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I was curious to see what others have as hobbies after flight simming. On the small side I like to bowl, billiards, a little of darts. On the big side I love music (all kinds but especially metal/blues/jazz), swimming and riding my 20" little kids BMX bike!

 

I ride a type of riding called flatland which is a form of freestyle riding centered around balance, style & expression. There are no ramps involved, no dirt jumps, just a nice open flat area. Check it out:

 

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=8FRASaf88eg&feature=related

 

Its not me in the vid, and I'm far from those skillz but hes a good guy that I've ridden with and one of the best in the world if not the best!

 

Chris

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oh, well I like...

 

One of my hobbies was modifying my car(s). In the past I modified teo Toyota MR2s (a Mk1 Supercharged, and a MKII Turbo). Spent a lot of $$ doing that. I now own an 02 Subaru WRX, and I had modified it for extra power, before returning it to stock power levels. Still, I have a custom exhaust, and (the best mod I ever made) an 11.5:1 quick ratio steering rack. No more monkey motion behind the wheel. Plus the ususal thicker anti-roll bars, and slightly wider tires. The thing is still a little rocket, and certainly a gas-guzzler as I struggle to average 17mpg in mostly urban driving. No moer joy rides with premium gas at over $3.00 per U.S. gallon.

As an old coot now, I enjoy reading techno-war thrillers, and historical war accounts. Plus, like all cool men before me, I enjoy jazz, mainly of ther bop era. Cooking is cool with me too, as I am the cheif cook, and bottle-washer here.;)

Flyby out

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LOL ditto on the dish washing im my house! I forgot to mention my love of books as well, mainly the likes of history, Tom Clancy and much more. Jazz should I drop some names or not, I'm not one for typical jazz but I love the likes of Miles Davis (Bitches Brew comes to mind), Dave Brubeck and Sun Ra, I also listen to others like Benny Goodman, Coltrane etc......

 

I do have one other hobby, my wife and I along with her parents own a houseboat that among other things doesnt run, has peeling paint, so pretty nasty rust. It is dry in the summer though and we make the most of it. Some day it might even run, maybe have a working bathroom as long as it floats.

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"Kind of Blue"

 

S~ Chris

Man that style of bike riding seems to bode ill for spreading the old bloodline. One slip and it's the 2-ball in the side pocket!

I too have enjoyed Tom Clancy, and those of his genre. But currently I am re-reading "The years of the Sky Kings" by Arch Whitehouse. It's a historical (he was there) look a air combat of the first world war, first published in 1964, I think.

As for jazz, we seem very similarly inclined, except that I never warmed to Benny Goodman, nor big band jazz in general. But yeah I am a big fan of Miles, Coltrane, Brubeck, including the great Paul Desmond, and the outrageous Sun Ra. A quicky about him: my brother, and one of my very closest friends were listening to Sun Ra one day, circa 1972. I was out and about, but returned after a bit. I asked who that was they were listening to, and my brother pointed to the album jacket (remember vinyl albums?) So I comment very casually, as if I'm in the know, "oh, checking out Sun RAY". Man did those two guys howl with laughter!! My "cool" was blown, and I was thusly schooled. :blush:To this day I have several of Sun Ra's albums, and even three or four 8-tracks (heard of them?)

The house boat sounds like a cool place to spend a summer's day. I actually like to visit a nearby park that overlooks a local municpal airport. Ever since I can remember I've looked up at the sound of aircraft passing overhead. I live

about an hour from the U.S. Air Force's national museum too. I like to let a few years pass between visits. I just read where it has received it's first F-22 Raptor, so I'll have to go take a look as soon as the weather warms up a bit.

BTW friends call me Darryl. I fly with the Virtual 99th_Tuskegee Airmen in IL2 (or will again as soon as I build a new system)

Flyby out

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I should say Pitbuilding, but allthough it takes up much of my time these days, I have would have to calll it a passion rather than a hobbie..! LoL

 

My hobbies on the other hand are KiteSurfing (or snowkiting now that we're supposed to have winter here).

Started skydiving back in -94, and Paragliding came natural after that..

And tomorrow I'm having my first go at SpeedGliding... AND I CAN HARDLY WAIT..! A friend of mine from France came up to visit, and brought this cool new sport to my attention.. Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z25PBj3YlCE . (not that I'll go down the Eiger any time near... LMAO..

 

And being a Norwegian it's skiing, skiing and skiing naturally..

 

 

and work and women... IN that order I might add...

"But (504)Brewber said they were'nt friendly.. So I took'em out.!"

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My hobbies apart from flightsims is....wel...more computers :P I'm a geek, after all.

 

Can also mention behavioral psychology, 3D/digital art (which I suck at) and basically any- and everything that goes BOOM very loudly.

