The “Best in Category” certificates from NGC arrived a few weeks ago (Thanks for that, NGC). That was great to get, also a relief. I lost track of how many times I had double checked the spelling on the address in my account after I’d updated it earlier in the year. I was paranoid that something would go to the wrong place because I forgot to update something or typed something in wrong. it was great to have that confirmation that it really was right.
Sunday (4/14) I got a call from my Aunt. She lives in the house that used to belong to my grandmother until she passed away in 2017. That was the house I grew up in and the house I was living in when I joined this site. She said I package arrived for me, which is strange given that, after having been moved out for nearly 10 years, I’d updated my address pretty much everywhere. When these things come, she tends to call me fast just in case it’s important or urgent. She starts describing the package to me and she says it’s from NGC (not that she has any clue what that means). There’s only about one thing that could be – the new Journal Award plaque.
I tell her I’m pretty sure I know what it is and that, while I’m (honestly) surprised that it showed up there, it’s nothing problematic to worry about - just hand it over to my parents the next time she has a chance. I live about 50 miles away from her / that house now. It’s not easy for her to get to me or for me to get to her, but if she gives it to my parents it’ll get to me the next I see them – which shouldn’t be a long wait with Sam having come home now.
She got the package to my parents on 4/24. They opened it with my blessing and confirmed that it was the plaque.
I’ll finally get my hands on it when I see my parents next weekend on Saturday the 4th to see Sam and Ben. At that point It’ll get to join the other two in the place of honor they’ve long gotten to enjoy on the corner of my desk hutch.
For anyone that’s curious: The print is an open edition print of an image called “Ascendant” by Lawrence Williams – it was featured art at a convention I went to years ago and I’ve always liked the image. The little robots are game pieces for a table-top war game I used to play for years when I was in High School – my main hobby for about 4 years I think and set in a universe I’ve read books for and been in love with since I was 11 (over 20 years now). The unopened bottle of Scotch is a 12-year Scotch that I bought when and I went to Aberdeen in late 2017. I got it as a memento of the trip. I haven’t decided when yet but that’ll only get opened for a special occasion one day. A little out of frame there's a few pictures of Ben in a frame. The opposite wall of the office has all 5 of the degrees Shandy and I have earned between the two of us. In context, that gathering of stuff says a lot about me, where I've been and what I've enjoyed / taken pride in along the way. My wife essentially controls the bedroom but this little office is my space.
I’m also going to use that meeting with the parents as a chance to give the 1932 coins and Texas commemoratives back to now that they’ve been re-imaged, and maybe have him bring me over some of the other coins / sets so I can start working on making new photos for those.