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  1. kronin323

    kronin323 Font of Useless Knowledge Premium Member

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    Welcome, friends. This is my 10K post. To commemorate, I would like to walk down memory lane and show how my collection has grown over my time here.

    It may seem like I’ve been here forever, but the truth is I joined on January 18th, 2014. Yes, I’ve only been here a little over a year and a half.

    I had been running with two pairs of Juliets for around seven years when I lost my first pair at the beach. Finding they were now discontinued, I went to ebay and started hoarding backups and also found this place. After a week or two of lurking I joined up…

    After some planning, my first goal was to increase my count up to nine Juliets. I had actually already bought them all on ebay before I had exchange access, but I had to spend some time getting custom cuts, tune-ups, and some LG rubbers before they were ready.

    Then on March 1st, 2014, I posted my first collection thread. It started with this group shot, followed by individual pics and details for each piece.

    Kronin323’s 10,000th post – Evolution of an O-ddiction… - 1March 1 2014.jpg

    And that was it. Other than MF bags, some boxes, a single-tier stand and a x-metal polarized tester, that was all I had – no other stands, no case, no display. Juliets “y nada mas”…

    After completing my nine Juliets, I decided my next goal would to be to get at least one example of all eight x-metal frames. I also wanted a few o-matters to use in situations where I no longer wanted to risk my metals.

    Fast forward three months, we’re in the middle of getting some repairs and remodeling done in the house. Though I am still without a display, The Wife has an Ikea display case for her Precious Moments figurine collection. It was emptied because of the work, and for a week I “hijacked” a couple of shelves on it. This was posted as part of my 1000th post thread, my first milestone thread, on June 8th, 2014.

    Kronin323’s 10,000th post – Evolution of an O-ddiction… - 2June 8 2014.jpg

    Now with stands, my original nine Juliets have been supplemented with a Half-X, a Mars Crater, and a XS. Also added are a pair of Water Jackets and two Bottle Rockets. Total frame count up to 15…

    I still needed a display case of my own, though, and my heart was set on an x-metal singlewide. A couple of months later, I tracked one down in Houston. On Saturday, August 30th, 2014, almost a year ago, I made a seven hour round trip to pick up the case and be back in time for the UT football season opener, which we won 38-7 but was otherwise the start of a rough season. This pic was from the return leg…

    Kronin323’s 10,000th post – Evolution of an O-ddiction… - 3Aug 30 2014.jpg

    I spent some time cleaning it up, doing some minor repair, installing some lights, and getting it staged. Then a thread was created requesting people to show their displays, and on September 26th, 2014, I posted this pic…

    Kronin323’s 10,000th post – Evolution of an O-ddiction… - 4Sept 26 2014.jpg

    Aside from now being in a case, not a lot of change to the collection, just the addition of an XX frame and a R2. Total frame count up to 17…

    When the holiday season hit, though, I had some bonus money in my pocket and I started picking up more stuff. Then on January 18th, 2015, my 5000th post coincided with my one year anniversary, and my milestone / anniversary post included this pic…

    Kronin323’s 10,000th post – Evolution of an O-ddiction… - 5Jan 18 2015.jpg

    By this point I had achieved my goal of at least one example of all eight x-metal frames, with the addition of a R1 and a Penny. Also, my Juliet count had increased from nine to 12 (one is missing in this pic, out for refinishing), and I had added a second Mars with a custom Rust refinish, an OTT, a GMT, a HQ Bunker ornament, lenses for the XX, The Book, and various display nicknacks. Total frame count up to 24 + one watch…

    Not displayed, I also had a wallet, a few clothing items, and two backpacks (Kitchen Sink and Mechanism).

    On April 25th, 2015 I met up with a group of forum members in Dallas at an event hosted by Dallas O Hog. From left to right we have Joseph Smith, gameforce11, Frogskins, shofzr, Skripter2k, Dallas O Hog and his son, RickyBobby and his GF, me, joshbrinzo, and GRFMotorsports…

    Kronin323’s 10,000th post – Evolution of an O-ddiction… - 6April 25 2015 group.jpg

    I did not bring my entire collection; left some stuff at home. Also didn’t bring any stands or other display nicknacks; really, my display was the most modest of the bunch. But, frames on this table that were added since the previous milestone post are a second Penny (polished), a Madman, a Tailend, and two Radarlocks sporting Prizm Trail and Prizm Road… Since this wasn’t everything I’m unsure what my exact total frame count was at that point…

    Kronin323’s 10,000th post – Evolution of an O-ddiction… - 7April 25 2015 collection.jpg

    And that brings us to today, total frame count now at 35 + two watches…

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    Top shelf is my round-lens shelf:
    Pewter / Ice Tailend
    Custom Rust / Ruby polar Mars
    Madman XRaw clone (#151…) ;)
    Pewter / Fire Tailend
    X-metal / BI Mars Crater
    Custom Red Ruby Madman
    FMJ / Fire OTT
    Kronin323’s 10,000th post – Evolution of an O-ddiction… - 920150815_133420.jpg

    Upper center:
    Carbon / oo Red polar Juliet
    Reverse “CO2” / Jade Juliet
    “CO2” / VR28 BIP Juliet
    Plasma / BIP Juliet
    Custom UT / Fire polar Juliet
    Custom Cowboys / Chrome polar Juliet
    Stealth Time Bomb
    X-metal polar tester
    Shot glass
    Kronin323’s 10,000th post – Evolution of an O-ddiction… - a1020150815_133333.jpg

