HOBBY – [hob-ee] : an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation.
I think we all know people who have had a tough time adjusting to retirement, and it seems to me that a lot of them have one thing in common. In their working life they seldom stepped back from their jobs to enjoy leisure activities. They always thought they’d get around to it after retiring, but they now find it difficult to relax and enjoy themselves — and they also have no established hobbies to fall back on.
Maybe I can give them some ideas because I certainly had my share of hobbies through the years. As a young man I found myself engrossed in activities as diverse as slot-car racing and collecting tropical fish, and I also dabbled in photography — not just taking pictures, but even working with vintage 3-D cameras. I also collected old daguerreotypes for a while.
But three different hobbies have stood the test of time with me, and have also ended up converging in a number of ways. Two of them — music and computer stuff — are combined in what you’re reading, the GMC. The third hobby is collecting antique writing instruments, and I’ve included some examples below.
Tennessee Ernie Ford – “My Hobby”
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Ah, my fellow retiree, we seem to be running somewhat in parallel. Music is my hobby, or perhaps obsession might be closer to the mark. Computers aren’t though, but that’s only because I used to earn my living as a software developer. This means that I can write software to catalogue my music, and to sort, search, select and play it. Anything I think I might need, really.
As for pens, they’re not a hobby, but I still have a couple of fountain pens I use now and then. Of course, these days I don’t use any sort of pen very much – it’s all tippytapped into the ‘puter (just like this rather overlong comment).
Peter, I have to admit that I don’t really use my pens much either. When I was still going to the office every day I always kept one filled and clipped in my shirt pocket, but now I can’t remember the last time I opened the ink bottle. (But I still sometimes fondle them.)
Nice to see another blogger that’s a fan of fountain pens. Nice looking Vacumatic – love the Balance too. I’m the opposite of you, however, for me, fountain pens are for writing and I use mine every day. Sometimes all I’ll write is a page full of “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” – but I try to write as much as I can. I love the feel of a nice fountain pen on paper and am constantly looking for new combinations of pen, ink, and paper.
You have awakened something in me, Bill. Although my handwriting is horrible, I did once use my pens regularly and maybe I’ll try to again. Most of my pens have been restored to working condition — the simpler ones by me and the trickier ones by pros — so they are certainly willing and able. All I need to do is get a new bottle of ink. 🙂