Some time in the early spring of 2003 I started to get the feeling that I had a number of element samples that really
didn't want to be sitting out in the open. What tipped me over the edge were the platinum samples and the
autographed Seaborgium tile (autographed by Seaborg of course) from Greg:
It just didn't seem right not to have them under lock and key.
Of course a simple locked file cabinet would be out of the question, it had to be something over the top, so I started
looking for an antique safe at local auctions. After a month or two, I found a nice one in Mattoon (famed as the
home of Clyde Hood, mastermind of the $20 million Omega internel investment scandal). It needed a new paint job, so I
stripped it down, sandblasted it, and started painting. Half way through the paint job, I ran into a much nicer
one at an auction in Homer (famed home of no one I can think of). So now I have two safes, the one pictured here
is the nicer one, and it's really quite nice.
It weighs about a thousand pounds at a guess, and it's perfect for holding the gold, platinum, scandium, and
valuable historical objects in my collection. It also holds my cheap silver plated goblets and a bottle of wine
given to me by Max Whitby of the Red Green and Blue Company, because they
look much cooler locked up in a safe than just sitting on a shelf.