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Man Devotes His Life to Marbles


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The interviewer (as far as I can tell, this is from Belgian TV) and soundtrack make this out to be a sad story of an obsessed man, but when watching the clip, another thought comes to mind: Here is a man whose life has been devoted to one passion, marbles, and who spends his time and trouble on this passion.

It's interesting, especially when you consider that it's an innocuous devotion - much less destructive than the addictions most of us harbor.

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It's no stranger than spending all day on a train set, I suppose. And I imagine watching that machine is kind of soothing, like watching a fish tank. It's kind of cool, actually.

Having said that, naming, labeling and timing them all, and filing them according to rank is definitely OCD.
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It is indeed a belgian tv-show, they always bring these kind of stories but they do bring them with a lot of respect towards their interviewees. So i doubt they where trying to make it seem like he's a sad or obsessed man.
Here is another nice clip from the same show. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QksqWRqEfy0
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Could be some form of mild autism or asperger. People with asperger's sometimes become fixated on a narrow, unusual interest, like washing machines or subways systems. It's his idea of happy. Everything is controlled, there are rules, ways to organize, and he doesn't have to interact with other people. I don't expect his wife is very thrilled, but it does some like a very inexpensvie hobby.
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That is classic Asperger's syndrome. I am glad to see that it is not self destructive and that he has someone who will care for him through it.
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Definitely some form of autism. I doubt he's married - looks like he's still living with mom.

Still, awesome marble alley! I'd love to be able to build that with (for) the kids.
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