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Old 01-17-08, 01:53 PM
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Originally Posted by doctor j View Post
Bream... OK, if you're not from the south, what kind of fish is this, and how do you pronounce the name?
B R I M!!!! Mis-spelled (I say) as "bream"; also known as bluegill. Part of the sunfish family, bass, crappie, goggle-eye, punkin' seed, etc. The world's biggest little fish. If you ever get on a bed of 1 - 1.5 pounders with a fly-rod and a popping bug; you'll never tie a fly again............btw....Tilapia taste just like brim to me; maybe even a little better...............
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Things I've quit:
Drugs- At first because of employer drug testing, then because I grew up
Smoking tobacco- Cycling helped motivate me
Being fat- cycling helped me
Skydiving- quit because it was expensive

Things I don't do as much of or haven't lately but haven't given up on:
Hunting- haven't done much other than upland bird since I moved to California from Virginia
USPSA Shooting-I work weekends now
Reloading-I'm not shooting enough to bother
Fishing- occasionally do some stream trout, I've never got the hang of the deep barren reservoirs around here.
Ham Radio- took my station apart for some remodeling last summer and haven't put it back together
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I think Big Paulie mentioned this as a former hobby also. Radio Control flying and later driving were former passions of mine.

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Old 01-17-08, 03:12 PM
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Originally Posted by maddmaxx View Post
I think Big Paulie mentioned this as a former hobby also. Radio Control flying and later driving were former passions of mine.
Love your ship! Right down my alley. I flew Paragons and Gentle Ladies mostly...floaters, for light air flying. Made a few RC hand launchers as well.
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Originally Posted by Big Paulie View Post
Love that ship! I flew Paragons and Gentle Ladies mostly...floaters, for light air flying.
Airtronics Olympic II.........real wood and monocoat. Soon after this the hobby turned to fiberglass and carbon fiber aircraft ant the price went up 10 fold...................

Wait could that happen in other hobbies?
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Airtronics Olympic II.........real wood and monocoat. Soon after this the hobby turned to fiberglass and carbon fiber aircraft ant the price went up 10 fold...
I built a few full-house glass planes in the 80's with friends, and saw how much trouble and cost it was, so I stayed away from them. (I did fiberglass work professionally, and didn't want to do it as a hobby too. I loved working with wood.) I eventually lost interest as the sport got more and more "sophisticated." At that point, I bought my first bike (as an adult) to keep active, and haven't looked back!

However, with my little nephew obsessed with airplanes, I might get back into gliders for his sake.

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Old 01-17-08, 03:41 PM
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Also gave up skiing due to the expense and sky diving, ditto as well as it scares the wife.
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Old 01-17-08, 03:41 PM
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B R I M!!!! Mis-spelled (I say) as "bream"; also known as bluegill. Part of the sunfish family, bass, crappie, goggle-eye, punkin' seed, etc. The world's biggest little fish. If you ever get on a bed of 1 - 1.5 pounders with a fly-rod and a popping bug; you'll never tie a fly again............btw....Tilapia taste just like brim to me; maybe even a little better...............
...or a flimsy cane pole and worms on a little hook. Sometimes they get to biting so good that you don't even need bait. Just drop the hook in the water and hang on! A hand sized bluegill on a cane pole is as much fun as a 6 lb largemouth on an ultralight rod.
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Old 01-17-08, 04:33 PM
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AAH...if you're wintering in Alpena, I can understand your dilemma. I once canoed one of those old logging canals. While stopped for lunch and some fishing, I caught the same smallmouth three times. Made me give up fishing. Had to give up running when it took me two weeks to recover after running on a beach in NC with kids. Sort of gave up raquetball when the orthopod told me to stop or he'd be replacing my knees within ten years. He doesn't know but I did try playing last year...took two months to recover. Within those recovery periods I was still able to move on my bicycle so that's become my source for rejuvenation. I'm hoping to ride my cycle to my funeral.
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Originally Posted by PaulH View Post
... More recently, I was a competition aerobatic pilot.
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What did you fly? I competed in Sportsman for a while but sold my Extra last summer.
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Old 01-18-08, 09:14 AM
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Was heavily involved in the SCA for over 25 years. When I started my own company I had to cut back (also was a bit burned out). Still keep in touch with our old friends, but we limit ourselves to one event a year.

