[tcb] Re: Thinning the Herd - Serious Question

  • From: sammie smith <bugcollections@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: tcb@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 4 Aug 2009 06:29:41 -0700 (PDT)

Will:  I have been there, or should I say I am there.  Haven't gotten in and 
out like you, just have been IN for a very long time.  At one time was up to 
15, 16, 17 or something like that.  But have thinned them down somewhat by 
getting rid of some of the "projects."  At some point the number becomes almost 
overwhelming unless you have a very large storage facility and someone employed 
to take care of them for you.  I can't afford to hire someone to restore and 
maintain VWs for me so the question is; how many VWs can I personally 
restore/maintain?  I am now down to 11, 2 of which are projects.  This does not 
include a boneyard of parts vehicles on my farm referred to as the "old Volks 
home."  At some point what I intend to do is to narrow the collection down to 
my best 3 or 4 favorite ones and just maintain them and keep them until they 
become part of a an estate settlement.
My idea on collecting is if you enjoy it and don't need the money why sell it.  
Charlie Hamil once told me, in talking about his collection of all the bus 
stuff he has, that he gets offers all the time to purchase some of his 
collection, but if he sold it he would just spend the money and then he would 
have nothing.
Bottom line:  I have given a lot of thought over the last couple of years to 
your exact question; and I think the answer is to thin the heard down to a 
manageable level then keep them and enjoy them.

--- On Tue, 8/4/09, w.wood <evil.scientist.boo@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

From: w.wood <evil.scientist.boo@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [tcb] Thinning the Herd - Serious Question
To: tcb@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 12:05 AM

I have a question for the list and since my tongue-and-cheek seems to be a miss 
on some folks I want to point out that I'm being serious here.

Recently I've been thinking of pulling back out of the VW scene completely.  
Some of this is philosophy some of this is pragmatic reality.  I've gone
though this phase now three times in my life.  First get VWs, then get out of 
VWs.  Then get more VWs then get out of them.  I'm in the third cycle now.
I have 7 bussen, er station wagons, type 2s..   During the second cycle I was 
once accused of running a junk yard by my local constabulary.  But that's 
another story.. 

2 type 3s (Robb, you're right they're a curse) one bug... er um zwitter, and a 
61 vert project that's been in that state for over 10 years. 

So, here's my point.  Do you think it's time to move on?  Get another hobby?  I 
can't enjoy all of them and I don't have my own Smithsonian Wing awaiting
my collection...  My initial thought is keep between one to three of them and 
just enjoy those and sell the rest.

What would you do?  Seriously?

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