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    Re: We know you like coffee, but what else?

    Hmmm,

    Got to get the old grey cells moving now ;). I never focussed on one particular activity as such, more a case of trying to squeeze in as much as I could in the time available.... Activities included, in no particular order of preference:

    Riding and Tweaking lots of Motorbikes over the years, did all my own servicing, tuning and repairs...
    Flying and working on older small aircraft such as Cessna 172, Piper Comanche 250 and a Beechcraft Bonanza C-35...
    Swimming and Diving, mainly Free Diving as never became comfortable using Aqualung, etc...
    Bushwalking, trail riding and a bit of exploring in remote parts of PNG and the Solomons (British Solomons as it was then)...
    Target Shooting, Ballistics and home Reloading of Ammo...
    Building and flying Radio Control scale aircraft, the largest being a 1/3 Scale Cristen Eagle. Most of these were powered typically with Chainsaw Petrol Engines, etc.....
    Very keen amateur photographer, that kind of went hand in hand with the Bushwalking, etc...
    Boating and Fishing, mainly offshore and fishing for various Pelagic Species (tag and release).....
    Managed to squeeze in some time here and there helping friends with a Dragster in the late 60s to early 70s, lotsa fun.... 8-)
    As much as was physically and practically possible, involved my family in as many aspects of all of the above :)....

    Naturally, coffee played a significant role in all of the above right from a very early age ::),

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    My other main passion is photography ... I am still very much learning - only just worked out how to use my camera in manual mode, and have just bought myself an ultra wide zoom lens that I absolutely love.

    One day I will have my routine down pat enough to photograph a god shot!!

    8-)

    eta ... I also like travelling - although havent done any major travel for about 3 years now. It seems I just like to plan holidays - have planned many and varied trips that for various reasons (that include two children) havent happened. At the moment gearing up to go to NZ next year.

    Food is another passion - trying lots of new and exciting dishes (another good reason to travel!) It seems our life has a theme of Good food - Good wine - good friends (now add to it good coffee).


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    Crikey Mal I feel like a lazy slob compared to you.

    Ive only just rediscovered my Xbox and Halo so Im wasting away hours zapping aliens as well at the moment. Other than that Im keen on anything aviation related. I love the smell of Avtur in the morning! With a house that needs fixing up and two youngns its hard to find time for much else. :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt G link=1177400193/0#3 date=1177407838
    Crikey Mal I feel like a lazy slob compared to you.
    I dont know about that Matt, have always had a sense of time marching on and the need to make the most of what was allotted to us, thats all really.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt G link=1177400193/0#3 date=1177407838
    With a house that needs fixing up and two youngns its hard to find time for much else. :(
    Yep, know what thats like too mate ;), once the offspring were old enough, tried to involve them in everything that was going on including house maintenance, etc... Lot of fun (sometimes a lot of jobs that needed to be done twice too but was all part of the joy). Its funny how things turn out though, our youngest son, who when he was very young, insisted on tagging along with me absolutely everywhere and being involved in what ever I was doing.... Our older son on the other hand, was much more focussed on doing things by himself with Lego, Technik or pulling apart Mums sewing machine to see how it worked ::). If there was a chance of swimming in the offing though, hed be there with togs and towel in a flash ;D.
    Now though, our youngest is more introspective and into philosophical interests with a side interest in restoring old cars (not vintage). Our eldest is in the RAAF as an Avionics Tech looking after a crew that maintains a squadron of our current fighter-trainers and soon to switch over to the Super-Hornets when they land on our shores.

    Life is interesting, no doubt about it ;)

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    Besides work, I have a passion for Japanese animation or anime. I spend alot of time after work or on the weekend with my feet up (because I am on them all day! 5 days a week!!) with a home made coffee, indulging in a wind-down time of my own. I go to Anime conventions when they are on in Melbourne, and catch up with the "nerds" like myself when I can.

    The other part. I am in the process at the moment with my other half, building a kit Ultralight...a Jabiru J160. (This is his hobby, as he is the pilot...I am just the navigator) This has been a 2 year project so far, and it isnt that far off from completion. Due to work committments on his half, (he does airconditioning in cars, trucks etc during the warmer months) this project has taken a little while longer than anticipated.

    Oh...I also LOVE any PC or Xbox games to do with fantasy/scifi etc.

