Although hunting is definitely more than a hobby for me, it falls into that category within our family budget meaning a lot of other things come first. Still, I usually am able to make a few coveted purchases throughout the year when funds are available. This past year I had a troubling revelation in that I realized I have just about every piece of gear I need. Oh sure, I would love a new $1,000 shotgun or that $400 layout blind, but those purchases would go into the ‘completely unnecessary’ category. And so this makes me wonder if I need to look for a new hobby to spend my disposable income on. Sometimes I want to get back into building models. That was a hobby my dad and I shared and I miss all those little bottles of Testor paint on the kitchen table and the excitement of starting a new project.
I am a HUGE believer in the importance of hobbies in making our lives more fun. I love hearing about other people’s hobbies even when I don’t understand them. Some hobbies, like the RPGs I hear OT folks discussing, are so completely foreign to me that it feels like they are speaking another language. Others, like the toy train hobby that an OT regular and friend of mine has, are something I totally appreciate and would probably really enjoy myself. That is the beauty of these pursuits. They create all these little subcultures that are fascinating to observe and sometimes tempting to join.
So a question for the readers: Knowing how much the OT crowd loves their hobbies (Mindless Diversions is among my favorite regular features) what aspects of your hobby do you like to spend money on? And what is that prized item that would take your hobby to the next level?
A final question: It is said that if 3 people like to do the same activity there is probably a magazine devoted to it. If so, what is the go-to magazine for your hobby?