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TMK
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Why this is a stupid hobby.
      #6178090 - 11/05/13 07:48 PM

The title is somewhat in jest of course. After about two years of inactivity I suddenly developed an interest in observing again and the rekindling of interest came with a long string of clear, moonless and low humidity nights that further spiked the interest.

So I then went out and bought some stuff to further enjoy the hobby and have suffered from nothing but overcast skies since. The latest cruel thing is the crystal clear all day only for a wall of clouds to roll in at darkness and destroy the whole night ordeal. This particular cruel event has occurred for three nights straight.

Tell me again why I got back into this, seems as frustrating as golf when you think about it.

Edited by TMK (11/05/13 08:10 PM)


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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: TMK]
      #6178106 - 11/05/13 07:55 PM

Because "Even a light polluted sky is better than what's on television."

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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: Wisers]
      #6178117 - 11/05/13 08:00 PM

I feel you. I've grown a little more tolerant of the weather patterns here in New England, though I can't just yet get over my disdain for a bright moon ruining a perfectly good sky.

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TMK
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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: Wisers]
      #6178122 - 11/05/13 08:04 PM

Quote:

Because "Even a light polluted sky is better than what's on television."




Bah! I know, it's just so frustrating to sit out long periods with cruddy skies.

I fell back into it hard for those seven nights and haven't had another one in over two weeks. I'm sure it will clear right around the full moon.


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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: TMK]
      #6178147 - 11/05/13 08:34 PM

Sigh...
Yeah I feel your pain... the weather here has been so... borderline, almost clear... hazy, windy, murky.... I can see the stars, but they look awful through the scope. The one good night I had a just used binoculars because I was so tired after being sick last week.


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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: WesC]
      #6178158 - 11/05/13 08:40 PM

If one's only contact with astronomy is through eyepiece time, then yeah, the weather can be a source of vexation. But the *hobby* of astronomy is not limited to a clear sky.

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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: TMK]
      #6178167 - 11/05/13 08:47 PM

We are a ship of fools. But, nothing in my 70 years of living has come close to the joy of looking up at a night sky, and seeing the objects revealed as only a telescope can.

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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: GeneT]
      #6178210 - 11/05/13 09:13 PM

Well! My old Hobby was going over 200 MPH on a Motorcycles , How stupid was that?

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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: Megabusa]
      #6178229 - 11/05/13 09:23 PM

You're still here, so not stupid!!! (FWIW I ride superbikes too!)

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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: WesC]
      #6178316 - 11/05/13 10:17 PM

I hit 50 on a Canondale.

Pete


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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: azure1961p]
      #6178334 - 11/05/13 10:30 PM

There sure seems to be a lot of us that ride/race bikes and enjoy astronomy. To an outsider I'd bet they'd never put a person in both hobbies. That other thread 'show your motorcycle' revealed a lot. One of my motorcycle hobbies is racing bikes on frozen lakes in the Winter. A thing it shares with astronomy is dependence on weather. A big difference is that a single bad weather day can affect a whole lot of track days and sometimes can trash a whole season. Fortunately, there is no correlation of bad days betweeen the two. Haven't found a way to mix the two hobbies.

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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: TMK]
      #6178346 - 11/05/13 10:41 PM

Quote:

Tell me again why I got back into this,



So that you can do some solar observing.


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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: dan777]
      #6178347 - 11/05/13 10:42 PM

Luckily my other hobby is meteorology.

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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: mich_al]
      #6178359 - 11/05/13 10:54 PM Attachment (16 downloads)

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Haven't found a way to mix the two hobbies.


Hmmmmm I guess we could put a Dovetail mount on the front fairing ,

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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: Megabusa]
      #6178371 - 11/05/13 11:01 PM Attachment (13 downloads)

DYNOed at 178 Rear wheel HP NOT using Muzzy NOS 35 HP Kicker , I also had a 2000 Hayabusa that came in at 165 Rear wheel HP , No Nos , that's where I got my name Megabusa ( Hayabusa ) Hayabusa in Japanese means Falcoln , So I guess Megabusa means Super Falcoln OK I know back to ( Why this is a stupid hobby )

Edited by Megabusa (11/05/13 11:17 PM)


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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: azure1961p]
      #6178489 - 11/06/13 12:33 AM

Quote:

I hit 50 on a Canondale.

Pete




50 what?


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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: mich_al]
      #6178498 - 11/06/13 12:44 AM

Quote:

Haven't found a way to mix the two hobbies.




