A Man of Many Hobbies And There’s So Much More I Would Love to Do!
Apparently, January is National Hobby Month. I’ve had a lot of hobbies over the years because I enjoy trying out new activities whenever I can. But with many hobbies, I have either grown out of them, lost interest, or am still very much invested. Last month, I wrote about one of the hobbies I no longer pursue: model trains. As a kid, it was all I wanted to do. I would spend hours reading up on how to create the perfect diorama for my train table. I learned how to build my own mountains, how to make realistic rocks and trees, and how to give my buildings an authentic look. While I still think model trains are fun, I haven’t followed that hobby for quite a while, but I do remember that time spent as a kid with my train set very fondly. One of the past hobbies I had (and have written about before) was flying. I had a blast learning to fly but had to stop because I started the law firm shortly after, and it definitely takes up a lot of time! After that, I got a motorcycle license
and enjoyed riding around with my friends, but that didn’t have quite the same exhilarating rush that flying did. I finally decided to sell the bike when too many people I knew had accidents because of other drivers. At the time, the girls were much, much younger, and I figured I’d wait and enjoy it after they were grown and out on their own. I’ve also written before (at least in my email newsletter) that over the last year, I’ve become very involved with krav maga, which is a self- defense system that borrows the most effective parts of other martial arts. I started it mainly to exercise, but it is extremely fun, and I don’t think I’ll stop any time soon. Another hobby I enjoy is one that I was first interested in when I was a kid: amateur radio. My dad got me interested, and when I was in Boy Scouts, one of the troop leaders had a license and would go help with bicycle races. They would keep the race officials informed about where the racers where and if there were any
issues. This was long before cellphones, but they still do this now. I never got my license back then because I didn’t have the patience to learn Morse code, and it was a requirement. Fast forward “mumble, mumble”years, and I was working with an estate planning attorney in Houston on elder lawmatters for his clients. I would travel down there a couple times a month for a day or so and work with his clients. Once on a trip down, he showed me his rig, and it was amazing. He could listen and dash off Morse code like it was a second language. That still amazes me. When I found out that code is no longer required, I took the plunge. I currently have a general license, which means I can do almost everything I want to. If I want to do everything amateurs are allowed to do, I’d need to take an amateur extra exam. That has a lot more (complicated) questions, so we’ll see. I don’t always have the time to do it, but I enjoy reaching out and“rag chewing”with people as far as I can find. So far, Ketchikan, Alaska, and Central America are as far as I’ve been able to connect. Although I’ve done a lot, there are so many more things I’d love to try some day. I’m always wanting to learn new things. For example, I’d love to try sailing a boat, scuba diving, kiteboarding, learning to make sausage (bratwurst in particular), learning American Sign Language, or taking cooking classes. I would also love to go to auctioneer school just to do it (another interest I got from my dad). So many things to try! For the new year, I’d like to encourage you to try out a hobby you’ve always wanted to try and never had the chance to tackle. Get out there, have some fun, and make 2020 the best year yet!
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