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Dream Hobbies You Would Get Into IF You Could Afford Them
« on: Sat, 20 June 2020, 16:56:28 »
We all have hobbies we dream of but can't afford. Or even normal hobbies we still can't afford.
What do you love in your heart but know you will never ever have the opportunity to get really into? besides your mom

For me it would be cars for sure. I can't even afford a regular car to drive, let alone a hanger of dream vehicles. Before I could even talk I was really into cars. As a toddler I would run up to them on the street or in a parking lot, probably almost getting killed and giving my mother a heart attack constantly. We'd be walking and I'd just bolt off into the street to run up to the window of some cool passing vehicle. I was a smart child. And that love carried on through grade school, and adult years where on a daily biases I watch car shows in the background, just dreaming. And yet still I do not own a vehicle. It's like a horny virgin working at a strip club. It's just torture. I actually get angry when I watch Jay Leno because of my personal pettiness  ;D

So just like finding happiness, or job satisfaction, I know in my heart I will never ever be able to get into cars on the level I want to.

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Re: Dream Hobbies You Would Get Into IF You Could Afford Them
« Reply #1 on: Sat, 20 June 2020, 17:53:55 »
People have different evaluations on hobby costs.

For example, an expensive car,  isn't that expensive if the goal was just to own one, and drive it from time to time.

However, let's say you want to play piano well, that's 10 years of dedicated practice, regardless if you play a cheap $5000 piano vs a $200,000 Shigeru.

You can make more money in the time it takes to get good at Piano, than the $200,000 it'd cost to buy the best piano.

Then there's people who's idea of an expensive hobby, is just from the perspective of SHOPPING. It's kind of like birds nesting, picking up shiny pebbles and dropping them near the nest.

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« Reply #2 on: Sat, 20 June 2020, 18:07:30 »
So you get into pianos? Is that what you're trying to say?


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« Reply #4 on: Sat, 20 June 2020, 18:12:19 »
Oh yeah, cars for sure.

Before I got into this I was actually doing autocross. It was a lot of fun but it's a lot of wear and tear on your car. I was always nervous I was going to kill my daily driver. I actually probably spend as much money on this as I did on cars but my wife much prefers that as it's safer  ;D :thumb:

My other hobby is writing. Ties into this nicely and costs nothing!

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« Reply #5 on: Sat, 20 June 2020, 20:42:28 »
Also rare and obscure arcade cabinets, with a focus on '90s Japanese arcade exclusives. It would be really cool to turn the pool house into your own private Galloping Ghost.

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« Reply #6 on: Sat, 20 June 2020, 23:51:07 »
High end DIY audio, building large horn, open baffle and dipole speakers.

It's totally impractical where I currently live due to space constraints. No space for a workshop, for large speakers, and extremely limited access to exotic woods.

This will have to wait until a country move.
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« Reply #7 on: Sun, 21 June 2020, 00:34:23 »
High end DIY audio, building large horn, open baffle and dipole speakers.

It's totally impractical where I currently live due to space constraints. No space for a workshop, for large speakers, and extremely limited access to exotic woods.

This will have to wait until a country move.

That is such an obscure and expensive hobby I didn't know it existed.

I knew that vinyl enthusiasts and digital audio enthusiasts had multi thousand dollar setups, but I didn't know that there was a custom building scene. I guess if you take some room measurements or something you could hypothetically engineer a soundsystem specifically made for you. Does the wood matter?

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« Reply #8 on: Sun, 21 June 2020, 00:49:36 »
The DIY part makes it inherently cheap.  Wood and high quality drivers don't get crazy expensive and you'd be hard pressed to spend more than several thousand,  the expensive part is having the space for a workshop, and a dedicated listening room, which isn't practical where I am based :(

And yes, measurements are an important part of the process. Helps you tune the equipment, helps reduce or identify listening biases, helps you understand the room.

High end audio (without the DIY) is where it gets expensive. It's very easy to find 10K amps, 50K speakers. There is a crazy amount of magical thinking in audio, and developing an interest in the DIY side of things helps combat this.

The wood generally doesn't matter, it's more an aesthetic choice. There's a very good case to be made for using high quality plywood for stability reasons (solid woods risk warping over time) then veneering the cabinets. The main thing is you want the material to be stiff but not resonate. Wood is generally good at damping, whereas something like metal is terrible.

