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    • Drybones wrote:

      Tangent wrote:

      My current hobbies are:
      practicing music (violin, guitar, banjo, trombone, tuba, upright bass)
      kayaking
      fishing
      hunting
      weight training
      cooking
      professional beer drinking - just got a growler for the casual pint!)
      woodworking - I mainly make conductor batons for band directors
      carpentry
      What kind of music do you do? Guess I should have added gym to my list since I spend about two hours a day there.
      My job is a middle school band director so there's a lot of that. I play in a community band in Morristown and we play more band literature, marches and the such. I've been taking violin lessons for almost a year now and don't sound quite screechy scratchy. I've always wanted to learn to "fiddle" and play bluegrass and jigs. My teacher's pretty great. She's teaching me both classic and fiddle since I'm starting from scratch. I figure why not? Might make some pocket money if I can do both. The rest is blue grass and Americana.
    • A.T.Lt wrote:

      IMScotty wrote:

      Dmax wrote:

      I've been spending a lot of time kayaking lately. I've got a few paddling trips planned already for this spring. I'm even thinking of heading down to the Houston area in a week or two. Warm weather and tight lines.
      Bought my wife a flat water Kayak last fall, she seems to enjoy it more than a canoe. Now I need to get a second one so we can go paddling together. I enjoy easy paddles to see the wildlife.

      Rasty wrote:

      Surf Kayaking
      That looks like fun!

      TrafficJam wrote:

      My passions ... Knitting, weaving, spinning, cycling, and drinking.
      Spinning and Weaving! I love to hear of people who keep traditional crafts alive. If you are ever in Lowell, MA you should check out the The American Textile History Museum. I found it interesting, anyway.Candlepin Bowling = 'Little Balls' A much more interesting sport than ten pin (I am a bowling snob). You will have to come to New England or New Brunswick to try it out. But hurry, candlepin bowling is dying out.

      Mycophile = Mushroom lover. I am just learning the ropes. Cannot wait till Spring comes to see what I can find.

      Aquarist = I have fish tanks. Or at least I always had several in my youth. I just set up my first tank after several years without any, and I am very excited to see how it does.

      JimBlue wrote:

      Geneaology, found some ancestors back to the 1600s. Some, nothing past about 1930. Very expensive.

      Beading, to get back to my Native American ancestors, and ancestry for that to.
      beading.drivein-jim.net/

      Ham radio, get on the air when it warms up, my shack still not insulated.
      myhamradio.drivein-jim.net/

      Make more maps for my Traveller and dungeons and dragons sites.
      crestofastar.drivein-jim.net/

      travellergame.drivein-jim.net/

      Maybe start sewing my own costumes for science fiction conventions. Not to enter contests, just walk around looking cool.

      Play more Everquest MMO, but its days may be numbered.

      Drive-In movie theaters;
      http:/www.drivein-jim.net/

      arduino, LEDs, etc.
      blinkstuff.drivein-jim.net/

      I probably have too many hobbies.
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      Jim, let me know if you need any vital record look ups in Massachusetts. My fathers side goes back here quite a ways. One of my great grandmothers was Rebecca Nurse. My mothers side were Irish immigrants. I found the old family cellar hole in Ireland a few years ago.
      Too bad most kids never get to know the joy of a Drive-In. I always meant to bring the family to the one in Milford, NH but now I have waited too long and they have all grown up. No one wants to go to the Drive-In with dad now :(

      Just as I thought. There is an interesting bunch here on the Cafe.
      I live about 20 minutes from the Warwick Drive -In warwickdrivein.com
      Which incidentally is about 5 miles from the Wawayanda shelter, and the Route 94 trail head in Vernon.
      If you're hiking thru, find someone with a car and catch a double feature!

