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I love him, but he just kind of breaks… everything.



Ben came into my office the other day and found the 1986 Silver Eagle I have that’s in the original mint packaging. He’s always coming into my office wanting to take things from there or from my desk. Apparently, I just have all the best… everything! And he just wants to play with and take all of it.

So, he decides that he needs to take it downstairs and show it to momma. Of course, he trips on the tile in the kitchen and drops it and breaks a chip off the mint capsule for the coin… Great!

And, of course, he’s always taking my old miniatures - “the robot toys” - and I’ve lost count of how many of those have lost arms, been snapped at the waist or just smashed into oblivion.

Maybe I shouldn’t complain too much - he breaks plenty of his stuff too. And his brother’s toys. And a few of my wife’s things… and sometimes I can put thing things back together and there’s always super glue for some things.

I ordered a batch of 5 or 6 empty mint capsules off eBay for about $10 after shipping and taxes. I was hoping I could just take off the broken lid / top to the mint capsule and pop on a new one but the body of the capsule has cracks running along the sides too. So, I’ll have to replace the whole capsule. That thing’s card is punched.


I am so grateful for the fact that, as he and I recently showed / demonstrated, the slabs for the graded coins don’t break as easy as those mint capsules apparently do.

It’s going to be hard some days balancing sharing what I enjoy with him and having him not… wreck my stuff.

It just seems like it’s a little bit worse with us being home. All. The. Time.

Today was day 25.

Yup... You're all getting treated to more of my ranting and rambling because of Covid-19. I hope you enjoy!



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Child proof your home...…...at least until he's old enough to appreciate and care for your things.  It's tough being a dad.

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Nice coin, but hopefully you can replace the capsule without issue. Thanks for the story and be careful !

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9 hours ago, CoinUtopia said:

Nice coin, but hopefully you can replace the capsule without issue. Thanks for the story and be careful !

The replacement capsules arrived on Monday and I swapped it out without a problem with a little help from a soft cloth. I'm just going to have to be more careful, but at least I have some extra spare capsules now!

8 hours ago, ronnie stein said:

Revenant,... My apologies, no disrespect intended. I tried to edit and delete but to no avail. I'm sure you've already recognized it for what it is, seen it before, and brushed it off. No need for a return response. One bottle of wine lasts all year, half a bottle twice year.. I'm good. I enjoy your journals, funny, good stuff. .

The apology is appreciated but I really wouldn't worry about it! You're right that I just kind of shrugged and moved on but me not responding shouldn't be taken to mean I take offense. While I respond to comments a lot I don't always respond - only if I have something I think is worth saying. You are far from the worst "offender" when it comes to long responses that don't always mesh well with the original point - and some don't need wine! It's something you accept when you post things online in places that allow people to post and comment back - and you really can't be too easily offended if you're going to go and post rants - as I sometimes do.

I'm sure the stress of these times are also going to get to all of us in one why or another and I think we all owe each other a little more patience and understanding than we offer during normal times whenever we can muster it.

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