Vinyl- that looks like a nightmare of equipment selection and optimisation, then you need wads of space for a collection. I never want to go down that route :)

This is what I'd want to build when I have the space, though theses don't involve woodwork at all. http://www.linkwitzlab.com/LXmini/Design.htm
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Re: Dream Hobbies You Would Get Into IF You Could Afford Them
« Reply #9 on: Mon, 22 June 2020, 06:19:54 »
I don't know there's anything I would want to takeover my life without trying it for a while but I often wonder how much time I'd have spent skiing or snowboarding if I lived somewhere with snow and mountains.  Crazy motocross tricks also look fun but can't be cheap even before considering lost income so that will never happen.  I've also always been fascinated by archery but again can't do that at home as need way more land and transporting a 'weapon' other than in a motor vehicle would surely be frowned on (this one is still possible and doesn't require a huge financial outlay)
                               
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Re: Dream Hobbies You Would Get Into IF You Could Afford Them
« Reply #10 on: Mon, 22 June 2020, 07:02:41 »
Def aircraft. Id love to own a hobby aircraft but my eyes are too **** to ever get a pilots license i think and the cost is extremely prohibiting besides that :(


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Re: Dream Hobbies You Would Get Into IF You Could Afford Them
« Reply #11 on: Mon, 22 June 2020, 07:53:42 »
Def aircraft. Id love to own a hobby aircraft but my eyes are too **** to ever get a pilots license i think and the cost is extremely prohibiting besides that :(

Tp4 has been in a helicopter and small prop several times.  It's extremely loud, shaky and uncomfortable. I can understand if you can hobby all the way up to a private jet, but everything smaller than that is less fun than it looks on tv.

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« Reply #12 on: Mon, 22 June 2020, 07:58:52 »
Def aircraft. Id love to own a hobby aircraft but my eyes are too **** to ever get a pilots license i think and the cost is extremely prohibiting besides that :(

Tp4 has been in a helicopter and small prop several times.  It's extremely loud, shaky and uncomfortable. I can understand if you can hobby all the way up to a private jet, but everything smaller than that is less fun than it looks on tv.

I'm sure it's a very different experience if you're the pilot, and owner.

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« Reply #13 on: Mon, 22 June 2020, 18:07:04 »
everything smaller than that is less fun than it looks on tv. [/size][/color][/font]


I have also been in a few helicopters and this statement is totally false and insane.

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« Reply #14 on: Mon, 22 June 2020, 23:05:56 »
everything smaller than that is less fun than it looks on tv. [/size][/color][/font]


I have also been in a few helicopters and this statement is totally false and insane.

My experience riding in a helicopter reminded me of the thrills of a roller coaster but way better.

Also do hookers and blackjack count as a hobby?
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« Reply #15 on: Tue, 23 June 2020, 04:45:16 »
I would like to step up my existing hobbies. I like building prop replicas but can't afford that many custom-made parts of metal. My collection is small, and instead of having spent much money, I have instead spent more time on pieces of mostly plastic. I wish I had a shop with tools and space and ventilation for making stuff in. A CNC mill and a 3D printer are on my wish list.

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« Reply #16 on: Tue, 23 June 2020, 05:12:21 »
Def aircraft. Id love to own a hobby aircraft but my eyes are too **** to ever get a pilots license i think and the cost is extremely prohibiting besides that :(

Tp4 has been in a helicopter and small prop several times.  It's extremely loud, shaky and uncomfortable. I can understand if you can hobby all the way up to a private jet, but everything smaller than that is less fun than it looks on tv.

I mean i ride a very shaky, loud and windy motorbike every day right now so it cant be all that much worse  ;D

And id want to do the piloting and mechanic work like i do with my motorbikes. I find wrenching on things very fun, insightful and satisfying. Same with computers and keyboards, the putting them together part is the best part for me  :)

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« Reply #17 on: Tue, 23 June 2020, 05:39:01 »
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« Reply #19 on: Tue, 23 June 2020, 15:14:12 »
If money was not an issue I'd totally dig buying the biggest sailboat (I'm a bit claustrophobic so a small one wouldn't do) I could get while still being to sail by myself (without needing a crew).  For about 300 K EUR you can find say a used Jeanneau 57: if I had that and then enough to pay the marina, the maintenance, etc. and wouldn't risk bankruptcy, I'd totally be into that (and there's a marina 20 minutes from my place).
Here's what it looks like (it's a bit crazy, it's a dream, but not totally unthinkable, so maybe one day):

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Re: Dream Hobbies You Would Get Into IF You Could Afford Them
« Reply #20 on: Wed, 24 June 2020, 05:42:27 »
Watched a few of those trapped on a sailboat, get really skinny movies + sharks.  No thanks too dangeros.

