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Old 11-02-2008, 06:52 PM   #41
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I'm a musical dilettante. Every time I get halfway decent on an instrument I jump to a different one. Probably got 8 or 9 different instruments in the house right now, and that's after selling all my guitars.

Woodcarving. I've learned the first rule - if it bleeds, don't cut it. Artistically I'm still a baby.

Hiking and walking. I really love doing these. This winter I'm going to get back into swimming (indoor pool) since the 30-40 mph winds take the pleasure out of walking outside.

I've got a huge bucket list (learn languages, travel, etc), but nowhere near the time to start them yet.
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Old 11-02-2008, 08:09 PM   #42
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The main reason that I want to retire is that I have way to many hobbies. Some of my most active at the present time:

1) Target shooting. I like shooting old, iron sighted battle rifles
2) Kayaking
3) Backpacking
4) Motorcycle riding, mainly off-road
5) Software development - One of my Open Source creations is currently used by 150 companies
6) Reading
7) Travel
9) Auto and motorcycle mechanics. I do all of my own motorcycle maintenance but do not have time for the cars anymore.
10) Alpine mountaineering
11) Basketball. I am getting a little old for this, however.
12) Working. I like my job for the most part as I am self-employed in a stable job practice
13) Most of all, I also like to build things; out of wood, metal, cloth, plastic, you name it, I have used it. I have a great wood and metal shop, containing everything from a hand plane to a MIG welder. Here are some of my wood creations:

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Shaker Table (also the shaker bed in the background)
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8" f/6 Dobsonian Telescope - I built everything but the mirrors and focuser, both of which I will do myself next time. I also built a matching adjustable observing chair. Oh, I (and the wife) also built the 1200 SF elevated deck the telescope is sitting on and the play structure you can barely see behind the balusters.
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Old 11-02-2008, 08:16 PM   #43
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Am I the only one who likes/restores old cars?

You wood-workers and model railroaders have posted great pictures, I salute you. I like all hobbies that involve working with your hands. Just wish my cars were as good as some of your pics.
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Old 11-02-2008, 08:31 PM   #44
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Am I the only one who likes/restores old cars?
Kumquat,

We have very similar interest if I rear your avatar correctly - 60s British sports cars. I have restored a TR-3A, TR4A-IRS and a TR-6. I would love to restore a TR-250 when I gain more space after I retire.
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Old 11-02-2008, 09:03 PM   #45
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Bingo, that's my first.


Edit to add: AH (Yes), TR (Yes), Rootes (Yes), MG (gimmee a break)

60's British sports cars, You Bet
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Old 11-02-2008, 09:11 PM   #46
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Oh yes, the Sunbeam Alpine Tiger. Drool. Thank you Chrysler.

However, don't forget the Austin-Healey.
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Old 11-02-2008, 09:15 PM   #47
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Oh yes, the Sunbeam Alpine Tiger. Drool.

I have 2 Sunbeam Alpines, no Tigers. There is no such thing as a 'Sunbeam Alpine Tiger'. But, like you I do drool over a Sunbeam Tiger. With a bit of luck, we can both get one & compare.

Edit top add:

Avatar car is a SIII Hillman Minx.

I hope the Chrysler comment was sarcastic, Chrysler killed the Tiger (due to Ford engine), the only profitable car Rootes produced. Funny world.
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Old 11-02-2008, 09:39 PM   #48
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I hope the Chrysler comment was sarcastic, Chrysler killed the Tiger (due to Ford engine), the only profitable car Rootes produced. Funny world.
Correct. Very sarcastic. Why would you purchase a car that you cannot build? Maybe this decision gives some insight into where Chrysler is today.

I always thought it was an "Alpine Tiger," but I see you are correct.
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TOYS!!!

I've got some friends with similar interests and we tinker and play with our toys mostly...
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Old 11-03-2008, 04:36 AM   #50
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Why on earth would you give that up? Sailing is such a thrill. Maybe other things more compelling to do?

