Friday Meaninglessness

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  1. My wife and met swing dancing. I ran the swing dancing club at the University of Utah for almost 4 years.

    I’ve had (and still have somewhere) a coin collection and a comic book collection.

    I would love to take up woodworking someday….

    Wow, that’s quite a hobby collection, Bryce! You’re a busy guy! Swing dancing sounds like loads of fun, but I’d look like a manatee out there trying to Foxtrot. Ugh. And I had a stash of comics myself, but I’ve lost ’em. Still, next time you’re in the Midwest and a table saw just layin’ around, I’ll show ya the ropes. 😉

  2. There is no better non-food smell than new-house smell. The combination of primer, sawdust and gypsum. It’s intoxicating.

    Mmm, new house smell!

    But you have to be very careful when working with wood-finishing products. When I was a teenager, I spent a summer working for my father. Mostly, I sanded cabinet doors and gables. In the late 90s, high gloss white kitchens were in. One day, I spent a lot of time in the spray booth just moving pieces back and forth. The fumes from the high gloss paint got me good and loaded. I hate to admit it, but I think the high I got from the paint fumes are the reason that night was probably one of the most fun nights I’ve ever had in my life.

    They’re much better now. With adequate ventilation you’re fine. But I know what you mean; production shops cranking out a lot of stuff shoot lacquer, and guys can pass out and croak if they don’t have charcoal respirators.

  3. I studied Tae Kwon Do. I achieved the rank of first degree black belt. But I had a bad knee and it was TKD or running and I choose running. The TKD at my rank became all about teaching classes for the master or competition. I taught for a living, didn’t really like being free labor and I never got into the art for the competition aspect. I was good at sparring but preferred working on my form. It was a discipline thing.

    I kick-boxed for a while but the knee issue came up again and again I choose running.

    Running was my thing. I haven’t been really able to run since my asthma started up a couple of years ago. Now my achilles tendon is the problem. So I am doing yoga and other things to try and correct my knee issues. It’s working but slowly. I hope to really run again someday because I miss it terribly.

    Ah, the martial arts! How I love them, miss them! I studied Shotokan, Isshyn Ryu and a little Bok Fu before falling away when I moved to the Midwest many, many years ago. I sparred a lot — mean, vicious at it, loved it too much — but didn’t stick with it once I moved here. I was too fussy about the school, too broke all the time, and just … didn’t stick with it. I’d love to take up running, but man … where do I start with my problems with that hobby?

  4. I draw some. Fix broken things. Work on the house, like rebuilding walls and stuff. When I had a ’67 Firebird and no kids I worked on it for fun. Made my own frosting and decorate birthday cakes. Used to really be into photography. Seems like I used to do a lot of things, but I don’t anymore. I know how, I just don’t.

    Now most of my activities involve writing of some kind. I also like to make images on the computer for my headers and icons and stuff like that. Watch science shows. Boring stuff.

    Maybe you should find work as a carpenter.

    I still doodle … on PostIt pads, when I’m on the phone at work (when I HAVE work), things like that, but I don’t sit and really DRAW any more. I wish I could. When I win the lottery, maybe. 🙂 Oh, and I don’t know if you knew this but carpentry and cabinetmaking are very different. I couldn’t cut it in construction now. I’m too old, achy, fat and allergic to cold and physical labor. 😉

  5. If you had those hobbies then find them again!!!…The sweet spot is retracing your steps of your journey and finding the bend where you made a turn!!! Its not the destination Knyt its the journey…I collected baseball cards and comic books and yes I had an original BATMAN…anyway I enjoy the here and now finding new hobbies with new sensations and tingles Zman sends

    Too true, Zman, and I’m enjoying the ride right where I am — well, most of the time — but sometimes I sit back and remember the good things I used to do in the “before time”. Maybe someday I’ll be able to retrace my steps and see where I zigged when I should’ve zagged, but for now, I’m just strolling memory lane … and writing about it when I can. 🙂

  6. I’ve always been a reader. Books have always been my only hobby (other than a few sporadic bursts of drawing)….


    Ah, I think you sell yourself short, Damyanti. I’d say, based on YOUR blog, cooking is a hobby of yours too. 🙂 And reading and drawing are NOT boring hobbies. Without readers, who would writers entertain?

  7. As writer I have found out that reading is an essential part of my passion. Knowing how other writers work and feel. Not just the mechanics of writing we learn those when we learn how to write. I’m talking about seeing the world as others see it. Knowing the sounds and sights as our fellow man sees them. Only another writers heart can give you that, and we will not find it if we do not read. I first gained my calling by reading the works of men like London and Hemingway who lived what they wrote. I envy John. He was there and saw it all happen. From the wedding at Cana to that final trip to Jerusalem, and the terrible ordeal on Good Friday. He was there and his Gospels tell the story of the man he followed for three years. Yes by all means read. I once spent time with someone who could not read. I like to think that I helped open that door. Dono Nobis Pacem

    Thank you so much for a great reminder of what a wonderful privilege we have in reading. And yes, John was a lucky man indeed.

    Thank you for coming by and taking the time to read and comment! I’m glad you did! Welcome!

  8. I’m a beader… I like taking random items (beads, clasps, chain, cord, pendants, etc.) and stringing them together to make a finished piece. It’s my one pathetic attempt to use the right side of my brain more. However, the left side still wants to dominate as the majority of my designs are all symmetrical. One day I will break through and put together an asymmetrical piece!

    DZ likes working with wood downstairs in our basement, too. I’ve helped with a few projects and can see the allure. One day, you’ll get there again. ~k

    Sounds like fun. I know another person who works chainmaille. She’s done some cool stuff. While it would annoy me with its tiny-ness, it seems like a great concentration enhancer.

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