Friday, June 27, 2014
I have been a bit neglectful of this blog since I returned from my sabbatical of working on the 2014 Quarry Unlimited set. Well, it's probably been worse than "a bit neglectful," but I will try and do better from here on out. I'll start today.
The number 10,000 has a somewhat interesting balance between being a cool milestone and being greatly underused by most people. In fact there are only two uses in popular culture of 10,000 that spring to my mind and only one of them is worth a damn.
For just about anyone that grew up in the 1980's, the first thing that comes to mind with the number 10,000 is the fantastic alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs. In the back of my mind, I still have my early teenage crush on Natalie Merchant. Even though the name hung around, in my mind this band ceased to exist when she left the group in the mid 90's.
The only other instance of the number 10,000 coming up in popular culture is the 2008 movie 10,000 BC. This was one of those special effects movies that people tend to forget 5 minutes after it is over. For me, it had more of a lasting impact. It came out during my senior year in college where I was an anthropology major. Needless to say, this movie and some of its more historically inaccurate moments were discussed ad naseum. In case you are curious, the Pyramids of Egypt were not actually built by teams of wooly mammoths.
The reason I am discussing the number 10,000 is because as part of my Mountains to Climb in 2014, I have been working toward that number in my collection. Before the mail arrived yesterday, I had exactly 9,999 Rockies in my collection. Yes it did drive me crazy to finish on that number the day before, but I knew I had another package or two coming so it wasn't TOO horrible. It turns out that I received four packages yesterday, a total of 15 Rockies from two small Sportlots purchases and two small eBay purchases. I randomly selected one of the packages and the first card that I saw in that package would be #10,000 in my collection.
But first, let's look at some of the other 14 that could have been #10,000.
Now that we have seen some of the "runners-up," let's take a look at my 10,000th Rockie.
Thanx for reading.