Stray thoughts came together into some categories:
I grew up in San Diego. Given that I now live next to a sporadically polluted river, this is a “vacation only” thing but growing up was sailing (Sabots, Lasers, Cats), body surfing (and boogie boarding; I’ve done the board surfing but my family is body surfers so it always comes back to that), scuba and snorkel. Aquariums. Nature specials. This also spilled into swim team and water polo but water polo is rough and JV was ok but when I made Varsity I quit a few weeks later. Too much.
First was piano, then guitar. Starting in High School I led music for church until my mid thirties (fist bump with @raged_norm for the pew gang). High School was also choir, then a cappella in college (oh gosh I just checked and I’m on youtube no I’m not saying where). Tried a garage band which was about as bad as it gets. Solo coffee house gigs were easier to plan and control.
I just like stories. The medium tends to change. Books, movies, story driven video games. It goes in waves and cycles, and whatever is easiest to access. Right now its books (or nothing) with the crowded house.
Whatever I love, I want to make. I like music, so I try to write music. I like stories, so I’m writing. About 12 years in and I’m literally looking over at the last 50 pages of my last draft and I can’t get to them. Before Christmas? There’s been disruptions. I also like building legos. Designing games or solo modes which are mostly in notes form as once I get to the mocking/playtesting stage I don’t have the raw time for the iterations. If I have time for this now, it’s the book.
Parenting / Physical Therapy
As with all the other parents of young kids here, most of these have dried up. Video games stopped when I got married, as I could literally feel the eyes boring into my back when I tried to play. I don’t fully understand why she dislikes it so much. Similarly, the guitar has dried up since I don’t have a quiet place to play undisturbed. Movies and books will pick up again once bedtime becomes standard (youngest is 6 months, maybe three more months to do it?).
Parenting basically becomes your hobby when the kids are little. With my kids, I’ve also been taking up all kinds of physical therapy - feldenkrais, integrative manual therapy, traditional manual therapy, movement therapy, anat baniel… at this point some of her therapists have offered me a job. Despite the five years of “training” I’ve had now, the proper degree would still take three years of school, and more time to replace my income, so it’s not going to happen, but it’s just how far into this thing you get. I think this is a hobby, or at least a side hustle by now.
I’m not doing music anywhere either but performance art still needs its place. My wife goes a bit batty reading Aladdin for 50 nights in a row, but I slip into the role and feel like I’m rehearsing and perfecting a performance. Working the cadence and intonation each night, nailing that one sentence, etc. I don’t know if I’m any good, but engaging with the process keeps it fresh
I do like collecting. When I was a kid it was bottle caps. We have a good coin collection (Europe was a lot more fun before the Euro). The most expensive thing I collected was guitars, and I got up to about 6 at peak. Coasters turned into a homebrew Skull. Movies and books, if I like them I want to own them.
Out of all that, modern day its physical therapy and writing. If/when the world opens up again I’d like to finish my game designs. Get back into fighting shape. Work through the list of movies I’ve written down. I’m itching to pick up the piano or guitar again.
Even longer term, I’d really like to live next to some water again.