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    Damn, too many other passions with not enough money or time to support them fully

    so for me they are in no particular order

    Home audio and home theatre, we just built a new house with a dedictaed room, i dont even want to calculate the cost of all the equipment in there as the wife may be reading this and my life is over :)

    Cars, i am a WRX man and have now owned 3 of them, looking for my 4th one as i just sold my last one 6 months ago, but i hate the 06, 07 and when i saw the 08 i felt subaru have lost the plot, so now i may jump to the dark side and get a mitsubishi evo or maybe a golf R32

    Photography, also still learning, bought my first digital slr last year along with 3 half decent lenses.

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    * I got my first camera for my 12th birthday and still like taking the odd snap on my first digital camera, which I purchased AFTER my trip to Europe because I could not make up my mind in time about what I wanted and how Id store all the photos.

    I still havent upgraded but it would have been good to have finished my research and chosen a camera and solve the storage problem, because my wife ended up taking over 700 shots on 35mm.


    * Ive been doing karate for 32 years now.
    I teach twice a week and the only time Ive had off was the two months for the said European trip and three months recovering from my brain surgery (though I did show up and watch a bit when I could walk again).


    * Another passion is an online browser based building / war game I play.
    Ive been playing now for 4 1/2 years and like it so much I now own a share.


    * Then about a year ago I got into this caper.

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    I spend most of the day chasing after two small children (2 months and 21 months), so not heaps of time, but Im considering becoming a chocolate snob... We visited Monsieur Truffes chocolate stall at the Prahran Market when we were in Melbourne recently, and came home with 64% cocoa mass from three different origins: PNG, Madagascar and Peru, as well as some 100% Venezualan (which is just INSANE so Im thinking I might just melt it down into a very rich hot chocolate). It was amazing the different flavours that came across in the SOs- just like coffees!! So I think thatd be another very pleasant hobby, especially if we get some cocoa beans happening on BeanBay.

    My husband is a wannabe-chef masquerading as a science teacher; as he really loves to cook, Im really quite spoilt with all types of interesting and tasty dishes. Hes also just developing an interest in red wine, but I cant join in with that til our little guy is no longer breast-feeding.

    Other than that, I used to race Flying 11s, and 29ers (smallish sailing boats), and really miss that. Im hoping my daughter will get into Sabots (really small sailing boats) when shes a bit older, and then well have lots of fun traipsing up and down the coast to regattas etc. (and thats when well need a Presso + spare grinder for the car boot!)

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    I used to bowl (tenpin). I used to play golf. I used to MUD (text-based RPG, way before any MMORPG). I used to play paper and dice RPGs also. Im a real hockey fan, but its hard to follow the season when the games arent on (not having pay TV doesnt help). I used to go camping and fishing a lot (at least before I moved to Oz).

    My whole life is filled with used to dos. The only thing I currently pursue is coffee. How boring am i?

    Im also fond of European power metal.

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    Oh man where do I start?!

    /me tries to remember all the stuff hes been into over the years...

    Well I suppose I can start with what I can see from where Im sitting. Electronics. Lots and lots of electronics. I started with building crystal radios and then got into HAM radio (Experts License), then high end audiophile systems, and then into computers.

    Next on the hit parade in the dungeon here would be letterpress printing. I got into it as a hobby and ended up putting together an entire printshop (and then some!) over several years which eventually included 6 presses, including 2 multi-ton auto-fed Kluges, with many tons of other associated equipment all of which I tore down completely and refurbed upon aquiring. The final tally ended up somewhere in the neighborhood of 30,000kg of printshop stuff.

    I like to build stuff. I built the basement level addition that Im sitting in some 13 years ago to house the 2 biggest presses which were dropped in by a crane prior my constructing the roof. Ive torn out 5 generations of wiring in my house and rewired the entire place including LAN and CATV connections in every room. Im currently in the process of rebuilding my bathrooms with the lathe and plaster all removed down to the studs to be replaced with sheetrock and ceramic tile. Ive ripped out the entire 100 year old water lines and replaced them all with PEX (Remind me again why I find this fun?!).

