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Odd hobbies suck two men together

10:32 AM, Dec 25, 2011   |    comments
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Watters has the largest collection of vacuums in Colorado. From old 1910 Hoovers to newer-made Kirbys, he's been collecting old vacuums since he was in the sixth grade.

As a young boy, when his mom would vacuum, he would run away and cry. He would later grow to love the sound and the shiny chrome. Over the years he would start collecting GEs, Reginas, a Hoover Special and more.

He's got about 150 and three decades later, they all still sound great. He cleans the bearings and fixes the motors himself.

Watters has diabetes and lost his left leg three years ago.

"My mother had it, my grandmother had it," he said.

Fixing up the old vacuums has helped his spirits grow.

Then came another man who collected vacuums. Reggie Ridlen is about half of Watters' age and also has hundreds of vacuums.

The two became quick friends.

They don't collect for profit or fame, but like the challenge of trying to keep the vacuums running.

To see more about their collections, watch the video above.

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