Whats the screwiest thing you collect?

From: Philip.Belben_at_powertech.co.uk <(Philip.Belben_at_powertech.co.uk)>
Date: Thu Dec 2 11:36:44 1999

> I am just wondering what some of us collect that we consider the screwiest
> ourselves. For example, for reasons I can't fathom I have started
> collecting Apple logo AC power cords, and have a couple dozen of various
> styles now.

An off-topic thread that has already gone on too long - but I've only had time
to reply to the "swords" subthread so far, so here goes anyway...

Of the things I collect, mostly in small quantities, I think coins and cars are
the only ones _not_ screwy. So:

Classic computers (of course)
Hymn books (full music editions if I can get them)
Musical instruments.

Ah yes. Musical instruments. Definitely the screwiest thing I collect. Why?
I have only one piano, and a bassoon and a banjo and a guitar and ...

Well, I collect electronic keyboards, the older the better, like classic
computers. Heck, some of them practically _are_ classic computers.

And I collect ethnic instruments from the strange parts of the world I visit.
(I wish I'd bought that dulcimer in the traditional instrument shop in
Bangkok...) Like, in Jakarta, I bought a gong. 28 inches in diameter, and
weighing, um, I was going to say nearly 100lb but I think it's a bit less. I'll
have to weigh it. I wish I'd known how expensive excess baggage charges are ---
it cost me $700 US just to ship the damned thing home...

When not in use at concerts and things, the gong does duty as my doorbell. I
wondered about a mechanical system, but settled in the end for an electrical
one: solenoid is driven by a monostable made from two relays.

Screwy enough for you?


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