I’m sure I’ll miss somethings, but I’ll throw out a few interests that come to mind.
1. History, Current Events, Economics, Philosophy, Sociology, Political Science, Public Administration, cultural studies, Religion
2. Cooking, Eating, Dining Out, Food Science, Food History, buying kitchen equipment I don’t need and will never use
3. Reading…mostly about interests 1 and 2.
6. Boating, especially sailing
7, Sports, mostly the NFL, College football and basketball, and if the Orioles ever start winning again I’ll be into baseball.
8, Fantasy football
9, Conversation…about most everything with the exception of mindless chit chat
10, web surfing…including of course Road Food
11, music, especially classic county, southern rock, classic rock, jazz, blues, bluegrass and just about everything else except the kind of vapid pop and R and B you’d hear on American Idol
12, my family, my friends, and most importantly my dog.
Stephen Rushmore Jr.
WOW Paul! What a GREAT post!! Probably the most interesting I’ve seen on Roadfood.com. I can’t wait to see what others have in their lives. For me, here goes;
1. FAMILY – Always been close with my 2 brothers and my father. But in 1999 I met Erinn and we immediately became best friends. We fell in love and in 2003, married. Then, in 2006 my son, Thomas Richard Cowell arrived. Tommy has completely changed my life and now the three of us are inseperable. We do everything together and go everywhere with one another. I simply can’t wait to grow up (even more) with Erinn, Tommy and possibly another child in a year or two.
2. Car Racing – Although mildly interested in all forms of racing, my real passion is production-based sports car racing (ALMS, IMSA, Grand Am, etc.). I currently race my Porsche 996 with many different organizations and even started a race team back in 1989. If you care, you can read more about our team here; http://www.BluemaxxRacing.com
3. Real Estate Investing – After making a little money while on Wall Street in the mid ’90s, I began investing in raw land and residential properties around the U.S. In 2003, Erinn and I started a Real Estate firm in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Currently, we are investing in commercial real estate (Office Buildings) around the U.S. and building a company for Tommy to take over one day.
4. Mountain Bike Riding & Racing – Originally started this hobby to help control my rheumatoid arthritis but with my love of exploration and my competitive nature, it turned into something a lot more. Currently a very big part of my life and in part thanks for my friends here, I have decided to compete in the U.S. Mountain Biking National Championships at Mt. Snow, VT on July 16-20. Wish me luck because I’ll need it.
5. XTERRA – a recent addition to our lives, XTERRA is explained as an off-road Triathlon. Usually a 1 mile swim followed by a 20 mile off road mountain bike ride and ending with a 10 Kilometer off road run. We compete as a Coed Relay Team with me doing the swim and bike legs and my wife doing the running leg. This summer, we have 7 XTERRAs planned in Florida and Tennessee. Can’t wait.
6. Roadfood & Roadfood.com – Such a big part of my life since 1992, it is hard to explain. The Roadfood book is what I refer to as my bible. It has gotten me through tough times (really tough times) and the best of times. Now, with Roadfood.com I get to meet great people who have been moved as much or more than me by this great way of life. What an amazing community!
7. Tennis – Although only playing twice a week now, I can still play with anyone on the planet. I grew up as one of the Top 10 players in the nation and went to college on a scholarship for tennis. After playing for UM, I tried the ATP Tour but was only able to get a ranking as high as 303 in the World before moving to Wall Street to make real money. This sport will always be inside me and I will always love to watch the game as well.
8. Porsches – For some unknown reason, I have always been in love with Porsche cars. Ever since I was playing with my Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars, I have always wanted to drive them. I have gotten to know many of the race teams around the world as well as top executives at Porsche AG. In truth, the Porsche community is very very similar to the Roadfood community. In fact, I was introduced to Roadfood by a fellow Porsche owner and since then, many Porsche Club members have come to realize that Roadfood is a way of life along with their cars. Come hell or high water, I will always have at least one in my garage.
9. Traveling (especially by car) – It used to be done with just me and my Porsche. Now, it is done with me and my family in the SUV, towing the Porsche with the dog hanging out the window. Personally, there is not much better to me than going different places and learning what the local people and local cult,25,398535.038,1,8198,220.127.116.11
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Oh, I must add that I also have an interest in genealogy as well as being privaleged to be entrusted(perhaps cursed) with several family pieces/objects. Most are on loan to museums. However, our dining table was built more than 100 years ago by ancesters. The Tennessee farm I was raised on was a location of a pottery making operation. I have a few found treasures from the farm, circa 1850’s.
