (75%)
Turkey Coin 50,000 Lira 1999 1056 EF-40 (95%)
Turkey Coin 50,000 Lira 2002 1105 EF-40 (95%)
Turkey Coin 500 Lira 1989 989 F-12 (50%)
Turkey Coin 5000 Lira 1992 1025 VF-20 (75%)
Turkey Coin 5000 Lira 1995 1029.1 AU-50 (99%)
Turkmenistan Banknote 1 Monat 1993 1 UNC
Ukraine Banknote 1 Karbovanets 1991 81 UNC
Ukraine Banknote 10,000 Karbovanetsiv 1996 94c UNC
Ukraine Banknote 5,000 Karbovanetsiv 1995 93b UNC
Uruguay Coin 1 New Peso 1980 74 VF-20 (75%)
Uruguay Coin 2 Centesimos 1924 20 EF-40 (95%)
Uruguay Coin 5 Pesos 1965 47 EF-40 (95%)
Uruguay Coin 50 New Pesos 1989 94 MS-63
Uzbekistan Banknote 1 Sum 1993 61 UNC
Uzbekistan Banknote 3 Sum 1993 62 UNC
Venezuela Banknote 1 Bolivar 1989 68 UNC
Venezuela Banknote 2 Bolivares 1989 69 UNC
Venezuela Coin 1 Bolivar 1911 22 VF-20 (75%)
Venezuela Coin 1 Bolivar 1967 42 EF-40 (95%)
Venezuela Coin 1 Bolivar 1989 52a.1 MS-63
Venezuela Coin 25 Centimos 1977 50.2 EF-40 (95%)
Venezuela Coin 25 Centimos 1989 50a MS-60
Venezuela Coin 5 Centimos 1977 Y49 XF
Venezuela Coin 5 Centimos 1977 Y49 F
Venezuela Coin 5 Centimos 1977 Y49 XF
Venezuela Coin 5 Centimos 1983 Y49a AU
Venezuela Coin 5 Centimos 1964 38.2 EF-40 (95%)
Venezuela Coin 5 Centimos 1977 49 MS-60
Venezuela Coin 5 Centimos 1983 49a MS-63
Venezuela Coin 5 Centimos 1986 49b EF-40 (95%)
Vietnam Banknote 1 Dong 1964 15a VG
Vietnam Banknote 100 Dong 1992 KM105a VG
Vietnam Banknote 20 Dong 1964 16a VG
Vietnam Banknote 20 Dong 1969 24a VG
Vietnam Banknote 200 Dong 1987 100a UNC
Vietnam Banknote 5 Dong 1955 2 VG
Vietnam Banknote 50 Dong 1987 97a VG
Yugoslavia Banknote 1,000 Dinara 1991 110 VF
Yugoslavia Banknote 10 Dinara 1968 82c UNC
Yugoslavia Banknote 10,000 Dinara 1992 116a VF
Yugoslavia Banknote 100 Dinara 1978 90b UNC
Yugoslavia Banknote 5,000 Dinara 1993 128 VF
Yugoslavia Banknote 50 Dinara 1968 83c UNC
Yugoslavia Banknote 50,000 Dinara 1988 96 VF
Yugoslavia Banknote 50,000 Dinara 1992 117 VF
Yugoslavia Banknote 50,000 Dinara 1993 130 VF
Yugoslavia Banknote 50,000,000 Dinara 1993 123 VF
Yugoslavia Coin 1 Dinar 1953 30 MS-65
Yugoslavia Coin 1 Dinar 1965 47 EF-40 (95%)
Yugoslavia Coin 1 Dinar 1974 59 VF-20 (75%)
Yugoslavia Coin 1 Dinar 1984 86 EF-40 (95%)
Yugoslavia Coin 1 Dinar 1990 142 MS-60
Yugoslavia Coin 10 Dinara 1955 33 VF-20 (75%)
Yugoslavia Coin 10 Dinara 1977 62 EF-40 (95%)
Yugoslavia Coin 10 Dinara 1985 89 MS-60
Yugoslavia Coin 10 Para 1981 44 VF-20 (75%)
Yugoslavia Coin 100 Dinara 1987 114 EF-40 (95%)
Yugoslavia Coin 2 Dinar 1953 31 MS-63
Yugoslavia Coin 2 Dinara 1980 57 VF-20 (75%)
Yugoslavia Coin 20 Para 1973 45 EF-40 (95%)
Yugoslavia Coin 5 Dinara 1973 58 VF-20 (75%)
Yugoslavia Coin 5 Dinara 1983 88 EF-40 (95%)
Yugoslavia Coin 5 Dinara 1992 151 EF-40 (95%)
Yugoslavia Coin 50 Dinara 1955 35 F-12 (50%)
Yugoslavia Coin 50 Para 1953 29 MS-65
Yugoslavia Coin 50 Para 1978 46.1 EF-40 (95%)
Zaire Banknote 1 Nouveau Zaire 1993 52 UNC
Zaire Banknote 5 Nouveau Zaire 1993 53a UNC
Zambia Banknote 100 Kwacha 1991 34 VG
Zambia Banknote 2 Kwacha 1980 24c UNC
Zambia Banknote 20 Kwacha 1989 32b UNC
Zambia Banknote 50 Kwacha 1986 28a VG

