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Well, I would not call "dieting" or "lifestyle changes" necessarily hobbies, but outside of these issues we all share, what else are you interested in?

I like to do some genealogical digging.

I have become more interested in history since my son has been getting older.

As a family, we have enjoyed going out and exploring our home state. You never know when you may have to relocate and wonder "I wish I had done that while I lived there".

I also like to scrapbook. I am a bit behind but I still have my things organized and ready to pick up where I left off.
 

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Whoa ... this thread is dated 2009 ... no hobbies, pastimes? interests?

Retired May 2012 and liking it :encouragement: Just taking it easy, spent the summer pretty much in the 1000 islands, spent the fall doing not that much, enjoy pool and beer the occasional evening, bar/beer/band a few nights a week, PC games over the winter e.g. Skyrim and a few oldies ...

Decided in January or so that I was losing interest in trading as a hobby, time to retire from that, then thought well maybe I'll just dabble, use my TFSA and at least make an effort to pick up a few $$s towards the yearly income tax ... set aside $20K for that ... was doing ok until RPL ... oops, being trampled by the big guys I think ... may still be ok but I'm obliged to set a stop loss at $1.47 in order to preserve that $20K ... if it stops out then that's it for me ... really.

Looking for hobbies, pastimes, interests ideas ... my own are currently few ... fitness .. treadmill, weights, etc. for an hour or so a day; PC gaming; weight loss ... on a more or less protein/fibre/vegetable diet with 10 lbs to go and feeling really good without the carbs ... sugar highs/lows have been a problem for me in the past ...

But enough about me ... what do you guys do in the way of hobbies, pastimes, interests ... thanks
 

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By day I write reports and proposals, monitor schedules and costs, and keep a staff of 4 others clicking along.

By night most days I don't want to look at the computer.

I waste my time goofing with old time film photography and darkroom work, and buying restoring, using and swapping cameras
. So that is my biggest hobby.

I also spend at least 20 days a year after work doing some sort of production job related to community productions and see at least 12 live theatre shows of one sort or other per year other than the ones I have worked on. With that sort of a time commitment I would call that a hobby too.
 

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For me, knitting and riding my bike are the top two. I'm almost finished a sweater I started back in the fall, just in time for the warm weather. ;)
 

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Cameras, photography ... reminds me, I bought the digital camera mainly to take pics to later use for drawings, paintings ... when I retire. Hmmm ... that would be now wouldn't it ... time to start retrieving ... and that reminds me, I've got a few boxes of family photos going back over 100 years ... which also reminds me, my grandmother was an amateur photographer (I heard), black pin hole camera (?), she developed her own photos as well ... that camera is still in one of the boxes in the basement ... another project for me ... sort through all those photos. And bring out some of my grandfathers paintings that are also stored ... more things I was gonna do when I retired ... thanks for reminding me :joyous:

Biking ... have a bike, haven't used it in a few years, then it was mainly bike paths by the Rivers (Ottawa, Rideau), Rideau canal, made for a nice day out ... there's still about 6" snow on the ground here in Ottawa so it'll be awhile for me ... something to remember to do this year though for sure. A sweater can be ok on a cooler summer evening too :encouragement:
 

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^Congrats Rikk on the retirement. Expect to make it there in about 15 months- determined to hold out to delay withdrawals...

Hobbies are few- need to engage more socially to occupy myself and stay satisfied- in a tiny village even more important with much less available activities.

Right now do some strength training 3x/wk, run 4 days a week, joined hiking club last year and will continue doing some of that. Fiddle around with cars, maintenance, detailing etc some. Maintain a large 3 acre property, wood sided house, grassed and many plantings that takes a lot of maintenance.

Planning to join a local volunteer organization, start a vegetable garden, may get back into ATVing and/or motorcycling. Also plan to purchase kayaks for my wife and I and learn the sport -can do from my property. Have 1 bike and plan to get another for my spouse. Good trails about 3km from my house. Want to travel regionally for short term trips, with longer / further trip annually.

Considering a small business seasonal business as well.
 

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RBull ... sounds like you too are content with where you are ... really helps with retirement is my experience. I designed my home for comfort ... so far very comfortable ... hmm, maybe too comfortable? I read a few books on retiring before I retired ... forget that ... they tend to preach you've gotta do this, gotta do that ... not necessarily ... :encouragement:

Kayaks ... nice. Used to sail/canoe a fair bit ... have some back problems, contusions, that are catching up with me ... part of the daily workout is to keep that under control ... so now it's the 24' pontoon ... step on, away you go, step off, done for the day. And talk about lazy ... buddy puts the boat away for me in winter, gets it out in spring.

