Post by William Swiger on Jul 27, 2017 0:08:16 GMT
Never meant for my other stuff to be hobbies. Over the last 11-years, I have acquired:
A large collection of expensive and quality fedora hats. Think I have around 40 of them or more.
Around 30 quality leather jackets.
Over 35-pairs of ankle boots. Most are in the 500-800 range......
Again, never meant to collect them but ended up with way more than a normal person should have....lol Did not realize I had so much until I moved to a smaller house. Old house, I had a room the size of a family room for my swords and another room the same size that was a huge walk-in closet area.
Will eventually EBay some of it once I get the sword collection cut in half. That will take months to accomplish. Have reduced the sword collection by 8-swords so far. Many more to list.....
"We can have no "50-50" allegiance in this country. Either a man is an American and nothing else, or he is not an American at all." — Theodore Roosevelt
I like trying different types of food, the wireder the better. I drive to strange and far places for a feed.
Normal "never had it before, no thanks"
Me "never had it before, gimme one each!"
Only rule I have is no unnecessary animal suffering, no meat from animals I consider pets (basically only cats, dogs and pet breeds of hamster), no primates and no endangered species.
Had many cases of minor stomach upset before but how people get to say they have gotten sick from food once each in Africa, Asian and Oceania within a period of 4 weeks? Good bad stories to tell hahaha. I am a food scientist so its like doctors doing drugs and cops speeding... bad bad man
I'd make it worth your while. Take you to an ATM. Everybody just walks away. There's about 14 grand in it. Good payday. I think so. Chigurh looked out the window, the shotgun across his knee.... It's still a a good payday. It is. It's just in the wrong currency
I'm a minister, have been a soldier of 8 years, a janitor, a truck driver, police officer, AG office investigator, deputy sheriff, housing PD Det. Lt.,private investigator etc.
I grew up on a farm in WV that my family has been on since the 1740s. Used to do lots hiking and camping. Farming of course. I collect knives, swords and guns.and am an amateur historian particularly in military history and elizabethan history. Fencing, leatherwork. Horseback riding, archery and hunting. Historical reenactment. Wrestling boxing, mma, take kwondo.etc
I draw, play guitar and ocarina, I like cooking (meat in particular), making stories (mostly in comic form), and I like to customize almost anything I can get my hands on. Instruments, swords, clothes, or anything else.
I used to be pretty big into making clothing/costumes, and doing hair and theater make up, as I wanted to get into special effects. Started off as cosplay and grew into something a bit bigger before dying entirely. I also used to paint, play bass and make electronic music.
I also used to do a lot of different kinds of hand to hand martial arts. If things go to plan, I will be making a transition to sword based martial arts hopefully.
I am a city boy but no problems with venison for me, things like deers, rabits and boars are introduced species and considered pests here.
Not a fan of hunting although I like guns. I don't like the idea of killing for no reason other than tokill. However more than happy to cull and to generate food if I am sure of good shot placement. Its personal, no issues with those who hunt.
I've put more money, by far, into anime and related merchandise than I have swords. I've started getting into motorcycles, but I crashed my first one back in April and I'm still waiting for my ankle to heal before I can get another one... It's killing me, I just want to ride.
Hmm. Let's see... aside from collecting (and occasional use / training with) swords:
1.) firearms. I collect those too. And am reasonably proficient with a pistol. I did USPSA competitively for 2-3 years in the late 90s/early 2000s. I'm "ok" with a rifle. My wife is better with a rifle and I outshine her in pistol.
2.) art. Drawing, painting, sketching (charcoal and colored pencil). I also do pysanky (Ukrainian Easter eggs)
3.) metalwork. Currently cold or torch. As I do mainly chase and repousse. I want to get into smithing but am not yet set up for it. Though I now have a very nice anvil and will get a forge here soonish.
4.) music. I recorded a couple albums with a band I was in from 2001-2003. I played bass. Now I do my own recording at home and play mainly bass and guitar and some vocals
5.) cosplay. I do love this. Not as much time as I'd like as it takes me a long time to put together costumes that pass my personal bar.
