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#148140 - 09/23/06 03:16 PM Re: Other Hobbies [Re: nickbuol]
bridgman Offline
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Registered: 08/25/04
Posts: 5376
Loc: Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
Four-wheeling, hiking, guns & shooting, sailing when I have time & money.

Used to enjoy masonry-type construction (brickwork, stonework etc..) when I was much younger, thinking about getting back into that and building some things around the new house (outdoor grill/oven, cold cellar etc..) when time permits.

I always loved flying and was always afraid of heights, but was never able to reconcile the two. Took flying lessons for a while until I found the exact point where the love of flying and fear of heights met -- tipped over in a stall with the windshield full of "ground". Spins were OK but I could never stop panicking in a stall, even in a C172 which has the most gentle stall you could imagine.

I always imagined I would enjoy blowing things up but have never had the chance, at least not since we were making nitroglycerin, gunpowder, and various other explosives in the high school darkroom


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#148141 - 09/23/06 04:48 PM Re: Other Hobbies [Re: bridgman]
spiffnme Offline
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Registered: 04/01/03
Posts: 5214
Loc: Los Angeles
Tennis, and collecting original comic book artwork. I used to fish all the time when I was growing up in Maine and NH, and I miss that more than anything else since moving to Los Angeles.
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#148142 - 09/23/06 06:12 PM Re: Other Hobbies [Re: bridgman]
RickF Offline
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Registered: 02/26/05
Posts: 5210
Loc: Vero Beach, Florida
>>>I always loved flying and was always afraid of heights, but was never able to reconcile the two. Took flying lessons for a while until I found the exact point where the love of flying and fear of heights met -- tipped over in a stall with the windshield full of "ground". Spins were OK but I could never stop panicking in a stall, even in a C172 which has the most gentle stall you could imagine.

Typically during a stall you should never see a windshield full of ground...whereas in a spin you probably will. John, you'll probably be quite surprised at the number of professional pilots who are scared of heights, myself included.

Flying used to be a hobby but I turned it into my profession, took all of the fun out of it. Riding and racing dirt bikes used to be a hobby but I got old and the tumbles hurt a lot so I don't do that anymore ... I've always loved salt water fishing but we don't have a boat anymore so I guess my only hobby at the moment is drinking beer and listening to our Axioms. Wife and I have already decided that a 25-28' boat is definitely in our plans for this coming year ... saltwater, of course.
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#148143 - 09/23/06 06:36 PM Re: Other Hobbies [Re: RickF]
bridgman Offline
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Registered: 08/25/04
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Loc: Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
>>Typically during a stall you should never see a windshield full of ground...

The operative word is "should". If you panic and push the yoke forward you see a lot of ground, which only makes things worse. It got to the point where I was having nightmares about stalling the plane.

There are some limited licenses you can get without having to demonstrate stall and spin recovery, but I still wouldn't want to be flying friends and family around if there was a chance of getting into a situation which I couldn't recover from but any competent pilot probably could.

Someone told me that the US stopped requiring stall & spin testing for a private pilot license because the testing was too dangerous.

I think I'm taking the thread off topic, sorry folks

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#148144 - 09/23/06 06:44 PM Re: Other Hobbies [Re: spiffnme]
littleb Offline
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Registered: 08/03/03
Posts: 1235
Loc: Moorhead, Minnesota/US
I used to play tennis when I was young. As I can remember, I really enjoyed it, too. At this stage of the game, it might not be a wise choice.

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#148145 - 09/23/06 07:01 PM Re: Other Hobbies [Re: bridgman]
RickF Offline
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Registered: 02/26/05
Posts: 5210
Loc: Vero Beach, Florida
Spin training was dropped years ago but stall training is still considered a basic maneuver and is required to be demonstrated prior to receiving an FAA licence. (US)
The FAA 'Recreational' license came about way after I got into flying and I'm not that familiar with the regulations but I'm not too certain that passengers can be flown with a person holding this license?

Early on I had inhibitions about getting the airplane landed, scared me to death ... now I put them on narrow roads and strips with just a foot or two separating the main gear and a canal. It just takes time and experience.

>>>> Now back to our regularly scheduled program <<<<
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#148146 - 09/23/06 09:27 PM Re: Other Hobbies [Re: littleb]
spiffnme Offline
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Registered: 04/01/03
Posts: 5214
Loc: Los Angeles
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I used to play tennis when I was young. As I can remember, I really enjoyed it, too. At this stage of the game, it might not be a wise choice.




One of the beautiful things about the game of tennis is that people from ages 4 to 84 can play. You should see the old timers out on the courts playing doubles early on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Some of them get darn competitive!
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#148147 - 09/23/06 09:49 PM Re: Other Hobbies [Re: St_PatGuy]
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Registered: 04/02/03
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Loc: Leesburg, Virginia
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#148148 - 09/23/06 10:42 PM Re: Other Hobbies [Re: pmbuko]
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Registered: 03/07/05
Posts: 7400
Loc: Glendale, Arizona
Thank you Google.
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#148149 - 09/25/06 11:05 AM Re: Other Hobbies [Re: nickbuol]
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Registered: 03/22/06
Posts: 164
I like to collect toy trains, with hopes that one day I will be able to build a yard, in a room/basement. I have many engines/cars/track, but no where to put them yet.

I like photography...still learning lots, but it's a great hobby, which enables me to 'think' differently. I recently sold my Canon 20D, and am looking for a new camera, to continue the hobby.

Women are my passion...but, since I am married, the wife is my new passion... One can still look, though...hehe.

Listening to music, driving, cars, swimming, and travelling are all favorites as well.

My wife and I own a timeshare, as does my younger brother, and we love to take trips to different places each year. So far, this year, my brothers and I have gone to Vegas (my bachellor party), wife and I have been to Cozumel Mexico (our honeymoon), and my brother has been to the Berkshires. In time, the timeshare will be paid off, and then suites will be basically free (minus the monthly maint. of maybe 40-60 bucks a month). Just airfare, and food/expenses, and we are good to go. Hope that my retirement years will be good to me....

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