05-14-2012, 04:28 AM
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I used to be an avid road cyclist - back in my teens/twenties I rode semi-pro for a couple of British teams and competed in domestic races in the UK and on the continent.
I still restore old ivory, tortoiseshell and wood hairbrushes for friends, etc (a throw back from our ownership of Coates).
Nowadays with the restoration business I manage my time tends to be quite limited but the odd dabbling in ironwork sculptures still occurs but not as frequently!

Gary

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 05-14-2012, 06:19 AM
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  • Persius
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  • Reading, England
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(05-14-2012, 04:28 AM)Gary Young Wrote: I used to be an avid road cyclist - back in my teens/twenties I rode semi-pro for a couple of British teams and competed in domestic races in the UK and on the continent.
Wow!

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 05-14-2012, 07:51 AM
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  • leo
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  • Two Rivers WI
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(05-14-2012, 01:24 AM)Johnny9 Wrote: @Leo, those are great fotos. Do you use slide film at all? The color saturation reminds me of Fuji Velvia (my favorite film). Love the cameras as well. I have a Roliflex that needs fixed and a Minolta Maxxum 7.
Thank you.
No I don't use film at all. It's to expensive to develop. I would like to learn more about film but right now it's not in the budget.
The color saturation is done by first setting the camera to vivid colors and then I tweak it with a photo editing software called Gimp. It's the same as PhotoShop only completely free.

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 05-14-2012, 08:13 AM
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I swing dance, preferably the Lindy Hop. I play guitar, piano, harmonica and melodica, sing and write songs with a band that plays on occasion. I garden and especially love Heirloom tomatoes. I hike, read and watch movies. I work in the diagnostic cancer genetics field and in my free time like to keep up with the latest medical information.

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 05-14-2012, 08:18 AM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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(05-14-2012, 08:13 AM)lindyhop66 Wrote: I swing dance, preferably the Lindy Hop. I play guitar, piano, harmonica and melodica, sing and write songs with a band that plays on occasion. I garden and especially love Heirloom tomatoes. I hike, read and watch movies. I work in the diagnostic cancer genetics field and in my free time like to keep up with the latest medical information.

Good lord, do you have free time?

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 05-14-2012, 08:33 AM
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Did I mention, I don't get a lot of sleep, either.

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 05-14-2012, 08:56 AM
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(05-14-2012, 08:18 AM)Johnny Wrote:
(05-14-2012, 08:13 AM)lindyhop66 Wrote: I swing dance, preferably the Lindy Hop. I play guitar, piano, harmonica and melodica, sing and write songs with a band that plays on occasion. I garden and especially love Heirloom tomatoes. I hike, read and watch movies. I work in the diagnostic cancer genetics field and in my free time like to keep up with the latest medical information.

Good lord, do you have free time?

My thoughts exactly.

I'm a music lover and appreciate many styles; Spanish Flamenco, early blues, classical, classic rock, alternative, industrial, punk, heavy, hardcore, electro-industrail, jazz, swing, pretty much everything; except rap and country. lol

I've been playing guitar since I was 13--wow I'm getting old. I mainly play a blues style. Favorite guitarists: Les Paul, Django, Stevie Ray, Hendrix and Segovia.

(05-14-2012, 07:51 AM)leo Wrote:
(05-14-2012, 01:24 AM)Johnny9 Wrote: @Leo, those are great fotos. Do you use slide film at all? The color saturation reminds me of Fuji Velvia (my favorite film). Love the cameras as well. I have a Roliflex that needs fixed and a Minolta Maxxum 7.
Thank you.
No I don't use film at all. It's to expensive to develop. I would like to learn more about film but right now it's not in the budget.
The color saturation is done by first setting the camera to vivid colors and then I tweak it with a photo editing software called Gimp. It's the same as PhotoShop only completely free.

Gimp is for Linux isn't it? I love Photoshop, in a previous life I was a graphic designer, but the pay was horrible, so I went back to welding and industrial maintenance. I've been out of work for a while. Now I'm just a bum.

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 05-14-2012, 09:16 AM
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  • leo
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(05-14-2012, 07:51 AM)leo Wrote:
(05-14-2012, 01:24 AM)Johnny9 Wrote: @Leo, those are great fotos. Do you use slide film at all? The color saturation reminds me of Fuji Velvia (my favorite film). Love the cameras as well. I have a Roliflex that needs fixed and a Minolta Maxxum 7.
Thank you.
No I don't use film at all. It's to expensive to develop. I would like to learn more about film but right now it's not in the budget.
The color saturation is done by first setting the camera to vivid colors and then I tweak it with a photo editing software called Gimp. It's the same as PhotoShop only completely free.

Gimp is for Linux isn't it? I love Photoshop, in a previous life I was a graphic designer, but the pay was horrible, so I went back to welding and industrial maintenance. I've been out of work for a while. Now I'm just a bum.
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No you can get Gimp for windows.
http://www.gimp.org/windows/
I wish you the best of luck finding a job.

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 05-14-2012, 09:20 AM
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  • Harvey
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  • North Hills CA
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Wow lot of cool ways to enjoy life..as for me always like to collect..Pocket knives,Ballpoint pens ,Handguns,Radios ,tools..and now razors and stuff...but I know most of us do what we do to find that "perfect" product and then we move on for whatever needs we have..hard somtimes to sell off the products we got in our search however..oh yah add in watches,fans and flashlights also...my hobby I guess is being my own Consumer Reports...also with all these interests still does not add up to all that much....we make do with what we have.Consider the cost of a Porsche or a Gold Rolex....way way more than my whole collection.

