I love to fish for Smallmouth ,Walleye at Dale Hollow Lake . I might add I like to sip bourbon while fishing. A 2005 ford F150 gets me their with ease!
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Along with listening to my steereo, playing music has always been my first and foremost passion. I play the violin. Banjo. Dobro. Steel string acoustic guitars. Electrics, both single-poled and Humbucker-ed. I eventually had to sell my grand piano but its replacement is a fine early 20th Century Mason-Hamlin upright. For a while I was hooked on still photography. I went deep enough into the hobby to drag a 4x5 field camera outfit (including tripod) on several vacations. Then there are the road racing bicycles. Nothing can top 'em when it comes to beautifully-made precision instruments.... Well, maybe those fiddles.
I knew it! mc is James Patterson.
Woodworking. I have a 3 phase workshop in my basement
911's I have an 06 C4S and a 14 Turbo S. If I hit the lottery I'd get a Singer 911 and an Eagle Speedster along with a lift. I am darn tired of working on jack stands.
Bicycling and Skiing. Two years ago we climbed the Stelvio and the Mortirolo. A fractured sternum and 4 ribs ended my mountain biking days. We just got adventure bikes and are going to start exploring the gravel roads up north. Garmin Nav is a must!
In the number one slot, of course, is music. But many other interests compete for time
--recumbent biking 2-3k miles a year
--cross country skiing in the winter (lousy snow year!)
--I do enjoy my Civic Type R (not sure what can perform as well overall for the money)
--almost forgot, took up bass fishing the past year
Noromance, it sounds to me you might need an anti depressant, or a slight reorganization of your life. I have patients that work in Boston. They leave here (Southern NH) at 4:00 AM to beat the traffic, go to a gym near work, take their shower and go to work. Then they head back at 2-2:30 and beat the traffic again. They spend an hour commuting instead of two and get their workout in. Not much we can do about taxation except keep the bastards at each others throats so they can't hurt us as much. TERM LIMITS!!!! You have to look at houses as another hobby. I'm OK with property tax as long as it is giving our kids a good education.
To many hobbies have been my downfall lol, I have been into audio for well over 40 years, also into Bench rest, high power, and air gun shooting, competition BBQ, 1/5th scale radio control cars, enduro riding, biking, four wheeling, and photography. Those $7000.00 dollar camera lens and $5000.00 camera bodies got expensive quick, I ended up selling off a few of my prized audio equipment, Nagra PLP DC powered pre-amp VPA 50 watt amps, and Wilson Watt puppies to fund my photog habit, looking back at all the pictures I took of our family over the years takes some of the sting away from the fact that I had to sell some audio gear.
After beating my body up most of my life with hard physical jobs and athletic type hobbies, I'm not able to pursue that stuff anymore. I'm too damned old, and everything hurts. What doesn't hurt, doesn't work anymore. Here's some of my past hobbies:
Sport Judo. (fought in tournaments)
Motorcycle racing in the Mojave Desert. (Actually was in one race with Steve McQueen. He was fast.)
Road cycling. I had a custom frame built in England and outfitted it with all Campagnola Record equipment. The thing was like riding a bicycle made by Ferarri. With the steep frame angles, it was a very quick handling bicycle. Coming down the canyon twisties was a thrill. It truly was a precision instrument. Very stiff frame made from Reynolds 753 tubing. It would beat you up pretty good on century rides, but it was perfect for the daily 30-mile training rides, with lots of tough hills thrown into the mix.
I love motorcycles and bicycles. Now, alas ... it's all in the past.
Now, I read a lot. I love U.S. history, free-market economics, authors from the "Old Right." Into Hayek, Mises, Rothbard, Mencken, Rand, etc.
In today's political climate, a must-read is Hayek's "The Road to Serfdom." It is a mind and an eye-opener. Check it out.
Mc, I'm NSA. Geoffkait is a voodoo witch doctor. He tweaks his system by needling the speakers. That is why he does not like ESLs. I'm OK with the real Tom Clancy.
I forgot eating. I'm real good at that. Tonight is Apricot stuffed pork belly.
Corelli, ya, ok on the flat but not so hot climbing. We tend to go places to climb like the Stelvio. We have a lot more to do in France and Spain. We have done all the great climbs in the Dolomites. The Mortirolo has an average 10% grade and goes up to 18%. Lance said it was the hardest stage he'd ever done. There is a monument to Marco Pantani about 1/2 way up. It was his favorite stage.
Computers (I build my own), antique radios, amateur videography (especially in support of my wife’s various civic activities; I use Panasonic AG-UX180 video cameras), formerly running (before age caught up with me; I’ve done one marathon as well as a great many middle distance races), French wines, my Porsche Cayman S and Macan S.
Raising a 9 and 2 year old at nearly 50 is a challenge. My wife and I are both working professionals which allows for the occassional hobby purchase.
My latest purchase was a used 2019 Trek Slash with carbon frame and wheels. The 2.6" wide 29er tires roll over stuff with such ease. A Cadillac CTS V-sport provides spirited driving opportunities on short commutes and family outings. The gun hobby and target practice used to be fun, but CA put a stop to that mostly.
A recent trip to Glacier National Park took us through Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. The space and environment reminded me how different life could be like outside CA.
Hiking and Photography especially in the National Parks and the Adirondacks. We like to spend at least a week in each National Park and hike and Photograph as many trails as possible. To date, we have visited 37 of the 62 National Parks.
Other interests or hobbies include:
Kayaking (mostly in the Adirondacks)
Railfanning - Arcade & Attica RR, Strasburg RR, Durango & Silverton RR, Cumbres & Toltec RR, Tweetsie RR, Georgetown Loop RR
I used to be a car enthusiast when they were easier to work on and everything was not computer controlled. I used to like to tune them with after market carburetors, exhausts, etc. and did all the maintenance work myself. Now, I just drive a sporty sedan (BMW 335i xDrive 6sp manual) to satisfy my car interest.
"Reminds me, I do love to cook"
Me too. I have an old, beat-up Napoleon grill that still cooks, and I especially like to put a roast on it. Prime rib, pork loin, anything that benefits from a mix of direct and indirect cooking is fun for me. Steaks, sure -- but I'm more likely to use either a charcoal Weber or iron pan on the stove for those.
Wow Guys, Awesome!
Very interesting to reads everyone's comments.
@mijostyn, I have lusted for 911's, your Turbo S must be a joy to drive
@corelli, that Civic must be very fun to drive, I like the way they look
Always wanted to get a Motorcycle, got my license about 5 years ago but alas, no bike yet. As I get older, I keep thinking, should I risk it?
I like the Cafe Style or Street Style bikes (Motto Guzzi V7 or V9, Ducati Scrambler Line, Triumph Street Twin).
Never really fished b4 but does look very relaxing and fun.
Have not kept myself up physically over the years and so hard to do physical activities now, get winded to easily, ha.