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I like to fish and drink bourbon. Right now I’m nerding out on expanding my knot tying abilities. I recently invested in a Shimano reel and a local company called Lamiglas for a new rod. Both were excellent buys.

I’ll be going for steelhead soon.
 

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Sometimes there's a fine line between hobbies and regular activities. I think my current hobbies are blacksmithing, HAM & CB radio and all round preparedness. My regular activities on the other hand are motorcycle riding, medium range rifle, archery, physical conditioning, trail hiking and playing a collection of musical instruments. There does seem to be a cyclic pattern where things shift in their prominence though. It’s always been grey to me. I think something becomes a hobby based on how much money I’m currently spending on it… or maybe that’s my wife’s definition. Anyway, I like to do a lot of stuff..
 

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Same here. I'm currently reading the 3rd book, Twilight of the Gods, in Ian W. Toll's pacific war trilogy. Don't know if you are familiar with his books, but they are awesome. One of the best books I've read in years is by him, called Six Frigates. Not about WWII but about the building of our first navy ships... a contract for 6 frigates. One of the six is the USS Constitution (Old Ironsides). Besides the design & building there is great details in their battles, including the war of 1812. Fascinating part is how he includes a lot of US history during this time. If you think our politics today are nasty, it was worse back then.
Yes, I have heard good things about Toll's trilogy. I haven't checked Amazon for them yet, though. I don't check out books from the library, I buy them. My reading style takes too long for any one book.

I will have a few volumes "working" at any one time. I'll read for an hour or so each evening, just before bed. I generally will read from one for maybe a week, set it aside to come back to later, and read from another for a few days.

Right now, it's The Great Crusade by General Dwight D. Eisenhower; D-Day, by Stephen Ambrose; Decision In Normandy, by Carlo D'Este; A Clash Of Wings, WWII In The Air, by Walter Boyne; and Tank Rider, Into The Reich With The Red Army, by Evgeni Bessonov (a memoir of an infantry platoon leader).

It's almost time for my once-in-a-decade reading of Winston Churchill's 6 volume treatise on WWII.

I've been a member of the Military Book Club for probably 30 years, plus once a year our local branch of the county library sells old books to make room for new ones - hardbacks are $1.00 each. I'll go in the first few hours of the sale and buy 20 or more, all history, ranging from the Revolution thru Korean War.

I do not watch any TV at all, don't drink, smoke, or take dope. The printed word is my drug of choice. I collect books.
 
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Loving my wife and maintaining the property are my hobbies.

Honeybees, vegetable garden, pistol and rifle practice, chasing cows and cursing chickens, maintaining the solar system, cutting way to much grass, laying tile floors and new siding on the house... just a few of my projects this year.
Following my wife while she shops for clothes and stuff is another of my important duties.
 

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I pride myself in being able to pick up any hobby, have fun with it, and drop it like a hot plate once it bores me.
Too many things to try to be stuck to just a few.

Fisherman
Shooter
Archer
Bowyer
Golfer
Carpenter
Electrician
Plumber
Software developer
PC repair
Reloader
Radio operator
3D printer/modeler
Knife collector
Sabre fencer
Welder
Boater
Basic mechanic work
Gamer
Lockpick

It's safe to say that I dabble in lots of things and always have workbenches full of projects.
I drive my wife nuts.
 

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Seems like most recently its "repairman" as the new house and Hot Nursey keep me pretty busy.

But when I have the time (Which is rarely these days)

Woodworking
fishing
shooting
drawing
hiking
golf (I haven't played in probably 5 years but I guarantee I could meet anyone of you on the course tomorrow and beat you. It's a weird talent.)
surfing (more of a lifestyle than a hobby though)
 

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I do not watch any TV at all, don't drink, smoke, or take dope. The printed word is my drug of choice. I collect books.
Once again, same here. :) However a few differences. Since my daughter-in-law is the county librarian and she runs the library at the local prison, last few years I have been giving up all my books for the prison ministry. For years my wife has been telling me I needed to switch to Kindle, as it is cheaper but I'm a stubborn ass and stuck with the printed word. My eyes have been progressively getting worse so just this week I purchased a Kindle reader. I went with the more expensive Kindle Oasis, as it is a bit bigger, has adjustable warm light... and was on sale for Cyber Monday. I thought I might regret my decision because I so love holding a book & reading off of a page, but I was wrong. It is so much easier on my eyes and has page turning buttons just in the right spot, where you hold it. I saw lots of reviews raving about that adjustable warm light but had no idea what they were talking about. I agree. It is really great. I have mine adjusted where the page is not white but has a reddish/brown tint, where it looks like you are reading an old book. I no longer need to turn on a reading lamp and the words jump off the page and is so much easier for me to read. Weighs no more than a book and about that same size... just thinner. I'm sold on it!
 

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I enjoy making about anything. Metalworking, fabricating, wood working on occasion.

Not guns. Remember, libs told me they are bad, so I sold all of mine at a gun buy back event, no questions asked. Paid cash. :vs_blush:
 

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I enjoy making about anything. Metalworking, fabricating, wood working on occasion.

Not guns. Remember, libs told me they are bad, so I sold all of mine at a gun buy back event, no questions asked. Paid cash. :vs_blush:
As a much younger man I enjoyed making babies. My drill-press looked a little different than yours though...:vs_smile:

God may strike me down for making such a risque joke on a Sunday.
 

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Dieting...well, not a hobby, but I really need to...
Exercising...well, not a hobby, but I really need to...

Jack of some, master of none...Used to be photography, but the wife is SO much better, I stopped...
I have to be a handyman, so, I attempt lots of things. Fixing as well as building, because it's usually cheaper.

Used to get out a lot more - snowboarding, hiking, kayaking...No zest in me for this stuff...There are so many projects around the homestead...those and regular chores..that I'm usually too tired for the rest.

We have chickens...have always had dogs - my wife (we) have fostered over 60 dogs, but even that has slowed down. Our 16 year old cat needs a lot of tending...and it a royal PITA!! Oldest one just had a toe cut off - possibly cancerous tumor; we don't have the results yet). Our youngest has had flu symptoms for the past 3-4 days. A bit better today...

I like shooting...need to do more of that...

I read, but not like my wife - she's always on something electronic (computer, tablet, smartphone; we both have Kindles)...I typically read while I'm exercising on my recumbent stationary bike...

Peace,
Michael J.
 

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I do a lot of reading, mostly historical and Autobiographies, Military. I also enjoy music. Nothing like smooth jazz on a Sunday morning a cup of coffee. Like to hunt and fish but don't do much of that anymore. I also used to bowl, play pool, poker, drink, prowl the bars, and chase women, but marriage and years stopped all that. :tango_face_wink:
 
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