    I made an organic vegi garden with imported dirt (I live in the heart of a major city next the main freeway and didnt trust the soil) which Ive maintained as organic now for 20 years. I grow utililizing the French Intensive cultivation method. My hobby of researching hydroponics led me into doing the behind the scenes R&D into hydroponics for Honeywell on a project that ended up being the launching pad that brought hydroponics into the public awareness here in the US back in the early 80s.

    Once upon a time I raced dirt track and was big into motorcycles (my brother set a new world record for top end [117.62 mph as I recall] on a street legal Hog in the 1/8th mile at the Spring Nationals some years back).

    While I got paid to work in the R&D lab that produced the circuit boards for the first Space Shuttle it was to me just a way to get paid for working on my hobbies. Electronics and space. I started the Minnesota chapter of the L5 Society out of my apartment back in the 70s with a friend and gave presentations on space at local schools as well as wrote papers on the exploration, industrialization, and colonization of space.

    I came up with a line of bookplates and art prints oriented to the Science Fiction community which I produced by hand in my printshop and sold at SF conventions here and in Canada. It made for a great excsue to write off all the travel expenses for attending the conventions as a business expense. :) As you might surmise from that Im also into SF and have amassed quite the collection of books over the years, roughly 5,000.

    I love cooking and for a while ran a gourmet catering service out of my home. I also collect cookbooks which now number somewhere around three or four hundred and date back to the middle of the 1800s.

    Over the years Ive been into collecting a wide variety of other things such as pocketwatches, pocket knives, Pez dispensors, salt & pepper shakers, pens, rocks & crystals, 3D jigsaw puzzles, wood boxes, and one of my favorites, small tins.

    Im also into hunting and long range target shooting (I tied the range record on the 500 yard range at the USMCs Camp Pendleton in 1976 with a 247/250) along with doing my own reloading. My current favorite weapon is my Browning A-Bolt in 7mm Rem Mag which got me a deer at 685 yards a few years back with a snap shot that hit an inch away from my aim point in poor light and falling snow.

    Im big into computers and have rebuilt computers and donated them to a local organization dedicated to getting homebound people on-line. Ive also volunteered my time to help get schools wired and connected to the internet when the local school board wouldnt pay for it. Ive been big into the social networking aspects of computers and helped admin the biggest live chat BBS (Bulletin Board System) in the Midwest prior to the advent of the internet and sites such as this since the internet exploded onto the scene in the early 90s.

    Science, history psychology, and socialogy have always facinated me with many books having been consumed on the topics over the years.

    Its always been a dream of mine to sail the world and over the last 3 years Ive been digging into it in more depth with an eye to retiring to a sailboat and sailing away into the sunset sometime in the next couple of years.

    Lets see, what else. Camping, hiking, biking (off-road, racing, and long distance touring), archery, scuba diving, skydiving, bowling, woodworking and of course raising my kid. :)

    Hhmmm....I think that about covers it although Im probably forgetting a few things. ;D


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    Well at 62 Ive been there and tried that on many different things, but now that Ive retired Ive settled down to my woodwork hobby, looking after my Bonsai, fishing, and continuing my 27 year passion for making Sourdough Bread.
    On a final note, since finding this forum it would appear that I may be going down the coffee path if I can get the Ministry of Finance to release some funds.

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    SLR photography, especially at weddings

    SCUBA diving (only when the waters are warmer)

    Four wheel driving and camping (Land Rover enthusiast)

    Home theatre movies

    Gardening and general cleaning up the house (I try to be neat)

    Badminton



    Thats it, I think! *:)


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    I was a computer network engineer in a previous life, so like every other geek or ex geek I have 8 or 9 computers at home and enjoy tweeking.

    Love the hard rubbish throw out, always manage to add a computer or two too the collection, some people throw out some good stuff. I normally do them up a bit and give them away to those less fortunate.

    Very rewarding

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    I was the President of the Vic Mazda MX-5 Club for a couple of years, that was a pretty serious hobby. Motorsport track days, running motorkhana and driver training events, and all sorts of social stuff. Gave the car up when I moved to NZ.

    I used to enjoy a bit of SLR photography but with the cost and progress rate of digital at the moment I havent invested much. Still like visualising and framing a good shot with my cheapie. you can see some pics at my blog.

    Im kind of hobbyless at the moment... Id like to get into heaps, but time and money...