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The Path Less Traveled

I’m so torn. As I sit here, I’m pulled between five different routes I could take to spend the next three hours until bedtime. Let’s go over them, shall we?

The first is apparently the one that’s winning at this exact instant. For some reason, I feel compelled to write things. Not great works of art necessarily and not long winding diatribes about this, that or the other thing. Just to write. There are words which, finding no outlet into the ears of real humans, must find their way out into the blogosphere in a more textual form. Many times they amount to inane babbling but nonetheless they must make their way to someone… somewhere. So here they are.

Number two has been a real perpetual loser as of late. Yes, it’s that massive queue of literary classics waiting on my shelf to be read. Considering that I quickly lose the contents of most of these mighty tomes a month after I’ve read them I sometimes wonder why exactly it is that I bother.

The third… well, the third has been nagging at me for a while. I have 20 pounds of miscellaneous, unsorted foreign coinage from around the planet that is simply begging to be put to rights somehow. For some reason though, on a night like tonight I can’t find it in myself to break out the Mylar flips and stapler to make any progress whatsoever. In fact, most nights I can’t explain why I have 20 pounds of foreign coins in the first place.

And number four… oh, ho, the mighty number four! This nasty little beast harkens back to that very first day in the local antique (read that: junk) shop back in my home town of Frankfort, Indiana. There I was, a wee lad of only 13 or so and what should I come across? Why the holy grail of geekdom! Yes, you guessed it, a Latin Textbook! My GOD how that dusty lore calls to me. Ah, the time I spent as a child with many an agricolae… sadly, I never actually stuck with it long enough to become truly proficient but even today, that little voice calls to me to take up some jargon of a far off land. Any rate, task four is not exactly Latin but brushing up on the old college Spanish seems a good place to start.

But lastly there’s that pernicious slayer of free time, number five. Most of us have a number five of some sort or another. I’m a computer programmer by trade so my number five is the evil inclination to open my computer and start doing some form of actual work. It’s particularly insidious because I can do it at any time of day or night and I don’t need input from anyone for the most part. I could work for 16 hours a day, talk to nobody and completely blow my entire life away if I wanted to. I suspect my co-workers and management would be overjoyed at such a prospect; think of all the extra work and productivity! At this point though, I don’t see how people maintain the level of interest required to work such long hours. My boss works from 9am through to 1 and 2am the next morning with breaks for meals and I honestly don’t see what keeps him that motivated. On one hand I feel like a slacker but on the other I sometimes think I’ll be the only sane person left in the office this time next year.