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Fjordmonkey

Clustermunitions is just another way of saying that you don't like someone.

 

I used to like people, then people ruined that for me.

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Salute to All!!

 

An ever wideneing range of interests here, I see. Good stuff! I've seen on tv some speed gliding, and it looks awesome. I've been interested in trying gliding, and at least one parachute jump before I kick the bucket (but we'll see). As for stunt-bike riding, well it's best left to more youthful types than me.

Anyway, it's good to see what people also do, who otherwise sim.;)

Flyby

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Speedgliding looks awesome, I hope to try it some day..

Nice to see so many of you guys liking Jazz :D I'm a drummer and play mostly Jazz, but many other styles as well.

I run a recording studio with my brother and hope to make good profit in the music/sound industry some day...

 

I do some sailing in the summer, and some skiing in the winter (telemark, a Norwegian style of skiing) I live in Sweden so sometimes I go to "Riksgränsen" which is an awesome skiing-place far up north on the border of Norway and Sweden..

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keep that studio open!

 

Speedgliding looks awesome, I hope to try it some day..

Nice to see so many of you guys liking Jazz :D I'm a drummer and play mostly Jazz, but many other styles as well.

I run a recording studio with my brother and hope to make good profit in the music/sound industry some day...

 

I do some sailing in the summer, and some skiing in the winter (telemark, a Norwegian style of skiing) I live in Sweden so sometimes I go to "Riksgränsen" which is an awesome skiing-place far up north on the border of Norway and Sweden..

Hey Sulan, how is the jazz scene where you are? Get many jazz groups in your studio?Ever hear of Terje Rypdall? I hope I spelled his name right. Also, what jazz lover can be without Miles' "Kind of Blue"?:thumbup: If you have some, can you post a few sailing shots? You've pigued my interest a bit.

Flyby out

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Jazz scene here is very small and confined to very small clubs (certainly not much money in it), there's a Jazz club in stockholm called Fashing that authorities has to throw lots of money at to keep it a float lol..

We don't get many jazz bands in the studio, in fact I can't think of any at all (except ourselves). We mostly get young punkbands and rock and pop bands recording a demo for the weekend...

 

Sorry, no sailing pictures in digital form right now. But me and my dad and brother just got a new boat, have been sailing it for one season.. When we got it it was halfway filled with water and was generally pretty messed up, but lots of work and now she's a queen :D

 

Here's what the type looks like "Lady Helmsman", I think they're from the 70's.. Just 200 made, ours is 144

 

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sail on, sail on, sailor

 

Sulan,

thanks for posting the pic. Looks like clean lines, but not a lot of room for very many naked women to ly about! (apologies to naked women reading this thread);)

It seems jazz spots the world over must be small places, except for the big festivals. It's certainly the case here. What used to be called a jazz festival has finally changed it's name after long ago ceasing to host jazz artists. It's now an R&B fest, which is cool, but nowhere close to it's original jazz roots. Ah, capitalism. If the jazz thing were still making a nice profit, it might still be here.

A quick story: Once, some years ago, I'm lying in bed (early), and my wife is on the phone speaking with someone. I'm trying to be polite and not real listen until I hear her say "oh, he'll be there!" She hangs up and tells me She's enrolled me in piano classes. Againt my protestations I finally relent and go. Now, I have no musical ability AT ALL but there I was leaning to read, and write music . Finally after 8 weeks, I'm sitting down at our piano and writing the first few stanzas (?) to Dave Brubeck's "Blue Rondo ala Turk". I take it to my music instructor, and he says I almost nailed it, and he plays it for me. I was very close, but I did butcher it up enough that I knew when to quit.:music_whistling:

So here I am today, rather more comfortable listening to good music, and trying to decide which chipset (p35, x38, or x48) with help power my next computer upgrades. Now if only I could discover the wife on the phone saying " OK, he'll pick up his new Nissan GT-R nexxt week." :D Yeah, I know. She already told me to dream on.:mad:

Flyby

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Hehe that's a funny story!! Some creatures, those wifes :D

But seriously, if someone makes you do something (something not bad that is) you would'nt have done otherwise, that someone has given you something.

 

Oh, you can probably fit about 8 naked women in the boat, 4 of them being comfortable, plus yourself (also comfortable) :D

I'll see about getting a definite answer this summer hehe..

Yeah she's very slim, and quite fast!! She's 12.1m / 40feet and displaces about 4.5 tons..

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That is a very nice boat -sulan-! Thanks for sharing.

 

99th_flyby you have had some nice rides I bet they were fun to drive!

 

I like digital photography with my DSLR camera and working on the racecar. It is a 2nd generation Eclipse GS-x with a big ball bearing turbo. I had no traction from starts especially in the rain. So I added the mitsubishi AWD system to it by myself.

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good grief, man! Are you mad?!

