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Old 01-12-10, 09:44 PM
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Old 01-12-10, 09:47 PM
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You liked the Merkur also I see. Never drove one, but got to ride in one once. Surprisingly exhilarating.

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Old 01-12-10, 10:07 PM
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You liked the Merkur also I see. Never drove one, but got to ride in one once. Surprisingly exhilarating.
One of my friends from college had one. He changed out the Turbo with a bigger one and added an intercooler. I don't remember the boost level he kept it at but, it was a very quick car at the time. The nice thing about XR4TIs is the real wheel drive. Fantastic car at the time....when Ford actually had a heart actually. Anyway, I owned one for awhile but I could never find the money to hook her up.

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This car just screams awesome!

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The two best vehicles Ford produced in the 80's were the Merkur and the Mustang SVO. Both had too short of a life. Likely because North American's were too short sighted to appreciate 4 cylinder muscle cars.
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Old 01-12-10, 10:59 PM
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The two best vehicles Ford produced in the 80's were the Merkur and the Mustang SVO. Both had too short of a life. Likely because North American's were too short sighted to appreciate 4 cylinder muscle cars.
And then the First Gen Probe GT came. Sorry about the bad pic.



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Old 01-12-10, 11:05 PM
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Collecting things. Currently cameras and bikes. previously novelty erasers, model cars. Once I switch hobby, I don't get rid of the existing collections though.
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And then the First Gen Probe GT came. Sorry about the bad pic.



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it was intended to be the next mustang...
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Old 01-12-10, 11:12 PM
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it was intended to be the next mustang...
Yes it was. However the Mustang fans hit Ford big time not to cut the Mustang line. Big mistake if you ask me.

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Old 01-13-10, 03:07 AM
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Comfortable shoes. Or is that an obsession?
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Old 01-13-10, 03:24 AM
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Collecting things. Currently cameras and bikes. previously novelty erasers, model cars. Once I switch hobby, I don't get rid of the existing collections though.
Same here, I have "collections" of stuff that I have had for 50 years
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Old 01-13-10, 06:00 AM
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I don't have anything that I get berated for. Besides, I wouldn't hang around with people who berate me. I tend to drift through hobbies, and if I'm coming back to one after several years away, I can get obsessed with it. I did a few years ago with model railroading, and again last spring when I decided to start riding my bike again.

Things people don't understand? That would be just about any of my hobbies. Riding a bike isn't really an issue, but no one can understand why I insist upon sticking with a 20" wheel BMX bike, when I don't race or freestyle. The common misconception that BMX bikes are somehow kids' bikes doesn't help.

Most of my other hobbies involve miniatures. In fact, most of them are toys. There's the N scale model railroad, and the HO scale slot cars. Then there's the action figure collection. I'm up to armpits in Transformers, and GI Joes. I tend to make a lot of customs, so there's a definite creative outlet side to it. Mostly, I just never grew up. (I make no apologies for the werewolf version of Scarlett I made for that Halloween contest.)

I tend to be anal about how my bike is set up, but I doubt I'm alone on that sentiment, around here. Brakes are a big sticking point, for me. In my younger days, I suffered through a couple of bikes with brakes that were little more than a vague suggestion. They're the one part of my bike where even if I'm in a hurry, "good enough" isn't. If there's one thing I'm truly obsessed with, it's the brakes on my bike. Gets really interesting with the oddly placed canti mounts on my old Supercross.
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Old 01-13-10, 09:04 AM
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researching things I want to buy. If its something I have to live with for a while, I read about it. I think I just enjoy learning... but often I'll spend some time researching and have trouble pulling the trigger for no particular reason. I have a list of "things to buy" and "things to do" which helps quantify my level of procrastination
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Old 01-13-10, 09:26 AM
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Making money. Is it not obvious? I love to win at business, to create a new product to have it succeed, and then leverage that to something else. I really could care less about how much we have, just how much I have that I can use for yet another business venture.

The other thing is I am a neat freak who won't do any of it himself. I love things neat and orderly, but I hate cleaning. Oh well, that is why I have workers... I want our cars to run great, our dog to be clean and hair trimmed all the time, etc. In other words, I am a hypocrite when it comes to these things - do as I say, not as I do, and while you are at it, clean my office, shampoo the dog, trim his hair...

Oh well, it has worked for me so far. My wonderful wife of 29+ years knows my foibles and accepts them, I guess she likes the obsession about making money...
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Bicycles, Sudoku, Bike Forums...

jigsaw puzzles would be one too, but the Mrs. has the OCD in the house and jealously protects table space.
What about a piece of plywood that you can "puzzle" on & slide under a bed/couch etc when you aren't working on it?? That's what I had growing up - cause there was no extra table space.
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I collect hobbies. Every time I bring a new one home (this time it was a welder) like it was a lost puppy she makes a comment about how I have to much stuff and how I'll never use it. I guess I'm really just a pack rat.
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Old 01-13-10, 10:51 AM
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Vintage keyboard instruments. I've had over thirty in the last five years:








Mid 70s Camaros. I have owned five and have two currently:



- Vinyl/Hi-Fi

- Music

- Racing: auto, motorcycle, bicycle

- Speed

- Driving/handling performance

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Old 01-13-10, 02:51 PM
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Originally Posted by mike047 View Post
Same here, I have "collections" of stuff that I have had for 50 years
That's called "hoarding"... :-(
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I tend to sell off or at least drastically downsize my old collections, partially to create space and raise funds for the current obsessions, but also because I've lost interest in the old stuff. I occasionally miss the old stuff and have the odd bout with seller's regret, but usually not too badly.


Also, with only one or two exceptions, anytime I went back and re-purchased stuff I'd gotten rid of, it just reminded me why i got rid of it in the first place. Trust your gut.....
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Vintage keyboard instruments. I've had over thirty in the last five years:




Mid 70s Camaros. I have owned five and have two currently:



I used to be into the Camaro Trans Am thing, got to be to expensive so I sold them all and used the money to buy a family car. (79 Trams Am, 79? FireBird, 76 Camaro, 88-89 Z 28?, 88-89? FireBird) The one I miss the most is the 1976 Camaro. =0(
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I have (honestly) an obsession with training real, real ugly-early in the morning. I like it better that way. I'm anxious to do it. And I feel better after.
My wife doesn't understand it. Neither do a lot of my friends.
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I have (honestly) an obsession with training real, real ugly-early in the morning. I like it better that way. I'm anxious to do it. And I feel better after.
My wife doesn't understand it. Neither do a lot of my friends.
I do...its safe...Your only apology is having to go to bed early. Which allows others to have "their time" after you go to bed.
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