      My other hobbies are :
      My kids! If not at work or in the woods walking and climbing then I am with them
      Coaching baseball ..although may be retiring from that this season
      Motorcycles...I have a Harley and try and get out on that as often as I can
      Craft beer and local wineries. Im neither a beer snob or wine snob though. I do enjoy a Miller Lite!
      Golf, although I suck
      Boating, Kayaking and fishing..Originally it has been fishing, then bought a kayak to fish from , now I just like kayaking

      There are a lot more things that I used to be into, just don't have the time for.
      Lt. What was it that killed the drive-ins, me and my friends use to love goin' to the drive-ins! I wonder if they came back would they be able to make a go of it with many of today's kids opting for Netflix, hula and the like.
    • we used to go to the drive-in all the time in high school. last time i went back to homestead i went looking for it but it had been demo'd and replaced by a shopping center.

      when the kids were younger i took them a few times to the starlight in atlanta (on jims list). it's surprisingly busy on weekends. unfortunately, its in a bad section of town; i would really really hate to have car trouble driving home after a movie.
      2,000 miler
    • Woodworking - Have a small 'business' out of my garage shop making pieces of furniture (Trebor's Woodcraft)
      Boating - I live 15 minutes from a large lake so we spend a fair amount of time during the summer on our boat.
      Fishing and Hunting with Fly Fishing in particular being my favorite
      Coaching or otherwise helping with my sons baseball, football, and basketball teams

      Will probably get into kayaking more as my son gets a little older and can handle one by himself
      RIAP
    • A number of things killed off Drive-Ins. Several I found notices on said; crime, people not buying food from the concession stand, Daylight Saving Time changes, not being able to always get first run movies from studios, owner who opened it died and the kids/relatives didn't want it, storm damage koncking the screen down and insurance didn't pay enough to rebuild, and big box stores and shopping mall builders making them a sweet offer of large amounts of money.

      While some Drive-ins were huge, parking for over 1000 cars and at least 3 screens, many had 1 screen and parking for under 100 cars. The smallest one I found a record of had parking for 20 cars. I think it was in the West Verginia or Vermont/New Hampshire area. The aerial photo showed a hill on one side and a river on the other. A small two lane road passed between it and the river.

      Some, particularly in rural areas, thats it for entertainement. So the comunity supports it. A bandstand in front of the screen.

      Most of the ones along Route 66 have closed. A9 hole minature golf course, swings, lawn type seating up front, etc. Some have swap meets during the week to help pay bills.

      Estimates vary, but in the US alone, there were 3000 to 5000 Drive-ins. There are about 200 - 300 left.

      I did have a link to one in Australia, but cannot find the link anymore.
      --
      "What do you mean its sunrise already ?!", me.
    • The drive in in Warwick has 3 screens. And a double feature on each screen every night They don't have the speakers anymore. You just tune in a dedicated radio station for your specific screen on your car radio Works much better then those old school speakers
      RIAP
    • A.T.Lt wrote:

      The drive in in Warwick has 3 screens. And a double feature on each screen every night They don't have the speakers anymore. You just tune in a dedicated radio station for your specific screen on your car radio Works much better then those old school speakers
      Shame they didn't have that when we used to watch the movies without sound from the funeral home behind the drive-in. :)
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Puppies on top of mountains, birds inside bike chain sprockets.
      Guess I enjoy tinkering on the bike, but I'm not very good at it. In this case, however, success for me! Not so much the remains of the poor bird.
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      Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself.
    • cinematreasures.org/theaters/11747
      This was the local drive-in when I was in HS. They showed mostly porn by then. My buddy had a, ironically, 69 mustang that we had rigged the back seat rest to lay down. He would drive and me and both girlfriends would hide in the trunk while his little pervert arse would drive in alone and pay, for one of course, then park and we'd pile out through the back seat, lol.
      If your Doctor is a tree, you're on acid.
    • Hobbies come and go. I don't think I'll give up skiing unless I just can't do it any more. The photo is from today, at Wachusett Mountain in MA. Which is on the MA Mid-State trail, which I have hiked. In fact I hiked it several times before I ever skied it.

