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I am a writer and a teacher and I ask my students to write about this topic a lot. Always pretty interesting and a good way to get insight into other people's lives. Here's the idea:

What do you like to do and why? Granted, we all like bikes, so that's out. I like hanging out with my wife and daughter and cat, but that's a little too obvious. It is best to think of something you have always liked doing that not everyone else enjoys. Something you really f&*king like. And remember, lots of people may like it...why you like it is what counts. For instance:

I really, really like to fish. I have been doing it since I was old enough to hold a rod. When I was younger, it was one of the only times that I felt like my Dad and I were on the same page. I enjoy fishing for trout and bass mainly. I like spinning and fly-fishing.

Why? I think I like it for the same reason I like to write and ride my bike. It takes my thoughts away. I am wholly focused on fishing when I have the rod in my hand. I have kind of an overactive mind, so it's a nice break. When I fish I do not feel hunger, fatigue, thirst, stress...that starts once I stop fishing again. And I have always loved to be outside, surrounded by trees, looking through the woods for deer, feeling the breeze and watching ospreys and kingfishers and herons display what TRUE fishing is. ;) I will go fishing at pretty much any time. I am happy when I don't catch fish, but I also love the pure adrenalin of landing a big fish and the sense of being connected to another world through a thin monofilament (or lately fluorocarbon) line. So, I'm going with fishing.
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ONE of the things I REALLY like:
Taking my four grandsons and their dirtbikes out to the mx track for a day of riding. Ages range from 5 to 11 yrs, each learned to ride at about 4 and are happy to wear out a peewee track. they each have their own bike, and they were swapping around. In the herd there is a PW50. PW80, KX60, RM85, and a TTR50, TTR125,
Yesterday; my wife (who doesn't ride except on rare occasion), my daughter (been riding since she was 4 yrs old and mother of two of those grandsons), my son (smooth, fast and very good rider, no-one's father at 32 yrs old, riding since age 5, hits 120 foot triples with an ease that I envy) two of my mechanics (who can do the 80-100 footer jumps) all took the day to ride at Talking Rock Arena in Jasper, GA area to ride.

Watching coaching and teaching the young riders techniques and skills to help them enjoy this sport that I have loved for my whole life is very rewarding. I was using a TTR 125 yamaha to chase them around the track,
show them lines and pick up the tip overs and get them going again. A bit of advice here and there to help them figure out the various obstacles.

We had grilled dogs and watermelon lunch. Lots of water was consumed.

We were only going to ride for a couple hours until the sun got way up high, but we ended up staying all day because the boys just kept making laps.
It was hot and dusty, but everyone enjoyed themselves.
They really love to ride. We had a blast once again.
on a side note:
I think that all kids who grow up riding and developing skills in the dirt will be much safer on public streets and roads when they come of age to start driving cars. It scares me to think of 16 year old couch potatoes that get a driver's license on the birthday suddenly in traffic with little or no experience.
 

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I flat out like the outdoors, hiking, paddeling, climbing, (getting old for that) fly fishing, photography, plant and insect identification, whatever. I'm a fly tier and fisherman first and I will shamelessly offer a link to a publication that prints a column that I write in each bi monthly issue. After you check out all the great files and tiers take a look for articles by Ard Stetts you can click on the see the flies prompt or the one that says 'more' and track back to the January article. That was my first one. There are some incredibly talented fly tiers who display their craft in this publication so you may as well check it out.

http://www.angelfire.com/wa/salmonid/index.html
 

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Excellent topic, Lockjaw!!

A really good thinking thread.


If I boil down all of my interests I come to one central interest...history..I explore to find history.

I've used fishing to go places where I probably won't catch fish because I want to see an old gold mine or maybe a historic cabin. I've taken jobs so that I could be free to explore history. I've used four wheelin' rigs to look into old things. I'm into music and use that to learn about the history of a band..I'm more inclined to pick up a bands demo disc and ignore their latest studio production. I like Jack London and have been to where he finished writing 'Valley of the Moon', I've see the inside of Zane Grey's old cabin on the river...hiking got me there. My wife is 13 years older than I am, more history makes for a more interesting person. People are living history..I once was on a trip with my daughter and we saw an old timer in a McDonalds eating breakfast by himself..he had an Iwo Jima hat on...we sat down with him and learned his history.


Mot orcy cles are what take me to history these days.

 
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