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Old 03-05-2012, 07:23 PM   #31
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Oh, you're never supposed to do that. It's far more fun as long as you are blissfully ignorant of how quickly you're turning cash into exhaust.
I wouldn't trade the money I turned into exhaust for anything in the world. i had a blast, visited places I would have never visited, did things I would have never done, and added another skill to the tool set. But, once i sold, i was done. Part of the problem, besides the obvious money issue, was I had the opportunity to fly as part of my work. I was extremely current and very IFR capable, to the point where I could have easily passed the flying part of the ATP exam. Approaches strictly in the doughnut! After divorce, and no longer flying for business, it began to scare me at how quickly I was getting sloppy... That and my rock solid Mooney suddenly became a maintenance nightmare. Every time I flew, I was throwing at least another $500 bill repairing something else. Sad part, during that time frame I had considered getting my commercial, and very good friend of mine wanted me to do it in something other than my plane, with a good point. I knew that plane inside and out, we flew like one. One flight over Lake Michigan, I was day dreaming and gazing off into the distance... When my plane jostled me back to the IP to discover in a slight bank, and had been vearing off course. Like hey DumbA, wakeup, LOL.

But I digress, flying is a lot of fun, if you can afford it, just be sure you understand the associated costs.
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Maybe you could build your own small airplane and then fly that. No license needed for "experimental" kit planes, is there? I have always wanted to do this.
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Maybe you could build your own small airplane and then fly that. No license needed for "experimental" kit planes, is there? I have always wanted to do this.
That would be an ultralight that doesnt require a certification. My dad has one currently and had owned at least three others that I can remember. They scare the crap out of me! He uses a gravel county road for a runway. Takeoffs are no problem but landing is a completely different story, especially of there is a little wind.
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What about music? Guitar, drums...decent stuff can be had pretty cheap, learning to play is fairly easy (it's learning to play WELL that's the bi*ch) and lots of folks make or mod guitars and drums in tons of ways.
I've always said you can play loud or you can play good!
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Get your pilot's license.

It's not super expensive... just expensive.
Do you have yours? It's always something I've been interested in.
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Do you have yours? It's always something I've been interested in.
Go to your local small airport and talk to the flight school. Plan on a minimum of 60 hours of flight instruction, about 1/2 to 2/3 with an instructor. There will be ground school, equipment, and physical.

It's a blast, and I will often long to fly when I see an airplane flying by.
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I collect meteorites, ancient coins (usually of a particularly interesting era), paleolithic artifacts, study history, collect antique and modern blades, sharpen blades as best I can (and they get pretty goddamn sharp), learn prepper/survivalist skills, and, when I'm not a lardassian as I am right now, run/jog trails. My knees aren't what they were when I was younger, so I'm getting back into biking this spring.

Making wine is also a nice pass-time.

Oh, and every now and then I try to keep up with current events by reading every friggin' news source on the net two or three times a day. (Therein lies my sickness.)
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What about building custom fishing rods, my brother builds some high end ones. Wives will have them built for hubbies birthday/christmas/etc. Now he's started to build up a customer base, makes some good side cash, and loves to build them. Look at MUDHOLE.COM, i think that is one of the places he gets supplies.
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Been kicking the idea around for a while now. Buying guns and building my collection has been my biggest hobby for many years. But I've recently gotten to the point where I just can't think of a gun I just "have" to have for my collection. Plenty of guns that I'd like to own, but nothing I can't live without.

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So now I'm trying to think of a new hobby. Nothing super expensive or ridiculous. But I'm having trouble thinking of a new hobby. Any suggestions?
Do you hunt?
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If you have some machinist skills then how about building a Gatling gun? That would keep you busy for awhile and the plans/w materials are around a thousand.
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