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Old 05-02-08, 06:51 AM   #1
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What other hobbies do you enjoy?

I play bluegrass mandolin/fiddle,tie trout flies and really enjoy fly casting. Lp
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Old 05-02-08, 06:59 AM   #2
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I have 4 or 5 guitars here at the house, but mostly play my acoustic instruments. Got a nice mandolin and dobro which I have yet to take the time to really learn to play. I ski (xc freestyle) 40-50 days in the winter. Wife and I both like to backpack but have not been out ij a couple of years. Slowly been setting up a shop for some wood working here as well.
Have you been to Merle-fest?
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Old 05-02-08, 07:05 AM   #3
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We have these threads every once in awhile. It is fun seeing what eeryone does besides bicycling.

For me:

Very active in disability issues, moderate several disability related listservs. Here are a few:

Founder of the National Organization to end the Waitlist (for individuals with developmental disabilities.

http://www.noewait.net

Founder and moderator of a local parent's disability advocacy group

http://members.aol.com/padcoweb

A member of the steering committee to "End the Colorado Waitlist" for individuals with disability issues

Founder and leader of a male a capella gospel singing group, invited to sing this summer in a major gospel fest in Calhan, CO

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http://www.gospelgrass.com/08_RMSGG.html

Leader of bicycle rides for seniors in our town of Parker

Sing and play guitar weekly for an Alzheimer's home (with my wife)

I am a "roadie" and web master for my wife's singing group:

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weight lifting, swimming and walking.

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Old 05-02-08, 07:07 AM   #4
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Old 05-02-08, 07:36 AM   #5
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Roadie, MX racer, Reading (especially engineering journals and technical magazines,) watching old movies and reading Military History of U.S.M.C.

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Old 05-02-08, 08:20 AM   #8
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Have you been to Merle-fest?[/QUOTE]

I just got back. Its the best music festival in my neck of the woods by a long shot. It goes on for 4 days and 3 nights. The jams are great. Some really talented folks there. The kids really blow me away with their talent. The last couple of years the mandolin contest has been won by a 15 or 16 year old kid!

North Wilkesboro is 1.5 hrs from the house.

If you really enjoy traditional acoustic music you should try to attend at least once. Lp
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Old 05-02-08, 08:24 AM   #9
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These keep me busy... and my acoustic collection (I don't have a photo of them on my computer).
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Old 05-02-08, 08:34 AM   #10
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Music of all types. I play OT clawhammer and stroke-style minstrel banjo as well as autoharp and sing bass in the church choir and with an occasional bluegrass group. I've been an amateur radio op for 45 years and also enjoy shooting, both pistol and mil-surp rifles. Other vices include old tractors and Jeeps.
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Old 05-02-08, 08:37 AM   #11
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Antique truck, the one we had on the farm when I was a kid...am fixing it up, which is taking years. A working antique WD-45 Allis-Chalmers tractor...for hay rack rides and other light work. Maintaining the cabin not so close to the lake, where these are kept.
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Acoustic guitar (and a bit of electric), x-country skiing, hiking, photography.

When I retire I would love to get into wood working.

Guitar is a constant and x-country skiing takes the place of cycling during the snow months. Hiking comes and goes and photography is what I made my living from for about 20 years, both teaching and doing, before the digital age. I'm just starting to get into digital photography.
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Old 05-02-08, 09:13 AM   #13
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At the present time my hobby is biking. When I'm not riding I'm maintaining or building bikes. When I'm not doing that I'm searching for parts to buy to maintain or build bikes. When I'm not doing that, I'm reading forums and reviews for information on what parts to buy to maintain or build bikes. When I'm not doing that I'm at work earning money to buy parts to maintain or build bikes.

Sometimes I stop all that so I can find some time to study bicycle design so I will know more about buying parts, maintaining and building bikes.

I need a hobby.
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Classical music performance (community symphony orchestra), vocal music, stargazing, xc skiing.

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I'd love to get a nice telescope. I just use binoculars now at our country cottage on starry nights. Doesn't it ever boggle your mind when you realize just what you are gazing at? I just can't wrap my brain around the times spans and distances involved.
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Old 05-02-08, 09:45 AM   #16
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I play competitive Scrabble. Started in 1983, about 15 years after I started bicycling. My peak ranking was 31st in North America.
http://cross-tables.com/results.php?p=1998
In 1987 I did a solo transcontinental North American bicycle tour with stops for Scrabble tournaments in Durango CO, Seattle WA, St Louis MO, and Toronto ON. I've also bicycled to many other tournaments, up to 600 miles from my home.
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Old 05-02-08, 09:53 AM   #17
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I like water sports--scuba diving (only in warm water, one or two weeks a year) and kayaking (easy flat water stuff).
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Old 05-02-08, 09:56 AM   #18
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I'm not yet 50+, but I like y'all best on these forums. Hope you don't mind if I join the fun.

Kayaking, gardening, very elementary bluegrass mandolin, cooking, French (movies, books, conversation when I can find it).
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I see we have a few mandolin pickers here. If you have not already check out www.mandolincafe.com
Its nothing but a bunch of great folks with a lot of appreciation for a cool instrument.

Pretty cool that we have so many musicians here. Lp
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What I love about busy bicycling folks is that they are busy folks in all that they do.

We have a very unique collection of individuals in this forum. Far above average in all respects.

Nobody around here is just sitting in the old rocker!
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Old 05-02-08, 10:52 AM   #22
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I love to fish. Ice fishing is my real passion. Going out 10 miles on frozen Lake Erie, fish in a shanty, and pulling a big walleye out of a 8" hole is like .... sex... maybe? (you'd have to be there) I can spend more $ on fishing gear and "must have stuff" than I do on biking, well maybe it's 50/50. The reason I'm "Allegheny Jet", named used on fishing forums, is because we have a family cabin in PA on the Allegheny River and we have a jet boat that can to go thru 4" of water at 30mph. The river is wide and shallow in spots which a boat with a propeller can't reach. The area is also one of the best places in the world to ride a bike, if you like curvy mountain roads, trees, fresh air, paved rail trails and Straub's beer.
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Old 05-02-08, 10:59 AM   #23
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Cycling, DIY tube audio, started piano as a complete noob in January, and home brewing. That last one makes coming home from cycling all the more enjoyable. I've also dabbled in telescopes and model railroading but neither of those have been on my radar for a few years now. Add to that a full time job, 3 kids 15, 11 and 11, and I have my hands full.

But with all of these extra activities, cycling is still number 1.
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Birds (raptors and parrots), nature photography and videography, and hiking (these go together) Also free diving, sailing, and kayaking. Downhill skiing in the winter. I used to be involved in aerobatics and hope to get back into it someday.

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