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Wonka / October 4, 2005 11:52 AM

Underwater basket weaving

Lori / October 4, 2005 11:53 AM


Andrew / October 4, 2005 12:01 PM

I'd love to learn how to play guitar.

Justin / October 4, 2005 12:01 PM

With fewer hobbies and less free time, I might take enough interest in one to accomplish something significant. The more books I'm reading, the less I actually read.

Craig / October 4, 2005 12:13 PM

Composing and producing electronic music.

Alex / October 4, 2005 12:14 PM

Drums, baby.

Eamon / October 4, 2005 12:16 PM

I was going to say "redesign some of my favorite web sites", but after taking a turntablism workshop with Danny the Wild Child a couple weekends ago, now I think I'd rather buy a pair of Technics 1200s instead.

paul / October 4, 2005 12:17 PM

I'd learn how to hypnotize myself

jen / October 4, 2005 12:19 PM

kung fu. or ceramics, as in playing with clay. or learning german.

jennifer / October 4, 2005 12:35 PM

time is never the issue; it's money.

eep / October 4, 2005 12:46 PM

Jewelry making. I took a class in college and loved it. It would be so much fun to get back into that. But that would also mean I'd need my own blowtorch, and I don't think my landlord would appreciate that...

Steve / October 4, 2005 12:55 PM

Contributing anecdotes to Readers Digest.

Veronica / October 4, 2005 1:02 PM

Sewing, absolutely. I'd probably cook more, too.

mike / October 4, 2005 1:03 PM

Sounds like Lill Street Art Center, Evanston Art Center and the Old Town School are calling. And Lill Street has convenient 5-week classes ($125) for those who can't afford the 12-week classes. I'm going to take their screen printing class this fall. Last winter I took a lamp making class there and I really enjoyed it (2 classes on the terracotta base and three on the shade). Tell yourself, "any art class that works out to $10/hour or less is worth it."

spiraljetty / October 4, 2005 1:07 PM

with more time and $$:


Veronica / October 4, 2005 1:12 PM

And boys. I forgot to say boys.

waleeta / October 4, 2005 1:33 PM

Violin, violin, violin, oh how I wish I could play....the violin.

Roni / October 4, 2005 2:13 PM

jennifer - agreed. it's the money - for the babysitter.


1) Jewelry making. I finally have a place to put a blow-torch too!

2) Archery. I'd finally be a real Amazon.

3) Groupie. I know I'm so missing out on the local music scene.

emyduck / October 4, 2005 2:29 PM

1. i'd love to learn to speak another language fluently.

2. get back into pottery. i would also need a studio, money for a wheel and a kiln, and maybe an assistant or two to clean up after me and mix glazes.

3. maybe learn how to dance, too.

jen / October 4, 2005 2:40 PM

learn how to:
play the piano

get back into:
reading (still on page 84 of dance dance dance which i started over a month ago)

christian / October 4, 2005 2:46 PM

if i had time, and money, build a car, and not just any car, a 29 ford roadster pick-up.

if i only had time, i'd finish my postal jeep of doom.

if i had unlimited funds, i'd build a jet pack.

other than that, learn german, or french.

anne / October 4, 2005 3:00 PM

Sea (or lake) Kayaking! I'd also need a kayak and a roofrack for my car.

Kevin / October 4, 2005 3:16 PM

Christian, I'm sorry to say someone already beat you to the postal jeep of doom. I saw one over the weekend painted army green with a bumper sticker that said DEFEND FREEDOM. I wonder what the valet guys think whenever he pulls up and hands them the keys.

Also, I would probably get into woodworking again. It's fun.

Erica / October 4, 2005 3:18 PM

I can always make time, it's money and motivation. I'd like to start taking classes at the Y again -- yoga, kickboxing -- something to get the blood flowing, but also engages me. I get REALLY bored with the tredmill and the weight room.

voice lessons



e_five / October 4, 2005 3:50 PM

Music, creating an elaborate model train layout, much more casual sex.

christian / October 4, 2005 4:13 PM

Everything just sounds better with "of doom" at the end.

I’ve had the jeep since college, it's always been called “the postal jeep of doom”, ask Andrew. It's in a coma.

I would also like to go back to carving, and to work more with wood, more than I currently do.

TheManHimself / October 4, 2005 4:53 PM

Glass blowing. Definately glass blowing.
Prolly blacksmithy too.

Gadgets are crap. Blood, guts and steel are what make men men.

(ok.. no, seriously, gadgets are great)

roderick / October 4, 2005 5:06 PM

Being tone deaf precludes me from persuing any type of musical hobby...

