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Pride and Passion

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries.

The other day, a non-collector who sometimes observes The Virtual Stamp Club message 
board asked me, "Is the national stamp society always this much of a soap opera?" I 
thought for a moment, and said, "Yes."

But it's not just that organization. It's ALL of stamp collecting -- and many other 

I knew a man once who was banned from coaching in every youth sports league in our 
town. A really nice guy -- until the game began.

You see, a job is something you have to do. Only a very few are fortunate enough to 
look forward to going to workevery day. But a hobby -- THAT you do because you love it.

And, like your family, you want it to be perfect. You get passionate about the hobby -- 
and over-wrought when your affection goes unrequited.

So we see silly rants like calling for the Postmaster General to be boiled in oil, or 
that all the volunteer leaders of a stamp society be impeached, or, better yet, flogged.

But every so often, I want to grab some of these people by the throat and scream. "IT'S 

And then I take a deep breath, go off by myself and work with my stamps.

I'm Lloyd de Vries of The Virtual Stamp Club. For more on stamps and stamps collecting, 
visit virtual-stamp-club-dot-com.

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