- Don’t start new hobbies if progress has not been made in other hobbies. Nothing is worse than having a bunch of stuff gathering dust on a shelf or in a closet.
- Don’t become a collector. Collecting stuff means having more than you can use. Most hobbyists, myself included, have more model kits than they can build, more trains than they can run, more books than they can read, more paints than they can use before they dry up, and more money invested in non moving stock.
- Have more patience. Nothing can ruin a good hobby than lack of patience. I can’t count how many paint jobs or decal applications that have been ruined because I didn’t take my time. Sometimes a near perfect paintjob was ruined because I wouldn’t let it sit long enough–the results were good CSI quality fingerprints.
- Get a better handle on this whole blogging thing. I have enjoyed blogging, but I don’t quite know how to expand the audience of this blog.
- Take better pictures for the blog. I haven’t done a bad job, but a quick tour around the World Wide Web, clearly indicates I could do better.
- Enjoy my hobbies more. Don’t get me wrong. I love my hobbies, but I think there could always be room for improvement. Enjoying life fully is not as easy as people think. While hobbies are supposed to be a relief from pressure, they often create their own pressures. (see the previous five points and then tell me if I am wrong)
- Complete more. If you’ve read this blog for a while, you might conclude that the sheer number of hobbies I have means that I don’t complete a lot, and you’d be right. I hope that 2013 is different.
I am pretty good at setting limits, but I am often swept away by new interests. Something new is more interesting than something I have seen before. Something different is better than something I already know about. Of course, this is also limited by cost, but that will be the subject of another blog (the title will also be “How much is too much?” but with different implications)
|Recent additions to the collection|
|the back of the box–detailing the parts included|
There must be cool things like this today, but they are probably more geared toward use with an iPad, rather than a stand alone construction toy. At least, I hope there are toys these days which are about building and operating. I know there are still RC helicopters and cars, so besides Lego, there must be stuff like this–let me know what is out there. I’d love to know.
|classic throwback design|
|Sports and other|