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    You mean we can like other things than coffee? :o

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    Just face it, Wushoes,

    You have a one track mind! *;) *:P


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    As well as working as a barista I have a swim coach accreditation and have had experience in pretty much most water sports, be it water polo, water skiing, canoeing, scuba diving, sailing, wind surfing etc.

    I also own five horses, two pure bred Quarterhorses which I used to compete on at Western shows (but due to time and money just enjoy riding for pleasure now), two stockhorses (who are on a free lease with a friend) and one pony mare. I now give a friend who agists her daughters horse here a hand with riding and show preparation (I actually have an early start tomorrow to finish getting the horse ready for a local show!).

    Love movies! Have indoor and outdoor cinema here. Big screen inside (about 3m wide) and bigger screen outside on the side of the house (about 8m wide and 3m high). My mum is a freelance film and tv makeup artist, so I blame her for my love of movies. All time fave movie is Star Wars.

    Into anything mechanical. Own a scooter (obviously! I had a laugh!), a Ducati 900ss, a Chevrolet Silverado (American pickup), and an Iseki tractor. Love to sit down and watch motorsport, mainly V8 Supercars and the drag cars. Not so big a fan of Formula 1. Would love to try doing some road rallys one day, just got to find the right car! Have a great love of rotary winged machines and had been promised to be sent off to get my licence to fly when our son was done with schooling. But generally just love things that fly, thanks to my husbands passion for planes.

    Have a passion for good food and wine as well. The thing we used to do on holidays was to go wine tasting. I think though that it is more the whole experience that we loved, by that I mean the experience of meeting new people and sharing a common interest. Much like here, really!

    And last but certainly not least, my son! Hes a gem and its been a priviledge to watch him go from a boy to a man. I look forward to watching him get the most out of his life.

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    Re: We know you like coffee, but what else?

    well...

    sunsets
    Indonesia/Malay curries
    rainbows
    reading (general and historic fiction)
    beef casseroles
    soft hazy mornings
    riding (road)motorbikes
    red wine and smooth bourbon
    walking in the snow
    fresh bread and blue cheese
    playing piano accordeon
    walking our dogs
    "smokey" incense
    50s, 60s, 70s music
    beach fishing
    preserving food
    painting and drawing
    French balads
    very dark chocolate
    hands-on renovating
    sewing
    the scent of autumn on a crisp morning, sunshine on "the patio" and a coffee at hand ;D
    and *doing lots of the things on this list together with Rob (well, apart from the sewing and the blue cheese...)
    and then ringing our girls to tell them all about it :)

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    Four wheeling (Land Rover nut) and boating/fishing. Have a 21 foot Seafarer that I love. Keeping up with my 3 kids...

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    I love Scuba diving; wreck diving at 50m is awesome, but Im just as happy swimming along at 8m looking at pretty fish and nudibranchs. Its a whole other world...

    Im also into surfing, motorcycles, chess, TV Camera operation and I love watching sport; particularly cricket and rugby.

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    My R1


    Thats all there is .
    Coffee & R1

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    Sketchy - I have been tossing up between an R1 and CBR - nice bike mate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozscott link=1177400193/15#22 date=1177885374
    Sketchy - I have been tossing up between an R1 and CBR - nice bike mate.
    Ride them both & see what you think. The CBR really feels like the riders optional (damn japanese efficiency).
    After writing off my last bike (f4i) I test rode the CBR, a 749 & an RSVR. The aprilia now has pride of place in the garage. I mean really, which bloke here hasnt fantasised about italian twins at least once ;)

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    Ive had a few bikes but the R1 is by far the nicest. i just got back from a day trip and the only thing i didnt like was not making it a 2 day trip, after about 20 mins it was like i was floating. If i had to pick a problem with it, the fuel usage is high, im only getting 230 km from a tank, but who cares about fuel when youre having fun ;)

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    Some of my hobbies frustrate my wife.. so here goes.. :)

    Spending time with my kids (and wife of course)

    Aviation - Especially fixed wing and Military - love Airshows

    Church life (No, this isnt an obligation) :)

    Music - Self taught guitarist for 18 years. Ive been doing the MP3 thing for 10 years before it was secularly popular :-)

    Coffee inc roasting (like, derrrr hehe)

    Cars, especially Mazda Rx series. Used to own a Series 2 Rx7 with a 13B Turbo (High flowed and boosted to 14psi) with 300kws (nice in a 1000kg body I can assure you). A WRX eater you could say :-)

    IT (My money earner)

    Movies (As long at its no worse than M rated) - I prevent the "Garbage in - Garbage out" syndrome this way :-)

    Love hosting people - especially for Coffee ;-)

    Dont mind cooking - specially trying something new that blows your mind in your mouth :-)

    I think thatll do for now... :-)


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    My hobbies have followed where I live, as well as what I am interested in.

