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Old 11-02-2008, 02:48 AM   #21
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exploring and woodworking. Here is an antique looking frame I finished yesterday - framing a map of Lewis and Clark's journey

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Old 11-02-2008, 04:00 AM   #22
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Nothing too exciting for me, just reading and gaming. I am extremely good at gaming (it can be anything, any kind of video game/card game/pc game), if it were a profession, I definitely would have gone into it (online gambling is illegal is my state). They are not expensive hobbies, but they require a lot of free time (hence why I want to retire as early as possible).
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Old 11-02-2008, 07:01 AM   #23
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DW and I have gotten into biking over the last couple of years - we are doing about 100 miles a week these days. I used to do a ton of windsurfing but have slacked off over the past few years and didn't go out at all this year. Still do some skiing, snow boarding, and scuba. Dabble in photography, sometimes some sketching and a golf game when my golf nut friend drags me out. And, of course, reading - I practically own the local library.
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Old 11-02-2008, 08:45 AM   #24
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What amazing hobbies everyone has, and how accomplished you all are at these hobbies! Goonie, that's an amazing model RR setup, and BbbamI, you are a very talented artist.

I am embarrassed - - I don't think I have a hobby. I never know what to say on "what are you hobbies" or "what do you collect" threads. I am apparently completely missing the hobby/collecting gene.




In my spare time, I love to
  • spend time with Frank
  • browse through art and antique stores
  • work on my ER spreadsheet
  • weekly update of my spreadsheet that has asking and selling prices of homes in my suburb (available here online), size and other attributes of these houses, and graphs and statistics on sales prices that I compute
  • take pictures with my new camera (right now)
  • browse online to learn more about home prices and neighborhoods in my tentative ER location, and
  • go to the gym.
I love computer role playing games (RPG's), but I just don't have much time for them now while I am working. I can't really say that photography is a hobby, because it is something that I am enjoying this month simply as an escape from the market.

I am so impressed with the artistic abilities and skills, and patience that many of you have shown us through your hobbies.
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Old 11-02-2008, 09:09 AM   #25
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Something I will probably give up in retirement...
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Old 11-02-2008, 09:50 AM   #26
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Right now, my "free" time is spent:
Learning about investing and early retirement.
Cooking meals for our family (we rarely eat out but we do eat adventurously at home)
Reading
Exercising our dog.
Honing my home organization skills and talents (sort of a hobby, that's how I get through a day of housework without losing my mind).
Photography (with my point-n-shoot).

Once the kids are in school (three and a half years from now, provided we don't decide to have another one), my hobbies will be:
Reading
Gardening
Cooking
Hiking with the dog
Photography with my film SLR and possibly a digital SLR
A craft. I'd like to learn how to weave.
Writing.

Once we retire, I suspect my hobbies will be:
Reading
Gardening/farming (on the homestead!)
Photography (I want my own darkroom back -- right now it's packed away)
Regional travel (I like multi-week exploratory vacations best)
Learning new skills. Right now I'm interested in learning to weave, but I also want to learn how to build dry-stack stone walls.
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In addition to the hobbies that I listed above, I'm interested in a few (several?) other things too, but not really passionate enough about them to call them hobbies....at least not right now. Those things include fishing (more or less just drowning defenseless little worms), reading, and woodworking.

Well, probably better to say carpentry instead of woodworking, because I usually build stuff more for utilitarian purposes rather than for beauty or as works of art....workbenches, computer desks, shelving units, cabinets, planters, storage units, etc. You folks that do woodworking amaze me with your talent.....everything looks so nice!!! I admire you!!! Someday I might find time to try my hand at true woodworking.....I mean, shoot, I've got a nearly complete wood shop. Still looking for a new planer/jointer, but not quite ready to part with the green-backs yet.

There's a local shop here that specializes in wood & metal working equipment, that usually has some very good prices on new and used equipment.....I check 'em out occasionally, and have bought a few things there, The last thing I bought was a behemoth of a bandsaw.....an oldie but goodie with a heavy cast iron frame, new motor, new bearings, etc. It took 4 of us to get it off the back of the truck. Anyway, the planer/jointer is still on hold.
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Something I will probably give up in retirement...
Why on earth would you give that up? Sailing is such a thrill. Maybe other things more compelling to do?

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Old 11-02-2008, 11:13 AM   #30
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Some really impressive woodworking! That cradle just blows me away!

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Old 11-02-2008, 12:54 PM   #31
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I took up playing an instrument a few years ago.
I would guess it's not the easiest thing to take up if you are "older".
But once you get past the initial task of mastering the basic technique
required for your instrument I find it really rewarding. And these days,
with things like myspace you can post your bits of your handiwork
like everyone else :-)

MySpace.com - Mike Hoegeman - THOUSAND OAKS, California - Nu-Jazz / Electroacoustic / Ambient - www.myspace.com/mikehoegeman
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Old 11-02-2008, 01:01 PM   #32
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For a long time I was active in radio control model airplanes, was on the BOD and president for a year of DC/RC, one of the oldest R/C clubs in the country, but for whatever reason lost interest in it shortly before retirement. Next hobby is going to be motorcycles, I'm saving for a Suzuki C50T, an 800cc touring bike.

Here's one of the last planes I built:
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Old 11-02-2008, 03:05 PM   #33
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I fish way too much. Or, I did before I moved to Wisconsin. Haven't had an opportunity yet up here, but I'll get around to it. I'm a southern boy, so I'll have to figure out how to talk to these yankee fish, I guess. I used to play guitar a lot, but I kind of slacked off on that and sold my guitar on Craigslist just before we moved to WI a couple months back.
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Want2retire, I too am impressed by the examples shown (and have no talent).

I am into gardening, cooking, reading.

Don't know if feeding and photographing squirrels is a hobby; maybe I'll upgrade hardware in the future.
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Other than walking, my only surviving hobby is dancing.

Yesterday I went to a workshop by this Argentine couple



This is considerably more dramatic than what they taught us. (Or than what we would have been capable of learning!)

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Other than walking, my only surviving hobby is dancing.

Yesterday I went to a workshop by this Argentine couple



This is considerably more dramatic than what they taught us. (Or than what we would have ben capable of learning!)

Ha
That's beautiful.

Are there dancing classes for the somewhat arthritic?
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Goonie , I am soo impressed with your trains . My late husband used to build circus trains so I know the work involved . I'm also impressed with all the talent on this board . My only hobbies are cooking and reading .
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Other than walking, my only surviving hobby is dancing.

Yesterday I went to a workshop by this Argentine couple



This is considerably more dramatic than what they taught us. (Or than what we would have been capable of learning!)

Ha

That indeed was beautiful. I said "Wow" 3 or 4 times while watching it. So elegant!

As Ha knows, I also love to dance - but I'm more into fitness dance. I love it!
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