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    Default Other hobbies and money-pit obsessions...

    Given all the recent sidebar discussions involving RC helicopters & quads, I thought it might be interesting to see just how many other similar money-pit hobbies / obsessions we're involved with.

    I'll get is started:

    Lasers (duh!)
    Around the holidays, these are usually combined with some DMX lighting and synchronized Christmas lighting (Light-O-Rama) for my annual "Christmas Lights & Lasers" show I do for friends & family.
    Weeks of planning, work and expenses, for a night or two of entertainment.
    Crazy.
    One of these years, I need to get someone to take pictures...

    Keyboard synthesizers.
    More of an "experimenter" than a true player, but I'm having a blast integrating the analog world of Moog synthesizers with the digital world of PC-based recording.
    I still have the Moog keyboard I bought in the 80's to get me started!
    Analog synths seem to merge well with lasers, and it keeps the neighbors scared when I crank up the speakers at my apartment in Huntsville.
    Good stuff.
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    R/C aircraft.
    Flew fuel-powered for many years; now exclusively electrics after a break of a couple of years.
    Several helicopters of various sizes in the fleet, and recently jumped into the quad money pit.
    Hopefully, Uncle Sam is going to send me some money in a few weeks so I can snag a GoPro to hang under the biggest quad.

    O-Gauge model railroading.
    A hobby I was born into ~
    Inherited my Dad's WWII-era collection, and it continued from there.
    Definitely NOT a portable hobby, so these days the layout & collection is basically sitting idle since I'm away from home so much.
    Household 6 says it's collecting dust; I prefer to look at is as nature's realistic "weathering" for the layout...
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    Guns & sport shooting.
    Another one I was born into.
    (Hey, I'm from the South, and from a generation that honestly learned to appreciate & respect firearms at an early age).
    Skeet and trap with a shotgun, target shooting with various .22, .223, and 9mm carbines; all good stuff.
    Real "obsession" is target shooting with handguns ~
    I'm a big fan of calibers that start with "4", and end with "5"...

    I used to spend a lot of time & $$ prepping and choreographing my annual Backyard (slightly illegal) Fireworks Extravaganza, but that got to be a bit much to pull off after I started the Huntsville shuffle.
    I was actually only a couple of shows away from actually being certified as a Pyrotechnics Technician in Tennessee -
    or, being arrested, depending on where the home-brew stuff landed...
    Talk about a hobby that scared the neighbors!!

    Okay, so I probably have too many expensive hobbies ~
    and while my wife definitely agrees, she knows it keeps me out of the bars at night and away from forbidden temptations...
    (Besides, at 50+, chasing skirts is too much like work, anyway)

    Randy

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    Last edited by Stuka; 02-22-2014 at 13:47. Reason: To avoid the dreaded "This thread is worthless without pictures"...
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    Metrologic HeNe 3.3mw Modulated laser, 2 Radio Shack motors, and a broken mirror.
    1979.
    Sweet.....

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    If you know of a place around Huntsville to shoot the 50 and you're interested in trying it, let me know. I could bring it with me when I head that way.


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    i collect things like this:

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    and hunt for things like this:

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    suppose you're thinkin' about a plate o' shrimp. Suddenly someone'll say, like, plate, or shrimp, or plate o' shrimp out of the blue, no explanation. No point in lookin' for one, either. It's all part of a cosmic unconciousness.

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    @ DrEvil:

    DUDE!!
    Awesome!!

    SO, what IS the per-round cost of each trigger pull of the 50cal?
    Just the price of a box of .45 irks me these days...
    RR

    Metrologic HeNe 3.3mw Modulated laser, 2 Radio Shack motors, and a broken mirror.
    1979.
    Sweet.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by swamidog View Post
    i collect things like this:

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    TOO cool!!
    You're finding all that in Arizona?
    RR

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    Sweet.....

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    no. i wish it was local. i found a place where sauropods went to die. i also found a place where they went to poo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuka View Post
    TOO cool!!
    You're finding all that in Arizona?
    suppose you're thinkin' about a plate o' shrimp. Suddenly someone'll say, like, plate, or shrimp, or plate o' shrimp out of the blue, no explanation. No point in lookin' for one, either. It's all part of a cosmic unconciousness.

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    Too cool -

    How many people can say they have genuine petrified dinosaur poo they can use as a paperweight?
    Based on the appearance of that sample, looks like indigestion may have contributed to dino's demise...
    RR

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    sugeek can.. as soon as i get off my lazy butt and ship his package. i collected a couple hundred pounds of the stuff.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stuka View Post
    Too cool -

    How many people can say they have genuine petrified dinosaur poo they can use as a paperweight?
    Based on the appearance of that sample, looks like indigestion may have contributed to dino's demise...
    suppose you're thinkin' about a plate o' shrimp. Suddenly someone'll say, like, plate, or shrimp, or plate o' shrimp out of the blue, no explanation. No point in lookin' for one, either. It's all part of a cosmic unconciousness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuka View Post
    @ DrEvil:

    DUDE!!
    Awesome!!

    SO, what IS the per-round cost of each trigger pull of the 50cal?
    Just the price of a box of .45 irks me these days...
    Anywhere from about $2 per round for commercial reloads to about $8 per round for commercial match ammo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrEvil View Post
    Anywhere from about $2 per round for commercial reloads to about $8 per round for commercial match ammo.
    Damn and I thought Vegas was expensive...

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