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#1 User is offline   Digger 

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 02:07 PM

Mine are

1. Fishing
2. Fishing
3. Fishing
4. Fishing

How about you, and you can talk about them if you like.

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 02:26 PM

1. History/philosophy - lifelong - includes living history 1860-80, several organizations and history/museum boards, etc.
2. Asian martial arts - lifelong (since I was 12)
3. Music/guitar - lifelong with periods of weekend warrior work for money.
4. Firearms - lifelong, again both in historical/technical study and current recreational aspects.

I don't count writing which I've done both for a living and for fun as long as I can remember, or ditto photography.

There's a lot of "slopover" in the above, given the living history thing, museum artifacts that are weaponry of various sorts, literature ranging from Xenophon to de Saxe to Jomini and Clausewitz, music and Vetruvius forward, general European economics from the Roman period to date with 19th century emphasis, etc., etc.,

I've done lots of other stuff at various times from making knives to sailing, but... Dig, even fishing has been part of making a living, especially when I was an outdoor editor. So for the past nearly 50 years it's been "work."

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 02:33 PM

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1. Comic Books and drawing . Enclosed is a sample of my art . Since I retired from the Navy in 1999 , I've been doing work for various publishers as both a Inker & Penciller.

2. Martial Arts . I'm a 3rd degree Black Belt in Kempo Karate .

3. Movies , especially the old B & W Universal Monster Classics. I could watch those for days on end.

4. NFL Football . I'm a huge New England Patriots fan.

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 05:08 PM

Radio Controlled Aircraft, notably Helicopters
Fishing Fresh or Salt
Jamming with Friends
Scale Modeling
Anxiously awaiting warmer weather to go flying AND fishing...
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Posted 25 March 2013 - 05:16 PM

Playing Music - Drums/guitars

Writing Music - Coming up with new songs is a special joy for me

Recording Music - While I still have a lot to learn and sometimes I get very frustrated while recording new stuff, I am getting better at it, and I always learn a great deal every time I make a new recording.

Basketball - Playing and watching on TV

Reading - I love the Horror genre and love watching horror movies as well. I also enjoy reading a lot of non-fiction stuff on history.
Life's Distractions/Pleasures:
2006 Epiphone Ebony G400, 1997 Epiphone Cherry SG Junior, 1997 Epiphone LE Standard Plus Trans-Blue Les Paul,
2007 Epiphone Cherry Dot, 1996 Fender Black MIM Traditional Stratocaster, 2008 VM Squier Olympic White SSH Telecaster, 2011 Jackson Gun Metal Gray JS32R Dinky (FR),
1985 George Washburn Dreadnought, 2005 Ibanez Trans-Blue Burst GSR200 FM Bass, VOX AD30VT, Fender Super Champ XD. Acoustic B100 Bass Amp


My Music ----> http://soundcloud.com/bradley-e

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 05:26 PM

I think this covers it.

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Suhr Classic Pro C1
Gibson LP Tribute Goldtop (P-90s)
Peerless Firefox Custom (Peerless version of Lucille)
Squire Classic Vibe Telecaster
Warmoth Strat (Tele Neck & Lace Sensor pups)
Tweed Champ (clone)
Fender Super Reverb (silverface)
Marshall JTM-1
Fender Vibro Champ (silverface)
Pignose 7-100

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 05:31 PM

Astronomy (Have a few 10" & 12" Meade SCT & Truss Rod telescopes. Crappy viewing in IA though. The West & SW are best)

Camping/Hiking/Backpacking (just being outdoors when good weather)

Bikes (love my Harley's, touring, and visiting with people on the road)

Guitars
(just a duffer playing for fun & tinkering with electronics & setups)

Fly Fishing
(most relaxing of all maybe for me anyway)

Trying to earn enough money for the above list!!

More than 5 but outside of #6 I can't decided which I like the best. Starting to not enjoy #6 after all these years. Maybe Biking & Guitars are best?

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 06:17 PM

Hobby #1 is computers. Before I retired I was employed as (among other things) a quality engineer, and machine shop supervisor at places that made industrial computers, controls and valves.
#2 is fishing, fresh and saltwater. I live within an hours drive of Cape Cod and enjoy all types of fishing.
#3 is guitars [thumbup]
#4 is keeping exotic aquarium fish.