Pinbout has

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii570/Pinbout/scopeonbike.jpg

Bill


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Megabusa
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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: Bill Weir]
      #6178508 - 11/06/13 12:54 AM

Quote:

Quote:

Haven't found a way to mix the two hobbies.




Pinbout has

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii570/Pinbout/scopeonbike.jpg

Bill


NO! that does not count , He has to use it while riding the bike

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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: Knuklhdastrnmr]
      #6178514 - 11/06/13 01:00 AM

Quote:

Quote:

I hit 50 on a Canondale.

Pete




50 what?


50 PPM , That's( Pedals Per Minutes )

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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: TMK]
      #6178668 - 11/06/13 06:20 AM


Because you're not a quitter.


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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: GeneT]
      #6178718 - 11/06/13 07:51 AM

Quote:

We are a ship of fools. But, nothing in my 70 years of living has come close to the joy of looking up at a night sky, and seeing the objects revealed as only a telescope can.






But I must admit to being an opportunist in my choice of hobbies. Living in San Diego, I naturally gravitated towards activities well suited for this fine city.. Skiing, ice fishing, watching professional football and baseball, the opportunities are limited. Surfing, hiking, birdwatching, cycling 365 days a year, these are more doable.

Jon


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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #6178727 - 11/06/13 08:00 AM

Rain here! Cloudy almost everyday and many times when the night is clear but the Moon cause the good night for deep sky objects. I have other hobby is fishing, fossils, metal detecting and hiking to keep myself busy

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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: TMK]
      #6178731 - 11/06/13 08:05 AM

Quote:

Tell me again why I got back into this, seems as frustrating as golf when you think about it.




Every night there is cloudy weather is another reason to work on building or upgrading your gear. I used a string of rainy weather as an opportunity to build my planetary camera.

During the winter when the weather is bad I already have a list of projects: goto Starfinder EQ; SLR astrophotography mount; 10" astrograph; tuning a Meade LXD500B; flocking all OTAs; focuser upgrades; motorized collimation screws; building two piers; Arduino-controlled dew eliminator; custom telescope cases; et cetera.

obin


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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: Megabusa]
      #6178742 - 11/06/13 08:14 AM

Quote:

Quote:

Haven't found a way to mix the two hobbies.


Hmmmmm I guess we could put a Dovetail mount on the front fairing ,




Transformascope?? Hey, if they can do it with a Camero....


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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: Megabusa]
      #6178862 - 11/06/13 09:42 AM

Quote:

Quote:

Quote:

I hit 50 on a Canondale.

Pete




50 what?


50 PPM , That's( Pedals Per Minutes )




My brother, we travel at the same speed. The view is so much better!


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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: Megabusa]
      #6179080 - 11/06/13 11:51 AM

Quote:

Well! My old Hobby was going over 200 MPH on a Motorcycles , How stupid was that?




200 mph will get you to a dark site pretty quickly. Don't forget to wear your red goggles.


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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: Usquebae]
      #6179195 - 11/06/13 12:49 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Well! My old Hobby was going over 200 MPH on a Motorcycles , How stupid was that?




200 mph will get you to a dark site pretty quickly. Don't forget to wear your red goggles.


But Ive been a good Boy

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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: Megabusa]
      #6179314 - 11/06/13 01:49 PM

Every time the weather takes a turn for the worse, it's a painful experience for my wallet. I take out my frustrations buying new equipment which only makes matters worse!

Picking up tomorrow morning a 4" Mak to use on the moon and picking up next week a 6" SCT. And just placed an order for stuff from OPT.

Where in the name of the Lords of Observing am I going to hide the scopes to keep the wife from finding out (but I am buying her a new camera so I think I will get away with it)?

And when is the weather going to cooperate for me to use these scopes?


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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: GlennLeDrew]
      #6179450 - 11/06/13 03:04 PM

Quote:

If one's only contact with astronomy is through eyepiece time, then yeah, the weather can be a source of vexation. But the *hobby* of astronomy is not limited to a clear sky.




This is a good point. Bad weather can mean a great opportunity to learn more about the hobby.


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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: Kraus]
      #6179487 - 11/06/13 03:24 PM

As my wife keeps telling me- I now have two weather-controlled hobbies.
1) A 50 year-old car I won't take out in the rain- or if it looks like rain.
2) Telescopes thatI won't take out in the rain- or if it looks like rain.


