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Collector or Crazy Person?

Saturday, July 19, 2014

I remember when I first started running. I thought about running a 5K some day. I was unsure that I could run that far, and was afraid of coming in last place. Sounds familiar?

Well, I did it and finished just fine. They even gave me a ribbon! Wow how cool is that? A cool ribbon just for running 5 kilometers, I think I'll save this.

At some point soon thereafter, I found SparkPeople, and joined that, too. One of the first things I noticed is the runners ribbon racks, and walls with race bibs proudly displayed. Someday I'd like to have something like that too, but gee, it must take a long time. These guys are crazy dedicated to running!

So, I continued to race and got a few race bibs, and ribbons, made a rack from plans I found on the internet. Nothing fancy, I'll show you a picture of it in just a while.

First, let me tell you about my dear wife, Chris. She collects Boston Terrier stuff. We've had Boston Terriers for decades. And all the while, DW would find BT statues, door stops, picture frames, calendars, dishes, posters, decals, on and on.

I noticed the house was getting really full of Boston stuff, so I said to her, "Honey, at some point you will have to stop collecting these things. When do you stop becoming a collector and become the 'crazy Boston Terrier lady'?" She agreed, and did stop acquiring them, and even forbade her friends and famly from buying any more BT gifts. She went so far as to pack most of them away. They're in the garage now. Not to worry, there are still plenty around the house.

These are just the ones in the china cabinet. We have door stops, calendars, refrigerator magnets and statues elsewhere, too. Even with the bulk of them stored away.

So where was I? Oh yeah, collecting ribbons and race bibs. I remembered the conversation with my DW, and thought, ''Geez, am I becoming the 'crazy race trophys collector'?'' I had one ribbon rack, then my daughter found another larger one, which I thought was ridiculous, because it was so big. Guess what? It's almost full now. And wall plaques, too. And race bibs, so many of them they cover my ribbons on the smaller rack.

Never thought I'd have a wall like this.

When does it end? I've only been running a few years. And just started with triathlons a few months ago, and am now getting ribbons for those too.

I have become the crazy athlete ribbon guy! But, I'm not alone. Some of you are just as crazy as I am.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LEWILL1982 7/23/2014 2:59PM

    I have 10 or 12 medals I haven't done anything with. They are hanging on my cabinet knobs in my bedroom. I keep a few bibs, usually the races I PR and I write down my times on them. I need to get a rack.

I think it's great you show off your hard work. Kind of makes you think about those BT's away in hiding, your medals represent your passion, the BT's make your wife happy. It's a win win! :-)

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LISAINMS 7/22/2014 8:37PM

    DH and I have our medals, trophies and race bibs in what used to be the man cave and is now the sweat cave -bikes on trainers, weights, treadmill, etc. Oh and still the big TV because that's a necessity for those trainer rides, LOL. Be proud of your collection and all of your accomplishments. Let those reminders motivate you to continue on.

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MASRITE 7/21/2014 11:24AM

    Those are your ribbons you earned. show them off!!! I would if I had that many.

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REMEMBER2BME 7/20/2014 11:18AM

    Great blog. Does it make you consider having your DW unpack some of her collection and put them in another cabinet? Do they make her feel good inside? Just curious. Love your collection btw.

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BA5454 7/20/2014 10:50AM

    Gosh, you did all the work, right? I'd display them, too. I have a few medals currently wrapped around the bedpost, but maybe I need to start a tiny wall, lol. Thanks for the inspiration ;-).

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    We all have out thing! You are truly an inspiration

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/20/2014 7:18AM

    You earned them, display them. I find them inspiring.

I don't save race bibs, but I do display my bling, probably because I never got any in my younger days. I didn't get faster, just maintained and suddenly as a senior citizen there isn't as much competition, particularly for women. I don't care if I'm the only woman in my age group. I just want to be out there.

My daughter uses her medals as Christmas tree ornaments. I want to see mine all year. I don't have nearly the collection that you do. Very impressive and more power to you.

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SPEEDYDOG 7/20/2014 6:58AM

    Hi Vic,

Nice race bling! You are an inspiration!

Thanks, Bruce

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TERI-RIFIC 7/20/2014 6:23AM

    LOL. You are a crazy, fit, healthy guy! You have some nice displays, there. Adding a couple of race photos wouldn't hurt! I have a friend who has an entire room (shrine) dedicated to the Marines. But then, it's a known fact that Marines are crazy. Crazy is good.

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DALID414 7/19/2014 11:32PM

    Neither! You earned every last one!
A collector simply acquires things and you're definitely not crazy because you like eventing!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/19/2014 6:21PM

    I think it's awesome!

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STRIVERONE 7/19/2014 2:34PM

    That's fantastic!

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HDHAWK 7/19/2014 11:30AM

    It just shows what we can do if we don't give up! I'm a dog person so I totally understand your wife's collection and yours too. It's something to be proud of!

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BIGPAWSUP 7/19/2014 11:02AM

    That is an awesome and inspiring wall. Great job!

I can relate to your wife, but I'm just dogs in general.

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ROXYZMOM 7/19/2014 11:00AM

    Your wall looks great! You have the ultimate vision board! You have worked really hard for those awards, and should be proud!

I have my own collection of Boston Terrier items. They do go up in value as the years pass. My favorite is my antique door stop my grandmother gave me.

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