      But other than that... photography, hiking, sailing, bicycling, RC airplanes, reading. My latest is music -- though I'll never be much good at it, it's still fun to try. Also interested in music theory, ie., how does music work?
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    • twistwrist wrote:

      Puppies on top of mountains, birds inside bike chain sprockets.
      Guess I enjoy tinkering on the bike, but I'm not very good at it. In this case, however, success for me! Not so much the remains of the poor bird.
      You are so cool! I want to learn to change the oil in my car...just to say I've done it. :D
      In life there are no limitations. Except stupidity. If you're stupid, you're screwed.

      Stephan Pastis
    • rafe wrote:

      Hobbies come and go. I don't think I'll give up skiing unless I just can't do it any more. The photo is from today, at Wachusett Mountain in MA. Which is on the MA Mid-State trail, which I have hiked. In fact I hiked it several times before I ever skied it.

      But other than that... photography, hiking, sailing, bicycling, RC airplanes, reading. My latest is music -- though I'll never be much good at it, it's still fun to try. Also interested in music theory, ie., how does music work?
      I should add skiing as well, along with reading and photography.
      RIAP
    • twistwrist wrote:

      Puppies on top of mountains, birds inside bike chain sprockets.
      Guess I enjoy tinkering on the bike, but I'm not very good at it. In this case, however, success for me! Not so much the remains of the poor bird.
      nice bike. I have a 900 vulcan custom but I'd love to have a concours. I guess I should add motorcycles to my list as well. It's winter and easy to forget.
    • LIhikers wrote:

      I don't have time for a hobby right now.
      I work 10 hours a day, 4 days a week, and spend 3 to 4 hours a day in the car commuting.
      I used to build and fly model airplanes, both radio control and control line.
      With that much commute time have you tried books on CD or podcast? Your local library may have a lot of books on CD, and the ability to do interlibrary loan for others at a reasonable price ($1?). Podcast take a little effort, but lots of free stuff.
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Tangent wrote:

      twistwrist wrote:

      Puppies on top of mountains, birds inside bike chain sprockets.
      Guess I enjoy tinkering on the bike, but I'm not very good at it. In this case, however, success for me! Not so much the remains of the poor bird.
      nice bike. I have a 900 vulcan custom but I'd love to have a concours. I guess I should add motorcycles to my list as well. It's winter and easy to forget.
      Yep, it sure is. Dreaded winter.
      www.appalachiantrailclarity.com - Life on the A.T.

      Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself.
    • LIhikers wrote:

      I don't have time for a hobby right now.
      I work 10 hours a day, 4 days a week, and spend 3 to 4 hours a day in the car commuting.
      I used to build and fly model airplanes, both radio control and control line.
      ditto. I work between 9-12 hours a day 5 days a week with
      , depending on the day a 3-4 hour commute....Sucks the life out of you
      RIAP
    • Dmax wrote:

      We have two drive thrus near us. Went once last year. .. The speakers still suck!!!

      FM Radio as A LT. already mentioned is used by many of the remaining Drive-Ins.

      Oh, and at least one studio no longer ships film for their movies. Its a digital download to the theater. So if the drive-in only have equipment that shows film, then they are going to have to make changes or go under.

      I did read of a small motel, 3 floors, out by El Paso, Texas, that showed porn. All rooms had a balcony so the folks could view the screen. The sound was piped to the rooms. Apparently a large ighway went in nearby and parents complained. So they had to shut down.

      Oh, someone with a good web site; neon signs, space looking food places, old motels, Route 66, etc.
      roadsidepeek.com/

      One of things I would do if I ever won the lotto would have one big room full of art deco and neon lights.
      --
      "What do you mean its sunrise already ?!", me.
    • A.T.Lt wrote:

      LIhikers wrote:

      I don't have time for a hobby right now.
      I work 10 hours a day, 4 days a week, and spend 3 to 4 hours a day in the car commuting.
      I used to build and fly model airplanes, both radio control and control line.
      ditto. I work between 9-12 hours a day 5 days a week with, depending on the day a 3-4 hour commute....Sucks the life out of you
      Yes it does. It absolutely does.
      www.appalachiantrailclarity.com - Life on the A.T.

      Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself.
    • Watching Birmingham abc33/40 tv evening news, eastern Jefferson County, Alabama, a town is putting in a 4 screen drive-in movie theater. Supposed to be open by the spring of this year. Will use FM radio instead of speakers. The mayor of the town said it wont be the typical Drive-In setup.
      --
      "What do you mean its sunrise already ?!", me.
    • I just want to caution y'all about mixing your hobbies together. For instance, knitting while warming up for spin class. Your yarn might get wrapped around your crank many times before you realize it. ;)
      In life there are no limitations. Except stupidity. If you're stupid, you're screwed.

      Stephan Pastis
    • TrafficJam wrote:

      I just want to caution y'all about mixing your hobbies together. For instance, knitting while warming up for spin class. Your yarn might get wrapped around your crank many times before you realize it. ;)

      Mine has a guard on it... I'm not where that is going, but I had to say it, whatever it is. Or was. I'm tired.
      --
      "What do you mean its sunrise already ?!", me.
    • sheepdog wrote:

      TrafficJam wrote:

      I just want to caution y'all about mixing your hobbies together. For instance, knitting while warming up for spin class. Your yarn might get wrapped around your crank many times before you realize it. ;)
      I hate it when that happens
      yeah you could cut off your circulation. 8o
      "Dazed and Confused"
      Recycle, re-use, re-purpose
      Plant a tree
      Take a kid hiking
      Make a difference
    • IMScotty wrote:

      TrafficJam wrote:

      My passions ... Knitting, weaving, spinning, cycling, and drinking.
      Spinning and Weaving! I love to hear of people who keep traditional crafts alive. If you are ever in Lowell, MA you should check out the The American Textile History Museum. I found it interesting, anyway.
      My daughter interned for a summer at The American Textile History Museum then after she graduated with her Bachelor's degree, she worked there for a little over a year then she went to grad school at School at the Art Institute of Chicago. So, I had the opportunity to visit the museum about 3-4 times and I found it interesting as well.

      TrafficJam wrote:

      Thanks for the explanation, Scotty...those sound really cool. You're right, there's lots of interesting people here in the Cafe.

      I was always an embarrassment to my kids when they were growing up. :D Back in the 90's, only grandmothers knitted, had looms in their dining rooms, and spinning wheels in the corners. Not many moms washed fleece in their kids' kiddie pools in the backyard. Now they think I'm pretty cool.

      This is what I'm spinning right now. I think it's such a beautiful color, I have to share.



      That is an exceptionally beautiful color. My very favorite is turquoise including all shades thereof.

      My main hobby is college basketball, particularly Michigan State University Spartans. I watched all of our game and parts of about 5 other college games today as well as most of the first half of Warriors-Thunder. (Draymond Green is a Spartan and I also love Steph-first saw him in person at the Sweet Sixteen game at Ford Field in Detroit). My other hobbies are too much time spent on the internet and also reading. And an unfortunate hobby I seem to be acquiring is Physical Therapy; this is the 3rd time in a year, all for different ailments. It's heck getting old.
    • Well, after reading through this whole thread my "hobbies" seem so mundane. My husband is the thrill seeking, death defying, adrenaline junkie in the relationship. I mainly just watch and pray to anyone or anything listening that he doesn't get hurt.

      1. Mountain Biking (I'm mediocre at this.)
      2. Skiing (I've tried exactly once so far and I was terrible but that just makes me want to try again.)
      3. Rock Climbing (Another mediocre rating.)
      4. Ice Climbing (Still learning.)
      5. Weight Lifting (I've sadly gotten way, way too slack on this one in the last year, so it kind of feels like I'm starting over.)
      6. Running/Jogging (It's a necessary evil.)
      7. Reading (I nerd out hardcore with books. I hesitate to guess the many thousands in both digital and traditional format that I've read.)
      8. Puzzles (Don't judge. I never outgrew that part of my childhood.)
      9. Photography (I'm not a photographer. I'm just someone with a super nice camera who gets lucky sometimes.)
      “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” - T. S. Eliot
    • Ewok11 wrote:

      Well, after reading through this whole thread my "hobbies" seem so mundane. My husband is the thrill seeking, death defying, adrenaline junkie in the relationship. I mainly just watch and pray to anyone or anything listening that he doesn't get hurt.

