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Old 10-16-17, 03:56 PM
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What do you do for hobbies?

So, I need an indoor hobby. Apparently drinking when I'm bored is losing it's enjoyment, lol. I have a great 8.5hr/day day job, ride 2+hrs when the weather is nice, cook all my own meals from scratch, and sleep about 7hrs/night. That leaves me with about 5+hrs of nothing to do. In the past I would have just gone to the gym, but a mountain biking crash a couple years ago means I can no longer lift heavy things, and a foot problem ended all my marathons/lower body lifting. Biking is pretty much it for physical activity beyond walking.

What do you guys do for indoor hobbies when not riding?

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I build plastic models, cars and airplanes. I want to build a model war ship. Something like this below. Each plank is individually fitted, bronze cannons, the works. They aren't cheap.

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I build plastic models, cars and airplanes. I want to build a model war ship. Something like this below. Each plank is individually fitted, bronze cannons, the works. They aren't cheap.

I'd love to do something like this. Problem is space. Big city living, my bike and trainer are already extremely intrusive in my 518 sqft, ugh. All the wood dust would get everywhere, too :/

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Metal working, fixing old cars, some wood working, and dart throwing are my indoor hobbies.

If you get clever you can cheaply make a device to run small wood working tools inside of, such as a dremel, sander, small saw, etc, that looks like a little blast cabinet, having gloved sleeves and a glass top. It's easy to make out of one of those Home Depot storage bins, and can be used with confined space to store all of these things when they aren't in use. An air inlet and outlet being sucked on by your floor vacuum's hose will keep it from getting out of hand with dust. Not counting the tools, such a device can be constructed for under 50 dollars in under 2 hours.
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Read books. Teach yourself an instrument. Volunteer at a bike co-op.

Also, I'm a software engineer for a living, and I program for 'fun' at home as well.
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An instrument, I agree. A guitar can easily take up 5 hours of your time. I need to pick mine up a lot more and actually learn to do something with it. Just learning individual songs can be a blast and take up a lot of time.
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I really enjoy handicapping and playing the horses. It's a very difficult game. It takes time to understand why horses win and lose, and much more time to understand when you should put your money at risk.

It looks like you are only 20 minutes or so from Woodbine Racetrack, where they have some of the best thoroughbred and standardbred racing in the world. Check it out; you might get hooked.



Just remember to set yourself a limit every time you go, and remember that it takes a long time to learn. You will get better over time if you keep trying to learn, so start small and give yourself time to figure it out. Every race is different, so you will not win by doing the same things every time. The most important thing is intellectual honesty. The race is what it is, and the probabilities don't care what jockey or trainer you 'like', or how much you need to win to get even, etc. Play each race for exactly what it is, or skip it if you can't find something worth doing.



Remember that you need to work very hard to get a very small edge (or, more likely, just to keep the loss rate very small). Always respect the difficulties you face just to get back to zero, and don't let your emotions (good or bad) influence your play. Just don't even try the slots; the edge is always with the house.
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I volunteer at an after school program twice a week. Your work schedule may not allow that, but there are Big Brother/Sister programs with schedules that may compliment your work schedule. As a by product of that, we do special projects with the kids once a week...so, in developing my projects I got pretty involved in several different things that did not take up much space, but kept me busy for several weeks--Biblical based comic books, knot tying (boards), guitar and ukulele lessons, and lately we've been working on electronics from kits that have >100 circuits that may be built and taken down at will (reminds me I need to get hot for tomorrow).

Broken thoughts and sentences follow, but things I do or plan to do: Guitar/ukulele/harmonica are excellent choices for teaching yourself and there are supporting apps/programs now that can get you up to speed quickly (unlike some of us who have advanced little in 40ish years). Model kits are cool--I have some in the closet waiting a rainy day...I try to collect the ones of cars and ships that have been a part of my experience. If you are interested in guns, there are some kits for black powder types available. I know some guys that tie fishing flys and donate the surplus to charity auctions around town. Try to read one history or biography book for every two fiction books...increases your conversation starters. Join a Bible study or a joint interest group with weekly meetings. Take a course at the local university (I do not know your age, but the continuing ed for adults is pretty good most places). Work on cars or bikes. Plant trees. Take dance lessons (there are a wide range, and the ballroom type can open the door to new friends). Take flying lessons. Write blog articles. Write poetry and self publish. Restore children's toys and give to outreach programs. Do mission work--there are many things done in our hometowns to prep for overseas missions that require manpower. Enjoy!
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Originally Posted by chewybrian View Post
I really enjoy handicapping and playing the horses.
You beat me too it. And now that we can watch races live from around the world, you're no longer restricted to the hours or seasons of your local race course. We enjoy Australian racing quite a bit, which is later in the evening in our time zone.
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Originally Posted by awesomeame View Post
So, I need an indoor hobby. Apparently drinking when I'm bored is losing it's enjoyment, lol. I have a great 8.5hr/day day job, ride 2+hrs when the weather is nice, cook all my own meals from scratch, and sleep about 7hrs/night. That leaves me with about 5+hrs of nothing to do. In the past I would have just gone to the gym, but a mountain biking crash a couple years ago means I can no longer lift heavy things, and a foot problem ended all my marathons/lower body lifting. Biking is pretty much it for physical activity beyond walking.

What do you guys do for indoor hobbies when not riding?

Matt
Cat herding. It's not easy, I have the scars to prove it too.
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Originally Posted by jon c. View Post
You beat me too it. And now that we can watch races live from around the world, you're no longer restricted to the hours or seasons of your local race course. We enjoy Australian racing quite a bit, which is later in the evening in our time zone.
It is very compelling, with the turf races and the big fields. However, it is not available at my podunk dog track. It's kinda past my bedtime, anyway.
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acoustic guitar, overnight backpacking on weekends
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acoustic guitar, overnight backpacking on weekends
Whoa... dude asked about "indoor" activities... So, unless you're hiking to a hotel, not sure if that counts...
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Making canoes from old cans
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And lieing about my hobbies
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second time today I made that joke!
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I build engines for my race bike and cars.





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Making canoes from old cans
Heh,heh... I also practice welding beer/soda cans together.
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^Nice. A buddy of mine buys engines off wrecked motorcycles and puts them in his custom drag bikes. He makes the frames.
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I build engines for my race bike and cars.







Heh,heh... I also practice welding beer/soda cans together.
I wanna learn to weld it would be so handy
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^Nice. A buddy of mine buys engines off wrecked motorcycles and puts them in his custom drag bikes. He makes the frames.
Winter project is to stuff a Banshee 350 2T engine into Ninja 250. Target is 60-70bhp in 280-290 lbs ready-to-race package. Might just turbo it for +100bhp!
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Winter project is to stuff a Banshee 350 2T engine into Ninja 250. Target is 60-70bhp in 280-290 lbs. Might just turbo it for +100bhp!
Don't forget to upgrade the brakes
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Oh, the usual. I bowl. Drive around. The occasional acid flashback.
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Over the decades, I've had a lot of hobbies. One I still have is reading. Used to make beer when I lived in a place where I could keep it cold while it fermented. Hiking and backpacking, flyfishing, stereos (music), video games, Go, tournament chess, climbing (nothing fancy, no gear, just find something vertical and climb it) and fixing my fixer upper.
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Something to try is radio controlled, MICRO Helicopters.

I can recommend one of these,

https://www.amazon.com/Single-Rotor-.../dp/B009SE5DRO

Capable and challenging while being almost indestructible. You will eventually break them but they are pretty cheap. Great indoor flyers.
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