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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: Kon Dealer]
      #6180002 - 11/06/13 09:04 PM

Somebidy should design a waterproof telescope so you can observe in the rain.

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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: PeterR280]
      #6180023 - 11/06/13 09:23 PM

I spent the last two hours building a prototype of a CPC 1100 mover....and it works great! No more carrying the beast that 170+ feet to my spot. In fact, the scope is sitting in its spot right now. I'm typing here because as soon as I got set up and aligned it clouded over within 5 minutes.

I did have other things to do but it was a beautiful clear sky prior to my decision to try and look through the scope.

The hobby isn't stupid. I am.


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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: PeterR280]
      #6180039 - 11/06/13 09:30 PM

Quote:

Somebidy should design a waterproof telescope so you can observe in the rain.


Well Explore Scientific Eyepieces of Waterproof

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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: Megabusa]
      #6180262 - 11/07/13 12:47 AM

I picked up ukulele for those cloudy nights and for daytime. I am less frustrated with bad weather stretches now.

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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: TMK]
      #6180494 - 11/07/13 08:19 AM

Quote:

The title is somewhat in jest of course. After about two years of inactivity I suddenly developed an interest in observing again and the rekindling of interest came with a long string of clear, moonless and low humidity nights that further spiked the interest.

So I then went out and bought some stuff to further enjoy the hobby and have suffered from nothing but overcast skies since. The latest cruel thing is the crystal clear all day only for a wall of clouds to roll in at darkness and destroy the whole night ordeal. This particular cruel event has occurred for three nights straight.

Tell me again why I got back into this, seems as frustrating as golf when you think about it.



YOu must b close to ma as that's exactly what's happened the last few days.. Clear all day , cloudy at night. So annoying


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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: lamplight]
      #6180851 - 11/07/13 11:42 AM

I gave up on the Motorcycle after getting hit from behind, knocked out, and waking up to the glorious people of Georgia just driving around me and the bike like I was trash in the road. (Can you tell I don't like Georgia, and I have had the bruises, scars, and broken bones to justify it!) As for 50 on a Canondale, it's possible on a steep downhill as I got pulled over on my Trek when I was in Hawaii by an MP on the Kole-Kole pass road for speeding when I was doing 45 down it. He had to race to catch up with me and he actually gave me a ticket for doing 45 in a 25. I had to appear before my commander, who was a mountain biker and, after having the MP leave, he laughed and told me not to worry about it. Oh, one more thing about living in GA. Most summers have been hazy, this one has been cloudy and rainy all year, but at least the last few weeks have had decent skies...

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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #6180896 - 11/07/13 12:07 PM

Quote:

Quote:

We are a ship of fools. But, nothing in my 70 years of living has come close to the joy of looking up at a night sky, and seeing the objects revealed as only a telescope can.






But I must admit to being an opportunist in my choice of hobbies. Living in San Diego, I naturally gravitated towards activities well suited for this fine city.. Skiing, ice fishing, watching professional football and baseball, the opportunities are limited. Surfing, hiking, birdwatching, cycling 365 days a year, these are more doable.

Jon




I feel your pain.

I visited your fine city a couple of years ago in November on business. Fine, warm, sunny weather all week. I had reserved one day as a free day and brought my travel scope with me so I could do a little observing that evening.

On my free day - torrential rain, palm tree parts littering the streets. Cloud.



Here, in Southern Ontario, we had a cloud-free, moon-free evening a couple of nights ago. Normally, I dress properly for cold weather, however on this evening, I underestimated how cold it would be and nearly froze important body parts off.

Gonna retire the scopes till spring.


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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: obin robinson]
      #6180951 - 11/07/13 12:29 PM

Quote:

Every night there is cloudy weather is another reason to work on building or upgrading your gear.




Yes. That way you end up with a much higher quality rig to not be able to use.


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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: Kraus]
      #6181825 - 11/07/13 08:49 PM

Despite rain all day long a cold front came through this evening and like in the forecast the skies cleared up and the stars came out. I put the scope out and after an hour I went outside to view. The skies had clouded over and I found myself scrambling to get everything out from raindrops not on the radar.

It's been cloudy out since and I realize it's time to find something else to do until my next string of clear moonless nights, looking at my forecast and the moon cycle it may be awhile. It's not like my other hobby, fishing.

Edited by TMK (11/07/13 08:54 PM)


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TMK
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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #6181836 - 11/07/13 09:00 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Every night there is cloudy weather is another reason to work on building or upgrading your gear.