On an only slightly tangential topic, I completely don’t understand computer people. It seems in many cases that they enjoy computing simply for its own sake but without any greater purpose for their work. For example, I was talking to my boss’s boss the other day, the VP of somethingorother, and he asked the standard “What are your goals?” question and I said simply that my real goal in the department was to streamline processes and improve procedures to make the department more profitable (no, this is not a boilerplate bullshit answer, I really think this way). He seemed confused by my response; apparently the typical programmer answer is “I want to learn such-and-such language or whiz-bang new technology.” It’s probably a good thing I’m not in management as my response to such an answer would be a resounding and confused: “Why?” Let’s face it, anybody can program. You can teach a monkey the .NET framework in about three weeks if you have enough bananas on hand to keep him interested. Putting code together is officially not a challenge, at least not on the level required by the average software company. So what kind of a goal is it to learn yet more ways of doing the exact same thing but in a slightly different way?

Anyway, enough number one. It’s officially time to four but not until I check in on five.

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Bashing

So the wife and I were having one of our usual bedtime discussions this evening and my thoughts wandered to this exact blog. I mentioned that one of my co-workers recently asked for my blog address and I of course provided it with the bemused thought that chances are they have no idea what they’re getting themselves into. I told the wife that looking at the traffic logs it appeared that the subject had come in, looked around for a while and then left without saying a word. Her somewhat disgruntled response was that no doubt I had offended the person with some comment or other and in particular she mentioned that I “bash religion.”

Clearly, this is a point in need of some clarification. Nothing I’ve written here is really intended to “bash” anything. I have questions; I have concerns and in general I’ll openly and inarticulately provide them to anyone who asks. The only way to really improve on any situation is through open, honest dialog about it. If I’m wrong about something I’ve posted on here or someone disagrees then it’s time for them to step up and say it. I’d frankly welcome the exchange of ideas. I’d be giddy to be proven wrong in any and all of my ideas and am anxious for the act of self-improvement that would represent.

As I understand it, there are many reasons people wouldn’t bother, sadly. For most, it’s just plain not worth it. Who wants to invest their time in talking to someone else who has started out at such a diametrically opposed position to their own? It’s much more comfortable to surround yourself with same-thinking people and get instant affirmation. That’s understandable I suppose but does belie a certain degree of intellectual inertia. Grow or die, someone says to me about once per quarter. The same isn’t just true of corporations but also of people.

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It’s nice to know I was this cool even from birth

Honestly, does it get any cooler than this? Hard to believe this was 1973 and I’m still as cool today as I was then.

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That Demon Drink

There are at least a hundred things that I completely fail to understand about humans and their constant fascination with intoxication has to be in the top five. American society is absolutely enthralled with the concept of kicking back and having a ‘drink’. “It’s Miller Time”, “Tastes Great/Less Filling”, frogs croaking Bud-weis-er, all these images and slogans aren’t just advertising gimmicks, they’ve somehow made it into our everyday culture. People went around for a year saying “Waaaaassssuuuppp!” to each other because they saw it on a beer commercial. There’s even a significant portion of the population that has redefined “fun” to mean “get drunk.” You can’t have “fun” in this country unless you’ve first had something to drink.

As an outside observer who’s never had a drink of alcohol in his life (yes, I’m serious and yes, I’m 33) I’m completely befuddled by the popularity of this activity. From my viewpoint, here’s what boozing it up basically looks like:

• Drinking is REALLY expensive. Not having consumed such drinks I’m not exactly an expert on the costs but everything I’ve ever seen for sale from Pabst Blue Ribbon to … well, whatever’s considered expensive has been pricey. Pricier than soda, water or any other equivalent volume of beverage.
• From what I’ve been told, alcohol tastes like crap. The same people that provided that information also assured me that one acquires a taste for it over time. That too is nonsensical. If it tastes like crap and costs a lot, why would anyone bother drinking enough to become accustomed to it?
• As is often the case with things that taste foul, it also smells bad. You can tell someone’s been drinking from a mile away. In some cases, the smell of it seems to ooze out of every pore in their body.
• It’s poison. There’s a reason alcoholics end up dead, it’s because they drink poison that their livers are dutifully trying to save them from.
• Alcohol makes you stupid. People tend to get into a hell of a lot of trouble over this little leisure activity for exactly this reason; it’s a really good way to earn a trip to jail. I have to say, that never in my life have I thought that my judgment was so sharp and so precise that I needed something to dull it.

