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May 19, 2022 - 3:31:12 PM
10186 posts since 3/19/2009

I busk, but you already know that.. WHat do YOU do?? Hobbies/ Still working?

May 19, 2022 - 3:58:39 PM
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2048 posts since 12/11/2008

Happily retired. I walk to the beach. Manicure the yard. Struggle at the piano. Tickle the guitar. Kiss the wife. Wash the dishes. Sit more than I should in front of the stereo listening to Qobuz, Idagio and my mountains of vinyl & CDs. I know I should be reading a whole host of books but that's what I did for a living. If you can do it, cue up the soundtrack to Steven Spielberg's West Side Story on the net. As far away from fiddling as music gets but a complete knockout as a listening experience. And I forgot -- I clean the cat box.

Edited by - Lonesome Fiddler on 05/19/2022 16:05:12

May 19, 2022 - 4:29:47 PM
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Creole

USA

13 posts since 4/19/2022

Not sure yet ...I haven't asked my Wife :)

May 19, 2022 - 6:52:33 PM
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doryman

USA

321 posts since 2/10/2020

I'm a marine biologist by profession and father of two adopted special-needs kids (deaf), aged 12 and 16. Other than that, I don't do much.

May 20, 2022 - 3:45:04 AM
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5958 posts since 8/7/2009

Gardening! I'm passionate about it, so don't ask me to elaborate. The next post will be pages long.

May 20, 2022 - 4:13:07 PM
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5851 posts since 9/26/2008

quote:
Originally posted by TuneWeaver

I busk, but you already know that.. WHat do YOU do?? Hobbies/ Still working?


Technically, this is still fiddling. What do YOU do when you're NOT fiddling. wink

May 20, 2022 - 4:20:03 PM
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10186 posts since 3/19/2009

quote:
Originally posted by ChickenMan
quote:
Originally posted by TuneWeaver

I busk, but you already know that.. WHat do YOU do?? Hobbies/ Still working?


Technically, this is still fiddling. What do YOU do when you're NOT fiddling. wink


Does Jamming count?  Anyway, at this time the garden is going in and I'm tweaking the fish pond.. and planning a trip to England and planning for Clifftop and Battleground.. Volunteering one afternoon at a food pantry and helping 'close' the coffee shop when there is a shortage of staff.. In other words...' this and that'...! PLus, my fiddling daughter just got married and the big wedding party is Two days from now and ,, and, and..!!!

May 20, 2022 - 9:09:25 PM
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2651 posts since 10/22/2007

I'm retired so I mow and do chores. I've rekindled my love for the Blues. Electric Blues. Everything from B. B. King, to Z. Z. Top.

Fiddling is sorta like work. Well, as much work as I want to do.smiley

May 23, 2022 - 8:48:20 PM
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Quincy

Belgium

377 posts since 1/16/2021

I work a 9-5 job from Monday to Friday.
I work as a customer service tele operator for a drink water company. When clients have questions, we are the first in line to give all of the answers. Since covid I have been working from home. I'm talking with customers all of the day.
I took me ages to find the right hobby besides having a high energy dog in my life. I've been building websites using a vpn, I've been busy with creating fleece toys for dogs, I somehow got my basic license as a ham radio amateur, I've been creating courses for dog training, been a language trainer, I did several attempts to become a children's writer, I'm so glad I finally found rest in playing fiddle.
I like hiking and like to rent a cabin in the woods in the Ardennes, my favorite cabin is in the middle of nowhere and has a private sauna cabin included.

I have no further intentions to explore new stuff, I've had it with exploring.
The rest of my free time goes to my family.

Edited by - Quincy on 05/23/2022 20:50:01

May 26, 2022 - 9:45:52 AM
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4338 posts since 6/23/2007

I am retired. I play 3 finger bluegrass/melodic banjo, flatpick fiddle tunes on guitar, and play NorthAmerican and Irish fiddle tunes. It is hard to balance playing time for 3 instruments. A player seems to favor one or two instruments. One the plus side learning to play a melody on one instrument seems to make it easier learning to play the tune on other instruments. My mind keeps "chewing me out' for neglecting a certain instrument. When I finish this post,I will play the banjo for a couple of hours and hope my mind gives a break.

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May 26, 2022 - 10:15:39 AM
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wilford

USA

309 posts since 6/26/2007

I'm retired having to do so rather early from heart attacks, bypasses, and cancer of the bladder and colon. I still feel pretty good, just can't do much. So, I sit here at the computer and multi-track Bluegrass and fiddle tunes. I also compose Cinematic music when the mood strikes. And I play in a local Bluegrass band called "Hit or Miss".

