~~~ regarding the hobby in general and all the aspects connected to it... The money part doesn't really matter to me these days, though I do enjoy seeing people having fun collecting no matter how inexpensive the chips they are finding are worth. I see more books than ever before, more online auctions than ever before, more local meets than ever before, more excellent club magazine articles than ever before, more offers being made on what pieces I show and I can go on an on...
A very wise man once came in this BBS years ago and made a comment regarding what this hobby should be and how one can enjoy it by meeting collectors from all over the world. He is still very active and enjoys this hobby to no end... without restrictions and he sure has a lot of collectors to trade with. I wish he would post more.