haha, true very true.
i've become a fairly involved coin-collector in my older age, alas i'm still only a teacher and thus do not always have the funds to buy everything i want. so getting a couple $25 boxes of pennies from my bank and sorting them when i'm bored gives me that feeling of adding to the copper hoard.
there's still a melt ban on them, but canada just recently decided to discontinue their penny, so once the zinc lobby is pacified, so will we and then i'll get a 250% return on my coppers...
it's just basically like putting together a puzzle or zoning out playing videogames.
yes, it's different. but it don't bother nobody and sometimes i'll give the (no vig) amazon card i get from the coinstar machine to my wife, so she's cool with it too.