Motorcycle ... was thinking a couple of dirt bikes, also thinking (knowing) the back would likely not tolerate that ... had a few bikes when younger ... that was then for me. A neighbor still rides ... traded his BMW for a sport bike, used it for a couple of weeks, went back to his BMW ... smart move.

Small business ... sometimes hobbies, pastimes turn into businesses ... what sort of business are you considering? And others out there ... have you turned hobbies, pastimes into businesses? When I did retire ... 2 weeks notice was me ... I ended up with a pocketful of cards, invites to do contracting come the winter ... no thanks ... really enjoyed the work, had a great time but no thanks. But making a few dollars from something different, a hobby ... maybe. Have an artist friend ... painting was fun ... then she took on consignment work ... not so much fun anymore ... so I guess could go either way.
 

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Yeah Rikk, fairly comfortable where we are now- wife is retired for about 18 months and I've been P/T 3 days/wk for about the same time - "transitioning". I've read a fair bit on retirement myself and expect to be able to focus enough on my "to do" things and social activities to keep alive and happy.

It's got to be great to be asked to do some side work and then be able to say no and do as you please, as you have.

We just purchased this place a year and half ago- gutted it and added on. Spent WAY too much but it's a great spot to retire to for the foreseeable future. Coming from a larger, newer house in the city.

I hear you on the back problems. I've suffered on and off for years and also with tendonitis in several places of my body, which ultimately ended my marathoning days. My wife and I make our own beer and wine, and we both read quite a bit too.

Sounds great on the pontoon boat. Nice to have neighbours like that. One of my neighbours has a small sailboat (14') that I'm out on periodically.

As to the business it's an existing one and I can't disclose at this stage. Not a hobby. It's just something very small that operates a few months of the year. We'll soon know if it works out. If not maybe we'll come up with something else. I've been an entrepreneur before and sold the business about 4 years ago when the time was right.
 

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Knitting, watching our stocks rise and fall, card making (expensive hobby imho, cheaper to buy the cards!), gardening, camping (at our seasonal lot), dreaming of international retirement locals. Some days I get the urge to bake up a storm, so perhaps that is an impulse hobby :) Oh, and listening to audiobooks. Flavia De Luce series is wonderful to listen to while doing housework or relaxing.
 

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Knitting, watching our stocks rise and fall, card making (expensive hobby imho, cheaper to buy the cards!), gardening, camping (at our seasonal lot), dreaming of international retirement locals. Some days I get the urge to bake up a storm, so perhaps that is an impulse hobby :) Oh, and listening to audiobooks. Flavia De Luce series is wonderful to listen to while doing housework or relaxing.
My wife plans to work for another 5 years ... then if I'm still around we (else she :)) plan on a few tours ... I'd visit the UK on business now and then, take the coach through the countryside, realized with the hedges you can't see much from a car, therefore a tour. Really like Paris ... there's a tour boat pay for the day, get on, get off, see the sites of interest ... we'll go for a stay in Paris for sure. Was with a buddy from Sweden one spring, business, was the first day of spring custom to drink spiced vodka (or so I was told) which we did in the field of mars by the Eiffel Tower ... until the sprinklers came on. I don't mind driving in Australia in that there's no worries just pulling over to stop and see the sites, or just stop ... nice. I am looking forward to a few tours ... when you're doing the driving you miss a lot. We're thinking of doing a few 3 month stays ... Melbourne, somewhere in southern france are on the short list ...

Audio books ... where do you get yours ... something else I've been meaning to do ... currently I use the laptop for reading. Did so much work related reading over the years I've gotten out of the habit.
 

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I really couldn't list all of my hobbies and interests here - just too many. Most of them are healthy, outdoorsy, and cheap, thank goodness.

Somebody previously mentioned kayaking - that is probably my greatest passion - I love to explore the inlets and coves of the southwest B.C. coast (mostly southern Gulf Islands, my home base) in my 19ft kevlar touring kayak. I will never scratch the surface of the wonders that this area holds - but once I ER (next year, with luck) I am going to give it a try. :)

A few years ago I bought a portable hydrophone (underwater microphone) so that I can drop it into the water and actually hear a pod of orcas as they pass by. Seeing these creatures up close and in nature is thrilling - but to hear them as well - I cannot do justice as to how mindblowing this is. This year I am going to figure out how to record these sounds so that I can post them online - maybe I can even make them accessible to my fellow CMF'ers. The various Orca families of the B.C. have distinct vocalizations, and I soon hope to be able to recognize them from one another.
 

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I love to explore the inlets and coves of the southwest B.C. coast (mostly southern Gulf Islands, my home base) in my 19ft kevlar touring kayak ...

