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I've given up more hobbies than I can remember.  Fortunately, I'm the type that usually goes back to them eventually and at any given time I can be passionate about one, two or three of them.  Let's see, off the top of my head, I ran track, played football and wrestled in high school (I don't think sports really count because most of us give them up because we're no longer in school or because we're just too damn old).  Hobbies have included, gardening, fruit tree orchards (still pretty into this one), maple syrup making (still do it), beekeeping, beermaking, winemaking, cider making, duck decoy carving, decorative fish carving, turkey call making, flyfishing, fresh water fishing from boat (used to fish tournaments a good bit), archery hunting, flintlock hunting, hunting nearly any other species that moves (I now hunt sparingly in archery season for deer, a few days a year for spring or fall turkey, a day or so in flintlock season for deer and as often as I can for grouse), kayaking, beef cow husbandry, snorkeling.....

Ah geez, I can't list them all.  As I said, I still do most of those things at times but with 11 and 14 year old jocks at home, there's not much time for most of it and I typically have to pick one or two to occasionally pursue.  Most of the things that I listed I was quite passionate about at one time or another, it's just been my nature to retire hobbies for years at a time and come back to them later.

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Wrestling. I wrestled competitively from the time I was six years old into college. In most ways I'm the antithesis of a type A personality, but not with respect to wrestling. I had to stop when I realized that it had gotten to the point for me that I didn't just want to win matches, I wanted my opponents to experience so much pain that their spirits would be broken. My favorite matches involved move combos in which my opponent would know that I was experiencing more pain than he was, and even so I would ratchet up the pressure until he broke, until he knew that he could not deal with the pain and that there were no limits to the amount it could increase and I'd feel fear and despair in him like an electric current. Once he broke, I'd pin him.

This was not making me a better person, so I stopped. I don't look at wrestling matches any more.

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Big Game and Deer in particular, just got more and more involved with the dogs and birds and less and less with other hunting. Now outside of Upland I only do a little varmint shooting now and then.

     Scuba was a huge passion that has been left at the wayside as well.

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Racquetball,7days a week,3-6 hours a day for over

20years. If you ever belonged to a health club with

racquetball courts and saw some guy there everytime

you went that was me :~). Finally old age, then an

achilles tendon tear,made it so I couldn't win on the

challenge courts  like I use too.

Use to enjoy bass fishing but quit when I discovered

dogs and hunting. A couple of years ago invited my

old fishing partner down and we hired a guide in the

Fl Keys. The guide was great and put us on snook,

bonies,tarpon and permit,But most of the times I was

bored.

I have been Very Very Lucky to have discovered UJ

and have had the opportunity to hunt most of the best

bird hunting states in the USA. Met a lot of great people,

but after last season I realized it is the high deserts

and hunting chukars is what I loved the most right

now and everything else is a distant second.

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Take bungee jumping and messing with cheap hookers for example.

As a sport, they both cost about the same, they both take about the same amount of time, and in both cases, if the rubber breaks, you are dead.

The best quote of the month right there. :laugh:

I forgot another sport that I had to walk away from was flying. An hour rental of an aircraft could pay for a lot of baby formula at the time.

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BD --( before dog)

Used to be decent, but hadn't skied in a couple years; got on some glare ice and almost did a Sonny Bono -- so put up the slats.  Dedicated one season to shooting below 80 .. and did it but got to be like work -- gave the clubs, bag and shoes to my nephew.

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At one point in my life I was a scratch golfer and very good hockey player, gave them up all together for a dozen years...Took Golf back up last summer to try and get to know some folks with some money to help grown my business, or at least give them a chance to get to know me. Got back down to a legit 12 handicap and if I could putt again I would be in single digits, couple lessons helped.

More recently I have given up WC hunting, not because I have a moral problem shooting them, I just don't like eating them all that much. Next young dog though I assume I will become a WC hunter a bit for a couple seasons at least.

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Musky fishing...My wife and I used to travel to Wisconsin nearly every other weekend to fish.

A couple of dogs and a new found passion in bird hunting and dog training led to us selling the boat and devoting more time to the dogs.

I still trout fish on occasion but the "hardcore" musky fishing has gone away.

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forgot about wreck diving..... did that for a # of years , off the jersery shore. 100+ feet, couple of tanks,penetration stuff,  borderline decomression ........ found I had way more fun shooting fish in shallower water........ that and the loss of a couple of buddies on the Andrea Dorea
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Shot three gun matches, IPSA, High power, and Bullseye.  Still have the equipment, but like to shot for fun only.

Big game hunt, Mule deer are my weakness.

I used to Hang Glide competitively, no longer have any gliders, had a tandem and a couple singles.  Have not been up in years, but am currently waiting for a glider i ordered.  Am going to start again.

Fast Motorcycles: Desert racing, flat track, and fast road bikes.  I sold my Bimoto in 2005, sold my CR 500 race bike last year.  Only MC i still have is a hard tailed Chop.  Motorcycles cost me a broken hip, bad left shoulder, and still carrying gravel in arm and hip.

Was a psycho scuba diver, lived in Mexico, and worked in the US.  I was wreck diving, used mixed gas, and expected to have to decompress on most dives.  I was in the water 7 days a week, diving for fun when at home, diving for work in the US.  Now just dive a couple times a year, warm water only.  Still spearfish and Abalone dive on snorkle.

Played football thru College.

Pilot, have not flown for years, but received Lic classes and flight time as a Christmas gift.  So will start flying again.

Snow Skiing, lost both of my Knee's skiing :angry: My knee's survived Football, but blew out both at one time skiing.  Both my daughters ski, so still go up, now only tele a couple times a year.  Would much rather sit on the deck with a drink and chase bunnies.

Was a Cat II bike racer, was best at Crits, but road raced also.  No longer race, still have my last road bike.  Now rather ride the dirt.  Am having a nice bike being made by Kent Eriksen.  Am starting to ride again.

Lifted weights, heavy for size.  But am now 300 pounds and 16%, no longer going to do any heavy work.  Focus on bicycle and rowing only.

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.  But am now 300 pounds and 16%, no longer going to do any heavy work.

and I though tedder was the only lazy, phat phuck on the board (well xcept for mooney)....... you probably have to hunt behind verstile dogs, just to keep up.......... :<img src=:'>  :<img src=:'>

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 Am having a nice bike being made by Kent Eriksen.  Am starting to ride again.

That will be a sweet ride.

What are the specs?

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Evidently I've given up ice fishing, too. Used to find me out weekends and afternoons first ice to last. Been a few years now since I've gone at all.
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Evidently I've given up ice fishing, too. Used to find me out weekends and afternoons first ice to last. Been a few years now since I've gone at all.

Global warming

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