I also compose Cinematic and Cinematic Classical music pieces and reap the small rewards of two CDs that I've had on a number of digital stores online for many years (both of which are Cinematic Classical). One CD is titled "Namaste" and the other is titled "Blue Almonds".

My banjo and two fiddles are right next to me and my computer and see a lot of action most every day without fail.

May 26, 2022 - 12:52:03 PM
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408 posts since 7/30/2021

I do design/commercial art for various clients (logos, print promos, packaging, websites, motion graphics, illustration). I still have a high-schooler at home and I cook, drive, pack lunch, do mom stuff. (Our eldest kid has flown the nest, working in NYC). I pamper our elderly shepherd/husky.

Fred, sorry to hear about your health :-(( Glad that you still feel well and are making music...

Lee, congrats on the wedding!!

John, when I was a kid I always wanted to be a marine biologist...dolphin obsession :-)

May 27, 2022 - 1:27:14 PM
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Fiddler

USA

4184 posts since 6/22/2007

Ok, since you asked. Here's what I have been up to:

* I retired from my job in Dec 2017 (Assoc Prof/Department Chair - Chemical Technology) at a two-year college. I did some contract tutoring for a year. It was VERY lucrative, but increasingly less satisfying.
* I was a member of a 4-person team that created an on-line chemical safety course for the American Chemical Society targeting undergraduate students. The course is free to anyone, although folks will need to get an ACS ID - and that's free. Currently, over 3500 folks from all over the world have registered for the course. We have a 35% completion rate! (I can provide a link if you are interested.)

* I am now working with another team (I am the 4th member) on another ACS on-line chemical safety course specifically targeting high school science teachers. The course is in final development. We hope to go live in time for the fall semester.

* In December 2021, I completed my term as Chair of the ACS Committee on Chemical Safety, one of the many governance committees. I was asked to remain closely involved with two major projects that I initiated.
A. Working with a group to plan a safety summit this fall focusing on the industry expectations of newly hired PhDs. We recently completed a task analysis survey of industry and are analyzing the data. The bottom line is that we now have empirical documentation of the industry expectations. The summit will explore the inferences from the data.
B. Initiated a task force to study the link between diversity, gender identity, inclusion and equity issues and laboratory safety practices. You would think that there is not an issue since we are talking about safety practices, but, trust me, this is a bigger problem that what many people think!!

* Last summer, my wife and I took a 21-day camping trip (in a tent!!) to Monahans State Park (Tx), City of Rocks State Park (NM), Grand Canyon NP (yes, we hiked the Bright Angel Trail!), Zion NP (we did NOT hike the Narrows. Closed due to algae bloom, nor Angels Landing - too many people!! Nearly an 8 hr traffic jam on the trail!), and Bryce Canyon NP (hiked the Navaho Trail). We beat the heat by just a couple of days at each place. Temperatures soared over 114F just a day or two after we left each NP. But, this was the most incredible experience!!

*We are planning a 6 week trip leaving June 21. About half will be in a tent! Grand Teton NP, Yellowstone NP, Port Townsend (Yes, Festival of American Fiddle Tunes!), Seattle, Victoria, Vancouver, Jasper NP (Canada), Banff NP (Canada), Calgary, and Rocky Mtn NP on the way home. Re: Port Townsend - I have never been to a week long workshop. I am fortunate that my wife is gifting me this time. I am looking forward to it!!

* A friend convinced me to switch from yeast breads to sourdough. In Dec 2017, I built my starter and have been making 3-6 loaves a week of the most fantastic, incredible breads! My FB feed is mostly bread. I am also an active member of the Fiddle & Dough FB group hosted by Bruce Molsky. Sourdough Bread Bakers and Sourdough Geeks are two other FB groups I participate in. Oh, this morning I pulled out a caraway seeded rye sourdough bread with heritage whole wheat grain.

*Finally, next weekend (June 4&5), our 1890 Victorian cottage is on the historic home tour here in Waxahachie. Ours is the smallest house on the tour, but older that the others. (www.gingerbreadtrail.com). Since January, we have been busy with some minor repairs, replaced a fiberglass shower with tile, painted the bathrooms and touched up other places, replaced some siding, lots of yard work, etc. I have spent about 300 hours on these projects since January!! I am tired. My hands hurt. My wife has spent a similar amount of time on other projects - finding docents, writing house history, decorating, etc.

I am ready to retire!

