IE wrote: ↑Thu May 18, 2023 2:04 pm
LacertineForest wrote: ↑Wed May 17, 2023 11:34 am
We've got some threads that discuss hobbies - musicians, fishing, hunting, etc., but I'm sure there are plenty of others that haven't been discussed. I see there's a useless hobby thread from 2017, but I'm curious to know a bit more about my fellow BFO poster's hobbies, useless and not-useless alike!
I've got a few of them, myself:
- I've been a video gamer for quite some time - I am pretty much console-only, and mostly play on the PS5 nowadays (I also have a PSVR2, which has been pretty wild).
- I play a lot of volleyball - 2-3x per week, almost exclusively indoors. I usually play high-intermediate or low power, but at some point, physiology wins out and my 5'8" frame just can't compete with 6'4" dudes who have good technique (at least, not at the net - I've got good speed/vision defensively and play well in the back row).
- Not an active hobby, but I played guitar in an extreme metal band for about 5 years. We toured around the midwest and self-released an album. Lots of fun stories from those days, but man that's a hard life if you're trying to do it professionally.
- My wife and I took some woodworking classes a few years ago and bought a bunch of really nice equipment (jointer, planer, cabinet saw, etc), but we didn't stick with it and now I'm looking at selling that stuff because it just takes up space in our garage.
- Most recently, my wife and I got into SCUBA diving. We got certified in 2019 and have done 75 dives since, mostly in the Caribbean (Cozumel, Roatan, Bonaire, and Little Cayman). We've got a trip to Cozumel coming up at the end of this month and a trip to the Red Sea / Egypt planned for October. Next year, we're planning to go to the Philippines (we had a trip scheduled in April of this year, but it was canceled due to airline fuckery) and Indonesia.
Honestly, I would love to change careers at some point (I'm a software engineer now) to something where I could do more diving - whether that's dive instructor, marine biology, or what, I don't know, but there's not a lot of money in any of that. Would also have to figure out insurance since my wife has a ton of prescriptions that would cost us like $20K/year without insurance...
My side stuff:
- Vintage audio equipment (70s monster receivers, turntables, speakers, etc)... I've been tailing off on that, as I have stuff I really like & use and haven't been swapping out like I used to. I have all my old vinyl and buy some now & again - but mostly listen to new music on new technology & enjoy the old on the format it was mixed to be played on.
- I've been into scuba recently too but have only gone a few times a year all in the carribean (although also want to try around Catalina island). Roatan is the greatest, IMO. Also been to Grand Cayman, Cozamel, Costa Maya, and a few dozen times in Aruba which I really like.
- I started gardening a little last year and this year got some raised beds I'm installing this weekend. So several types of tomatoes, red, hot and japaleno peppers, haricot verts, and some herbs. I also have a flower garden I started getting into quite a bit. Working from home I take breaks every day for 15 minutes or so and get some fresh air and weed & water and prune and such. I like it.
- My wife and I do a lot of DIY stuff around the house. My wife became a bigtime DIY-er and builder of things during covid, and builds custom things for people (built-ins, shelves, tables). We have almost all the tools, and our garage is always full of sawdust. So we're always working on projects. I"m the rough-in guy and utilities guy, and she does the finish work. We completely gutted and then refinished our basement ourselves and it was a big deal. It is now my man cave - I shared a picture here last fall. We still have to finish the shower and finish plumbing in the basement - I have to install the shower pan and I'm slacking (lol). She's doing a tile and concrete surround like she did for our wetbar adjacent to it - it is really cool. We already started on a new project making built-ins and a fireplace in our sunroom upstairs, and then moving on to redo our master bath and closets. Lots of work but we love working together on the weekends. We'll never be done I don't think. I have a big project in mind to build a very large screen porch off the sun room. But that might be too big for us unless I sub out the roof (I might).
- I like talking to folks here about cooking/grilling/BBQ too. Have learned a lot of ideas from other folks & wab got me hooked on sous vide which is awesome.
- We have our first grandkid (a girl) coming in 2 weeks, and who knows that might throw a monkeywrench into all this shit! lol
Sounds like we have several things in common!
I don't have vintage audio stuff, but a lot of gear left over from the band days. My basement is set up with 2-2x15 speaker columns and then another 2-1x15 speakers/monitors along with a power amp and mixer that I use when I'm working out. I pretty much got rid of all my physical media a few years ago (all CDs), but I know a lot of people who are into vinyl, and most of the bands I know who release physical media anymore are doing it on vinyl these days. I think it's really fascinating how vinyl survived changes in formats over the years.
I'm starting to really get the SCUBA bug lately - my wife and have spent a few grand alone on gear this year (we had fins, masks, snorkels, and dive computers before, but we finally decided to buy Wet suits, regs/octos, and BCDs), not to mention two long, expensive dive trips. Do you dive with a local group? When my wife and I went to visit some family in Plainfield, we stopped at Below H2O in Naperville and Dive Right in Scuba in Plainfield. Both stores were really nice and had a good vibe - I bet doing dive trips with them would be fun.
I enjoyed my time in Roatan and look forward to going back someday, but I think my favorite so far was Little Cayman. I've heard that Grand Cayman is alright, but Little Cayman has better diving because it's so remote (only ~150 people permanently live on the island) and has so many marine protections. The reefs are really healthy there, and we saw a ton of reef sharks when we were there last August which was pretty cool. One of my favorite memories from diving was when this guy stopped by to say hello:
I'm thinking about becoming a dive professional and teaching on the side - I've heard it's a great way to write-off dive-related expenses on taxes (Dive trips, gear, etc. all count so long as you're teaching on those trips).
I've talked about starting a small garden (or at least learning how to grow something
), but never actually done it. I think it's a very valuable skill, and I know I'd love the end results as I make almost everything I eat from basic ingredients already. I think it's great how you incorporate your garden into your WFH schedule - I bet that's almost got a meditative quality to it.
I love cooking, but I don't grill much (my gas grill is about 10 years old now and kind of falling apart - some of the parts have rusted to the point where it's almost unusable because the racks don't hold). Never tried to do sous vide, mostly because I'm against plastic when I can avoid it, but the concept makes perfect sense to me and I believe that food cooked that way is absolutely delicious.
Congrats on your first grandkid (pre-emptively)! I've never been much for small kids/babies, but it's nice when you can enjoy them for a bit and then give them back