So if I came up to you on the street and said, “Hey! Drink this. It tastes horrible, makes your breath smell, will impair your judgment and eventually kill you” would you drink it? Would you PAY me for it?

All that said, people seem to have one hell of a good time with this stuff. I was recently in extremely close quarters (somewhat against my will) with several people who were drinking and they were having a BLAST. On examination, I can’t really see what it was that was so entertaining for them but they were sure tickled by it whatever it was. Despite all the apparent fun around me, I’m still not in the least tempted to drink. It seems evident that the ‘fun’ being had was a sort of fakery. It wasn’t that whatever was going on was fun but that their brains had been tricked into thinking so.

I’ve never seen the sensation of joy or fun as an end to be achieved. People don’t set ‘Be Happy’ as a goal in their life. Happiness is a byproduct of doing something meaningful and exciting. Fun is something that happens because you’re doing something you enjoy. If you just take your happiness out of a jar like you do your mayonnaise, then you’re cheating yourself. You’re missing out on the real experience of actually generating real and meaningful good times for yourself and those around you. If you add enough alcohol to even the most meaningless existence, it will seem like fun. Staring at a broken TV in a roach-infested apartment will seem like a blast if you take enough chemical inducements to puree your mind into a confused slurry of disconnected thoughts.

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Vampire of Society

There comes, I think, in the lives of many introverted people a time when all the fellowship and goodwill is sucked out of a place or group of people. For example, I changed high schools twice when I was a wee lad and each time I felt a keen and overwhelming sense of relief. It felt as if the people around me had simply used up all their extroverted goodwill towards me and gone back to revolving in their own private circles. I hoped somehow that after moving this new set of people would come along and I could somehow have a ‘fresh start’ with them. It wasn’t that I disliked the old set of people or was tired of them; heck, in most cases, I barely knew anybody and in their own way they’d tried to approach me at some point but had been rebuffed in some way or simply lost interest.

It’s not as if I’ve intentionally pushed people away in my life but for some reason, once they get to know me just the tiniest little bit they all just seem to slowly back away. Even today, I don’t know if it’s that they find out something about me that disturbs them or that I simply don’t provide the right social feedback to them to make them feel like their efforts are fully appreciated. It would be handy to talk to someone that would tell me frankly and openly what it is about me that spooks people.

Whatever this problem is, it is also inherited by my blog. Most of the people that I know in real life who are aware of my blog have stopped reading it for some reason that I simply can’t explain. Perhaps it’s my duty to honesty. I tell things frankly and openly the way I see them to an almost insulting degree. I call a duck a duck when I see it and await counterargument. Sadly, most of the time I don’t get any argument, the disagreeing parties simply disappear into the ether. Or if they do argue, it’s with nonsensical repetition of their original statements.

So yeah, in my life I’ve managed to alienate two high schools, six workplaces and innumerable random unconnected people and I have absolutely no idea why. Well, no idea with any certainty anyway. It seems apparent that something in my wiring is incompatible with the bulk of humankind. Even if I knew what it was, would it be worth correcting? What would I have to give up in exchange? What would I gain, if anything?

I do sincerely wonder what it would be like to have… well, actual friends, people that I could actually TALK to beyond the realm of meaningless small talk. People I connect with, have things in common with and can actually be open with. Now, I should point out here that I do HAVE friends (family doesn’t count), exactly two in fact. I’ll say that they’re both great people and are damn entertaining to talk to but I don’t really DO anything with them. An occasional lunch perhaps but it’s not like we’re taking off to concerts together or building a deck. What changes would be wrought in my life if I had 10 such friends? Or 20 and we actually did things together? Or even three? What is it that keeps me from building that easy rapport with anyone and everyone I meet? I’ve seen it done a million times, so why can’t I recreate it? What is this basic human skill that I’ve completely failed to master? Ahh… the myriad meandering convolutions of the human mind…

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