Edited by - Fiddler on 05/27/2022 13:38:55

May 27, 2022 - 3:11:04 PM
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408 posts since 7/30/2021

Congrats on retiring, sounds like you filled up your life quite nicely.....:-)

Your breads sound so yummy...
and, I did not know that Bruce Molsky was a baker!

May 27, 2022 - 3:15:24 PM
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10186 posts since 3/19/2009

quote:
Originally posted by NCnotes

Congrats on retiring, sounds like you filled up your life quite nicely.....:-)

Your breads sound so yummy...
and, I did not know that Bruce Molsky was a baker!


Several of us Hangout member baked during the Pandemic.. Some obviously still do.. I baked sourdough for two years.. Now.. I let my wife bake.. but it was a fun diversion during Covid!! I joined Molsky's facebook page.. It was a fun thing to check into daily on the web..

May 27, 2022 - 7:36:35 PM
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5851 posts since 9/26/2008

  • I too am a sourdough fanatic and enjoy seeing Kirk and Lee posting their creations. Recently started a new job that I absolutely love and look forward to the camping season. Have been considering the Battlefield fest in Lee's state smiley since I likely won't have vacation time for Clifftop this year frown

Edited by - ChickenMan on 05/27/2022 19:37:10

May 28, 2022 - 2:19:14 PM
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10186 posts since 3/19/2009

quote:
Originally posted by ChickenMan
  • I too am a sourdough fanatic and enjoy seeing Kirk and Lee posting their creations. Recently started a new job that I absolutely love and look forward to the camping season. Have been considering the Battlefield fest in Lee's state smiley since I likely won't have vacation time for Clifftop this year frown

Excuse the topic drift, but his is important.. WHat is this I hear that you are not going to attend Clifftop?? you DO KNOW that if you don't attend you'll have to come up with your own replacement from among the Hangout Member  list?.!!!???

May 30, 2022 - 10:55:48 AM
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bsed55

USA

4224 posts since 6/23/2007

quote:
Originally posted by TuneWeaver

I busk, but you already know that.. WHat do YOU do?? Hobbies/ Still working?


But when you busk, you're fiddling. The question is What else do you do? Fix the toilet?laugh

May 30, 2022 - 10:58:45 AM
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bsed55

USA

4224 posts since 6/23/2007

Qusetion answered in a previous post that I didn't see before I spouted off.

May 30, 2022 - 11:52:54 AM
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10186 posts since 3/19/2009

quote:
Originally posted by bsed
quote:
Originally posted by TuneWeaver

I busk, but you already know that.. WHat do YOU do?? Hobbies/ Still working?


But when you busk, you're fiddling. The question is What else do you do? Fix the toilet?laugh

BRuce, funny you should ask.. I was JUST telling my neighbor to call a plumber for her leaking toilet and don't call ME.... Last time I fixed mine, 12 hours later water was dipping from the dining room ceiling .. Had to redo the job..!!

May 30, 2022 - 1:07:13 PM

bsed55

USA

4224 posts since 6/23/2007

laugh

May 31, 2022 - 6:25:44 PM

5851 posts since 9/26/2008

laugh

Jun 1, 2022 - 9:59:10 AM
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408 posts since 7/30/2021

Ha, my husband decided to change our sink faucets, simple easy peasy job he says.

I come home from the dog walk to find every towel we own, hanging out on the porch! It was a water disaster...laugh

Jun 2, 2022 - 7:30:50 AM
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nickmc

USA

117 posts since 5/31/2021

I thought we were only supposed to fiddle and let the rest of the world go by the wayside!?

I work Sat Sun and Mon nights from 4 pm to 4am as a mechanic in a cold storage warehouse. Some rooms are -20F. I also have 5 kids and grandkids now too! My youngest kid is 7 so I am busy busy.

I also sit around recording by myself and also play bass, mandolin, guitar, banjo, computer... you name it!

Love me some FHO!

Jun 2, 2022 - 8:43:17 AM

408 posts since 7/30/2021

Your job sounds very cool, Nick. (ahhh sorry I could not help it! laugh)

5 kids and multiple instruments...
yep you are busy!!


 

Jun 4, 2022 - 9:03:03 AM

nickmc

USA

117 posts since 5/31/2021

quote:
Originally posted by NCnotes

Your job sounds very cool, Nick. (ahhh sorry I could not help it! laugh)

5 kids and multiple instruments...
yep you are busy!!


It is very cool, lol :) I wouldn't trade all those kids for the world! I would however trade playing multiple instruments for fiddling well!


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