Friday, October 13, 2017

Long overdue update coming soon

It's been more than a hot second since my last post and I do apologize for that. A combination of factors unfortunately have made my ability to update rather limited -

 1) my workload as manager of one of the largest supermarket seafood departments in Columbus means long hours and often overtime.

2) My health. I have liver disease that will likely require a liver transplant in the next few months.  While my condition is stable, I am on the transplant candidate list. One major side affect that has been a problem for me is fatigue which, combined with my heavy work schedule, leaves me with no real energy to do much after work.  The good news is that I still can work and the doctors expect me to make a full recovery once I do have the surgery.

3) The next nation I am posting is Benin. Now the process I have been using is first create a database in my copy of stamp mates for the complete country with catalog numbers by Scott, michel and the coorrsponding "national" specialized catalog - in the case of independent Francophone Africa this is Yvert. If you have ever looked at independent Benin in a catalog you know that there are hundreds of provisional overprints and surcharges on older stamps. Collating the listings in Scott to the equivalent Minkus and Yvert numbers...if they exist...was a major challenge that took me a good 2 weeks to finish.

But that work is now done and I am now laying out the vario pages. If all goes as planned I will have a new post for Benin-Dahomey this weekend.


  1. Gene,

    Sorry to hear about the health issues - a liver transplant is major - but glad there is a solution.

    Looking forward to your always interesting analysis of the intersection of stamps and history.

    All the best to you!


    1. Thanks Jim. It is major but thankfully the issues have been caught while I am still young and fairly healthy so the prognosis is very good. Liver transplants these days have a 97% success rate.

  2. Gene,
    I second Jim's comments and wish you all the best with the surgery/transplant.


  3. Gene,

    I too am sorry to hear about your health issues and wish you all the best.

    I look forward to reading your political and philatelic overview of Benin whenever you manage to find the time in your busy schedule.

    Take care,