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1.Q Tell me about the first time you can remember being thrilled.
1.A As a child in the 1950s, my first thrill was probably when my grandmother told me that 100 cents (pennies) were worth $1 US. I was a "hoarder" then, not a collector.
2.Q What's been your most frightening thrill ever?
2.A Coin related, I can't think of any.
3.Q What's the smallest or slightest thing to have thrilled you?
3.A Finding "obsolete" (older) coins in pocket change.
4.Q Tell me why you're not a sensible person.
4.A :-) Probably because every time I receive change, I look at the coins, not to make sure the amount is correct, but to see if there is anything interesting in it.
5.Q What were you doing the last time you were really bored?
5.A Watching television (nothing coin related).
6.Q What's the most uninhibited thing you've ever done?
6.A If everyone tells the truth, I should be like everyone else. It involves nudity. I went outside (my backyard) naked. Granted, there was no way anyone could have seen me, but I'd never done that before.
7.Q What things have you considered doing for thrill, but were too concerned about the risks?
7.A Riding a 200-foot high roller coaster. I normally don't worry about roller coasters, but this one was higher than any I'd ever seen and I lost my nerve.
8.Q I always dreamt about being a paramedic, driving an ambulance and saving lives; what about you?
8.A I'm a retired military man (Navy). If there's a fantasy to this, it would have been leading my men in battle and winning with no loss of lives on either side.


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  To answer these next 14 questions, you should think about a particular time you were thrilled.
9.Q Describe this thrill in a nutshell, in one sentence. (there's time to expand later)
9.A Keeping this coin-related, it would be when I won a coin auction I didn't think I'd win.
10.Q Where and when did it take place?
10.A About two years ago (July, 2001) at my home in NY State (US).
11.Q Tell me a bit about yourself around this time.
11.A I was a new grandfather. My first grandchild was born in February and I was starting a coin collection for him.


12.Q How did the moment arise? Was it planned?
12.A When he was born, I decided to start a coin collection for him. I wanted to get a US Silver Eagle for him and had bid on a number of them on ebay. Bids always seemed to rise above the maximum I was willing to pay. I bid on another (seller is one of the best known high quality coin dealers in the world) and, surprisingly, I won. Payment was made, coin was received. It was exactly what I wanted.


13.Q List the sequence of events leading up to your thrill, and how you felt at each stage. The smallest detail could be important (this is your chance to expand).

I looked for the coin on ebay (there are quite a few available). I bid on one, I check a day or two later, I get outbid. Disappointed, I keep searching. I bid on another, check again later, get outbid, disappointed again. Keep searching. I finally bid on the one I finally won, but knowing the seller, I doubted I'd win.

I was watching the auction VERY closely, waiting to get outbid, but it never happened. When the auction finally closed and I'd won, I got an envelope and addressed it to the seller. I wrote a quick e-mail saying payment was on its way. I printed a copy of it and, then, literally ran out of the house, got into my truck, went to the Post Office, bought a money order for the total amount, filled it out at the Post Office, put it in the envelope with the printed copy of my e-mail, and posted it.

Within about a week, the coin arrived at my home. I was beaming that my grandson had his first coin.

14.Q At the exact moment of thrill, how did your mind and body feel?
14.A As related to coin collecting, it wasn't physically exciting. The mental thrill, though, was stimulating. I was quite happy.
15.Q What thoughts were going through your head?
15.A "I lost before, I'll probably lose again." (defeatist attitude). When the auction was getting close to closing, the same feeling but a glimmer of anticipation. When it closed and I was the high bidder, "I WON!" (exhilaration).
16.Q What did you do immediately afterwards?
16.A I gave a loud (not yelling and jumping up and down) "Yahoo!" and immediate wrote the seller.


17.Q What were the most likely things that could have put you off going through with it?
17.A Getting outbid. But I would have continued looking and bidding, knowing that, eventually, I would win at the price I was willing to pay.


18.Q How were other people important to your thrill?
18.A If I didn't have a grandchild, I wouldn't have gone through the experience at all. No one else really cared. I'm the only coin collector in my family.
19.Q What do you imagine other people were thinking throughout your thrilling episode?
19.A They were thinking, "There he goes, again." Unless you're a coin collector, you wouldn't understand that type of thrill.
20.Q Some people probably don't understand how such a thing can thrill you; explain it to them.
20.A I can't make them understand. Most people I know see coins as spending money only. They don't understand rarity or uniqueness of coins and why they are sometimes worth more than their face value. Basically, if you don't collect coins, explanations aren't possible; if you do, explanations aren't necessary.


21.Q Why were certain objects or equipment important to your thrill?
21.A Everything was computer-related. I could see the coin I wanted and was able to keep track of how the auction was going. Without it, I would have had to spend a lot of time writing letters, making phone calls or visiting coin shops and negotiating a fair price. The computer made it a lot easier.


22.Q If you've done something like this before, how does the last time compare to the first time you did it?
22.A The defeatist attitude has passed, now. In similar situations, I now hold the "Well, I lost that one, there are others. I'll win a different one." Much more positive.
23.Q If you did it again, what things could be added or changed to make it even better?
23.A Right now, I would wait, rather than trying to buy. If I had bid on the same coin now, I could have saved abouyt $10 US. Same coin, but cheaper.


  Is there anything you want to add?
  Like most coin collectors, my thrill is in the hunt for specific coins. However, the bigger thrill is finding something I wasn't looking for. I collect Jefferson nickels and make a special point of looking at each one I receive. I don't need any of the "war nickels" but if I get one in change, that's a bigger thrill. The real thrill, though, is finding a silver coin in change when all I really anticipate is regular US clad coins.
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