"Once a Scout, always a Scout". A well known phrase. As a young boy I was a Scout. It was fun and it was educating. I believe. We went camping and had fun, learned the names of flowers and birds in the spring and the heavenly stars in the wintertime. I learned to tie some funny knots which turned out to be very useful to me when as a 16 year old I spent one short summer as a seaman. Yes, catching herring in the waters north of Iceland. A lot of ropes had to be tied and spliced during that time. But I have forgot most of what we were expected to do as Scouts long time ago. Well, I still help old ladied to cross the street - if necessary. But you don't have to be a Scout to do that.
Once a stamp collector, always a stamp collector? No. Not always. A lot of people collect stamps in their young days and when they grow up they lay off such a "childish" thing. Anyway, some are bitten by the bug as a youngster and start again in later days and even becomes philatelists. As I did. Became a serious philatelist, earning the first gold medal for Iceland at an international stamp exhibition and - just to brag a bit more - so far the only Icelander accepted as a juror at international stamp exhibitions and have been around as such. But In 2002 I quit. And instead I became even more involved in Genealogy than ever. Hopefully some of you may have gained from it. I did for sure.
I quit philately - or I thought so. Last year I accepted to be on the managing teem for an Internordic stamp exhibition - Nordia 2009 - held in the end of May next in Hafnarfjörður town, just south of Reykjavík. Philatelists from all the Nordic countries will participate with their exhibits and collectors in USA (The Scandinavian Collectors Club) will send their exhibits in hope for a good valuation. All this job has taken a good part of my time so I may have neglected many a good friend when it comes to genealogy. Sorry for that.