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Your Backup Hobby

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27 Jan 2017 08:22 #243124 by the_jake_1973
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It's cool to see a number of other gardeners on here. Our soil is really sandy so we had to do elevated beds. I built a 30x30 plot in an ornamental fashion. Picture a square reticle with a crosshairs marking. I did that out of cinderblock and it has been working great. The holes in the block are fantastic for carrots and herbs and the like. We have blueberry bushes, raspberry bushes, and a strawberry plot that continually threatens my stone patio.

One other hobby is that I host a Beer Olympics every year. I'll put out the invite to the group in case anyone wants to make the trip to West Michigan for the soiree'.
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27 Jan 2017 10:27 #243138 by Jackwraith
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Jake, are you going to the GR Beerfest in February? We usually go on Friday and then spend Saturday knocking around the breweries in town.

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27 Jan 2017 10:37 #243140 by the_jake_1973
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Jackwraith wrote: Jake, are you going to the GR Beerfest in February? We usually go on Friday and then spend Saturday knocking around the breweries in town.


If I can't score tickets and am in town, I may go to the Fest. I would like to knock back some local stuff on Saturday though. Keep me in mind when you are planning Saturday shenanigans. I haven't had a good brewery crawl in a while.

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28 Jan 2017 11:23 #243196 by LazarusTNT
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Shooting used to be, it was too expensive.
Hobby terrain modeling used to be, it was too time consuming.
Sport used to be, then I discovered sex and substances.
Reading used to be but that's too time consuming too.
Trolling the web used to be but I'm not a dick at heart and it grew tiresome.
Board games were rarely a primary hobby, to be fair, and I'm always at a loss for people to play with now.
Guitar is a relatively new hobby but as with all my other hobbies, time is a precious commodity.

If I had to have a primary hobby, it's shooting pool. I've shot pool for 15 years solid. This last month is the longest continuous period of not playing in all that time (19 days).

I guess I don't have a legit backup. Work seems to be it. I work my day job, then I remodel my house. Or someone else's. Or I build furniture or put a roof on something or build a workbench.

I guess writing was a backup hobby but I've realized that few people read what I write and I have no time so perhaps that's passed too.

Hell, I don't even drink or use anymore.

Getting old
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28 Jan 2017 11:52 #243197 by Grudunza
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Does playing guitar and writing songs and music count as a hobby when that's also part of my job? I suppose movies would be the main thing other than board games. Also pets (dog, cat, rat, chickens), dating, exercising, podcasts. Long walks on the beach (if there was a beach here).
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28 Jan 2017 12:09 #243198 by Black Barney
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If money was no object what would your hobbies be? I think I would take up flying. Planes, copters, gliders... would all be fun
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28 Jan 2017 12:24 #243199 by dysjunct
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If money was no object? Probably travel.

Currently I don't know that I have a backup hobby. I guess reading and exercising but in practice it's mostly parenting a toddler.
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28 Jan 2017 12:25 #243200 by Colorcrayons
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Black Barney wrote: If money was no object what would your hobbies be? I think I would take up flying. Planes, copters, gliders... would all be fun


If I was Rockefeller rich, I'd go into the education sector. Institutions everywhere that would be open to the public to educate kids and anyone who wanted to bother. Free of charge. Seeing as how the system failed, we need privately funded education that will raise up the disenfranchised. I'd hope to put private colleges out of business, or at least make them bring their a game if they want to be considered a contender.
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28 Jan 2017 20:57 #243218 by CranBerries
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I think Bill Gates is doing something like this.

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07 Feb 2017 01:26 #243584 by ratpfink
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I joined a curling club and am 4 weeks into a league now. It's basically the sport version of Crokinole. On ice. WIth equal amount of drinking. So... basically... it rules.
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07 Feb 2017 09:14 #243594 by francisca
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Boardgames are my back-up hobby, and is pretty dormant these days, unfortunately.
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07 Feb 2017 15:17 #243618 by Black Barney
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if ever cops need to meet drunk driving citation quotas, they just need to park outside a curling rink parking lot. Good lord is that ever the drinking sports of drinking sports.

One time I was so gone, i could barely stay on my feet let alone have the dexterity to sweep the rock/stone (I forget what they're called) while sliding on ice at an alarming speed. Anyway, my legs go up in the air and the rock/stone (i forget what they're called) is coming right at my big stupid Canadian head, i just barely lift it out of the way in time before i would have created a new red spot (house?) to aim for.

i'm glad I gave it up

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09 Feb 2017 16:09 #243717 by JoelCFC25
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Summertime hobby is fishing--I have several friends with boats so I can get out about once a week if I'm able to fit it in.

The last couple years I've been learning Clojure as I started tinkering with the jinteki.net codebase in the early days, to the point of eventually getting the development environment running on my Macbook, and becoming one of the core contributors (though I've tailed off quite a bit in the last couple months due to real life).

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10 Feb 2017 18:20 #243774 by CranBerries
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I just spent ten minutes reading about Clojure and ran away with my tail between my legs.

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10 Feb 2017 21:07 #243777 by dysjunct
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At first, I thought it was about cloture, and got excited about obscure senate procedure. :(

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