Personally I was both passionate about vintage computers / retro tech and it was the perfect timing.
I got on the internet right in early 2013 and there was already a bit of a nostalgia wave going on with LGR, AVGN etc and I loved it all!!
Retrowave was coming up, Kung Fury came out only a few years later... you know just everything was amazing and then for some reason it just petered out. I got into a massive depressive slump and sold all my computers and games over the next two years, floundered around collecting 70's stereo junk for a while and MCM furniture and then kinda flirted with coming back but by then Covid had happened and prices had already begun to climb. Fast forward three years and I have a better job, my old 1997 Packard Bell Corner computer (bought it back from my friend), 1987 Tandy 1000HX and a 2005 HP DC7100SFF and most of my boxed games back (been buying them here and there on ebay except most of the FPS games because HOLY FUCK THE PRICES). Just recently my friend who has my other Corner Computer offered to sell it back to me too and I might take him up on that as well as buy back my Designer Tower.
Honestly thinking about taking a break from the internet in general these days just to kind of reset my brain from being sucked out of my head by social media and youtube but I was just listening to an album I listened to a lot back around 2015 and I was remembering how great it was to share my garbage picked finds with everyone and talk about all the old stuff. So here I am. 🤣
Maybe my timing is good again though because Kung-Fury 2 is supposedly coming out in November!!
I'm also super into collecting pre WW2 typewriters and old books too though so I've kind of split between my two oldest hobbies. I still flip flop about going one way or the other but I keep telling myself to just keep both, both have their own value. I've been sending pen-pal letters typed on my typewriters to other typewriter enthusiasts and have even gotten a local friend interested. 😁
So uh yeah I guess it comes in waves for me too these days but I'm trying to keep centered, eat healthier, sleep at reasonable times and just generally stay away from social media so I don't slump into doom scrolling and staying up till 3am again.
HOPEFULLY that will keep my interest in my hobbies alive and light my passion for doing things / participating in my life more again. So far this has been a pretty good year!
I've recreated my computer room as it was mostly before I sold everything with some improvements (the painting and better more sturdy shelves)
Don't have this set up at the moment but here's a pic from when I got it in the spring of this year. God I love this machine, if it was 1990 and I had to buy something on a budget you bet your butt I would have bought one of these.
My typewriter nook, where all the letter writing happens. My oldest machine is the Chicago on the bottom there, it's from 1892!! 😳