Gave up the dance company I founded and ran for 10 years. Didn't have time for two rehearsals and one performance a week, and I burned out a bit. It became too much hassle to keep arranging for practice space, arrange for musicians, come up new material, book performances, etc, When two of my lead dancers moved out of the area I decided to disband the company and work on other hobbies (see fencing). I am occasionally asked to run a workshop and I help other dance teachers, but I'm mostly inactive. Plan to go back to dancing for fun when I can find the time.

Fenced in high school and college. Stopped fencing for dancing. Then left dancing to return to fencing. Co-ran a salle for 8 years. Eventually my knees couldn't take the pounding and my company took my time, so I turned the teaching over to my students (who still run it.) Still work with individual students one-on-one, but I probably won't go back to it seriously.

Music. Still do some keyboard and recorder, but my right hand isn't the same since I broke it in a cycling accident.

Sculpture, especially glass blowing. No time right now, and not enough space. When I get inspired I pull out the tools and do some small wood or metal or paper or plaster piece. Plan to get an annealing kiln and bench stand and go back to glass some day. I have several sheets of steel and seasoned logs in the basement waiting for me.

For now, cycling, animee and movies are my main hobbies.
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Old 01-18-08, 09:27 AM
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I've been thinking about this since the question was asked, and I don't think I've given up anything at all.
I my play less tennis on the weekend so i can ride with my wife, but I still play a ton.

I guess I can be a wise guy and claim I've given up 45 pounds, size extra-large shirts and 38" waist pants.
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Old 01-18-08, 11:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Thumpic View Post
B R I M!!!! Mis-spelled (I say) as "bream"; also known as bluegill. Part of the sunfish family, bass, crappie, goggle-eye, punkin' seed, etc. The world's biggest little fish. If you ever get on a bed of 1 - 1.5 pounders with a fly-rod and a popping bug; you'll never tie a fly again............btw....Tilapia taste just like brim to me; maybe even a little better...............
Bluegill is a very tasty fish. When I was a kid we camped every summer on the Kern River and fished in the river (for trout) and in nearby Lake Isabella (for bluegill). I remember it being very bony, but delicious. We BBQ'd it in back of our trailer in the campground. Oh, the memories!

I recently gave up quilting in favor of knitting after a rotary-cutter accident in late '06 in which I severed the tendon in my left thumb. I was very, very careful with that tool (like a pizza cutter but with a razor-sharp blade that cuts through many layers of fabric) but was tired after working on this particular project for 4 hours one day. The blade sliced almost halfway through my thumb like a hot knife through butter. A week later I found myself in outpatient surgery and later learned I also cut through the joint capsule. Months later after my thumb healed (it will never be 100%) I used the cutter a few more times but with much fear and trembling. It still shocks me how much damage it did, how quickly and easily, in just a brief second's lapse of attention. I have yet to cut myself on the bamboo knitting needles and I've produced more projects from them (scarves) in 3 months than I ever did in years of quilting.

I've also given up over-eating cookies and other sweets...
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I recently gave up quilting in favor of knitting after a rotary-cutter accident in late '06 in which I severed the tendon in my left thumb.
I use rotary cutters a couple times a week, and I treat that wicked tool with the utmost respect.
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Big Paulie, I swear you have a picture for every occasion. Do you have a collection or do you look for something appropriate when you need it?
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Big Paulie, I swear you have a picture for every occasion. Do you have a collection or do you look for something appropriate when you need it?
Seriously, I do a lot of research, so I'm good at finding what I need on the spur of the moment. No collection, just research.