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As much as I love sailing, it's just way too expensive. An indulgence I permit myself while I am still working. I can crew on other people's boats, charter, etc. in retirement. But I do have other hobbies (reading, internet, woodworking, dogs, biking, weightlifting, cooking, foodie adventures, iPod/music, etc.) and I look forward to exploring my (Zelinski) Get-A-Life Tree in the years ahead.

Glad you appreciate sailing too...
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Old 11-03-2008, 06:40 AM   #51
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Old Cars, Old Tractors, Photography. Camping but mostly to benefit other hobbies and trips on the cheap, not for camping sake. Lots of other side interests but not at the level of a hobby.

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Old 11-03-2008, 09:08 AM   #52
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Riding my recumbent bike/gym in winter
Fishing, including fly fishing
camping in our little pop up camper
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walking hiking
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yard work/garden
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Old 11-03-2008, 09:31 AM   #53
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driving my convertible at full tilt <vroom vroom>
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techno-babbling (computers, science, engineering)
planning events & parties as a volunteer "grunt"

I would like to learn (relearn) as mind stretching and "out of the box" mental exercises:

- drawing or painting, but i'm not sure my brain can do this. Art 100 was a REAL challenge in college. but i did get an "A" for effort and the course grade. I greatly amused the teacher.
- musical instrument, maybe fiddling. i played some piano as a child and teenager, but had no ear and very little tempo. or patience to stick with it.
- refresh myself on reading/speaking the Spanish language. i studied for 4 yrs in HS, but i forgot most of it.
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Old 11-03-2008, 09:02 PM   #54
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As much as I love sailing, it's just way too expensive. An indulgence I permit myself while I am still working. I can crew on other people's boats, charter, etc. in retirement. But I do have other hobbies (reading, internet, woodworking, dogs, biking, weightlifting, cooking, foodie adventures, iPod/music, etc.) and I look forward to exploring my (Zelinski) Get-A-Life Tree in the years ahead.

Glad you appreciate sailing too...
Crewing on other people's boats always sounded interesting. Glad to know you are just giving up a boat and not sailing itself.

We owned a sailboat for many years, but got rid of it along with our house when we became RV fulltimers. We didn't sail as much after retiring because we were traveling a lot. We sailed a great deal while working - it was a great stress reliever.

We will likely charter a sail boat one of these days. I don't think we'll ever own a boat again except for maybe a kayak - a bigger boat can really tie you down (pun!).

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i used to drag race (blown alcohol 1940 willys coupe, 7.03 @ 195 in the 1/4 mile) but sold the race car & all the hot rods to get closer to RE.

current interests / hobbies include:

antique harley davidsons (working on 1937 thru 1953 restoration projects).
shooting guns (any type, caliber)
welding, machining, metal fabrication, etc.
traveling in our motorhome with our rottweiler.
planning for our early retirement.
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Damn, you guys are all so artistic and talented. My hobby is making borderline jokes on this forum.
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:03 PM   #57
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My current hobbies:
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Once I'm ER or working PT will add:
golfing
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:18 PM   #58
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sewing... which gets expensive b/c I buy bernina machines and fabrics by Pucci, Chanel, etc or organic cotton, 100% cashmere, etc. Even at $60/y though, still cheaper than buying retail:
Emilio Pucci Cosmo print kaftan*|*NET-A-PORTER.COM

dh's is woodworking. He makes beautiful furniture. The only reason I'm buying from Thomas Moser is b/c dh requires more than 1.5 week to turn out a changing station.
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One nice thing about ER is you get to have as many hobbies as you want since you have 24/7 to putter around. This is my latest little project, a mini greenhouse right off my wood shop.

The orchid collection is growing a little faster than I expected, last month I only had one. Just trying to stimulate the economy.

Got to get the glass installed before the weather goes down hill.
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The flowers are beautiful Unclehon. You folks who do woodworking do an amazing job.
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