Since childhood I was one who could spend hours entertaining myself without a care of those about me. I’m what you call a happy hermit. That said, much of my personal happiness lies in my ability to allow creativity to flow in such areas as music, drawing, photography, tweaking-modding items around the home or camp, etc.
Back in the day when I lived in dryer climates south of Oregon border I would spend much of free time outdoors. Some great times were had sailing my Manta class IV landsailor on the salt flats of the South San Francisco Bay near Redwood City California, or the Black Rock Desert north of Reno. Many happy afternoons alone with my thoughts and wind in the sail. I also spent about two years flying RC Slope Racers on the cliffs just south of Fort Funston near San Francisco. Once I got married in 1983 the hobbies morphed into things such as four-wheeling and camping in our 1975 FJ40 Landcruiser in the Sierras west of Reno. Then in 1986 I had an opportunity with my employer (The Musicland Group) to help run four locations in Portland Metro area in Oregon.
Nearly all my hobbies went by-by when we moved to Oregon in summer of 1986. We tried camping in the family heirloom canvas tent, but it was already showing signs of wear after ~30 fun years of family camping with my parents. That bad experience in the soggy Oregon weather put a lid on the enthusiasm to camp. So Cari and I began spending time with our growing family in our yard and home. By 1989 I was spending lots of quality time on a Mac 512 and Mac Paint. I’d found a new hobby I could enjoy inside out of the near 80″ of annual rainfall. And so began by doodling in the hobby of digital art.
Most of my hobbies do include PC related tech. These days most of my art-doodling is on my iPad Air. I also have waaaay to much music-synthesizer related software on the iPad.
Another PC related hobby is utilizing the internet to research various topics of interest such as health/wellness, spirituality, archeology and history, and of course the latest gizmos.
You will find several posts on a given hobby in this hobby category. More will be added as I continue to find new ways to remain happy and content indoors in our soggy Oregon Paradise between fall freeze and spring thaw. We are experimenting this year with our camp set up and researching ways to extend our camping by a few weeks either side of our usual camping season. Time will tell if we pull that one off.
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