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Old 10-01-2005, 01:33 AM   #1
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Fanatic!? I'm not a fanatic...?!?!?

Hi all -

Just a passing thought as I was wandering the web on another of my passions..... Boston Whalers. A VERY passionate bunch they! Sound familiar?

Are there any other folks out there that have other 'pursuits' they might consider passions or different ways to spend time and energy, enjoy life, and empty that checkbook??? Let 'er rip people! Any and all thoughts welcomed!

Thinking along the purely "puritan" avenues of delights but others might have different ideas - listening?!? Just curious though. Know that there are "Mustang" people, audiophyles, gardeners, house restorers, AS restorers, etc....

Love the "All or nothing" type of attitude that sort of self selects around AirStreams and other types of living, being different and just a general 'love of life and people" that goes to being a bit outside the 'I drive a "Taurus" or "Camry" lifestyle' that seems to define the AS group.

Anxious to see the responses!

I LOVE being different!

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Old 10-01-2005, 05:55 AM   #2
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Axel, I also help restore WWII military aircraft, as well as collecting toy trains. We have several aircraft in various states of disrepair/disassembly, and 4 train sets floating around the house. I guess I can't decide what to be obsessed with!
Here is a link to one of those forums, you may find it eerily familiar:
www.railroadforums.com
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Old 10-01-2005, 06:58 AM   #3
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Your mean there is something else?

other than Airstreams???? I/we have an accumulation of tractors and I have a sizeable collection of Raleigh 3sp bicycles and parts. Also for some unknow reason Coleman camp stoves and lanterns. It might be interesting to see what a personality profile would show about us....but maybe on second thought

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Old 10-01-2005, 08:40 AM   #4
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So many hobbies...too little time. You've made me think a little about my wandering interests. It's obvious to me that my distractions are based on 3 things: speed, tools, and physical dexterity. If it moves, it's cool. If it requires a new tool I'll buy it. If it's a physical challege it gives me a full body rush. My lasting hobbies are those that require using tools on things that move and if it's something to drive, ride or fly that's the ultimate.

I enjoy building and driving RC cars and planes. I'm also a pilot that likes autoracing and am a crew member on an amateur race team. I've always been interested in restoring (and using) antique woodworking tools and furniture. Welding and metalworking are more recent passions. The majority of hobbies were set aside for the most part when my sons were born but the older they get the more we've explored their interests and some of my childhood hobbies....trains, slot cars, modeling and sports. Now the attraction of any hobby is how it draws our family together and helps my boys have fun, learn, grow and experience challenges that will serve them for a lifetime.

The Airstream it turns out has been a surprise disappointment except that I'm hoping it will be a lasting useful tool. I'm not really into parking in the woods and doing nothing. But park next to a racetrack, a mountain, the ocean, or a flea market and we might be getting somewhere. When a project stagnates I'm on to the next one, but the TT has been fun to work on, I love the research and there's still plenty to accomplish on her.

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Old 10-01-2005, 08:41 AM   #5
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Smile Greasy kid stuff...

My latest passion is kid stuff--getting my three year old ready for life outside. So each stage I research, ask advice (no nearby grandparents so its tougher), look on the web, buy toys, invest in preschool, etc...probably not the hobby you were hoping for, but it is my current thing besides airstreams...a friend said its a hobby called "life shaping"
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Old 10-01-2005, 08:44 AM   #6
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In motorcycling there are Harley Davidson owners, of course, and Honda Goldwing riders, but there is a surprising body of Vespa enthusiasts out there.

I could note hard core bicyclists (guilty here), but the seemingly impossibly narrow band of fans of Campagnolo cycling equipment has to be experienced to be believed. See http://www.campyonly.com/ .

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Old 10-01-2005, 08:50 AM   #7
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...the seemingly impossibly narrow band of fans of Campagnolo cycling equipment has to be experienced to be believed. See http://www.campyonly.com/ .
Mark, you win unless somebody can show us their Airstream tatoo!!!
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As a person who really enjoys flyfishing but picked it up later in life, I really enjoy a historic quality bamboo fly rod. I've collected a few here and there and won't own them if I won't fish them. Before flyfishing, I was an avid model car builder. They all had to be something completely different than straight out of the box and had to have poseable steering, every electrical wire, plumbing line, even been known to make working linkage and u-joints. As you can probably tell, way over the top and too time intensive. Flyfishing is a more relaxing and rewarding hobby. Next will be welding and metalwork.

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Old 10-01-2005, 09:25 AM   #9
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Brad is hooked, I know. He got me hooked too!
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Old 10-01-2005, 09:30 AM   #10
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Mark, you win unless somebody can show us their Airstream tatoo!!!
Where's Patti when you need her! She has a Flying Cloud tattoo on her arm...close up can be seen in the new Waunderlust book ~

I'm working on a GlobeTrotter!

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Old 10-01-2005, 11:21 AM   #11
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I don't fish but I've always admired this TT group...

http://www.sistersonthefly.com/


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Old 10-01-2005, 11:42 AM   #12
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I don't think that fishing for practically every day for the past 3 straight months in Montana and British Columbia makes me a fanatic, do you?

Now that we've been back home for the past 2 days, my wife has already begun talking about plans for next summer. She's the fanatic!

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Old 10-01-2005, 01:19 PM   #13
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Guilty as charged.

The Crime: Fly-fishing fanatic.

I took it up later in life, my son actually got me into it (speaking of fanatics, he'd fish everyday).

There's a nice, natural symmetry in A/S'ing anf Flyfishing.

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Old 10-01-2005, 04:27 PM   #14
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Mustangs and Miatas are a long-time favorite of mine. Brad, before I did 1:1 cars, I built a lot of very nice 1:24 cars, all detailed out as you speak of. Someday I would like to build a 1:24 car dealership building to park them all in.

I just started fishing this year and really enjoy it. I wouldn't mind a rally focussed around fishing. Somewhere by a lake, just hanging out fishing all day. Ah, that would be the life! I tried fly fishing but the old rod my father-in-law gave us to use split. So maybe next year I'll get another fly rod and work on learning that. To me that seems like a hobby that would never get old!
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