Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Resolution 2015: Focus on Quality

I have been writing about focusing on quality over quantity in collecting for a few years now. But, what about quality in all aspects of life?

As I get older, I find some habits and pursuits less and less fulfilling. Why is that? I think it is because the less satisfying pursuits do not provide "quality."

Think how much your life -- including your collection -- might improve if you:

  • Stop watching "empty" valueless reality shows and instead watch classic movies, documentaries and shows that provide insight, inspiration and knowledge. You'll think better.
  • Stop mindlessly thumbing through endless scrolls of your Facebook feed and visit a web site where you can learn something. Better yet, write an article for a web site... share your knowledge.
  • Turn off the tablet and pick up the phone to call a friend. 
  • Put down the trashy novel du jour and read a book about history, a biography or a classic novel.
  • Stop the impulse buys and exercise discipline. One quality $200 item in your collection is always more impressive than eight common ho-hum $25 items. The most admired collections have focus and quality. If you want quantity, look at the barns full of junk no one cares about on American Pickers. You want that?
  • Eat quality food. This is not about weight loss, but that may be a result. Are you really eating a floppy salt patty from a fast food chain when a real burger from the local diner is about the same price? As I get older, I have no patience for poor quality food. I'd rather go without than eat highly processed garbage food.
As Dave Ramsey says, "The difference between you now and you a year from now is the people you meet and the books you read."

We only have so many years on this earth; don't you want to spend them in the best way possible?

Best regards for a happy, healthy and quality-filled 2015!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

More Star Wars: Clive Revill as Emperor Palpatine signed photo

Clive Revill was the original voice of Emperor Palpatine in The Empire Strikes Back. He was replaced by Ian McDiarmid when the Special Edition DVD was released.

From a recent signing with Official Pix... Mr. Revill has a very interesting curly signature style.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Frank Oz as Yoda signed photo

I don't venture much into modern entertainment... Star Wars is about as modern as I get. I continue to slowly plug away at my Star Wars signed photo collection. Very happy to add a Frank Oz "Yoda" pose to the collection courtesy of Skyline Signatures. An especially bold signature and the "Yoda" inscription is a nice plus.