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 05-14-2012, 10:18 AM
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Lately my free time has been sucked up with work and family, but whenever possible will fill my day with bird hunting or fishing. The last ten and a half years (the approximate age of my spectacular hunting dog) though it's primarily been about bird hunting. I prefer grouse, but the dog and my hunting buddies prefer pheasant and that's what we've mostly done. Throw in the odd quail, duck and goose hunt and I'm happy.

When I used to primarily fish, my preference was the Florida Keys which should be mandatory for anyone who loves the sport. Nearly moved there at one point in my life, but that's another thread for another day.

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 05-14-2012, 10:26 AM
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  • freddy
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  • San Diego, California, U.S.A.
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I am amazed at the diversity and talent that we have here. Thumbsup

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 05-14-2012, 11:06 AM
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  • mikeperry
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(05-13-2012, 10:02 PM)freddy Wrote: [Image: P1020279.jpg]

Freddy, you've got yourself there some beautiful handwriting Thumbsup

My handwriting use to be pretty good, but then I had to completely relearn when I trained as a draughtsman (pre computers), everything printed out in capitals...

(05-13-2012, 11:35 PM)Persius Wrote: English gent here: we have 2 allotments (fruit cages, 20' polytunnel, brassica cage), and 1 garden with pond & beehive. Spring and Summer are good & busy times; in the winter activity is bit thin on the ground.

I imagine that lot keeps you good and busy for most of the year Thumbup

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 05-14-2012, 11:34 AM
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Hmmm....I seem a bit different than most of y'all. I've been riding motorcycles for a long, long time and still enjoy doing so. Though I must say I've become more of a fair weather rider lately.

Also involved in amateur (ham) radio and provide emergency communication for my local city government and my church.

Any other bits of spare time is taken up by family since all of them live in the area and keep me hopping.

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 05-14-2012, 02:33 PM
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Hobbies, I wish I had only a few. But I'm retired now, so I have the time to indulge myself.

My main love is shooting. Primarily handguns now, and I shoot Action Pistol with a 1911, think of it as extreme pistol shooting (google it). To support that hobby I reload ammo, lots of ammo. I'm also an NRA certified handgun (and other disciplines) instructor. I couldn't do that when I was working since I needed to go to school for it. I also do firearm experimentation, and have one wildcat cartridge that no one made ammo for- I made it myself, including forming the brass. (someone may make ammo for it now - I simply don't know and couldn't care- I still make my own). I like to shoot long range handguns, hundreds of yards, and hold groups that are better than what most rifleman can shoot.

I woodwork, and build whatever buildings I need, do light metal working, weld much more than most home shops can, cook, southern BBQ, I garden, and preserve food, we have small livestock, dogs. All hobbies.

I also love the outdoors and do anything I can to justify spending time outdoors, camping, boating, hunting, whatever. In years past I was an avid fly fisherman and matched the hatch even if I had to tie a fly on the bank of the stream while the hatch was going on. I wish I had time for that today but I don't.

I also do photography. And I love DIYing. Part of that was the making of my Bay Rum. Now I have that as a new hobby. In the DIY realm, we produce most of what sustains us during the year. From food to heat, we don't need to, but I think of it as a hobby. I like to be self-sufficient and that's the hobby.

In retirement I have so much to do that I absolutely don't know how I had time to do anything while I was working.

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 05-14-2012, 03:49 PM
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I really like firearms and have shot competitively in the past. I also like to do a bit of gunsmithing including building many dozens of AR15's and AK47's. I've made a few stocks and modified virtually anything with a trigger with a specific interest S&W revolvers and any 1911 style auto. I'm a serious reloader. I'm both a Ford an ASE Certified Master Technician and like most anything that involves horsepower.

   

   

   

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 05-14-2012, 03:49 PM
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(05-13-2012, 06:37 PM)SharpSpine Wrote:
(05-13-2012, 06:26 PM)Bowlturner Wrote: As one can tell by my username, I have a little hobby business making bowls that I sell on etsy.com. I am a member of the Early Ford V8 Club and enjoy my 1950 Ford that I bought 40 years ago. I collect Widows Mite (Prutah), small coins from the about 200BC to just after the time of Christ. I collect postcards of the town I live in. We have three shelties. I have a collection of vintage firefigthting coats. And, of course, a small collection of vintage GEM, Ever-Ready, Star, and plastic (bakelite) slant razors.

Would you post a picture of a Widows Mite?

This is a Widows Mite, circa 103-76BC. A bit smaller than a penny, struck by hand, bronze alloy. They do not cost much money, usually, and can be found on the big auction site. There are about 20 different mites that span the 250 years they were minted. You can find the parable of the widows mite in the books of Luke and Mark.

Mark - Bowlturner
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 05-14-2012, 05:19 PM
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(05-14-2012, 03:49 PM)GearHead_1 Wrote: I really like firearms ....

Gearhead,
That is a great collection.

Phil

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 05-14-2012, 07:05 PM
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  • Qhead
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  • Cleveland, Ohio
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Many talented and diverse guys here! Now most of my free time is spent getting the kid to their sports - volleyball for my daughter and baseball and basketball for my son. I try to get some golf in, and now that Cleveland has a casino I might throw some dice now and againTongueTongue

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 05-14-2012, 08:14 PM
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i try to post pictures soon.
i enjoy playing guitar, collecting LPs and playing them on vintage equipment, but shaving and collecting razors has put that on hold! Hehe. i love writing letter with the small collectino of Lamy Safaris that i recently got, but i can not find ANYONE who will consistently respond as they tire of writing after one or two letters!! Maybe i should start corresponding with Freddy! Sorry, forgot, but i don't consider football (soccer) a hobby as much as part of my life; i can not imagine not doing it as i have been playing it for so long!
Wow, you guys have some great talents!!

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 05-15-2012, 05:04 PM
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I'm very happy with the results of this thread so far. Lots of interesting people that I wish I knew in the outside world. Thanks for all of your replies.

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