A few years ago I bought a portable hydrophone (underwater microphone) so that I can drop it into the water and actually hear a pod of orcas as they pass by. Seeing these creatures up close and in nature is thrilling - but to hear them as well - I cannot do justice as to how mindblowing this is. This year I am going to figure out how to record these sounds so that I can post them online - maybe I can even make them accessible to my fellow CMF'ers. The various Orca families of the B.C. have distinct vocalizations, and I soon hope to be able to recognize them from one another.

how i would love to hear something like this

do you think u are seeing the beginning of a super-nifty retirement nano-industry? You are undoubtedly kayaking to places others will never see in their lifetimes, so photos, text, video & audio would be appreciated by many ...
 

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how i would love to hear something like this

do you think u are seeing the beginning of a super-nifty retirement nano-industry? You are undoubtedly kayaking to places others will never see in their lifetimes, so photos, text, video & audio would be appreciated by many ...
Morning ... not intending to commercialize the experience ... question comes to mind, do little people make $$s with e.g. blog sites? Interest sites as humble_pie described above? If so, how? Always curious ...
 

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salut rikk - what i found striking about jon snow's post is the sincerity of his passion for these sea adventures. A by-product is that he's venturing into coves, inlets & ocean currents which others will never see ... but everyone can clearly see how much he loves the action.

i don't think any such "business" would be significantly profitable. Like, this is not going to be jacques cousteau III. My passing thought was that the adventure is so exceptional, interesting & creative, while requiring fairly expensive equipment, that it might be nice to work gradually towards some type of marketing.
 

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ps recently i've learned from another source that body-worn video cameras - usually attached on top of safety helmets - can be set to auto-photograph at intervals ranging from a few seconds to several minutes.

the product is thousands of frames that have to be edited in order to select the few best. But the arty result is that the final sequence of photos will be eerily closer to what the human eye actually sees than can ever be achieved by traditional stop-pose-frame-the-subject.

it's an interesting approach to live-action adventure photography. I haven't heard of it being used in a kayak or other small boat, but i'd imagine the results would be intriguing. Heavy seas, huge waves, kayak tossing like a cork, seals on rocks, orcas crying to each other? oh, wow ...
 

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ps recently i've learned from another source that body-worn video cameras - usually attached on top of safety helmets - can be set to auto-photograph at intervals ranging from a few seconds to several minutes.

the product is thousands of frames that have to be edited in order to select the few best. But the arty result is that the final sequence of photos will be eerily closer to what the human eye actually sees than can ever be achieved by traditional stop-pose-frame-the-subject.

it's an interesting approach to live-action adventure photography. I haven't heard of it being used in a kayak or other small boat, but i'd imagine the results would be intriguing. Heavy seas, huge waves, kayak tossing like a cork, seals on rocks, orcas crying to each other? oh, wow ...
Aha ... so the pastime would be photography/video ... I've seen e.g. GoPro advertised for such (or was that for DIY porn ... okokok ... :hopelessness:). I'll look into that, reason being I fish for fun (something to do when out on the boat), removed the barbs so bringing in a fish can be a challenge (but makes release easy) ... and taking a pic when alone on the boat even more of a challenge. These cameras are rugged, waterproof ... hmmm.

If you watch the fishing channel, the guys that fish from kayaks ... hmmm, kayak, sounds familiar ... use such cameras.

Link fwiw ... http://gopro.com/
 

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Wow guys, I hadn't even considered some of these aspects. Got me thinking now.

As we get into Summer, I'll try to get some media posted so those who are interested can see/hear my orca "friends". :)
 

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Wow guys, I hadn't even considered some of these aspects. Got me thinking now.

As we get into Summer, I'll try to get some media posted so those who are interested can see/hear my orca "friends". :)
Just uploaded some pics to Flickr (a bit fuzzy but hey, what the heck) ... new for me ... let's see if this'll work.

Short story ... Last summer with all the houses being taken down, and trees, the crow family we were used to seeing I thought were gone ... until 3 young crows showed up ... so I feed them, in this case some leftovers. One day a young hawk appears ... tries it's best to make a meal of them ... no luck ... pretty funny to watch ... it's a standoff. The hawk is unfortunately still in the neighborhood making it difficult for other birds ... I have house finches I've built nests for around the front porch ... just flower pots nailed up but they're perfectly happy with that.

Wildlife, help them out I figure.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/
 

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Jon, why not operate a small eco-tour business. Bring your passion for yakking and marine mammals to full time? Its competitive, but I know many people on the Island who have done exactly that, some run tours off their sail boats, others partner with rental shops.
 
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