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Hobbies Or Obsessions You Have Given Up?  
User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1899 times:

I used to be a mad keen rock-climber, travelled miles and miles to crags, indoor walls or ice-falls, spent heaps of money on gear and lived, breathed and drank climbing.

I brought all my gear to NZ and haven't felt the urge climb at all, after 10 years of obsession I just don't feel the need, (which my old UK doctor would be pleased to hear as my left shoulder has issues). I have sold almost all my climbing gear.

Now I am really into my boats and fishing.

What were you totally into, to the exclusion of all else and why did you pack it all in?

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User currently offlineLogan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1892 times:

Jazz. Played at least 10 times a month in the Boston club/function scene. Blew out my ulnar nerve in my left third finger playing, couldn't play for 6 months, and lost all of my jazz contacts when they could no longer count on me.

At first I was pissed, but then I realized that I was sick and freakin' tired of schlepping out of work early, later making up the hours, driving home, putting on a monkey suit or other shit, loading shit in my car, and then schlepping off through BOS rush-hour traffic to get to a gig that involved worthless rich pretentious losers, or worse, worthless poor pretentious losers whose ignorant families paid for them to be worthless trash. Then, after the show, schlepping back home just to find that my dog had taken a big, greasy, disgusting shit on my carpet because I was gone for so long.

User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7992 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1880 times:

Photography, and I'm not kidding here. I dare to say I am a talented photographer, but that was a passion that had me, not the other way around.

Whenever I travel now, I leave my camera at home. It really is a relief.

I support the right to arm bears
User currently onlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 22864 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1879 times:

i used to collect Warhammer 40,000 models. Eventually, that got way too expensive.


7 billion, one nation, imagination...it's a beautiful day
User currently offlineAviation From Australia, joined Dec 2004, 1143 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1867 times:

Archery, model cars,

I also collect mini liquor bottles but have not bought any for maybe 6 months now  Sad

I currently have about 200 of em'  Wink


Signed, Aaron Nicoli - Trans World Airlines Collector
User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4706 posts, RR: 39
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 1859 times:

Ever since I have started working in the aviation field, I have given up on planespotting.

As a "compensation", I am now focussing on the more sophisticated aspects of commercial aviation, both for private and professional reasons, e.g business/ strategy, operations and logistics of commercial flying.

Homer: Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1846 times:

Model railways, though never on a huge scale, it was too expensive! Though I made a bit of cash selling them on Ebay earlier this year!

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User currently offlineOYRJA From Denmark, joined Feb 2007, 78 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1842 times:

I used to collect Simpsons stuff like posters and many other Simpsons things.
But then I grew up and I thought its pretty childish to have them lying around in the appartment. So I have put them far back in my closet.
But I still love to watch the Simpsons though.

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31875 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1830 times:

Stamp Collection.Until one day I gifted it to a 10 yr old kid that was more interested in stamp Collecting than Me at that Time  Smile

Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineSmithAir747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1751 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1823 times:

Rock collecting was my biggest obsession (after airplanes, of course) during most of my childhood (from age 8) until my young adulthood. By the time I had entered college, I had not collected rocks for quite some time, so they sat in boxes in my closet.

Finally, I donated over 90% of my collection to my university's geology department (at the time, I was attending Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ. Fort Wayne, IN). I kept some "special" ones for myself--most of which were polished stones (some I polished myself).

Now I don't have to worry about moving boxes of rocks whenever I move in the future!

Now I've got to worry about moving my several boxes of medical equipment (glass syringes, my old craniofacial implants, my old hearing aids, etc) whenever I move in the future! I plan to keep all those, though--these are VERY important, authentic artifacts from my long medical history.


I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)
User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3799 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1804 times:

Quoting Mir (Reply 3):
i used to collect Warhammer 40,000 models. Eventually, that got way too expensive.

Me too, but again, it got to expensive. I also used to suck my thumb until I was 5, does that count?


Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
User currently offlineFlyAUA From Austria, joined May 2005, 4621 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1791 times:

Smoking cigarettes... I guess that counts as an obsession  scratchchin 

But now seriously... I used to be obsessed with going to the gym, with astronomy, and with making model aircraft. I sort of gave up those too...

Not drinking, also isn't a solution!
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1791 times:

Planespotting: Nowadays it happens only two or three times a year that I am going to the airport just to spot planes, in the past I went to the airport for spotting as often as I could even when I never took photos or wrote down registrations.

Timetable collecting: I collected airline timetables but gave up since most airlines don't print them anymore.

Booking senseless flights: In the past I used to fly a lot just for the heck of it but nowadays I rather save money to afford a long-haul flight in Business Class instead of 15 boring intra European flights in Economy.


User currently offlineAmy From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 1150 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1775 times:

Stabbing myself in the leg. After a while it just got painful.

A340-300 - slow, but awesome!
User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 40
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1752 times:

Kit electronics. If I could afford to buy another kit, I would probably pick this up again.

Lego building. See above.

Stamp and coin collecting. I was never very good at these in the first place, but...

Softball. I used to love playing.


Up, up and away!
User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 61
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1739 times:

I had 170+ 1-400 scale die cast model airliners. Including all the Gemini BA models, VS tubular Belle and Lady penelope, Air force One, Juan Trippe, QF Formula 1, Nalanji and Wunala Dreaming, BOTH SQ tropical liveries, all but one of the disneys, one of the Pokemons, some rather lovely customs, and a old livery KLM A332 corporate model.

Sold them all for a fraction of what i paid.  Sad

Bought my first set of decks with the money.

Am now a DJ and skint having spent more than six grand on equipment alone (not including records etc) - but its sooooooooo much more rewarding than collecting die cast model planes.

What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
User currently offlineNordair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1722 times:



User currently offlineStirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 20
Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1718 times:





Delete this User
User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1712 times:

Cars scale 1:1, too much hassle and cost.
I given up on comic magazines, rather read old porn or fishing magazines
or aviation books.

User currently offlineJap From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1709 times:

Heh... I have a few I guess...

Collecting Sonic the Hedgehog stuff had quite a collection too... I was also obsessed with Sonic the hedgehog from I was 4 'till I was 17

Collecting YuGiOh! Cards my collection is worth 2000 USD... paid 500... still wondering if I should sell, but my friend is trying to get me into the collecting and the game again and would absolutely kill me- slowly and painfully too- if I did Big grin

The Smurfs I collected them small figurines... they're worth quite a lot today and I'm wondering if I should sell. Don't know how much my collection is worth, but it can probably bring in 500 USD or so...

User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1697 times:

I was into coin collecting for a few years as an adolescent but sort of lost interest. Then I went through a period when I was absolutely intrigued with, of all things, international politics. Even the most obscure foreign news item, for example the latest coup d'etat in the Central African Republic, would fascinate me no end. This most definitely was an obsession, but didn't last long.
I also went through a longer phase in which I enjoyed reading so much that I'd devour books without much concern as to whether they were actually any good. The mere act of reading, irrespective of content, was enjoyable - if that makes any sense. This phase lasted several years, declining gradually rather than abruptly. I still read a lot, but I'm much more discriminating in what I read.
Lastly, when I first got an Internet connection and went online - oh my God, has it really been almost ten years? - I spent way too much time aimlessly web surfing, in chatrooms, e-mailing all different people, etc. I sort of suspect, however, that many people had a similar experience.

[Edited 2005-11-22 17:40:18]

"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
User currently offlineMiCorazonAzul From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1683 times:

I used to go shopping 24/7....just about everyday after class or whatever. Didn't have anything else to do so we'd go shopping. In tune with that would be spending lots of money. That would be money on stupid things for me and my car etc etc. Stopped doing that also. Nowdays, I have 2 jobs and school and I count down to the last penny I spend. I can't begin to say when the last time I spent money on something for ME and not a living expense.

Talk about doing a complete 180.... Big grin

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