Tag: hobbies

My Grandmother, My Mother, and Me: 100 Years of America

 

This study of three generations, although cherry-picked, subjective, and anecdotal, does tell us something.

  1. Although easier and more luxurious, my life is more complicated than my grandmother’s.
  2. In daily living and career options, the ordinary American citizen has prospered in ways that stagger the imagination.
  3. Families in the ’40s and ’50s  labored to provide housing, food, and clothes, while my increasingly pampered generation fights to keep perspective on what is real and important.

 

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I’ve been doing some history reading lately and I’ve come upon a dilemma I hope some ricochet fishermen might illuminate for me. Consider the Gulf of Mexico with it’s wide and shallow shelves and being stranded there. What kind of tools would be the absolute minimum needed for catching fish? Preview Open

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I’ve a confession to make. I used to be a phillumenist. I have an excuse though – I was young. Plus, until about ten minutes ago, I didn’t know what a phillumenist was. As per the British Matchbox Label and Bookmatch Society (BML&BS), phillumenists collect items related to matches including but not limited to matchbooks […]

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“Where there’s life, there’s hope, and need of vittles.”–JRR Tolkien The pathway to some of my favorite vittles became clearer today with the arrival of the first two seed catalogs of the year. The temperature is in the single digits (supposed to go down to 2°F tonight), and the wind’s blowing like a Force-8 gale. […]

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I’m often hesitant to recommend the Youtube channel called Regular Car Reviews on the grounds that its host works a bit blue at times. They’re great videos otherwise, with a mixture of humor, history, and literary theory (seriously – the guy was an English major in college and got into cars initially as a bit […]

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Take a Shot

 

I don’t know if it’s because I’m a restless soul or what, but I’m always in search of the hobby. I own a closet full of guitars, two mandolins, an actual stack of penny whistles, etc., and that just scratches the surface of the musical hobby genre. I’ve played inline hockey, I buy a new stunt kite every time I’m at the coast, and there are golf clubs and wood working supplies in my garage. From the best I can tell, my hobby is collecting (and abandoning) hobbies, so let me tell you about the latest!

Photography is the current bee in my bonnet. My vacation this year consisted of a couple of weeks off work interspersed with several day hikes with my kids — hiking being another money sink of a hobby I’m into — and the pictures I took on the first two hikes simply did not convey any of the beauty I saw, the grandeur of the forests through which I walked, or the absolute sense of peace and joy I felt doing such a good, healthy activity with my progeny. Even the iPod pictures my daughter took through the car’s windshield were better than what I was capturing with my long zoom point and shoot camera.

Remembering Heathkit

 

What’s Heathkit? Well, the version I knew, and which was the most successful edition, was a company that offered a large variety of electronic and electrical equipment in kit form to the public. That’s a far cry from the original Heath Company, which was founded in 1912, as an aircraft company by Edward Bayard Heath, an early aviation pioneer.

Heath Parasol 1935.

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As this is well established as the most terrible election cycle since Aaron Burr shot Thomas Jefferson over a pub brawl involving mistaken identities and a diamond heist, and SMOD is both too far behind in the polls and too far away to be any bloody good, we all need to develop coping skills for […]

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Garage Workspaces – Starting Over

 

Garage-Workshop-Plans-Just-Common-DesignFor those of us who have a garage, it may simply be the place we park our car or store our stuff. For others, maybe the garage serves as an extra room or a studio of sorts. But in the end, for many people, it is just another space that they pass through. Not for me.

Growing up, we moved around frequently. Sometimes we had a garage, sometimes we did not. When we did, it was far more than just a place to store things, more than a space to park the car; it was a refuge, a sanctuary from the outside world. It was a place altogether masculine: the smell of wood and cigarette smoke, the sounds of power tools, projects on the bench in various stages of completion, tools hanging on the pegboard or in hidden in their drawers but always in their proper place. It was a place to experiment, to build, and to swear. It was a place to try new things, fail, and try again. Perhaps I am romanticizing, but I don’t care. I want that garage. I want that workspace.

In the first house I bought, I built a simple bench and pegboard at the back of the garage. It wasn’t much, but it was suitable for limited storage and provided space for me to indulge in efforts to repair old console radios and turntables. My tool collection was limited in those early years, but I had all the basics. I had bigger plans for the second house, and so had a bigger workspace, but — due to the imposition of other priorities — it never lived up to its potential beyond the multitude of pinewood derby cars designed and built there. And then the tornado hit, and it was all gone.

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This isn’t the first time the topic of Yoga has been raised on Ricochet. (But goodness knows i need something to talk about right now other than world events). I’m staring at a brochure given to me advertising a local Yoga class. Its targeted at the Millennial demographic. Young slim girl in the foreground, buff manly man in the […]

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There is an article up at The Federalist on how a husband can use woodworking as a sop for avoiding his wife during (as he puts it) a dry spell.  I have to say that the whole article came across as rather alien to me.  Maybe I’ve just been really lucky with my wife, but […]

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We’ve had lots of car posts on Ricochet – questions about our favorite cars, our worst cars, cars that seemed determined to destroy us, etc.  This is different.  I’m curious about so-called Classic Cars, which seems to be defined as “Cars that are now old enough that people have forgotten why they stopped making them”. […]

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Last year I put up a story about my attempt to build an AK-74. I have finally finished that project, save for some cosmetic creations.  The gun is a bit rough, it is a bit dirty, but it is my own creation, borne of my own blood, sweat, and tears.  Moreover, this weapon is something of […]

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