So I'd have to say stunt driving. Yes, when I was a teenager, that was my "hobby," tearing up parking lots. Ah, the suburbs.

elena / October 4, 2005 5:35 PM

There are lots of things I'd like to be able to do, but don't actually enjoy learning. I took guitar lessons and learned that I don't enjoy practicing chords and really I just like the singing-along (OTS lessons!) part. Painting is more enjoyable to do, and so is French. I learned to swim properly (the crawl, with the breathing and everything), but I would still rather go for a walk than do laps.

Ron / October 4, 2005 6:11 PM

Drawing Xena fan art.

unmake / October 4, 2005 7:03 PM

Nuclear physics.

Amy / October 4, 2005 7:14 PM

Belly dancing & Horseback riding

Rebecca / October 4, 2005 7:18 PM

Writing to politicians.

leelah / October 4, 2005 7:29 PM

or dating.

Both of which I have done in the past.

Thurston / October 4, 2005 7:51 PM

Learn Portuguese.

holden / October 4, 2005 8:32 PM

learn to play piano

learn conversational spanish

become decent at tennis



MikeH / October 4, 2005 8:33 PM

I'd have to go with glass blowing as well. What's that island in Venice? Murano? Yeah...I would love to move out there and become a kickass glass blowing apprentice. Glass art is so incredibly beautiful, and yet despite its fragility, there's something quite "tough" about it too. Few things evoke the primal self more than harnessing the ancient power of heat and fire and bending it to do your will...

Attrill / October 5, 2005 12:13 AM

Writing more fake letters to Parade magazine. They pay $10 a pop!

"Whatever happened to the actor who played Barney Miller? He was dreamy!"
- Ima Tool, Lebanon IN

"CNN's Anderson Cooper seemed to REALLY care about animals stranded in hurricane Katrina. What pets did he have as a child?"
- WO A. Clue, Fictional CA

two minutes - $20 bucks!

mike / October 5, 2005 1:44 AM

--start a bad slogan t-shirt and sticker business--

paul / October 5, 2005 3:20 AM

If I had more time, I could make more money, and then I'd have more time.

I always wanted a helicopter. But in reality, I really do own the jeep of doom. Someday I'll replace that $35 gas pump. And then I'll get it running and put on big tires and add an ARB air-locker. Then find some time to go 4-wheeling and break it again.

printdude / October 5, 2005 8:21 AM

Like I need another hobby. you think the wife wants more unfinished projects lying around like so many headstones in the wasteland behind me?

Glassblowing, though. I would really like to give that a whirl.

Paula / October 5, 2005 9:21 AM

Well, I already do archerey (oog - the expense of the set-up alone assures that I'll continue this hobby) but I think fencing would be nice to help round out the obsolete weaponry interest.

Moon / October 5, 2005 9:42 AM

The whole "yoga-stretch-yourself-into-a-pretzel" thing has some appeal.

Steve / October 5, 2005 9:55 AM

Building my own siege weapon -- a catapult or trebuchet, perhaps.

Or cheese making. Juggling?

I am fated to run away from home to join a Renaissance Faire.

yet another jen / October 5, 2005 10:15 AM

1. Thai Chi

2. Learn Spanish

sweetwater / October 5, 2005 10:37 AM

hobby? that's easy. i'd become a world-class
fountain collector, with emphasis on
pens from the art-deco era.

Benjy / October 5, 2005 10:52 AM

I've alweays wanted to go to culinary school just to learn, not to have to support myself in a kitchen.

andy / October 5, 2005 11:07 AM

Crap, I have too many hobbies already. I need to make a hobby out of getting rid of some of my hobbies.

Baltimore / October 5, 2005 11:42 AM

"collecting" more of those yellow "support our troops" magnets off of cars and SUVs parked in store parking lots and on streets. Guess I'm just patriotic that way

Suzanne / October 5, 2005 12:58 PM

Recording everyday sounds and conversations, mixing them with other noises, or music or both and sharing these little soundscapes with the world in some capacity.

As with most of my aspirations, I can make the time but the funding for the project is always a challenge!

kelly / October 5, 2005 1:00 PM

screen printing

bam / October 5, 2005 1:16 PM


I also really need to restore an old bmw 2002 to appease the gods for having let my mean green '73 tii fade away.

and I need to add more birds to my list of sightings.

Sonja / October 5, 2005 1:51 PM

The flute or guitar

Kim / October 5, 2005 2:14 PM

Yoga, fancy-schmancy cooking, playing the guitar, belly dancing, latin dancing, pole dancing.

Pedro / October 5, 2005 2:35 PM

Kim and Amy

belly dancing and pole dancing, oh my!

Eamon / October 5, 2005 3:19 PM

I tried (read: was forced by a leggy blonde who was beating me with my future brother-in-law's belt) poledancing once. It's really, really difficult!

jk1 / October 5, 2005 3:56 PM

- Languages (Japanese and Spanish to start)
- Get back into DJing
- Martial arts (Trying to decide between hapkido and jujitsu)
- Start writing again
- Carpentry
- Hiking
- Volunteer much much more...

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