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What activities do you consider 'fun'?

  1. Apr 14, 2008 #1
    I'm creating this thread to get some ideas on activities I could possibly do. I love golfing, hitting the batting cages, going to the movies, snowtubing, hiking etc. I'd like to know some other activites that some of you consider fun to do.
     
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  3. Apr 14, 2008 #2

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    Playing guitar, gardening, making pickles and hot sauces, and photography all make the list. Until my knees went bad, so did downhill skiing and white-water canoing (class 4-5 rivers).
     
  4. Apr 14, 2008 #3
    I gardened a little bit last summer and that was a lot of fun. I also want to learn the keyboard.
     
  5. Apr 14, 2008 #4

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    I also consider astronomical research and cosmology fun, but the data-collection and data-reduction can get tedious. Also, I have to have music playing in the background whenever I'm working.

    Fly-fishing is a BIG fun for me, too.
     
  6. Apr 14, 2008 #5
    If I'm data collecting I can have music playing in the background, but when I'm trying to learn something I have to have silence.
     
  7. Apr 14, 2008 #6

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  8. Apr 14, 2008 #7

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    Fun? Astronomical observation, solving physics equations, tinkering with circuits, snowboarding, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, playing video games, computer programming, listening to music, playing music (what little I can) and just general activities involving friends!
     
  9. Apr 14, 2008 #8

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    Hiking, skiing, kyaking - I don't get to do any of these things nearly enough. Family get-togethers. Cooking, eating.
     
  10. Apr 14, 2008 #9

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    You might consider taking a martial arts or Tai chi chuan class.

    I gave it up years ago but always enjoyed the martial arts. ...may even have a chance to take up something again in a couple of years.

    Going fast on dirt bikes is always intense and a blast.

    It's hard to beat the thrill of sliding down the face of a huge wave.
     
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  11. Apr 14, 2008 #10

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    I did martial arts for 3 years - loved it! I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed free-form sparring. It gave me a whole new appreciation of boxing.
     
  12. Apr 14, 2008 #11

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    I just went through over 2 years of data-collection and reduction for a paper on observational astronomy and intergalactic gravitational interaction (with 2 collaborators that I have never met in person). We spent another couple of months bringing the paper in line with the expectations of a referee (a good exercise, BTW) and have re-submitted. This was really grinding work that department heads relegate to grad students, but it is nice to have in-depth knowledge about the robustness of one's data set, and I feel good about the paper.
     
  13. Apr 14, 2008 #12

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    I hear sex has been gaining popularity since 1963. That might be worth checking out.

    I usually look for friends to spend time with; it doesn't really matter what we do. If that fails, I play online video games.
     
  14. Apr 14, 2008 #13
    I pretty much just sit in front of my computer and play Flash games 6 hours a day.
     
  15. Apr 14, 2008 #14

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    Heh, yeah, a buddy and I liked to kick the crap out of each other.

    I once went six rounds with a former Golden Gloves national champion. That was a mistake. :zzz:
     
  16. Apr 14, 2008 #15

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    sailing, snorkeling, bicycling. I also love cooking and drawing. Sculpting with clay. Making projects with wood, just about any craft project were I can make things with my hands or simple tools.

    I love going to museums.

    Things some of my friends do - hill climbing, rock climbing, mountain climbing, dancing.
     
  17. Apr 14, 2008 #16

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    Woolie's version of 'nod, nod, wink, wink! Say no more.'
     
  18. Apr 14, 2008 #17

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    Before the knees went south, I used to love running. I ran (and skied) X-country in HS, and when the course was free of snow, I used to run it twice after school - then, I'd grab my stuff and run/jog home, over 3 miles away. I loved my ski-patrol work during those years, and when I went to college, I volunteered to teach downhill skiing in an intramural setting.

    Most fun was running open-mike blues/rock jams at a local tavern on Sunday afternoons. It was only good for $125/for 4 hours, but it was great fun when parents would bring their kids to participate. We had some really talented pros and semi-pros showing up, too (close friends from HS on, in many instances) and it was fun to provide a supportive environment for young players, encourage them to take leads, etc. The most fun was when a kid had asked something like "how do you do those double-stop bends?" only to have them come back a week or two later and try to work those techniques into a song. Even better was when they'd come back after more practice and pull a technique off smoothly, grinning from ear to ear.
     
  19. Apr 14, 2008 #18
    That's just a fad. I predict wearing paper hats will be the next "big thing" after this whole sex thing dies down. Give it a few more weeks.
     
  20. Apr 14, 2008 #19

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    Damn! I thought I was ahead of the curve with the tin-foil hats! Paper doesn't keep out the dangerous pervasive signals.
     
  21. Apr 14, 2008 #20
    Flying airplanes, driving my car, riding a motorcycle, hanging out with friends at a resturant drinking beer and eating good food, going to a club at night on the weekends. I dont know, there are lots of things you can find to do.
     
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