      1. Mountain Biking (I'm mediocre at this.)
      2. Skiing (I've tried exactly once so far and I was terrible but that just makes me want to try again.)
      3. Rock Climbing (Another mediocre rating.)
      4. Ice Climbing (Still learning.)
      5. Weight Lifting (I've sadly gotten way, way too slack on this one in the last year, so it kind of feels like I'm starting over.)
      6. Running/Jogging (It's a necessary evil.)
      7. Reading (I nerd out hardcore with books. I hesitate to guess the many thousands in both digital and traditional format that I've read.)
      8. Puzzles (Don't judge. I never outgrew that part of my childhood.)
      9. Photography (I'm not a photographer. I'm just someone with a super nice camera who gets lucky sometimes.)

      Cool list. My list would be very short if we only included the things we were good at. I stink at the physical stuff but enjoy it anyway.

      Puzzles! I've always loved them, Ravensburger's are the best. Most of my puzzles are on the computer but I've been thinking about getting one out of the closet. I took this picture yesterday of my grand pup while I was working a puzzle.

      In life there are no limitations. Except stupidity. If you're stupid, you're screwed.

      Stephan Pastis

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    • Trillium wrote:

      IMScotty wrote:

      TrafficJam wrote:

      My passions ... Knitting, weaving, spinning, cycling, and drinking.
      Spinning and Weaving! I love to hear of people who keep traditional crafts alive. If you are ever in Lowell, MA you should check out the The American Textile History Museum. I found it interesting, anyway.
      My daughter interned for a summer at The American Textile History Museum then after she graduated with her Bachelor's degree, she worked there for a little over a year then she went to grad school at School at the Art Institute of Chicago. So, I had the opportunity to visit the museum about 3-4 times and I found it interesting as well.

      TrafficJam wrote:

      Thanks for the explanation, Scotty...those sound really cool. You're right, there's lots of interesting people here in the Cafe.

      I was always an embarrassment to my kids when they were growing up. :D Back in the 90's, only grandmothers knitted, had looms in their dining rooms, and spinning wheels in the corners. Not many moms washed fleece in their kids' kiddie pools in the backyard. Now they think I'm pretty cool.

      This is what I'm spinning right now. I think it's such a beautiful color, I have to share.



      That is an exceptionally beautiful color. My very favorite is turquoise including all shades thereof.
      My main hobby is college basketball, particularly Michigan State University Spartans. I watched all of our game and parts of about 5 other college games today as well as most of the first half of Warriors-Thunder. (Draymond Green is a Spartan and I also love Steph-first saw him in person at the Sweet Sixteen game at Ford Field in Detroit). My other hobbies are too much time spent on the internet and also reading. And an unfortunate hobby I seem to be acquiring is Physical Therapy; this is the 3rd time in a year, all for different ailments. It's heck getting old.
      The textile museum sounds like a dream job.

      I was at a spinning guild meeting yesterday. While the majority of members are older, there were still a handful under 40. I really enjoyed sitting next to and talking to a high school student who spins and weaves. It's nice seeing a youngster carrying on traditional crafts.
      In life there are no limitations. Except stupidity. If you're stupid, you're screwed.

      Stephan Pastis
    • My first ever 'Planted Tank.' Top photo is at planting, bottom is one month later. I have some plant growth, a few failures. Fighting the algae is a battle. Overall I am pretty happy with my first try. Fish will be added slowly.
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      “Of all sad words of tongue or pen,
      the saddest are these, 'It might have been.”


      John Greenleaf Whittier