I’ve been bitten by the Magic: The Gathering bug again. I’ve been playing, I’ve been spending, and I’ve been consuming all the media that is out there. I left Magic 6-7 years ago after I decided to cut it for lent one year. After the lent period expired, I just felt that I didn’t have that much desire to get back into the game so I sold a large portion of my cards that had value for maybe 1.5K – 2K and went on with my life. Fast forward to today…turns out I should not have sold those cards. Not just because I’m getting back into the game, but a lot of those random cards I had ballooned in price.
Look at this card. This was around $80 when I first traded for it. It’s $550 freaking dollars now, over 600% appreciation. I actually kept this card because it’s old and I thought it might appreciate but it turns out most of the cards appreciated a ton. I started to think a bit about why this happened and why Magic cards are so expensive in the first place. It sounds silly, but I think you can almost think about like buying high end art. Some paintings are bought my collectors for millions of dollars…for what purpose? The painting doesn’t produce any kind of income or revenue. You can’t use it for anything really except to look at it. A lot of the price comes down to who wants to buy it and it’s usually some rich person who has enough money to just throw at things they like. I think it’s the same way with Magic. All those kids who grew up in the 90s and 2000s are making money now and they have lots of money to throw at cards. Some cards are incredibly old and rare and if enough rich people want them, the price will go up.
Weight over Time
Moving onto the actual reason for these posts…. I hit a new record low again last week at 168.1 pounds. One of the things that has really been helping me is that because I eat less in general, even when I eat out and have larger portions provided, I often cannot bring myself to finish them. This is definitely a change from when I started a few months ago. In turn, this means that I don’t gain as much weight back and my normal starting point is just lower for when I start eating my home cooked meals again.
Muay Thai is still going strong. I’m starting to appreciate how engaging it is and how it has kept me coming back eagerly every time. I don’t mind going to the gym but the added level of coordination and reaction from sparring and just learning new combos gives such a different sense of progress than being able to do more reps or higher weights. I had thoughts about stopping after one year and coasting on what I had learned but I think that I would like to continue for a long time, especially when I’m older. I have fears from hearing how your mind can deteriorate once retirement hits and you have no more work. I think it may go a long way to keep my brain and body youthful.
Last week I didn’t buy any new groceries, I still had all my chicken left from the week before, huzzah! But that didn’t stop me from spending lots of money either. I don’t regret it at all, I spent around $170 for a couple meals that were celebrations and I picked up the tab. These are the types of outings where I think it is worth it to spend money. Cutting down on the every day expenses is what can continue to make it possible in the long run.