6.) anime. Love to watch it. A lot.
7.) my wife and I both are movie buffs and we love watching movies
Well I like military surplus firearms (full stock Bolt actions from <WW2) and as much as I sometimes hate to say it, acting. Shakespeare can be really funny, especially when doing Titus Andronicus (a play set in the Roman Era) and characters constantly refer to rapiers...
I think a shorter list would be what AREN'T my other hobbies. Man, I do a little of everything.
You mentioned food. I'm a HUGE fan of spicy food. If I'm not dying, it's not hot enough. Also related to that, I design and make high performance chef knives. Ones that are engineered properly make anything else seem like you're cutting with a shoe. Yes, a shoe. Along with that, I also enjoy using said knives to make said very spicy food. I'm not a big dude, but MAN can I eat. They make fun of me at the local Applebee's because I'll order the 2for$20 and eat the entire thing myself.
As noted, I'm a knife maker, so I also enjoy making non-kitchen blades. And typically try to engineer them towards performance instead of the typical "Hey, look, my skinner is 5/16" thick with a stupidly thick secondary bevel for toughness." I like to get them thin, light, and balanced. And that applies to all types.
I'm a huge fan of doing custom PC builds. I get pretty crazy with some open loop water cooling systems and pushing the overclock on them to crazy limits. We built my brother an old dual core AMD processor that we had running at something like 90 degrees Celcius. That's insanely hot, but it would play just about any modern game. But it's just really fun to me to take stuff and add all the crazy LEDs, tubes, and modify the case to better incorporate things.
Cars. Fast cars, slow cars, big cars, small cars... You name it. If I own it, the interior is coming out and cheaper, lighter stuff is going in. I don't like driving, but I really do like play cars. Ones that I can take across a field at 40mph and not worry about. I'm also the world's biggest fan of turbochargers. There's no reason NOT to run one, imo.
Those are the main ones, but I also have tons of others like paintball, video games both PC and console (but PC is master race), trying new things and foods, fishing, archery, beer, liquor, girls (Yeah, I'm that guy), building whatever interests me, fixing anything broken, making my own wine and brandy, and who knows what else that I can't think of right now. I just enjoy doing a lot of different things.
What's ghost pepper? Tell me the ingredients, I'm interested.
"The Bhut jolokia (Assamese: ভোট-জলকীয়া, IPA: [ˈbʱʊt.zɔˌlɔkiˌja]), also known as ghost pepper, ghost chili, U-morok, red naga, naga jolokia and ghost jolokia, is an interspecific hybrid chili pepper cultivated in the Indian states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland and Manipur. It is a hybrid of Capsicum chinense and Capsicum frutescens and is closely related to the Naga morich of Bangladesh.
In 2007, Guinness World Records certified that the Ghost pepper was the world's hottest chili pepper, 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce. The Ghost chili is rated at more than 1 million Scoville heat units (SHUs). However, the ghost chili was shortly superseded by the Infinity chili in 2011, followed by the Naga Viper, the Trinidad moruga scorpion in 2012, and the Carolina Reaper on August 7, 2013."
Pulled that from Wikipedia. Basically just a really hot pepper that tastes soooooo good. I have some doritos flavored like it and they're nice. Not something you want to stuff your face full of for hours on end (looking at you hot Cheetos) but gives a good full burn. It's not as sharp a burn as Wasabi but more of a deep burn.
Speaking of spicy foods, I do enjoy them to an extent. I don't go out of my way to pursue ever-spicier stuffs, but every now and then I'll try something the wait staff has to warn me is "very, very spicy" and usually it leaves me wanting.
My take on super-spicy food is, "spicy" in and of itself is not a flavor. It's a chemical reaction that should accompany flavor. All the "very spicy" stuff I've eaten has all been very bland, except it burns your mouth. I'm not interested in bland food, so come back when your "spicy" stuff tastes good. It can burn all it wants, but I should want to eat it, anyway.