    Rockets - when I lived in the desert - very easy to find a place to launch where it wouldnt bother the neighbours, the livestock or the aviators.

    Shooting was also big with me when I was out there - used to go out with a group of like-minded souls and address the feral animal problems (cats, foxes, goats, pigs and camels) that were plaguing local graziers.

    Since I have kids there is a moratorium on those hobbies for a bit. I miss my Paper Tiger (racing cat) that I left behind in the Whitsundays and the great fishing I had there.

    Photos with both digital and film SLR.

    Optics - binocular, telescope and lenses of all kinds fascinated me.

    Science fiction - not quite up to Javaphiles collection size yet - only at 800 books but Im working on it.

    Anything my boys are interested in becomes a defacto hobby of mine too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grendel link=1177400193/15#26 date=1178163996
    Science fiction - not quite up to Javaphiles collection size yet - only at 800 books but Im working on it.
    Ill sell ya mine cheap! ;D


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    hmmmm - hows your Larry Niven stock? Also some of the missing Heinleins, Asimov is always welcome - aaaaaah, Ill take the lot!

    Seriously if you want to move some along let me know.

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    Yup, I have all of them and more. There are many hundreds (perhaps as many as 2,000) SciFi books dating back over 50 years here. It is far and away the largest genre I have. :)

    As much as I hate to do it Ive decided its time to start purging some of the piles of stuff Ive collected over the years. The library being one of the larger piles whose time has come. :(

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    Thats a lot of sci-fi books.
    In my younger days I read every one of them that my high school library had.
    Heinlen was one of my faves.

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    In my younger days, several friends and I were into motor bikes, is there a pattern developing here or what?? I only had 2 Suzukis and a Honda though, but I lusted after a Duke or two 8-).
    I play a bit of golf every now and again (very badly), tennis (also very badly), I also enjoy cycling and taking my dog for a walk (not at the same time).
    Ive recently acquired a taste for wine and have spent many an enjoyable day at Mudgee touring the wineries there.
    Im also a chilli-head, I love hot food. Most of my friends and relos are constantly trying to find a hot sauce that will test me out. They mean well, but when someone thinks that Tabasco sauce is hot, well, what can I say ::)
    I also love cooking and trying out new foods, and entertaining friends, which goes hand in hand with the wine of course ;).

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    Hi all
    it would be good if we could organize a ride day to do a "cafe" crawl. If anyone is interested let me know, it could be city or country depending on weather.

    LE

    Go. cafe

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    Hi all,

    Im told I have too many and they all seem to be exy.

    Water skiing
    gardening - fruit and veg, bonsai, general gardening( hopefully get some
    beans on the coffe tree soon.
    Photography - will take it on more prof in a few years, Lndscape and w/life
    Aikido - on hold due to little one
    Food/Cooking
    Fishing - occasionly sort of on hold get out occasionally
    Soccer - cant play well but watch as much as i can without foxtel
    Movies/Playstation

    and now Coffee

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    As well as coffee I also like beer. Im am a home beer brewer and a home coffee brewer. ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrstikoff link=1177400193/30#34 date=1180918930
    As well as coffee I also like beer. Im am a home beer brewer and a home coffee brewer. ;)
    Ive heard that you can get/make coffee flavoured beer!

    Eeew!

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    Sci Fi Books! Raymond E Feist is my favourite. Michael Crichton is pretty good too. I got all the usual Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings and Dragon Lance. I only have around 100. :P

    Collects old games & console. first grey cartrige Nintendo, PC engine, red and white Nintendo, PC Leisure suit Larry in old big floppy disk.. etc..

    Playstation and Wii Addict.

    Had a black CBR250R. Not riding enough and sold it..

    Have a baby blue 1970 Mini cooper now.

    Love my pet Henry! Just found out Henry is a girl!!! :( Henry is very confused at the moment.