 

That is a very nice boat -sulan-! Thanks for sharing.

 

99th_flyby you have had some nice rides I bet they were fun to drive!

 

I like digital photography with my DSLR camera and working on the racecar. It is a 2nd generation Eclipse GS-x with a big ball bearing turbo. I had no traction from starts especially in the rain. So I added the mitsubishi AWD system to it by myself.

 

Captain, you converted your car to awd?:shocking: You gotta post pictures of that baby!:D That is one impressive undertaking (and to do it alone too). Well ya gotta be an ace mechanic is all I can say about that.:thumbup: BTW, is that a Garrett turbo? What engine management are you using? Did you also upgrade your injectors, and fuel pump?

What sort of pics do you take with that dslr? Are you partial to one type of subject matter? Back in '69 I used to take photos of my fellow servicement whiel I was stationed on Okinawa. I'd pose them at variousplaces on the island, then develop the shots on base. Always preferred b&w photos. They seem to make one linger longer than color shots do. I still have my cameras from then: A Yashica 635 box type portrait unit, and a Canon FT slr,plus a few accessories.

Sulan, you are of course correct. My wife gave me a gift, and continues to do so every day. Women tend to be the nurturers, and always want the best for their men (a qualifed statement there!). I don't think my wife would pose nude on your boat and let Captain_R take her picture, though. But if you find volunteers, let me and the Captain know, eh?;)

Flyby

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What's an AWD system? I'm totally lost when it comes to cars, I don't even have a drivers licence (I can't even spell licenc(s?)e).. But I can imagine it's a very fun hobby when you've got a nice piece to work on!!

 

hehe I'll be sure to let you and the Captain know Flyby!!

Btw, do you also fly / used to fly IL-2 Flyby? I think I've seen you online on the Warclouds server (don't know if it's still active, been a while), I used to fly with the F16 squadron (F = Flygflottilj = swedish for squadron)...

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Hey there 99th yes the 2nd generation DSM is able to be converted to all wheel drive if you have a wrecked parts car. My friend in Florida had purchased a wrecked all wheel drive that had been slid into the tree so I got the parts from him. Here is a write up of someone who did it before me. It is fairly straightforward as long as you have some good air tools and jack and transmission jack. :)

For engine management I use the stock ECM with DSMLink software and cable to the laptop. I run 1000cc FIC injectors and a ported 1st generation cylinder head with a big sheet metal intake manifold and CompCams. It is quite the beast a road going fighter jet! :)

 

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As for the photography I would say it has been a great purchase. The camera is a 10.0 mp Cannon and it really has paid for itself over and over with the great memories it saves. Plus the long battery life and fast start up and shooting compared to most point & shoot digitals puts it in a class of its own. A great investment IMO.

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I'm that guy...

 

Hi Sulan,

Yes I used to spend a lot of time flying IL2 on Hyperlobby, and I always enjoyed the Warclouds server. I liked the people, and the settings. It was great to get on comms, and team up with a bunch of guys, then go trolling for victims. I recall on time I staged an ambush by flying an A20 at low altitude while some friends flew high escort. When I was attacked, my friends sprang the ambush, and got several kills!:D Also I made many coop missions for my squadron (the 99th). I always liked to create missions that were almost impossbile for my side to win (I like a desperate situation). My squadies began to refer to those missions as "Die-by" missions.;) Sadly I became very ill with intense neurological pain (long story). That made it impossible to even sit without a lot of pain, let alone fly online. The good news is that the illness apears to be self terminating. At least now I can sit here using the wife's pc. I'll be building a new gaming pc in the coming months, and look forward to returning to my squadron, and Hyperlobby. We should fly together. My time zone is GMT-5 and I'm semi retired now so I'm almost always available. I used to fly with the D13-th. It's leader is Mytzu, from Romania. Great flying full real with that bunch too. Meanwhile, save me and Captain R a spot on deck!!:thumbup:

 

AWD is short for All Wheel Drive. It's one a several ways to drive all wheels on a vehicle. In a sport compact car it means greater traction in all driving regimes, and is tons of fun! The good Captain has made a super conversion in going from front wheel drive to AWD (and posted some nice pics too).

Hey Captain is that a Greddy BOV I see there? Beautiful engine bay, man.

Nice work. Those camera specs sound good too. Who is it that just came out with a 14.5mp digital camera? I can't keep up!:lol: You know you need to post a shot of your car now. No honest street jet pilot would do less.;)

 

Wait! Wait!! Don't let me get long winded!!

Flyby out

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diveplane...

 

i like to also.. go bird watching ..

you have no time for that! get back to testing. Once BS is released to us then you can watch all the birds you like. Maybe even play with their eggs...:music_whistling: But until then, you just don't have the time, rotorhead.:pilotfly:

Flyby out;)

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