Yes. That way you end up with a much higher quality rig to not be able to use.






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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: TMK]
      #6181931 - 11/07/13 10:10 PM

We have had clouds along with rain or snow for the past month.

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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: Darenwh]
      #6182068 - 11/07/13 11:52 PM

Quote:

I gave up on the Motorcycle after getting hit from behind, knocked out, and waking up to the glorious people of Georgia just driving around me and the bike like I was trash in the road. (Can you tell I don't like Georgia,


That's sad just to leave you there like that, Did the people that hit you from behind try to help ? This P's me off just hearing this , What a disregard for Life , FWIW I never liked GA either .

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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: TMK]
      #6182398 - 11/08/13 08:07 AM

As to this being a stupid hobby, it does probably seem odd to others that we will drive a hundred miles to sit out in the cold or heat trying to see things so dim that we can only see them if we don't really look at them (averted vision).

Or maybe they saw me out one night wearing sun glasses (for observing the moon). Or...

"Oh, honey, I didn't pay the light bill so I could buy this new eyepiece." I mean, the darker the better, huh?


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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: RussL]
      #6182914 - 11/08/13 12:52 PM

Maybe if we passed a bill making it illegal to use public funds for lighting.........

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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: csrlice12]
      #6184575 - 11/09/13 12:02 PM

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Maybe if we passed a bill making it illegal to use public funds for lighting.........



... or a photon tax.


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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: Doc Willie]
      #6185874 - 11/10/13 02:49 AM

cause the girl across the way thinks I'm lookin in her windows, yea right..lol, although I was looking at Venus.

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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: T1R2]
      #6186263 - 11/10/13 10:31 AM

Yep, another fool right here, too. It can be an expensive hobby. The observing part of it is highly weather dependent. When I get a chance to observe, it steals my precious few sleeping hours.

But, when it all comes together: weather, schedule, gear, motivation ….. I am treated to views like those which first captured my fascination and made this my primary pastime.

I heard Neil Degrasse Tyson say something like “when all you see are the things that are immediately surrounding you, they rise to an artificial level of importance in your life.” Observing stretches my vision. It connects me with things are outside of my daily grind experience. And, at the same time, it also helps me to appreciate them even more.

And, I’ll gladly take only a few nights here and there as long as I can have that.


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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: Wisers]
      #6201284 - 11/18/13 09:15 AM

Quote:

Because "Even a light polluted sky is better than what's on television."




Nice


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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: GeneT]
      #6201369 - 11/18/13 10:10 AM

Quote:

We are a ship of fools. But, nothing in my 70 years of living has come close to the joy of looking up at a night sky, and seeing the objects revealed as only a telescope can.




Oh, I can think of a few things

But I get where you're coming from, or else I wouldn't gladly own all these expensive eyepieces that are good only as paperweights on cloudy nights, a contraption that looks like a water heater that doesn't heat anything, and a handsome looking spyglass my wife won't even let me leave set up in the living room as a sculptural ornament.


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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: FirstSight]
      #6201497 - 11/18/13 11:23 AM

Consider taking up solar astronomy.

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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: Thomas Karpf]
      #6201674 - 11/18/13 12:58 PM

Quote:

Consider taking up solar astronomy.




oh great, another scope.....and a solar scope at that....maybe tell the wife it's a sunlamp?


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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: Knuklhdastrnmr]
      #6201947 - 11/18/13 03:41 PM

Quote:

Quote:

I hit 50 on a Canondale.

Pete




50 what?




There's always a post in these threads that crack me up.

But... IMHO seeing an amazing DSO or double star can carry you through weeks of clouds.

bob


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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: bob irvin]
      #6202454 - 11/18/13 08:16 PM

I've hit 21 mph on a geared, 29-in unicycle. Some people might think that's crazy.

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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: steveyo]
      #6202662 - 11/18/13 10:05 PM

Well here I'm with all the gear my tiny savings could buy but can't use it for another 6 months, all for living here in PNW. LOL.

BTW I too ride sports bike and climb mountains :-)


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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: bdg]
      #6203590 - 11/19/13 12:00 PM

"I study astronomy more than any other foolishness there is." --Mark Twain



Edited by RussL (11/19/13 12:01 PM)


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Re: Why this is a stupid hobby. new [Re: RussL]
      #6203600 - 11/19/13 12:05 PM

At least astronomy is cheaper than boating....

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