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Old 12-01-2013, 12:36 PM   #21
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I've been working outside my entire career, in all sorts of miserable weather, so poor weather really doesn't deter me much.

I will put on a wetsuit top and jump in my kayak and frolic in 3' waves during a northwest winter storm. This is fun for me - especially when I know there is a roaring fire going back in the cabin and perhaps some fiery adult beverages.
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Old 12-01-2013, 01:05 PM   #22
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Okay... and what are those passions?

So far, we've got reading, movie watching, beading, playing card games, cooking good-smelling stuff that takes long to cook, guitar-playing, internet surfing, and catching up on chores (which I for one cannot believe). And, of course, my beloved strategy war gaming (that no one seems too curious about).

Can you add a rainy day (or not) passion of your own?

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Mine is just the usual stuff like other people. I can also go to my electronic bench, and fire up my scopes, spectrum analyzers, signal generators and play with some circuits. I have done that less and less though.

Now, I spend more time on the Web looking for dishes that I can make and expand my culinary skills.
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:14 PM   #23
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Most definitely snug in bed with the dogs and a good book!
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:34 PM   #24
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Finally on long winter days, I turn on the old MSFT flight simulator, I like to fly a 737 jet, from say, Boston Logan to NY La Guardia, or from Amsterdam to
London, or LA to San Diego.
I do the same! I have a pretty sweet setup and my favorite jet is the A330. Last winter I did a round-the-world trip on my simulator keeping each leg under 2 hours when possible.
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Old 12-03-2013, 01:22 PM   #25
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Definite INTJ with ADD, so I dabble in lots of things: playing guitar/writing songs, woodworking, photography, bicycling, napping...
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On bad weather days, I'll cook a sumptuous meaty meal complete with dessert, open a wonderful bottle of wine, put on a great movie and DH and I will have a big feast!
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Definite INTJ with ADD, so I dabble in lots of things: playing guitar/writing songs, woodworking, photography, bicycling, napping...
How do you manage to only dabble at napping
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One of my occasional rainy-day activities has been digitizing my LP collection.

It takes some time to break down all the tracks and edit them for the proper fade-in fade-outs and/or lead ins, and label the track names. I also get obsessive about trying to get as many clicks and pops edited out as I can. I sometimes find I spend 10 minutes on a few seconds of a quiet section of music, but then can go for a few minutes with no edits.

I have not found any automated SW that works w/o mucking up the sound. I zoom in on the waveform, find the little click and use the 'repair' function in Audacity - that's really good at making a small section of the waveform (< 3 mSec) follow the trend of the waveform adjacent to it. The pop is gone and no noticeable effect on the sound, since you've only edited such a small section.

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Old 12-10-2013, 11:34 PM   #30
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1. Studying chess for my next tournament.
2. Baking and trying to perfect homemade bagels, pies, croissants, etc.
3. Programming a game or other piece of interesting software, such as a neural net.
4. Play with my kids if they are home from school!
5. Read, read, read.
6. Write something for one of my 3 blogs.
7. Surf financial sites or tweak a spreadsheet.
8. Download and play with new software or apps.
9. Pull out my charts or sailing magazines and daydream about the next sailing trip.
10. Enjoy a glass of wine with DW.

So much to choose from even on a rainy day.
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Old 12-12-2013, 10:10 AM   #31
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Our rainy day projects, in addition to the things above are cleaning out old stuff.
1. We have a single sheet scanner. One of my winter projects is to digitize then shred or keep many documents. Once digitized, I write out a description. Documents can be financial items, genealogy stuff, middle school awards.
2. We have a turntable and a mixer and sound editing software. I am digitizing Grass Roots, Madman Across the Water, and 75 other LPs.
3. DW has many slides from the 60s and 70s. She is digitizing them by using her SLR camera. I don't know how that works but it does.
4. A completed project was to compare back tax returns to SS record. Done. Have shredded most documents from the time before Reagan's second term but still debating whether we should keep the return itself. I understand the statute of limitations has passed.
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