Flyfishing & hunting.
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Hobby or obsession???
I love to cook, ride my road bicycle (knees won't handle mountain riding any
more...) Love fast cars, and apparently spending money as no matter how much
I make I seem to come out even..... I collect watches and good old 35 mm
cameras, though I mainly shoot digital nowadays, and traveling, which should
come above the rest...
I guess you could call alpine skiing a hobby, but I consider it a religion. Upcoming religious experiences- Dec - Utah (powder), Jan - Vail (back bowls), Feb - Squaw (sunshine)/Whistler(not), March - Vail/A-Basin (50th birthday present to myself), April - tbd, May - Whistler or Mammoth. And then there's also a season's pass for 6 areas in the Vermont / Maine. You gotta love well planned "business" travel.
Kayaking in the summer when the darned snow won't stick.
To echo KKltam - My 12-14 year-old boys respect my system and can operate it without problem. My 14 year-old is the AV specialist in his school - will he inherit the disease?
gardening - especially orchids, bromeliads and cactus/succulents
sailboat racing - makes this look reasonable
photography - having grown up in silver with lab dependencies, I love the whole digital darkroom thing
cooking and wine - why bother trying to separate them LOL
and of course my Kerry Blue Terrier (its a dog)
Actually I try and hit the gym three to four times a week for my regular weight training.Lately I 've been bad and slack off a bit and down to 2 -3 times a week of training.I 've used all kinds of natural supplements and in general they help to body build,I am happy with my psysique and my progress so far (it's been almost 10 years since I got into it)but my mid section is a far cry from the ideal six pack or washboard .LOL.One day I might try a real diet or get some 'roids.
Seems as if a lot of Agonners like photography :) Me too, I shoot with a Canon 5D but I have been thinking of getting that Leica M8. Been eyeing the Leica system for a long time because i'm sick of SLR's.
Also like skiing - just got back from a ski trip. Don't be so surprised - i'm in Australia!
Cooking - French, Italian, and Chinese. The three greatest cuisines in the world (all IMHO of course). I can also do passable Indian.
Also love history, philosophy, and current events. All 3 go hand in hand - you need history and philosophy to understand the world.
I love sports cars as well. Currently have a Porsche, but i've always wanted a Ferrari.
How can people afford 2 expensive past times and a wife and family. My other interests are'nt expensive;
Amature dramatics, people still talk about my Malvolio, very little is printable.
Martial Arts: crawling up to black belt in Karate for wimps
Community activism, local charities and such, absolutely not local politics
Wife and family of course comes first, why do kids get more expensive and time consuming as they get older.
Live music, the only way to judge your system. The Last was Eugene Onegin at the Marinsky in St Petersburg, they even had English surtitles
Before Audio and Marriage/Kids(listed in order of discovery):
Guitar(age 12), Chess(age 16), Table Tennis(age 18), Photography(age 18), Cycling((age 22)and Weight Lifting(age 24...wanted to impress a girl that worked at the local Gym).
After: Chess, Table Tennis. About to jump back into the Camera/thing again along with lifting. Need Knee surgery(again)to force me to aquire a new bike with Campy Record 10 carbon(which I had).I still think about playing guitar everyday.
Audio gear has taken over the #1 spot from golf and sports cars, Vintage Porsche 911's to be precise. I just got tired of working on them. I still play golf twice a week but not as pationate about it since audio took over.
Also spend alot of time with my 3 year old grand daughter. That is truly the most important and fun thing I do.
I am allways looking to try new things though.
Not much time for anything else.
I collect and restore and play pinball machines. Have been into owning them for over 20 years now. Would have been in the hobby longer but didn’t know you could actually own them. Mostly mechanical games from the 60’s and 70’s but also a handful from the 90’s. They really fill the gearhead bent easier than cars if you are so inclined. You usually end up with something more valuable if you fix it up. And you can work on them in the comfort of your home.
I read your post regarding your love for old MG's. True story ... In 1965 I drove past a car dealership in Orange County, CA and spotted a red MGA on the lot. What caught my eye was the knock-off wheels. I turned around and went into the lot to see the car. When the salesman came out, I asked him if I could see the engine. Sure enough, the knock off's were the clue ... it was a twin cam in all of its glory. I asked the salesman the price and he said: "750.00." Of course, I bought it on the spot. He had no idea what he had. A mechanic friend was an expert at tuning SU carbs ... and he had that MGA running like a Swiss watch. The car ran like a normal MGA up to 4000 rpm, at which point the cams kicked in ... and walla, it went like a big Austin Healy.