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    Quote Originally Posted by Klassik View Post
    I can understand that sentiment. I've purchased a number of CDs recently (I need to post these on the Recent Purchases thread) from B&M stores in town. It'll probably take me weeks, if not months, to listen to everything I've brought in just the last 2-3 weeks. I already had some new CDs that I have not even listened to yet!

    I guess it's not a big deal if you have the space and money for the CDs, but perhaps its worthwhile to question your hobbies to make sure they're really what you want to do or if you're just doing things out of habit (like checking out new CDs). Sometimes I have to have reality checks with myself every now and then (not just with music, but with other hobbies too like audio equipment). I want to make sure my hobby sticks to listening to the music I like and does not become too much about hunting down obscure CDs that I may not even listen to that frequently. There's a couple more CD stores I may check in in the next week or two, but after that I'll probably stop the CD buying splurge for a while.
    But if the shopping and buying of the stuff is that fulfilling, then it is a pastime in and of itself. BTW, I keep telling myself that I am going to stop buying so many CDs and then the next thing I know I am caught up in a flurry of search and buy, with several or more on order.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    But if the shopping and buying of the stuff is that fulfilling, then it is a pastime in and of itself
    It certainly can be for some. For others, it's a routine that some are stuck in that isn't particularly fun or fulfilling. To each their own though! I do like looking at CDs and buying ones I'll enjoy for years to come. Buying CDs that I may listen to once or twice just for the sake of buying isn't so fun though. Sometimes it can be fun to go to a B&M CD store and buy some music that you've never heard of before. It may turn out great, but it may not. I took a gamble like that this week and it turned out to be a winner! I'll write a post about that on the Latest Purchases thread soon.

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    I enjoy reading, cooking and baking (mostly international foods, my focus lately has been Japan), figure skating (I adore it. Its one of the best things that's ever happened to me), I love DIY and home improvement projects, I love beauty stuff (ie: makeup, hair stuff, face masks.....), I adore documentaries, and learning about Ancient Egypt. I dont think most people can really understand just how deep my love for Ancient Egypt runs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SarahNorthman View Post
    I enjoy reading, cooking and baking (mostly international foods, my focus lately has been Japan), figure skating (I adore it. Its one of the best things that's ever happened to me), I love DIY and home improvement projects, I love beauty stuff (ie: makeup, hair stuff, face masks.....), I adore documentaries, and learning about Ancient Egypt. I dont think most people can really understand just how deep my love for Ancient Egypt runs.
    By any chance are you a fan of 'Yuri on Ice'?

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    My main hobby is drawing. I also enjoy reading, writing, drinking milk tea, looking at owls, voice acting, and getting eight hours of sleep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abraham Lincoln View Post
    By any chance are you a fan of 'Yuri on Ice'?
    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!! You have no idea at the extent of my obsession with it.

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    I've been studying Italian for about 6 months now, and I'm finally competent enough to comprehend operas with the help of a dictionary. That's what I'm doing now - going through the most famous Italian operas and learning from them.

    The only thing I worry about is that the language is pretty outdated for some of the operas. For example, they often remove the final vowel of verbs and contract various words in ways I haven't seen in modern Italian. I'll just have to be aware not to copy their language word-for-word.

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    Can't remember if I've posted on here. In case I haven't....I'm an avid reader. I've been a book worm since I was a kid. I like to dabble with cooking. I write. Or I used to. I have to get back to that. And I run. I took up running two years ago to lose weight and it has become an obsession. I'm very much into health and fitness now. And that's it, really.
    "I'm playing all the right notes. But not necessarily in the right order!"

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    I suppose software development -- specifically for the web. Although I'm starting to get into C# with application programming. There is a lot to learn in this field as it's ever-changing but my change from from both often levels each other out.

    (wait, hobby as in amateur? I get paid for software dev, heh.)

    Oh, soccer, I suppose. I like watch soccer when I can but with all the time in the day -- it doesn't get the most limelight.

    I also have four dogs which feels like a full-time job sometimes but that's okay. :-)
    Last edited by danj; Jun-03-2017 at 13:00.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danj View Post
    I also have four dogs which feels like a full-time job sometimes but that's okay. :-)
    Better four dogs than any cats.

    Seriously, I think two dogs would be quite a handful. I am pretty happy with the one dog, but would consider two so long as someone else is around to take care of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Better four dogs than any cats.

    Seriously, I think two dogs would be quite a handful. I am pretty happy with the one dog, but would consider two so long as someone else is around to take care of them.
    My SO helps me take care of them. Luckily, they do a lot of things together so it's not like 4 separate actions of each dog doing something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danj View Post
    My SO helps me take care of them. Luckily, they do a lot of things together so it's not like 4 separate actions of each dog doing something.
    If they all get along well and are well behaved it is much easier, but dogs are like children, they will see how much they can get away with and they will train their owners if possible, which is usually the case. My son is a great dog trainer and I am a bad influence. The dog always follows me into the kitchen knowing that often I drop crackers and such or just give in an provide her with snacks.
    The junk merchant doesn't sell his product to the consumer, he sells the consumer to his product. He does not improve and simplify his merchandise. He degrades and simplifies the client.

    William S. Burroughs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    If they all get along well and are well behaved it is much easier, but dogs are like children, they will see how much they can get away with and they will train their owners if possible, which is usually the case. My son is a great dog trainer and I am a bad influence. The dog always follows me into the kitchen knowing that often I drop crackers and such or just give in an provide her with snacks.
    That is true. And yes, for most part, they are all well-behaved (iron fist, etc, etc) and get along well. Our Shih-Tzu and Boxer Lab are both 1yr and 5month old so they are testing our limits at times -- more boxer than anyone.

    At any rate, all of our dogs sleep like 75% of their day away anyway and the rest is spent either playing, walking or looking at what we're doing and see if it involves food.

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