Leaving the hobby

From: Zane H. Healy <healyzh_at_aracnet.com>
Date: Fri May 16 19:47:00 2003

> TeoZ asks:
> > When does a hobby turn into an obsesion or compulsion?
> Taken from Christine Reilly, Institute for Research on Pathological
> Gambling, Harvard Medical School http://www.hms.harvard.edu/doa
> (As per NPR, abbreviated)
> Symptoms of addiction
> o Crave it. Obsessive thinking about the activity.
> o Continued involvement despite adverse consequences
> o Increasing levels to get the same satisfaction
> Relating an experience I had for 24 hours once with
> painkillers for a broken leg I would add:
> o Gradual replacing of satisfaction with irritability.
> Good source material for the subject:
> the book "Terminal Man". No joke.
> John A.

The question is, how many people have taken the time to consider how
unhealthy the Classic Computer hobby actually is. Personally I have serious
admiration for people like Jeffrey Sharp who just get out of it.

While I've managed to limit the "Classic Computer habit" to basically DEC
gear, I still have a massive pile of 8-bit Micro's and other non-DEC Junk.
All told, I've got about 1 1/2 10x10 storage units full of computer junk.

Overall, I really need to start figuring out how to unload most of it. At
times I wonder if the smartest thing to do wouldn't be to simply call in a
Scrapper I know. The problem is, I'd really like to recover some of the
money that I've sunk into the Hobby.

BTW, if anyone in the vicinity of Portland, Oregon is looking for stuff, let
me know. I'm to the point where I'd like to get rid of most all of the
non-DEC stuff that I've got.

Received on Fri May 16 2003 - 19:47:00 BST

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