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GUEST,ragdall BS: Expensive hobbies (59* d) RE: BS: Expensive hobbies 12 Feb 05

My principal hobby is "Tomorrow, or maybe next week...." I've been gathering supplies for this hobby for at least three decades:
  • woodworking tools. These have helped build many practical items, but finding the time for the more creative items that I would like to produce has to wait for tomorrow, or maybe next week.
  • an N guage railroad. This was never set up and run. Now it waits in a box in the attic. Perhaps I'll find time tomorrow, or maybe next week?
  • shelves of books about scripting and coding web pages and maintaining computers. Five computers reside here, all in working condition, but only one has the capacity to handle the demands of the Internet in 2005. I'd welcome the challenge of learning Javascript or XHTML. Could I do that tomorrow, or maybe next week?
  • family history records and photographs, badly in need of organization and distribution to the younger generations. A good time to start would be tomorrow, or maybe next week.
  • cross country skis, bindings, boots, poles. All were paid for many years ago. It's very inexpensive hobby. I should get out and use them. I'll start tomorrow, or maybe next week.
  • cameras. Too many to count, dating from 1920's to 1990's, several have bellows.
    Like Bunnahabhain, I NEED a nice digital SLR, but the cost is prohibitive. In a perfect world, it would be compatible with the Canon SLR lenses now in my collection. Sadly, I know that I will not be getting the digital SLR body tomorrow, or next week.
   Other collections, which have nibbled at or devoured my money at one time or another, crowd into my limited space along with those already listed. Those I've mentioned are enough for you to discern that I'm more collector than doer.

   The hobby which consumes most of my time involves using this computer to feel "connected" to people beyond these four walls and to learn more about the world around me.
   The computer and connected devices cost $1800. Calculating a life expectancy of about six years, that's $300 a year. Add $40 a month for the Internet connection and perhaps $150 a year for consumables such as ink and paper. I spend about $78 a month on this hobby. The $3 a day seems excellent value for the amount of time I spend at this machine and the pleasure and knowledge it brings to me.


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