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    I Need A Hobby

    I'm a bit bored. I read a lot, but you can't do that all day. I work out pretty much daily, but that doesn't burn up more than an hour.

    I tried working on one of my antique rifles today, but my fingers on my left hand post-stroke suck for fine work.

    Maybe chess? Tried it years ago with my older brother, but he's so good I gave it up in short order.

    What do you folks do to while away the hours?

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    You answered this yourself in another thread where you spoke of how you used to love cooking all day. Sure you don't need to, as the kitchens are cooking all day, but what is to stop you going to the market, buying the goods to cook something you have never cooked before?
    Originally Posted by bsnub "No wonder I drive a tesla"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    What do you folks do to while away the hours?
    Post on teakdoor.

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    Why don't you do some research, Davis?

    Choose an area you like, better still if you're knowledgeable in that space then focus on reading and doing a bit of writing. Either research or do some short stories based on stuff in your life; if you connect them together with a theme you'll have a book; you can link in reading areas and planning and all sorts of stuff you like and/or are good at.
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    Learn the guitar or harmonica

    Watch out for duet offers crom Betty and the Shifters

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    Why don't you do some research, Davis?
    No, don't do that. You end up finding out all sorts of stuff that you really would prefer not to know, not least because other people who do not know end up calling you a conspiracy theorist.

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    I'm surprised Betty didn't recommend taking up the guitar...But then it might be tough to play with your left hand, though it might help to regain strength...

    You could sing us a tune from the sixties, Davis...

    Betty knows your compound by now, having left a Union Jack on your kitchen table, so just invite him over to coach you...

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    Right, lets stop this talk of guitar right now!

    (&, if anybody wants to buy a telecaster, an SG or an acoustic, or a valve amp, or a solid state amp, or numerous pedals then please let me know - I'll sort out a blinding deal for ya!)

    Davis has lots of knowledge and an intelligent mind, so he should use it. He likes reading, so that's a main area in researching, and is clearly good at planning and strategizing too- whether for a book or for an article of some type.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Learn the guitar or harmonica

    Watch out for duet offers crom Betty and the Shifters
    That's not a bad idea. I messed about with my daughter's guitar the other day (I used to play banjo), but the left hand fucks me up. But, I like harmonicas and have never tried that. Might give it a go.

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    Tinker away at things that need fixing/maintenance - not sure how badly your stroke affected you.

    Bird-watch.

    Learn a new skill on coursera.org

    Animals - spend time with animals.

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    I see Dill has thought of that, as well...Harmonica sounds cool, too...

    I wanna play the ukelele...Just like Israel ( IZ) from Hawaii...You gotta see this guy's version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow...The official video is actually his funeral in some bay off the coast where they spread his ashes...

    Fooking brilliant video and he is one mighty, big buffalo, that boy..Over 300 kilos!...

    Dead at 38, I think...

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    I stay busy for the most part, but when Im able to I would like to get into carpentry (reused wood).

    The piece below was recently fabricated for the girlfriend. She wanted a 70 inch (long) by 20 inch (wide) by 18 inches (high) bench to put next to a picture window. The bench is made of pecky cypress from a 90 year old barn that was taken down (danger of falling over and hurting someone).


    It will not receive a sealer so it will keep the weathered grey look to it.
    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

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    Do an online degree? Choose something that really grips you and go for it. It will give you deadlines to work towards and maybe an interesting summer school in PI. Meet new interesting people, and don't kill them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baas Babelaas View Post
    not sure how badly your stroke affected you.
    Dinged up my left side. All good now. Nobody who didn't know would ever suspect. But my left hand is shit for things like holding small parts while I screw something together...things like that. No big deal...just irritating. Sometimes I'll use needle-nose pliers to hold stuff with my left...works pretty well.

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    Nice job with the woodwork, Landreth...Cheers...

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    how about learning more languages .i recall on another thread you have studied various languages. how about welsh,they speak it in patagonia

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    Buy yourself a decent quality video camera, I have a Panasonic HC-V250, and play with it. Learn video editing and post your resulting videos to Youtube. There is no need to become a full time Vlogger, as they are called, and you can keep your videos private if you wish.

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    Learn to dive. You are in an awesome part of the world for it.

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    ^PADI Master Scuba Diver since 1988.

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    My hobbies the past couple years, include gardening/reforestation focusing on specific specie of bamboo, cycle touring, meditation and the study of ancient/indigenous medicinal practices.
    Currently thinking on how to amplify my acquired knowledge on social media.

    Just observing nature/listening to songbirds is a great pastime, even on the internet!
    Have you heard the twittering of the antrobertson?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Earl View Post
    My hobbies the past couple years, include gardening/reforestation focusing on specific specie of bamboo, cycle touring, meditation and the study of ancient/indigenous medicinal practices.
    Currently thinking on how to amplify my acquired knowledge on social media.

    Just observing nature is a great pastime, even on the internet!
    Good on ya, Dr. Earl...

    Gardening - in a big way.
    Connecting with things we still don't understand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    I'm a bit bored. I read a lot, but you can't do that all day. I work out pretty much daily, but that doesn't burn up more than an hour.

    I tried working on one of my antique rifles today, but my fingers on my left hand post-stroke suck for fine work.

    Maybe chess? Tried it years ago with my older brother, but he's so good I gave it up in short order.

    What do you folks do to while away the hours?
    I'm not retired but still get bored. I've just started a part time law degree, 5 or so hours a week for 6 years, mostly online. I'm also a scout master, takes about two hours every week and it's fun teaching kids to make fires and use knives, useful skills in modern Britain . It's also a nice way to get involved in the local community.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    ^PADI Master Scuba Diver since 1988.
    Diving regularly?

    If you are on your game in the water, try underwater photography.

    And PADI master scuba is still low grade diving. Try signing up for a DM course. Academics alone will keep you busy.

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    ^Am also a Divemaster. I'm everything other than Instructor, as I didn't want to teach or carry the insurance. Good thoughts....got to see if one of my friends in Manila might want to go...no, not been in a long while. Dove two/three days a week years ago (Saudi), but haven't been in a long time.

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    I like learning graphic drawing programs on the computer Sketchup, Adobe Illustrator, Clip Studio Paint , Artrage, etc .
    free Sketchup is the easiest to learn, can build a nice 3d model of your house or whatever in a few hours .

    Someone needs to step up and resurrect Nigels art hobby thread.

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