Our children,lives of their own now, are fully aware and proud of our ancestry, well cept perhaps the two relatives who doubled on a mule, hopped a train and high tailed it to Texas following an "incident"?
Rouxdog: Very good and interesting.
Paul E. Smith
Interesting topic you began Paul… Truly enjoyed everyone’s post, I like people. I’ve held off, but here goes:
I, and wife, retired 9 years ago with dreams of doing things "OUR WAY", selfish so to speak. Started off in that direction. Coming from Chicago, we purchased a ranch in southern New Mexico which we enjoy. Built a herd of Tx. Longhorn show cattle. Hit the show circuit, won awards including a world championship. Today, I’ve evolved into the same driven person I’ve always been, for better or worse. Community service is an opportunity I can’t resist.
I have done and continue to be part of:
Carrizozo Chamber of Commerce….Two term President
Rotary Club… Two term President
Moderator for several local political debates
Board member, New Horizons(wonderful home for developmentally disabled adults)
Founding Chairman, Community Foundation of Lincoln County
American Legion, Post 11, Commander
Board member, Boy Scouts of America
Our 1800’s Chuckwagon is a rewarding hobby to care for and share with others.
Building furniture without hardware, much as Davydd described constructing his home
Exploring the backroads of our wonderful country
Studying American history, particularly the west during the 1800’s.
Life is good………..
music – concert music, I won’t call it "classical" because "classical music" refers to a time period not a genre as it is often mistakenly taken for. But I’m a concert musician, so obviously this is a passion of mine. Including singing, playing horn and conducting (this is where "scorereader" comes from)
modern dance and theatre: you can see my company at artsuniteddc.org (the website hasn’t been updated in some time due to us not having any projects this Spring)
Travel – local and overnight. including camping.
Cooking – reading about cooking, talking about cooking, and other things associated with food…like roadfood.
College Football and other sports.
crosswords and soduko
collecting Coca-cola items that I actually use in the kitchen – not just for display – except for tin signs and other wall stuff.
websurfing – and online forums [;)]
Interests and hobbies? I have many interests, but not enough time. I retire in 2 years…then watch my smoke!
In no particular order, I greatly enjoy:
Going junking (flea markets, little country stores, estate ssales, yard sales)
Collecting art deco and depression glass (certain patterns)
Talking and visiting with friends
Experimental cooking (converting recipes to gluten free)
Eating and drinking
Traveling to new places
Goofing around on the computer (esp Road Food)
I could go on and on, but I won’t
Ha! I had endless trouble with the electrics on my Fiat 124 Spyder. Then I found out that the electrics were made by a subsidiary of Lucas. I became really good at changing starters and alternators.[:(]
Hello All and Paul,
Sundancer, I have always loved the name you chose.
It reflects your spirit and the words you write.
Many souls have written on Roadfood…many have
come and gone, many… so many of us. But you are unique.
You prove the meaning of being reasonable. You have so often walked
us down and up the path of human compassion and pain with dignity.
You give us a gift of the past and our heritage with grace, and embrace the
future which helps us find comfort and direction in our quest for the MORE.
And we want our heritage and the More.
You know that often there are nasty people that write bad things about others
on this site. But you do not. You are a gentleman. That is rare today.
And I appreciate your soul. Thank you for who you are.
2. Genealogy (I am a genealogist)
3. Writing (I am a bad poet and prose writer)
4. History (I love reading original texts rather than
what modern souls tell us what has been said.)
5. Food (Because it creates discussion and a community.)
6. Feeding Birds in the Winter…what a joy to see so many different birds
7. Carving small rocks…taking a rock and finding images it gives out
8. Writing songs on my guitar or wooden recorder…I write for myself
9. Watching T.V. and listening to the radio
10.Sleeping…I love to sleep because it allows me to dream.
Those are my top ten, but life always throws in more interests
that come and go according to my needs and the needs of those
How successful are you in your battles with the Prince of Darkness?[;)]
Mine was set up in my parents’ basement but as I’ve been out of their house for 23 years it’s no longer in use. I’ve thought of setting it up again but my well water is pretty hard and I’m paranoid about what and how much I put into the septic system, so until I come up with an affordable solution the darkroom will be only a hope and not a reality.
