We're about a little over a week before the new year, so I figure it's time to look back on the previous year and look forward into the next.
For me, 2012 has been an odd, odd year. Oakley's taken a back seat to other hobbies, so it doesn't get as much of my attention as it used to. Because of that, and while I know I bought good stuff this year, I don't actually remember most of it. I think I bought a couple Romeos to round out that collection. I think it was this year that I completed the OTT collection. I completed the Artist Series of sunglasses. Other than that and a couple Frogskins, I forget what else I picked up.
I bought a ton of of stuff from the AFA lineup. Tees impressed me this year and purchases reflected it, as did the Carabiners (both sizes). I like their bottles, so I kept buying the Water Tanks and Fuel Taps. The footwear side was slim, but I did get a few sandals.
Display items and cases were the headliners this year. I think that was my main focus, and I got a lot of my display holy grails this year. As part of my display collection, I started putting more effort into developing my branded sporting equipment collection this year and added a number of good stuff. Looking forward to putting together a doublewide featuring sporting equipment.
I started getting rid of my eyewear doubles this year. For a guy that hates parting with anything, it was a big step. I expect that step to continue through next year.
Many of the good stuff from 2012 couldn't have happened without help from fellow collectors, O Store employees and awesome OPDs. For that, I thank you all.
For 2013, some resolutions include:
1) Continue to focus on display stuff. I think I'm almost out of floor space with my 2012 display case acquisitions, but I'll make room if I need to when the 4.0 displays hit.
2) Continue focus on the branded sporting equipment collection. I gotta get one of those Oakley fishing rods one of these days.
3) Kitchen Sinks. Oakley's got parts numbers lined up for an assload of new KS colours, so I gotta gear up for all of those to keep the collection up-to-date.
4) Get an X-metal/Black Iridium XX to complete the Double-X collection. I know I'm gonna drag my feet on this one, since I'm not exactly a fan of the colourway. Still, I should get on it while they're still available.
5) Refine (though not necessarily trim) the collection. This is a tough one. As mentioned above, I hate parting with my collection, any collection. At the same time, I'm wanting a collection where I find everything to be cool rather than me finding only 2/3s cool and the other 1/3 I'm indifferent to.
6) More meetups with the other Alberta Oakley collectors. Life gets in the way of meeting the local Oakley collector community more often, but I'll certainly try to get out there more.
I think that's it for me. Your turn.