A few years back, some friends and I were at the Virginia Diner, a sort of novelty store that sells snacks etc, and they had a small wall of hot sauces with samples. We tried a few, one of which I quite liked, but can't remember the name anymore. Had a nice, smoky flavor with a not-so-subtle, low-and-slow burn that set in after you'd swallowed it. Then we tried what was said to be the hottest sauce at the time, again I can't remember the name, and I found it boring. All it did was burn, it had no real flavor of its own.
We'd been sampling these on toothpicks, dipped into the bottle, while the employees watched in hopes of serious freak-outs, like they'd already seen so many of, but the look of disappointment on their faces when I asked them, "That's it? It just burns," was more satisfying than the sauce. We were chattering about some kid who managed to get some in his eye once, which seemed pretty traumatic, and karma having its way as always, a few minutes later my eye was itching. I didn't expect there to be any sauce on my fingers...but there was. So I politely excused myself to the nearest restroom to flush my eye out while a friend, who had to use the facilities, anyway, accompanied me.
On the way back to the store, he discovered he'd also had some sauce on his fingers...
So rather than shop around, we rushed back to my house so he could sit in a cold bath for a bit. Poor guy...
I ain't too big into spicy. I like some spice to accompany my meat dishes, if it goes with the flavour, like with lemon pepper, or perhaps adding cayenne pepper to a BBQ glaze, but the stuff kills my stomach.
One thing I cannot get enough of is strongly flavoured citrus based meat dishes. The stronger the better. I love making a lemon butter reduction sauce, heavily spiced, that just adds a serious kick to the food. Gives the dishes the power to fight back and eat you as you eat it.
If I leave my meal numb with a mouth susceptible to cuts and peeling, then my meal was a success
Post by RickDastardly on Jul 28, 2017 10:21:10 GMT
Over the years I've had a fair few hobbies too.
I got into bushcraft/outdoorsmanship/survival when I was a kid, and that's stuck with me throughout life. I've backpacked the Pennine Way twice, run up and down Ben Nevis in an afternoon and had loads of fun wild camping and scrambling up Scottish mountains. I love high places and fast abseiling from big cliffs! My knife collecting hobby sprang from the outdoors stuff too.
That was when I was a good bit younger though. These days if I get the chance it's a bracing hill walk and relaxing next to a campfire with a flask of single malt. Maybe a good cigar too if I'm feeling particularly extravagant.
I was also a geeky kid, into chemistry (especially if I could make it go 'bang') and electronics big time. Until recently my workroom at home was a mad scientist's laboratory. I've designed and built electronic gadgets and made embedded systems with MCUs and FPGAs for decades. That got combined with computers (and later PCs) so count programming and all computer related stuff as another hobby. I make my own PCs but don't actually see that as a hobby, more a necessity to get what I need.
Some of that was even useful in the real world. I have few qualifications, but from my 'hobby' knowledge I've designed and implemented site-wide wired and wireless networks, high-availability virtual server farms, modified computer electronics for secret-squirrel purposes and designed a large wifi infrastructure for the inside of a shielded building that I wasn't even allowed to know where it was, let alone go inside it to take the usual radio measurements. I just got given the CAD plans. Some contracts were more interesting than others! (and all ages ago and no-doubt superseded by now)
Add to that: Captain of a paintball team; RP (mostly AD&D) and some LARP; karate; weight training/body building (qualified senior instructor); keen squash player for years (that plus hill running eventually resulted in a completely ruptured Achilles tendon); reading mostly fantasy novels; cooking all sorts of food (and eating the results); amateur radio (Full UK license); astronomy (until I got fed up watching storm clouds); Air rifle shooting...
Enjoying music and art has always been a big part of my life too; so much that I wouldn't call it a hobby. I've often wished that I could exchange all my geeky abilities for being able to paint or play the piano (it would have to be really well though), but those things aren't within my capabilities at even the most basic level. It's just not in me to do anything but admire others' work.
Now, due to life moving on, my hobbies are much curtailed. I'm about to start brewing mead, once I clear some space to do it. Swords, obviously, and keeping up with forums like this one. Having 'movie nights' with my wife; cuddling up on the sofa watching something good and drinking rum until our self control drops low enough to order a curry or something. Oh, and being a pirate of course. Arrr!
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