Well, since I mentioned film photography (35mm with a little 110 and 120) I guess I can fill out my list of other major interests:
Grilling and barbecuing with wood and charcoal.
Sports, although these days with the exception of a little golf and tennis it’s purely as a spectator.
Small engines, but not as much as when I was younger (nowadays it’s more for maintenance than rodding). Which in turn led me into…
Older American cars and trucks (emphasis on Pontiac and GM) without computers and other forms of electronic management. And while our daily drivers are late models for economy and environmental reasons I enjoy working on them as well.
Taking the road less travelled. I’m a map junkie and am constantly looking for new ways to get from Point A to Point B, preferably in an older American car or truck[;)] and with as much deviation from the Interstate as possible (although at times I have a need for speed).
Home improvement, although I’m not known for getting things done in the most timely manner…[:I]
Bird feeding, which leads to watching. Although not nearly to Paul’s degree!
Paul, thanks for the interesting topic – and congratulations on 10,000!
My interests/hobbies… well, let’s see:
*Singing and playing the piano. One day, when I have my own house and plenty of room, I will own a baby grand piano. Or at least something better than the low-end 62-key keyboard I rely on now. This is my stress relief.
*Hiking. I’ve discovered a love for this just recently – but I live in one of the best areas for it (the Appalachians) and opportunities abound – and there is no more spectacular sight than the one from the top of a mountain. Plus, just being in nature and admiring the beauty and stillness all around you… it makes me feel so relaxed, and reminds me of the perfection of the Creator. Maybe one day I’ll hike the AT… that would be an incredible experience.
*Medicine – specifically pathology, pharmacology, toxicology. I teach myself a lot. I love to learn how diseases work and how treatments work, and I really find tox (and autopsies, for that matter) fascinating. I wish I knew how to direct that passion into a career that doesn’t involve research or med school, though.
*Food and food science – I love to bake, especially. Again, I teach myself a lot. And I think the science behind cooking is really interesting. Thus the reason I’m hooked on Alton Brown (or was, until I gave up extended cable…)
*Sudoku puzzles and crosswords – another stress reliever.
To Michigander – my DBF also has an MG, I believe his is a B. Love it! Such unique little cars.
Nothing super-interesting that I’m into.
I’ve been playing guitar for 20+ years, some professionally, but I don’t have the motivation to put so much time into it anymore, so it’s relegated to a on-and-off hobby instead of a serious pursuit. My skill has suffered considerably, but I’m fine with that at this point.
I read science fiction books quite regularly, and like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen when I can.
I used to be an avid shooter, but moves and finances have put the kibosh on most of that. Had to sell all of my handguns upon moving back to NY state, as it’s difficult to get a pistol permit here, and since I’m not a criminal, I obeyed the gun laws and legally sold them. I get out with my brother every once in a while and send a few downrange though. Good stress reliever!
Most of my family lives within a 2 hour drive from me, so I spend a lot of time just spending a lot of time with them.
Work occupies most of my time these days though, which is fine, because I love my job (some of you woodworkers probably have heard of the dust collection system manufacturer I work for).
Life ain’t bad! [:D]
I have had an interest in every one of your items, although some have faded for one reason or another. I used to love Spridgets! I am slowly learning turning (Carpe Lignum, Tournez Lignum, Dude!), and my wife, who is a major Harry Potter fan, has urged me to read the books.
Paul, a very interesting post. I always enjoy reading about the many varied interests people have, and wondering how they were arrived at. My interests in no particular order are:
My family – I have a close family, including an identical twin brother, and we get together as often as possible.
Classic British sports cars – I have two MG Midgets and an Austin Healey Sprite. Very small cars for my 6’2" 260 lbs.
Photography – I still have a complete darkroom rig, although since going digital it is currently dismantled.
Woodworking – Especially wood turning.
Home improvements – This is my wifes interest she channels through me. She initiates the projects and I execute them.
Cooking – I do most of the cooking in the house, as well as a mean brisket on the BBQ. Dining out also falls under this heading.
computers – The geek in me loves electronic gadgets, computers, cell phones, PDAs ……
hunting and shooting – I still enjoy target shooting, although in the last few years I have watched more wildlife through binoculars than through a rifle scope.
junk collector – this is also my wifes term. I do love prowling through flea markets, auctions, and second hand stores, not looking for anything in particular. I just like old things and the stories they tell.
Reading – my tastes run to American history, but my daughter did get me to read the whole Harry Potter series.
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