    Cooks ALOT! Love baking my own bread.

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    hahaha....Henry can be a girls name too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrstikoff link=1177400193/30#34 date=1180918930
    As well as coffee I also like beer. Im am a home beer brewer and a home coffee brewer. ;)
    Good to see there are other beer-brewers here! Ive brewed beer for the last few years, and while i still do, work and uni get in the way of drinking enough of it for me to brew frequently. My love of brewed beverages is now taking me to coffee.. which is handy for me, it takes a few minutes to brew a cup of coffee, but about 4 hours to brew beer and weeks to ferment. Besides, I cant drink beer in the middle of the day then go to work...

    Re: Coffee beer
    Its quite common for homebrewers to add coffees to the darker beers, like porters and stouts. It doesnt work for the lighter ales and delicate lagers at all. Porters and stouts and full of roasty and chocolatey flavours, so the coffee works very well.


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    Apart from the obvious coffee and food...

    Anything that falls into the electro-mechanical gizmo catagory. Maybe just my Robotics Degree resurfacing.

    I too have had to give up my club and circuit racing days, along with my beloved racer. My Crx ran a high pressure mugen engine with max power of 141 FwKw @ 10800 rpm in a 700Kg body. Translated to a best lap of Pukekohe of 110" (supercars do it 8-10 sec quicker), and 13.2 quarter. But track was where it shone.

    Now much tamer with my rc slope saorers. Radio controlled planes or wings that glide in the wind coming up a slope. Not as tame as they sound as they can reach 2.5 x the wind speed.

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    Amateur Radio

    Paragliding

    Photography & Photoshopping


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    love to cook, currently am dabbling in gluten-free stuff for the cafe. Im determined to make something thats actually tasty!

    love wine.

    I guess I should say scrapbooking as thats what the other half of the cafe is, but perhaps business is more my hobby as Im more passionate about buying/making stock and then seeing it sell.

    3 kids, 2 dogs, 1 husband does not leave me any time for any real hobby, unless one were to get passionate about doing laundry...... I certainly can talk at length about which brand to use in different circumstances... but thats just sad....

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    Lets see... Ill go point form as otherwise I will bore you to tears:

    * Cooking - Asian and Western, strong south east Asian influences, trad Euro, modern fusion.
    * Wine - Collecting since 95, semi-serious, semi-retired.
    * Fish keeper - Mostly African cichlids, some other interesting specimens.
    * Fisherman - Sydney northern beaches rock and beach.
    * Nerd - ex-IT (Many, many, many moons ago) so into Linux, HTPC, etc
    * Home theatre - mild, but that new 50" plasma rocks my eyes. :)
    * Music - just about anything, huge collection of vinyl and CDs and MP3 etc.
    * Tattoo - yup, just because Im a suit doesnt mean I cant love good ink too.
    * Body piercing - its all hidden under the suit. :)
    * Cars and Bikes - have owned some insane ones over the years but Im a tame 4WDer now. For the time being. :)
    * Asia - dedicated Sinophile and Nihonophile (is there such a word??)
    * Photography and Videography - retired from the pro scene in the early 90s in search of making some real money, but its still in my blood and my heart.

    In short, I have a real lust for life. Carpe diem, caveat emptor, vidi, vici, veni (deliberate misordering of a classical quote for obvious puerile smutty reasons) and all that sort of thing. ;) Hope to get to know more CSers sometime soon.

    Cheers - Cremaholic.

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    Hmm, having read all the above, Im obviously a boring old fart.

    I spent 37 years as a technical officer in international telecommunications (OTC), now I steer trains - I work in a signal box.

    I dont do much these days except administer the Rangerovers.net forum and write occasional pages for the associated website. *I spend far too much time on the Australian Land Rover Owners Forum. * On a related note, Im about to start restoration of a 1968 Land Rover.

    I used to fly model planes and helicopters, and race model boats. *Havent done that for years. *I tried scuba while living on Norfolk Island but didnt really enjoy it. *Dunno how many dives I did - enough to buy my own gear which hasnt been used for years.

    Computer games? *Not since the days of my TRS80 and Space Invaders. *I cant get into games at all. *I have none on my PC. *I tried my sons PlayStation or XBiox opr something but found it so boring I gave up after a few minutes.

