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December 8, 2008

Guess what I got

Not only did I get my very own copy of Pirate’s Cove (which I’ve talked about before) but I also got a two volume book set from the world’s greatest night-time photographer. First, let’s talk about how I came into possession of these items.

Spiel 2005 in Essen

Spiel 2005 in Essen

As you may recall, I just had a birthday a couple of weeks ago, followed by Julia’s, then Corbin’s. Among my handful of gifts was a boccie ball set (which I wanted), some movie tickets (which are always nice) and some very useful birthday cash.

Now, I have a hard time spending money on myself when I have other, more important expenses to pay for but I realized that this money was given to bring me joy. And while paying that phone bill would make me happy, getting Pirate’s Cove would make me happier. And besides, it’s not like I’m not going to pay my bills, I just have to stick to my pre-birthday budget.

So online I go to find the best deal possible. It used to be at myatomic.com but once I factored in my referral fee, Amazon won the day.

The second item is a two volume set of photographs by the world’s best night-time photographer, George Shiras 3rd (three). which I won from an eBay auction. it was only $4.99 plus $4 shipping for a grand total of $8.99 – not bad.

This was something I wanted to get not only for my enjoyment but also to pass on to Corbin. I think it’s important to know and experience a little of your family heritage to get a sense of identity. Growing up, i didn’t have an understanding of my family background beyond my immediate family – aunts and uncles, grandparents and a couple of cousins. Learning about people in your family and the things they did gives you a sense of pride and hope. Hope that what you do will have a meaningful impact on the world around you.

I don’t expect Corbin to become a photographer like George or a Sci-Fi author like Wilmar but I do want him to believe that whatever he does, can outlive him and is therefore worthy of doing, and doing well.

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