As my days in Pennsylvania count down I have begun packing and sorting my possessions. When I moved to State College to begin grad school I hastily packed many things into large boxes and stored them in a shed at my parents home. I also left a large bookcase full of books in the basement. This week I have been getting rid of most of those things. I found a few things that I will hold onto. I purchased two old baseball gloves many years ago at a flea market. I pulled them out of storage today and oiled them. They will travel with me to the West Coast and serve as decorative pieces.
The gloves were not a surprise; I went looking for them intentionally. One item that did surprise me, however, was my old buck knife. I had forgotten about it. It’s a Schrade Old Timer 70-OT. I got it when I turned 12 and started hunting deer. I was proud of that knife. When I found it today the copper plating had corroded, and the case had dried out badly. I polished the knife, sharpened the blade, and oiled the case.
One particular little piece of memorabilia remains hidden somewhere, and I hope to find it before I leave. It’s a vintage pennant from the 1950 Philadelphia Phillies, a year when the team was called the Whiz Kids because the players were young and good. I’m planning to take it with me to hang in my office if I find it before I go.