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 10:46 PM

65 Tbird Restoration - A 12 year ongoing project

Guitars - playing and working on them

Jamming/recording with the band mates - Since 1962

Helping the family and friends with their home projects and repairs - a never ending story

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 09:11 AM

Playing & recording music - I started back in the late 60s and have been playing ever since. Have been in 5 working bands over the years and have one album under my belt ( as an artist not as an engineer ). I have also contributed sound tracks to 3 local indie movies.

Photography & videography - Started this hobby in the mid 60s, was a battalion photographer in the U.S. Army for part of my 1st tour, I have owned and shot on everything from a 1908 Kodak 5x7 field camera to my current Nikon D7000. Just sold off the last of my darkroom this past year.

Home building / woodworking - I owned a custom home construction firm until the crash. I still work on my own house and hope to build one last custom home once we decide where we want to retire to.

Auto / motorcycle restoration - Been doing this since high school, last car was a 1967 Grand Prix convertible that I sold at the Auctions America Ft Lauderdale event last year ( right about this time of year as a matter of fact ). I have had a few choice Harleys over the years, most notably a '69 XLCH Sportster and a '55 Panhead chopper that I rode all over the country.

Boating / Fishing - The missus and I have an older cruiser on Lake Michigan that we try to spend our summers on. I am really looking forward to teaching my grandson to fish off of it starting this year!

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 09:34 AM

Hey Sledge....what a beautiful car you have !!!

My Hobbies are / was:

Music.............Music is my life !I was keen on music ītill I was a child. To listen to good music gives me a lot and it heals me sometimes.

Martilal Arts.............brown belt in Karate, Black in Taek-Won-Do, Black belt in Dju-Su ( chinese self defense, street combat) I was a sportsman until I got ill....canīt do it anymore.

Home recording.......with my guitars and Ableton 8 Live Suite

Photography...........with my Sony Alpha 350....sometimes I make HDR pics

....not to forget......my PC [rolleyes]
My guitars:
Epiphone Les Paul Standard Trans Blue
Epiphone Dot CH
Epiphone Wildkat Ltd. Customshop Sunrise Orange
Epiphone Special 2
Epiphone Riviera P 93 WR Ltd. Customshop
Hagstrom Swede Tremar

Fender DG 15 SB
Ovation Applause
Johnson BD 12 EBK 12string
Hopf classic
Pasadena Lap Steel Guitar
Johnson Backpacker
Fender Ukulele
Mahalo Ukulele
Pedals : Zoom G 2.1 u and Boss ME 50, TC Helicon Harmony GXT
Controller- Keyboard: Akai MPK 25
Audio Interface: M-Audio ProFire 610
Monitorspeakers: KRK Rokit 5
Microphone: Fame C 1, TC Helicon MP 75
Amps: Park / Marshall 15 W, Vox DA 5 5 W, Laney LX 20
Software: Ableton 8 Suite


If you are interested in the music I produce, please listen to: soundcloud.com / Oldhippie54


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Posted 26 March 2013 - 09:37 AM

View PostGreybeard, on 25 March 2013 - 10:46 PM, said:

65 Tbird Restoration - A 12 year ongoing project

Guitars - playing and working on them

Jamming/recording with the band mates - Since 1962

Helping the family and friends with their home projects and repairs - a never ending story


Hi Greybeard............do you have pics of the Tbird??
My guitars:
Epiphone Les Paul Standard Trans Blue
Epiphone Dot CH
Epiphone Wildkat Ltd. Customshop Sunrise Orange
Epiphone Special 2
Epiphone Riviera P 93 WR Ltd. Customshop
Hagstrom Swede Tremar

Fender DG 15 SB
Ovation Applause
Johnson BD 12 EBK 12string
Hopf classic
Pasadena Lap Steel Guitar
Johnson Backpacker
Fender Ukulele
Mahalo Ukulele
Pedals : Zoom G 2.1 u and Boss ME 50, TC Helicon Harmony GXT
Controller- Keyboard: Akai MPK 25
Audio Interface: M-Audio ProFire 610
Monitorspeakers: KRK Rokit 5
Microphone: Fame C 1, TC Helicon MP 75
Amps: Park / Marshall 15 W, Vox DA 5 5 W, Laney LX 20
Software: Ableton 8 Suite


If you are interested in the music I produce, please listen to: soundcloud.com / Oldhippie54


Oldhippie

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 10:18 AM

View PostOldhippie, on 26 March 2013 - 09:37 AM, said:

Hi Greybeard............do you have pics of the Tbird??



