Re: Unbuilt kits

Claus Schlund \(HGM\)

Bravo! Well said Dick!
Claus Schlund

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From: np328
Sent: Monday, March 28, 2022 1:27 AM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Unbuilt kits

       I might be a bit late commenting however I was pondering about my late brother before I answered this. I’ll get back to him shortly.

Brian Carlson – I thought gave a logical reply and I’ll put a second on his comment.

     Tom Madden made a very good point with “Gollum, muttering about "My preciousssss.."”   
Illogical however I think also rather fact based. So how can that be?

      My old Pastor (don’t worry) gave a sermon one time in which he argued that much unhappiness in the world
largely occurs when we try to apply logic to illogical situations (like those found in everyday life.) And that applying logic to an
illogical situation is a fool’s errand, as you will never find a satisfying result.

       I would offer that we are not purchasing resin cars,
we are purchasing (or at least putting a down payment) on a dream or emotion. And them attempting to apply logic to these
emotions that caused us to purchase the kits.

       I got married well before my twin brother got married. And after that some differences formed.
When we would get into the Sunshine room on Thursday eve in those years when Martin and Trish were cranking them
out, my brother Brian would walk out with an armload, and then come back Friday for more. And if Ted had some and
Al had some and Pierre had some, well he bought them also.
Me, I thought of my wife and bought what I thought was sensible, (meaning less.)  

Over the decades, my brother got quite a kitty. 

Logical at the time for both of us - yes.  Me, I got what I really wanted at the time.

       My brother, at the time he was unmarried and worked second shift. He would come home, set the stereo
on his music and work on kits until the small hours and then went to bed. As he said, phone never rang, music was sublime
and he felt he was in his groove.  And he was very, very, happy building the kits.
He got quite a few built. However, if he got shaky hands or things were not just right, he’d put things away and go to bed.
He told me that the once or twice he pushed it; the joy factor went way down and he regretted not pushing it away sooner.

I know he got great joy out of assembling these cars as I'd ask often what he had worked on. His face would lite up. 
He also said, “Why rush it? Why rush the joy? You want the joy to last.” The joy was not in the destination, the joy was in the journey.

 So, Point 1; I will state I think that he was not really buying the kits; he was purchasing the joy they bought him
while he was working on them. Like watching a great sunset, or discovering new things while on vacation. You find joy in the moments.

      Perhaps like eating a great meal, you just want to savor it. (Which conversely when people rush through assembling kits, I tend to think
of hot dog eating contests or folks who’ve looked a person vacuuming food and ask what the rest of us are wondering, “Do you really taste that?”)

Point 2 –  I’m not sure why - however I feel as Tom stated about taking the kits out that I have and thinking that I’ll still get to them. 
 I took a look at some (like Tom wrote about prior) a few minutes ago, and then put them back on the shelf.
What did I feel afterwards – joy, contentment, calm. 
Is that rational? I don’t know - however that was how I felt, 
– the mere act of taking them out and looking at them brings me joy.
I’ve got one (a resin kit) open now on the bench and as time allows, I slip away and work on it. And slip back into bliss for a while.


     You feel it, I feel it. It brings us joy. That is why we do it.  Irrational, perhaps, however the state of joy often is. 
                                                                                                                          James Dick - Roseville, MN 

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