PS: Love your signature line, AB!
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Paulie, yep, that's the one. It looks like a toy, doesn't it, with that bright yellow plastic handle? I treated it with respect too, but I was tired, sore, and frustrated on that day and decided to make "just one more cut". Little did I know how true that was... as I pulled back my arms after making the cut in the fabric, I wasn't paying attention to the placement of my hands and the blade just gently brushed my thumb. My first reaction was , then I thought it looked like only a paper cut... until about 3 seconds later when the blood started pouring out. As I rinsed it off under running water I noticed that I could not extend the tip of my thumb, and that's when I knew the damage was more than skin deep. The opening was the size of a quarter and revealed a nice, clean edge of one end of the tendon, the other edge having already retracted beyond the opening (like a rubber band would do). A week later I had outpatient surgery (cap, gown, IV in each arm, the works...) and I came home with a huge cast from the elbow to the tips of my fingers.

Soon after, I bought a new rotary cutter that has two handles which expose the blade only when the lower handle is squeezed to make a cut. Releasing the lower handle covers the blade. It's much more idiot-proof than the one that cut me, but still requires care and attention at all times while the blade is exposed. When I used it months after the surgery, I was constantly observing where my hands were relative to the blade.

The tendons in the fingers and thumbs are just below the skin... a razor-sharp blade needs no pressure to slice right through them and beyond. As I said, it went in like a hot knife through butter as it just brushed the skin (or so I thought). All of this to say......... continue to treat that blade with the utmost respect and once you begin to feel tired, that's when it is time to stop. To this day, I am amazed at what "a little cut" led to. I still have some strength and leverage problems in the thumb and probably always will. I noticed that again today while gardening with a shovel or any other long-handled tool.

Now back to our regular programming.....

I have also given up sunup-to-sundown gardening without eating much more than chips and a Pepsi for lunch. Now I work for a few hours and eat something healthy. Come to think of it, I've pretty much given up Pepsi too... last time I had one, it was like syrup after not drinking one for several months.
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Thanks, it was that or "never race a fat man downhill"
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A little background on that idiot line. We have a guy here who is kind of an activist gadfly type. A friend of mine was at one of the casinos up north and was talking to a bartender who asked where he was from. He said Alpena, the tender says small world, I've met your idiot.
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Come to think of it, I've pretty much given up Pepsi too... last time I had one, it was like syrup after not drinking one for several months.

My curse is Coca Cola. Now I drink it 1/3 coke, 2/3 water. I hope to eventually get to no coke at all.
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I HATE quick little accidents that negatively impact the rest of one's live!!!

Slipping on the ice, tripping over something, the person driving behind you not paying attention and rear-ending your car, burning your face off when lighting a birthday cake with a flamethrower, and the such.

I always hate to hear those stories. But I certainly respect those who deal with it and come back as strong or stronger.
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I HATE quick little accidents that negatively impact the rest of one's live!!!
This is my greatest fear about life...
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Gave up horses to get into bicycles. Horses have brains (or at least some of them do) and I wanted something that didn't have a brain and if I got hurt, it was my fault entirely. Giving up horses also meant my friends who were still into horses, didn't really care if I was around anymore since I didn't have the same hobby. I tried to stay in touch, but only one friend decided a 20+ year friendship was worth keeping, even if it's long distance. So I guess you can say I gave up a couple of friends, even if it wasn't my choice.
Gave up drawing which I just don't have time for anymore. Now that hubbie & I are retired we are busier then ever with outdoor stuff, walking the dogs, hiking when we can and of course 4 days of cycling.
Things are really good right now.
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What did you fly? I competed in Sportsman for a while but sold my Extra last summer.
I flew a Yak 52 in Sportsman. I also have time in the Pitts S2B and Super Decathalon. The club of three that owned the Yak broke up when one of us was transferred to Alaska. Alas, I can't justify owning a second airplane just for sport. However, if I could find some people to share ownership with, I'd like to get back into aerobatics.

I'd love to fly an Extra.


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