The quickest place to see pictures of the Tbird are here.....


http://www.tbirdgara...onvertible.html

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 01:21 PM

It has changed since the kid left home. When he was here, his activities were my hobbies. Full stop. Now, here's the current list.

1. Music - playing bass in two bands and messing with the guitar on my own.
2. Motorcycles - riding on the street when I can and ambitions of getting back on the track either this summer or next.
3. Spending time with my wife, usually watching Bette Davis movies because she loves 'em.
4. Work. This takes up most of my time, unfortunately. I actually like it most of the time, fortunately.
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Posted 26 March 2013 - 05:27 PM

View PostGreybeard, on 26 March 2013 - 10:18 AM, said:

The quickest place to see pictures of the Tbird are here.....


http://www.tbirdgara...onvertible.html


What a beautiful hobby!!! Love the bird for sure. [thumbup]

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 09:58 PM

View PostAster1, on 26 March 2013 - 05:27 PM, said:

What a beautiful hobby!!! Love the bird for sure. [thumbup]

Aster



Thanks Aster. Its taken a lot of years to get to where it is now. Most of the big stuff is behind me but once you get started on one of these things you always find some other little thing to fiddle around with. I just finished rebuilding the clock last week and its keeping pretty good time. You just never know what's next until it happens.

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 10:07 AM

I don't know if I can actually call music a hobby... but, lets go with it

1: playing music
2: writing music
3: golf (or trying to do something that resembles golf)
4: making noise with things that usually are related to music

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 11:58 AM

View PostGreybeard, on 26 March 2013 - 10:18 AM, said:

The quickest place to see pictures of the Tbird are here.....


http://www.tbirdgara...onvertible.html



That is sweet, I had one of those in a hard top pass thru my hands, I thought the dash was about as cool as it gets, very '60s NASA inspired.

Here is a write up of my Grand Prix. Looking at your photos made me really miss her!

http://www.pontiacso...P%20Convert.htm

-Harry

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 02:30 PM

View PostCoach, on 27 March 2013 - 11:58 AM, said:

That is sweet, I had one of those in a hard top pass thru my hands, I thought the dash was about as cool as it gets, very '60s NASA inspired.

Here is a write up of my Grand Prix. Looking at your photos made me really miss her!

http://www.pontiacso...P%20Convert.htm

-Harry



I love that Poncho Coach. My first car was a 55 Starchief and I had a 63 Grand Prix just after I got out of the service. It also had the vacuum gauge on the console and that neat under hood trouble light that you could pull out to the side. My uncle had a 64 Bonneville convertible that I loved at the time and I always thought that someday I'd find one of those. The Tbird came first though and the priority on the Bonne fell by the wayside. I think my favorite Pontiac year turned out to be 67. I really like the GTO's that year as well as the GPs.

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 04:06 PM

Seriously though whilst fishing is most definitely my main interest there are other things that occur down the list that I spend lots of time doing.

I read a lot! When it's hot or when it's wet I read. I read most evenings as even with Foxtel, there are only a few shows on TV that interest me.

I love photography and probably take thousands of photos each year. I'm not a good photographer but with the number of shots I take, some good ones emerge. In fact Mrs Dig being an artist, I supply photographic references for most of her paintings. I also supply many local artists (friends) with references and really get a kick out of my pics being converted to a higher plane (gotta work on that percentage though as 0% is a bit low)

I guess shooting would have to be included as I do daily battle with the rabbit hoards here and enjoy the hunt. It's more of a social and farm obligation than a hobby though.

Up until recently there was kayaking. I loved it but health and common sense reasons have caused me recently to sell my beloved Hobie.

Guitar playing has fallen by the wayside in the last couple of years as an undiagnosed vitamin B12 2deficiency has left me unable to remember something I learned an hour ago.

Other things that I have done at times include skin and SCUBA diving...from my early teens. Spearfishing and U/W photography included in that.

I did some archery at one time and might set up a field shoot here one day (after buying another bow that is)

For a long time I was a "Rock Hound" and collected semi precious stones and made them into jewellery. Sometimes this was just tumbled pieces but I also had equipment to slab and trim stone from larger pieces and then to sand and finally polish before mounting into jewellery findings. I had people offer to buy quantities of 1000 pieces at times but it was just a hobby and I declined.

Then I studied at nights and obtained a ham radio qualification. That was fun right up until I got into the radio business after which interest in the hobby died off.

Anyone got anything else for us?

Dig

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