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Old 06-08-2016, 07:18 PM   #1
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Everybody Needs a Hobby

I've been thinking of creating a thread like this for a while now and finally found enough 'want to'...

There are threads for all kinds of more 'main stream' hobbies or topics we pass time with that deserve there own thread(s) (cooking, reading, hunting,.. stuff like that) ... but what about all the more 'fringe' hobbies or activities that may be worthy of sharing, but not necessarily those that, own their own, deserve a single thread. Let's dump all of that here...

Stuff like:

Model Making
Record Collecting
Photography
Scale Stadium Building
Acting
Custom Electronics
Lapidary
Blacksmithing
Droning
Pottery
Topiary
Action figure collecting
Comics
Bobble head collecting (I am one team shy of the entire 1982 MLB set)

Anything like THAT... I figure this could make for some decent dialogue during the off season...
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Old 06-08-2016, 07:18 PM   #2
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For me, a hobby I have been into basically all of my life is Electric Football.

My father played his entire life and got me into it, he recently passed away and I have since had the urge to share the hobby with anyone who would care to listen...

Here is my pops and I when I was all of like three playing:

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These days i have my own 'fantasy league' that my father and I used to play, now it's just me with my girls, sister, college buddies, jumping in on every now and then... for the most part it's just me though.

Here is my most recent championship game... played on a recently made custom board..

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Here's an example of the various paint jobs.. all my teams with few exceptions were painted by my father when i was younger or by me as an adult... many in the hobby prefer custom decals and stripes made on a cpu but to me the old ways are still better...

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Even though I don't play with them in my league (they're my base testing squad) you know I had to create an Irish team... Rocket in da house...

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I like this pic bc it shows a classic board from the early 70s I still play on and it shows two of my fav teams... the Santa Fe Apache (I love the paint job on them) and a team modeled after my HS team, The Jackrabbits...

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Better look at my new custom board, the field is interchangable...

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Of course many will remember how badly the bases run out of the box and the jokes about turning in circles... it's true, to a point. You have to 'tweak' the bases with a variety of techniques, most commonly but adding a little heat and compressing the prongs of the base with needle nosed pliers, to make them run straight, fast, and effective. Trust me when I say, 9 out of 10 of my bases do exactly what I want them to do when I want them to do it...

There is also the component of customization here... painting, decaling and such...

I like to think of it as a cross between model making and your average board game, but for the sports nerd. I even keep year to year team stats...

This hobby is def small scale compared to reading, video games, sports viewing/playing etc. but it's still alive and well, there are national conventions every year where a national champ is crowned and for those that are like me and just want to chill there are tutorials on playing styles, 'tweaking' and the like... My father and I intended to go to a convention but never got around to it before he passed away.
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Old 06-08-2016, 07:52 PM   #3
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This is some of the coolest shit i've ever seen
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Very cool, Acamp. You can tell that Browns board has seen some action.

Some of mine:
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Very cool, Acamp. You can tell that Browns board has seen some action.

Some of mine:
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- Gardening
- Record Collecting
- Woodworking
Big green thumb here too, pumpkins, peppers, tomatoes... I enjoy making my own salsas... For the record the wear on the Browns field is an intended effect/graphic.... That board is like two months old....
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Very cool Camp. I have many hobbies, but the only ones I'm really obsessed with are:

-Archery and bowhunting (compound mostly, but a little recurve)

-DFS (mostly NBA)

-Water skiing

And the one that was about 20 years in the making:

I own a PSA 10 version of every player on the '85 Bears rookie cards. Finding the good players was easy (just very expensive), but it was like pulling teeth finding some of the more obscure guys. The internet makes finding them much easier now than when I started this quest a long time ago.

*The Walter Payton is a PSA 9, the only non-10 of the set.
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