As some of you may or may not have noticed, I have recently been absent from these boards. I decided to take a temporary sabbatical from the forums, as a trial run. I had been becoming increasingly cynical, which manifested itself in my increasing negativity. In short, I had been having less and less fun, over the course of the past six months or so. Part of it was due to a few specific posters, part of it was due to getting burnt out in the hobby, part of it was the same old, same old... However, I had also been getting attacked more and more for simply giving my honest opinion on matters - something which only served to sour me even further. Some people were getting offended by my posting style, and made these forums increasingly hostile for me. I understand that I was becoming increasingly negative, and for that I am sorry. I probably should have done this a while ago.
So, I decided to take a two week break. A vacation, of sorts, to refresh myself and hopefully come back to the hobby with a new enthusiasm. Unfortunately, that spark has not yet returned. I still have a passion for coins, I still love my collection, and I still have the desire to learn and help others. But, I think I still need a longer sabbatical. I have made many friends on these boards, and I think you deserve an explanation of where I have been and why I have not been posting. My intention is to continue my break for as long as I feel is necessary, and I will return when I decide it is time.
In the meantime, if you have a specific question that falls in my area of expertise, feel free to send me a PM - I will answer them at my earliest convenience.
So, hope y'all have a great summer, and I expect I'll probably come back in the fall. I leave you with my newest purchase, one of my dream coins:
I reserve the right to change my mind with new facts, experience, opinions, or viewpoints.
#5846055 - 07/13/1208:52 PMRe: Concerning my recent Absence from these forums
cpm9ballcpm9ball At this point, I feel I should interject something of little importance in the midst of this very educational Q&A.
Loc: South Florida
Yes, I noticed a change in you, too, Jason, but don't let it get you down. We all go through some form of personal reflection at one time or another, and let's face it, you will never be able to please all the people all the time.
Why don't you take a couple of months off and play around in the Caribbean. Heck, you can even take the time off with pay!
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