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Dizzy But Not Because of Silver
March 25, 2011

Where am I?

No, I didn’t just wake up after an exciting night. I am sitting at my usual desk this morning.

I am in the process of moving from one place to another within the Krause Publications building in Iola, Wis.

Yesterday afternoon I began moving things to the new desk. This morning I will finish.

Because my computer is still sitting at the old desk, this is where I must write my blog post.

So, what do I want to write about this morning?

I glance over to where my calendar is supposed to be. It’s at the new desk.

Write about silver nearing $40 an ounce?

I open the desk drawer to grab my calculator to figure out the current value of U.S. 90 percent silver coinage. It’s not there, either. It’s at the other desk.

Even my weekly notebook is sitting at the other location.

As my computer and online connection show, the world is still out there. The Japanese reactor problems are front and center as are the European debt crisis and the slow-going efforts in Washington to get the federal budget under control.

It’s all a little disorienting.

That feeling of being a stranger at my own desk will pass in a few days. The problems of the world will require much more time.

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About the Author
David C. Harper has been a coin collector since 1963. He joined the Krause Publications editorial staff in 1978 and is currently editor of Numismatic News and World Coin News. He also edits two books annually, North American Coins & Prices and Coin Digest. He is the author of the Class of '63 column that runs each week in Numismatic News. His first bylined numismatic article appeared in the June 1971 issue of Coins Magazine and his various Krause Publications assignments included a stint as editor of the magazine 1980-1983. Harper received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1977. He had a double major of journalism and economics.

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