Tuesday, April 25, 2006

West Essex Philatelic Society President

Last night I was elected as the West Essex Philatelic Society's President. I am very excited about being a part of this organization's history and I am looking forward to the coming year. Hopefully, I can perform half as well as our immediate past President, Ron Gollhardt, and everything should be fine. Ron was President for the past 15 years and did an outstanding job, and I am sure I will rely on his expertise and experience to help me along with the transition.

I was approached by the nominating committe in January. At first I was a bit reluctant. I had only been in the club for about 5 1/2 years. If figured that someone with more time in the club would want the job. The nomintating commitee told me they thought I was a good candidate, so I decided to give it a try. I figured that when the election came I probably wouldn't win it anyway. Well, I was the only one on the ballot so they didn't have much choice.

It's funny how things happen... I was actually hesitant to join the club or any club as I had never been part of organized philately before except to join the American Philatelic Society back in 1987. I was thinking I wouldn't get too involved and just trade stamps and use the catalogues and get some pointers from the old timers. About a year later I became the webmaster and became very involved with the club.

Hopefully, I don't sound like I am blowing my own horn but I am very proud to represent this organization and hope to do it proud.

Bob

Friday, February 10, 2006

Just Testing

I created this logo from http://cooltext.com/Default.aspx - I do like this and plan on keeping it. I have several versions of it in different sizes and background colors.
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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

The parkinlot mentioned in the American Philatelist

Wow!!!! I just started reading the December issue of the American Philatelist, which is the publication of the American Philatelic Society. In the Glassine Surfer by Michael Mills there is an article about blogs. My blog was actually mentioned. Since my name does not appear on this blog, he had no idea why I call this blog The parkinlot. My last name is Parkin. Other blogs mentioned were Philatelic Tidbits by Allen Bohart and Blais N Blogs by Donald Blais who are members of the Yahoo US Specialized Discussion Group of which I am a member.

I started this blog on Micheal Mills' recommendation in a previous Glassine Surfer. So thanks Mike. Hopefully, I will post a little more often.

Bob

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

My Personal Philatelic Website

I have been debating with myself whether to put a link to my personal philatelic website. It is a work in progress, it has spelling errors, grammatical errors and who knows what else, but I decided to put it out there anyway so people can see what I am collecting. I will be fixing these problems when I can. Hope you like it anyway. Please feel free to contact me with any problems you may find. My email address is parkin@wepsonline.org.

Later,
Bob

Friday, June 24, 2005

It's been a while...

I started this entry on June 24th...

It's been a while since I last added a post. I just started delving into trading and selling. I have sold a few items on Stamporama in the past. I just tried selling on Stamp Wants ( www.stampwants.com ). Actually had a few sales but most items did not sell. Stamp Wants has much cheaper listing fees and end of auction fees than ebay, so I figured I would give them a try. I even got lucky as they were having a half off listing fee promotion for a week, so it didn't cost me much money at all. It is also the first time that I accepted payments through PayPal. Was a little nervous about that but everything worked out fine. They also take a cut of the sale. I figure if I break even then I'm happy. If I make a little more, then that's just gravy.

I also just had my first sale on ebay about a month ago. The buyer has yet to give me a feedback. Hopefully, they will do sometime soon. I sent an email two days ago but no word. Normally, I wouldn't be too upset but it is my first sale.

Trading has been pretty fun also. I have gotten many stamps that I need for my collection without having to spend any money. Just get rid of the duplicates that have been sitting in my envelopes for the past 15 years.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Philatelic Organizations

I have been a member of the American Philatelic Society (www.stamps.org) since 1987. I have done the circuit books on and off through the years. I have never used the expertizing service although I probably should for a few items. Their magazine "The American Philatelist" is great. The benefit I like the most is being able to say that you are a member. If I am ordering stamps by mail or the internet, I put down my APS number on a check to a dealer and 99% of the time the stamps are mailed right away. I don't have to wait for the check to clear. I think it carries a lot of clout.

I am a member of the West Essex Philatelic Society which is located in Northern New Jersey. The club is going to be celebrating its 75th anniversary this October. For more information our website is located at www.wepsonline.org. I am the webmaster although I am not much of a web programmer. Nobody else in the club knows anything about programming so I am it. We meet every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month from 7-9pm.

I was a member of the Scandinavian Collectors Club (www.scc-online.org) but let my membership expire. I did enjoy their publication but I have not been that focused on Scandinavia recently. Maybe I will get back into it sometime in the future.

If I joined every stamp society that I had an interest in I would be broke. I know the knowledge gained would be tremendous but you have to draw the line somewhere. I consider myself a general collector. I may have ADD or something because I cannot concentrate on one area of collecting for too long before I get bored and move on to something else for a while. Just look at my first post to see what I am interested in. The good thing about it is I always need something for my collection. I never come home empty handed from a bourse.

Bob

Friday, March 04, 2005

Mystic - My Cat

OK, I know I said that this blog was dedicated to stamp collecting. I now have to break format on my second post but this is important to me. We had to put my favorite cat Mystic to "sleep" last night. Her kidneys shut down for the 3rd time in 2 months. We are now down to 4 cats. I just wanted to put a little dedication to her on the blog. She had a few nicknames: Mysty, Minnie (she was our smallest cat) and Meanie (she loved people but hated the other cats). I will miss her purrs, I will miss her sitting on my stamp catalogs as I am trying to look up a number (philatelic reference). I will miss her kneading on my shoulder and ripping my shirts with her sharp claws. She was named after the song "Into the Mystic" by Van Morrison. Now she has gone Into the Mystic. RIP Mysty, I will miss you.

Bob