    In the middle:
    1st gen Ti / Sapphire Juliet
    Polished / Violet polar Juliet
    X-metal / Ruby Juliet
    Carbon / Deep Blue polar Juliet
    Polished / +Red polar Juliet
    Plasma / Ice polar Juliet
    Honed / Blue GMT
    HQ Bunker ornament #93
    Kronin323’s 10,000th post – Evolution of an O-ddiction… - a1120150815_133544.jpg

    Lower center:
    1st gen Ti / Gold R1 (I have some 24K polar cuts to put in these once replacement gaskets arrive)
    X-metal / BIP R2
    Polished / Ti R2
    OEM TiO2 / Emerald polar XX
    Polished / Ruby polar Penny
    Ti / Ice Penny
    Dogtag bottle opener
    HDO-3D Hobbit Gascan + pin
    Type O invitation card signed by Peter Yee
    Kronin323’s 10,000th post – Evolution of an O-ddiction… - a1220150815_133558.jpg

    Bottom shelf:
    Polished Carbon / BIP XS
    Polished / Gold polar Half-X
    Pewter / +Red Hatchet Wire
    Raw / BI Hatchet Wire
    Polished Black / BIP Bottle Rocket
    Polished Rootbeer / Shallow Blue polar Bottle Rocket
    Blue / VR28 BI Water Jacket
    Radarlock with Prizm Deep H2O path
    Radarlock with Prizm Road path
    (I normally don’t have the radarlocks in the display but put them in for these pics. Not shown are path lenses of clear, Prizm Trail, Prizm Daily, and BIP)
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    The Book remains on top of the case; in that tube to the left is the giclee print I got through Type O; still need to frame it…

    And that’s it. Though it may seem crazy to a normal person, it’s still quite modest compared to the collections of many here. But this is my collection; there are others like it, but this one is mine…

    So, in summary, I'd like to thank all the people here who make this such a great place. I've enjoyed interacting with you. I don't do the tag list thing - the list would be too long and I'm still likely to overlook a worthy person. But you know who you are... I love you guys.

    I have learned a lot in my time here, though there are still others who's Oakley knowledge I will never match. I always try to help when I can, both publicly and in the numerous RFI PMs I get. But I also like to add some humor; I think humor's always a good thing, I've posted why once. And sometimes I've gotten into some shenanigans... To those who've enjoyed it, thanks, that was my intent. To those who haven't, well, thanks for putting up with me...

    And a shout-out to @OakleyBoss for making this great place... :hi:

    That said, it is now time for me to officially retire.

    Wait, it's not the 1st... Nor is it April. Nevermind... :D

    (If interested, the following posts / threads were referenced in this post)
    Julietas Y Nada Mas (Juliets And Nothing More) | Oakley Forum
    Case Hijack - Updated With 1000th Post | Oakley Forum
    What Oakleys Are You Wearing Today?? | Page 2368 | Oakley Forum
    Display Cases - Show Them! | Oakley Forum
    Kronin323's Forum Anniversary and 5000th post | Oakley Forum
    Texas Oakley Extravaganza Meet - April 25th 2015 | Page 26 | Oakley Forum
    What Really Grinds Your Gears? | Page 95 | Oakley Forum
    Last edited: 8/16/15
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  2. kronin323

    kronin323 Font of Useless Knowledge Premium Member

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    Here's some additional side shots I couldn't fit into the earlier post...

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  3. Dallas O Hog

    Dallas O Hog O.C.D. Oakley Collecting Disorder haha Premium Member Lifetime Member

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    Glad to have you!
  4. QLR1

    QLR1 DARK SIDE, embraced! Premium Member

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    Good stuff... Although I am sleepy right about now.

    Thank you for not having a ridiculous tease.
    Last edited: 8/15/15
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  5. iamFLIP

    iamFLIP [{#%^*+_\|~<>?!$&@}] Premium Member

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    :party::drinks::dance: congratulations!
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  6. OakleyFrankFMJ

    OakleyFrankFMJ The Legend - - Vlad the Impaler Premium Member Lifetime Member

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    That's a sick milestone post. Congratulations on an amazing achievement!!!!!

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  7. STavros

    STavros Land of the Gods and ....Molon Lave

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    First of all congrats on reaching the 10k.it is so great to have u here and be part of this O-family.U are so generous spreading knowledge and having patience and willing to help guys that need enlighting.i have been one of those over the last year and thank u for that.I enjoye:sorry:d reading ur collecting biography although due to my lack of English it took me 2 cups of coffee so as to read it all.Lol
    I know that whenever i see a post of u there will be always something new that i will get to know.You are also one of the few people that i really like their sense of humour.
    Last but not least as an xmetal junkie i have no other choice than to love and admire ur great collection.Keep up O-brother
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  8. atty_65

    atty_65 Oakley magician Premium Member

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    I can see a double wide next year! Congratz with the milestone!
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  9. supersharp

    supersharp X-Metal Connoisseur Premium Member

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    Congrats on reaching 10k. It was an awesome read. Looking forward to the next 10k post to read through. :neo:
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  10. washi me sensie

    washi me sensie The Oakley Rōnin

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    Congrats kronin! Awesome pieces bro! The milestone proves you are a fame whore like QLR too... Hahaha.... Thanks for the recipes and on towards the next 10000
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