This week the topic is “Hobbies.” My main hobby is drawing. Drawing is a cathartic activity for me and I have not been able to do it as much as of late. It has been frustrating. Creatively frustrating. Anyway, hobbies are activities that people do sheerly for the pleasure of doing it. Everyone needs hobbies to stay sane, because they give a distraction of all the things we must do in our lives. Hobbies are not jobs, hobbies are not must do’s, they are what people enjoy doing when they have enough free time to do it. I only have a few hobbies, but when push comes to shove, drawing takes the cake for me.
1. Does "Candy Crush" count as a hobby?
Officially the litigious company has named it Candy Crush Saga, and it is a blight upon the land more than it is a hobby. That being said, I do think that handheld casual games may fit the criteria of “hobby.”
2. How about TV? Does TV watching count as a hobby?
I think the intentionality of the TV watching matters as to whether it is considered a hobby. If the tv viewing occurs because you just need something on in the background or if you are only giving it half you attention while you surf Facebook and Twitter or play some mobile game, it is not a hobby. If it is an event that you specifically look forward to and make time in your schedule to do, then yes, it is a hobby.
3. Your state that "everyone needs hobbies to stay sane" and yet I don't think I actually have any. So...? (I'm not sure I'm digging the implication there, buddy).
You are more observant than I had hoped.
4. I had a coin collection when I was a kid. Do people still do that?
I assume that it is still a thing, but I am not sure it is a thing that happens with as many kids these days mainly because actually interacting with coins is happening so much less..
5. What about stamps? Is that still a thing?
I am not sure if my kids know what a stamp is.
6. Holly Hobby, what was that all about?
I have no idea… especially the reboot. Yikes.
7. Hobby Horse, hours of fun or a ride to nowhere?
For me, a ride to nowhere, but the kids got some hobby horses a few years ago, and they seemed to enjoy them.
8.Your most expensive hobby?
Drawing… the markers I like are a bit on the ‘spensive side… Today I bought 3 markers, 4 refill inks, and about 4 pens… $63.87 with a $20 savings because of the sale.
9.Your least expensive hobby?
Napping… I do not get to do it as much as possible. I also play sudoku on my phone. After the initial cost of the phone, that game is super cheap.
10.Your hobby that no one knows about?
Rat herding. I am the goddamned Pied Piper... Maybe crossword puzzles.
11. What hobbies dropped off your list with the arrival of wee beasties
Overzealous movie going. I used to go to almost any movie that came out. That is not the case now. Did not see Fury Road this year, but I did see Minions. That is my life at the moment. I also used to watch soccer games pretty religiously… that has fallen by the wayside as well, but I have seen all of season 3 of the Wild Kratts… ugh... they did an episode on the mosquito.
12. Which of those do you hope to get back to when the beasties fly the nest
Well, I would love both, but realistically, the movie thing would be the most possible. A good possibility would be my collecting comic books again. I did not stop because of the kids as much as I stopped because the industry sucked in the late 90’s.
13. What hobbies did the wife introduce you to and vice versa - which do you enjoy, which do you do because the other enjoys them
I have introduced hiking, and science fiction/fantasy books to the lovely wife, and she has introduced me to being more active and making myself a better human being. I think I won on that front. She reads about swords clanging and I realized that I have these things called feelings.
14. What hobbies did the wee beasties introduce you to?
Whatever their hobby is for the moment… at the moment it is Lego collecting and insessantly droning on about Plants Vs Zombies.
15. Which hobbies will your 40 year old self never return to (says the almost 50 year old friend on the west coast)?
This is an interesting question… none of my hobbies have been too detrimental to my existence., so I cannot imagine purposefully avoiding any of them.
16. What did you collect as a kid?
Comic books… started out with Captain America, then went to Star Wars, GI Joe, Transformers, X-Men, X-Factor, New Mutants, X-Force, Daredevil, Batman, JLA… etc… I stopped in the mid-90’s when the books relied on you reading multiple titles to understand what was going on.
17. Is there a hobby you would like to do?
I am old now, maybe collecting spoons?... computer gaming with some friends would be fun.
18. Did your parents have any hobbies while you were a kid?
I do not remember any. I guess word search puzzles would be one of them.
19. Hobby Lobby…. I get that it rhymes, but so does Contraception Shmontraception. Why don’t they believe in contraception?
Good point. Well, I think it goes back to the public shaming of women. When you take communicable diseases out of the equation (and let’s be clear when people are talking about why contraception is used it is never to prevent STD/I’s), it is all about shaming women who have sex. It is about making women wholly responsible for for the consequences of consensual and nonconsensual sex. When their prescription drugs coverage includes Viagra and Cialis, not having contraception is pure woman hating and shaming. Period. End of sentence.
20. What hobby out there is the most effective use of time?
ummm… I’ve been married 18 years as of Sunday the 6th
My marriage could vote now
I am officially old
This weekend is CincyComiCon
Come to table A-12 in Artist’s Alley and I will gladly sell you a sketch
$5 for a completed sketch card, $10 for a commissioned card
I am good like that
It has been a few weeks since the last post
Get off my back
I’m doing the best I can here
This medium is old
I don’t think a podcast or a vlog would work though
I cannot believe that vlog is now an acceptable word
Maybe this medium is just mature
Yes, blogging is now mature
I now have an about.me page
Check it out
I need to get to bed now
Have a great week everyone