Thought I fell down a rabbit hole, did you?

If you are a regular reader of CNJ, you know I intentionally don’t write about “personal” stuff, unless it is somewhat knife or collecting related. I must break my rule in order to tell you why I haven’t been writing to CNJ this week, plus share some exciting news.

You all know I have a house-full of kids who are very sports oriented, well this week we have run all over the beautiful State of Alabama hitting sporting events.

My middle daughter qualified for the State Track & Field Meet. Things started there. ¬†At the end of the contests, she WON FIRST PLACE in the 4X1, then went on to win 4th in both the 200 meter and the 4×400! My wife and I are very proud of her.

At about the same time 7 hours away from the track meet my son was playing in the semi-finals for the State 2A baseball tournament. His team is young and only has one senior. He’s a jr. Last night they won the first game and lost the second. So, here in about 2 hours I’m headed to the third game to see which team makes the finals.

peacockSo, as you can see we’ve been running and playing sports fan. I’m burnt to a crisp and glowing red, but proud as a peacock! ūüôā

Published in: on May 9, 2009 at 10:13 am  Comments (3)  
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The Thrill of Victory

Weekend Edition

wide-worldDo you remember ABC’s Wide World of Sports? It was a TV series that first aired in 1961. Jim McKay hosted it. “The Thrill of Victory and The Agony of Defeat” was its opening line and there was this shot of this long jumper missing the end of the jump. I can see it like it was yesterday.

We love sports. They are a great recreation and pastime- regardless of whether we are a spectator or in the game.

But, have you ever thought of yourself as being a sportsman (or sportswoman)? No, maybe you don’t sky dive or race cars, but do you know, you are a sportsman too?¬†

A sport is typically thought of as a practice requiring physical or mental activity with a competitive element. Most of us think of sports as football, basketball and baseball. But we all know various forms of hunting are as much a sport as is running 20 miles.

There is big game hunting, duck hunting, and deer hunting, to name a few. And while not commonly thought of in this way, but even fishing is a form of hunting.

The Sport of Knife Collecting

Have you ever thought of knife collecting as a sport? Well it is. It has all the elements. Plus, how many times have you personally experienced “the thrill of victory” after a hunt; a hunt that could have lasted days, months or even years.¬†

Gary Pasko's Trophies

Gary Pasko's Trophies

“I love the hunt” is a common expression among knife collectors. I hear it all the time. It is the fun part.

In fact, just last week, Gary Pasko, a 29 year knife collecting veteran told me this and his wonderful displays are filled with his hunting trophies. 

“It’s¬†not having the knife, it’s just an object. But¬†finding it….the thrill of the hunt,¬†and researching it. That¬†is where the gold is for me.” ¬†Gary Pasko ¬†

Interesting isn’t it? Gary actually referred to the gold. We are Olympians. We are after the prize -the gold metal, if you will.

It is the thrill of the hunt that for many of us is what it is all about….We are always “in the game” – researching, prospecting, seeking the next prize. Athletes will tell you, it is all about “the game.” The contest. Winning. Being the Victor.

We too are out there in the game everyday. I can tell you without even having to think about it there are at least 5 specific knives I am constantly hunting for. I’m actively looking for leads, talking to folks and trying to run down these knives.

Then comes the thrill of victory.

…and along the way we acquire a mighty fine collection of knives- our trophies.

Published in: on January 10, 2009 at 10:07 am  Leave a Comment  
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