    Movies? *Ive been to the movies once since 1971. *I know it was 1971 as I bought the only new car Ive ever owned that week.

    Motorbikes? *Unfortunately sold my CBR1000F as I wasnt riding it enough. *I only put 800 km up in the last year of ownership - its too hot to ride in summer.

    Home theatre? *What for? *I dont watch much TV and dont watch movies. *A 34 cm screen is big enough for what I want. *I only have a bigger TV for my wife.

    Audio? *Nope. *My stereo was disconnected for 10 years after return from Norfolk Island. *It only got reconnected so my son could listen to it whilst recovering from a motorbike accident.

    Electronics? *Nope. *Ive become almost a Luddite and cant get excited about electronics anymore. * My electronics workshop rarely ever gets used. *I should sell off all my test equipment.

    Photography? *Dunno when I last used my SLR cameras. *

    Sport? *Ive never played sport (not even at school) and never watch it (anything) live *or on TV .

    Cooking? *Not interested at all.

    Fishing? *What a waste of time - I dont like fish. *I last went fishing 45 years ago.


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    other than coffee:

    ~Photography: have a Nikon D70s which I use a bit
    ~Video Editing: Do a bit of this... still learning a lot though
    ~Cooking: I LOVE TO COOK!! (not boring meals though) I really enjoy knocking up a massive feast for friends. I cook the everyday boring meals too though cause it means i dont have to clean :D
    ~Wine: yeah... when I can afford it (same goes for the last point too!)
    ~Computer Gaming: Gotta love a bit of F.E.A.R. :D I actually run a summer camp for gamers where they bring a computer for 4 days and plug into our purpose build network. We do lots of gaming but also plenty of other things to get them outside and interacting (like Laser Skirmish! FUN!)

    not sure what else but I echo Cremaholic with Carpe Diem!!

    Edit: Gadgets... love my gadgets (again, when the funding committee allows)

    andrew

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    Briefly and in order of passion.

    I am a "Jesus freak" He is my all and everything.
    My beautiful wife who is a cop and my very testing 7 children
    coffee and all that goes with it and lots of it
    my honda 1000 and I love adrenaline
    I grind my own wheat and make awesome bread
    I brew my own ginger beer and yes some of it is alcoholic.
    four stage reverse osmosis water purifier
    german shepherd who loves coffee beens

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    Brisbane Courier Mail Thurs 6/sep page 11 theres a photo of my wife and Children for any interested parties......... Ray.

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    I love movies, and because I live out of town I end up buying the DVD as it is 150km to go to the movies. I have 500 movies last count. That is not counting boxed sets eg ER, MASH, Stargate, Farscape, Cheers etc too numerous to mention. I also have a weakness for Cookbooks have at least 100. If I can get out of a shop without a cookbook or a DVD it is a good day. I also love to change around furniture as they say a change is as good as a holiday. Of course my aim is to make the best coffee as I live so far away from where you can get one when I am not working, as I work on a farm out of town and after work everything is closed. My new interest is getting fit.

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    hmmm...
    in a word gadgetry

    many years of model aircraft (walk toward your crashes) currently turbine powered model helicopters (trying to turn it into a business...)

    cycling (road), great camaraderie and good excuse for coffee after ..

    Wine
    Music/hi fi
    photography


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    Like Ray C, I"m livin for the Big Man Upstairs.

    I do a lot of skateboarding - mostly Old school skating. Being born in 1980 and having a mum who working in a Skate/surf shop, I grew up with skateboarding in my blood. I collect skateboards, old ones, and have a collection of Christian Hosoi skateboards, amongst my 20 or so.
    I also do a lot of Longboard skating also. Bombing hills (not people) on my longboard... well one of them anyway.
    Along with that I also do a lot of surfing.

    Just keepin it real.

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    Im another of the CS Christians (Im surprised there are so many actually!) and Im into the following stuff:

    - Coffee....oh, apart from coffee?
    - Vodka
    - Whisky
    - Chefs Knives
    - Cooking
    - Sailing, Skiing, Football (the round ball game)
    - Photography
    - Cats
    - Music
    - Cycling
    - Hiking
    - Spending time with my wife
    - Hi-fi

    The general rule of thumb, is "If I can be a snob about it, I enjoy it"....
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