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« Reply #21 on: Wed, 24 June 2020, 05:46:47 »
Watched a few of those trapped on a sailboat, get really skinny movies + sharks.  No thanks too dangeros.

The impression I am getting in this thread is that your ideal hobby is collecting keyboards and staying indoors. Am I right?

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« Reply #22 on: Thu, 25 June 2020, 21:29:45 »
Would love to move to Cali one day (I'm an North Easterner) and own a nice house in So-Cal with a sick garage layout right of the PCH.

Collecting cars has always been a dream, 1 of everything in white like Paul Walker had. No bias besides rare commodities and and fast cars.



Would also love to a have shop space with lifts fully outfitted with the best tools to do work / builds etc. in the most OCD layout lol.

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« Reply #23 on: Thu, 25 June 2020, 22:15:45 »
a lot of expensive hobbies can be a whole lot cheaper if you know your ins and outs through them. there will always be exceptions but you definitely don't need bags of money for most hobbies if you know hwere to look.
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« Reply #24 on: Thu, 25 June 2020, 23:12:10 »
I would enjoy collecting keycaps.
I generally hate all keycaps. Keycaps are for poofs. Real men touchtype on stems. Non-functional artisans are awesome, I use them for the ESC key ... escape is for cowards anyways, real men go frontal assault.

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« Reply #25 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 05:37:47 »
Would love to move to Cali one day (I'm an North Easterner)...

I'm not american but altogether I spent one year in SoCal (several times three months) and I'd love to live there.  Either in L.A. (with a crush on Pacific Palissade) or San Diego, something like that.  I picked the "second best": where my life is basically spent next to the mediterannean sea (typing this while looking at the sea 200 meters from home).  I'm spending a lot of time in south-eastern France (french riviera) and I bought a house in Spain, near the sea.

I need to live by the sea.  Hence the sailboat dream : )

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Re: Dream Hobbies You Would Get Into IF You Could Afford Them
« Reply #26 on: Sat, 11 July 2020, 09:57:59 »
I'd buy another mustang if i had the chance

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« Reply #27 on: Sat, 11 July 2020, 10:06:20 »
Would love to move to Cali one day (I'm an North Easterner)...

I'm not american but altogether I spent one year in SoCal (several times three months) and I'd love to live there.  Either in L.A. (with a crush on Pacific Palissade) or San Diego, something like that.  I picked the "second best": where my life is basically spent next to the mediterannean sea (typing this while looking at the sea 200 meters from home).  I'm spending a lot of time in south-eastern France (french riviera) and I bought a house in Spain, near the sea.

I need to live by the sea.  Hence the sailboat dream : )

Huh, I imagine there would be some pretty unbeatable upsides to living by the Mediterranean in France or Spain, versus SoCal.

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« Reply #28 on: Sat, 11 July 2020, 12:50:38 »
Would love to move to Cali one day (I'm an North Easterner)...

I'm not american but altogether I spent one year in SoCal (several times three months) and I'd love to live there.  Either in L.A. (with a crush on Pacific Palissade) or San Diego, something like that.  I picked the "second best": where my life is basically spent next to the mediterannean sea (typing this while looking at the sea 200 meters from home).  I'm spending a lot of time in south-eastern France (french riviera) and I bought a house in Spain, near the sea.

I need to live by the sea.  Hence the sailboat dream : )

Huh, I imagine there would be some pretty unbeatable upsides to living by the Mediterranean in France or Spain, versus SoCal.

U guys r crzy.. Dem' Sharks + Radioactive oceans.

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« Reply #29 on: Mon, 13 July 2020, 08:57:05 »
Collecting rare whiskies! That would be so cool but it is way too expensive a hobby :S