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Old 2nd September 2002
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What do you do for fun?

What do you guys do for fun when you're not working (as if THAT ever happens)

I used to fly airplanes when I still had the time (and the money), actually owned a few. It totally takes your mind off the studio. When you're up there, your mind HAS to be on flying or you simply die. Lotsa fun.
Old 2nd September 2002
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jon
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What kind of planes did you fly and own? My father was into that...Cessnas and Pipers and Cherokees...we got into some nasty IFR conditions sometimes tho.

I like motorcycles, rollerblading, surfing, snowboarding and sailing little lasers on a hot day with lots of wind. I do urban rollerblading to and from the studio every day for the fun and freedom of it. Sometimes I show up at label meetings on rollers.

Oh, and jamming with my band.

Old 2nd September 2002
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Originally posted by jon
What kind of planes did you fly and own? My father was into that...Cessnas and Pipers and Cherokees...we got into some nasty IFR conditions sometimes tho.
I started with a Cessna 152 when I was learning, then got a Piper Cherokee and a Piper 256. all that (and more) went in a divorce. In '92 I bought a Beechcraft Baron twin engine 6 seater and got my instrument rating in that one. Sold it in 95 when I got into video (even more expensive than airplanes) Now, living in Nashville I wish I still had that Baron, because from here I could be in Miami or NYC in about 3 hours. When you live in LA you have to go over the desert for days before you get anywhere.

My latest plane is called WireWorld Studio (boy, could I have a nice plane for that money).

How is THIS for a gearslut picture:




...and how is this for decadence ( I loved the '80s) heh

Old 2nd September 2002
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I used to race bicycles (road, not mountain), and really should get back into it - it would help me lose the studio fat that's starting to accumulate.:eek:

Ultimate frisbee in summer leagues, lots of reading (lots is a relative term...), try to get some songs written, surf the messageboards, hang with my girlfriend.
Old 2nd September 2002
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Motorcycles. I have had motorcycles since I was a kid. Used to race. Also had a motorcycle shop for years as well as a studio. Clears my head . . . spiritually and physically.

Also, my dog (Giant Schnauzer). He is alot of fun and goes everywhere I go if I am not on a bike. I like working with him (training) or taking him to run. He also goes to work with me daily.

I am also involved in community service work (homeless / addicted men) . . . man, that keeps my ass straightened out and puts everything in perspective for me. I'm clean 11 years myself. It also reminds me that this business or the newest piece of gear is not the only thing in the world.

Things away from this business are the thngs that keep the business fresh for me. I used to be wrapped up in the music business as if it were the only thing in life . . . man it's just what I do for a living. I enjoy it . . . but I enjoy riding my bike much more. I see some of the same guys posting at other forums and I wonder when they have time and is this all they have. Hell if I am not working I don't want to be talking about it. Just for me.

On the other hand . . . I do enjoy recording. There are times (though they are getting further and further apart) when I am recording some great instrument with an amazing artist going through a great mic / and pre to TAPE . . . and being VERY thankful that this is what I do for a living.

Sadly . . the 'business' sucks and music is becoming secondary to the business (video / 'making' stars as oppposed to finding artists) . . . plus machines don't move me (midi / drum machines, DAW etc) so I find myself not enjoying the craft as I did.

Glad you brought this up Michael. Here it is a holiday today and this post reminds me to get the hell off this idiot box (computer) and this life sucker (internet) and go do something good for my soul.

Time for some wind in my face
Old 2nd September 2002
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i havent had the time to do ANYTHING "fun" outside recording [which i find incredibly fun]... i used to mountain bike [as in careening down mountains at high speeds], i bought a skateboard at goodwill for $7 recently with hopes of getting back into that. i used to snow ski but havent been in years now. i was supposed to go waterskiing this summer but havent had the time yet.
Old 2nd September 2002
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I am a gourmond. I eat out as a sort of hobby. I havent cooked more than the occaisional Top Ramen at home for more than 4 years now.

Walking around trendy markets is a regular weekend pastime, a leg stretch, fresh air and LUNCH!

I also enjoy bird watching, which is a favorite Cockeny pastime here in London. There are so many diferent types here in central London, many fly in from overseas.

I am TERRIBLE about getting away.

My ideas for holllidays are:

1) a backstage pass to a rock festival with a hotel room for 4 days (Just came back from Reading - saw Janes Addiction / Strokes / Foo Fighters)

2) a day in Brighton (loooking for Mods to beat up)

3) three days wandering round in an exibition hall looking at audio Gear (AES in LA / NYC / Amsterdam) and meeting up in the eve's for dinner with Forum regulars.

4) I visit NYC once or twice a year. I NEED NYC. My visit to it last Dec was emotional, the airport guys sorta said thanks for comming and I felt like I was supporting the city somehow. It was important for me to go then. I dig the hectic visual & aural stimulation, it oddly makes me feel at peace! (perhaps it matches my caffinated pace) Tokyo is in my sights as a holliday destination soon for the same zaney 'rat race' reason.

Old 2nd September 2002
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Reading is the only outside hobby I really have - fiction, non-fiction - whatever. Give me a book and a few hours on the couch and I'm a happy camper. Last night, I picked up a new novel around 11:30PM, and finished it a little after 3:00AM. Fortunately, today is a holiday in the US, and I knew I wouldn't work (other than checking e-mail and this forum) until tonight.
Old 2nd September 2002
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Fishing. It's the greatest. Take a boat out, and even if you can still "see" land (Los Angeles), you feel taken out of that element.
Old 2nd September 2002
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My free time goes to :


1. My two boys Michael (9) and Anthony (6). Take them out doing fun stuff .... Michael is deciding right now wether he's going to play the piano or play the drums.

2. Fly to the US .... do that as much as possible ...even for short trips like leave friday and come back on monday. My Girlfriend lives there ....

3. play a game of snooker with my friend Dany ... he beats me every time but I forgive him for that.


Hollidays : my dream holliday is one day to rent a nice minivan in the US and drive around a coupleof states for a month or 2. get away from everything .... I'll do it one day ....

I like to go on short skying trips during the winter ...

Oh, did I mention going out to a concert / play / movie... can be anything : Opera, theater, pop / jazz / rock / ... concerts in stadiums or smokey bars ... I have the upmost respect for any type of performing arts ... I LOVE it ....
Old 2nd September 2002
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jon
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Some sexy avionics in that Baron, Michael...and the photo of the 152 next to the Rolls is hilarious. Reminds me of one 80s-success client we have...sometimes he shows up in his white Rolls, sometimes in his black one.

Chris, that's a very cool idea....back in '91 my girlfriend and I rented a van for 6 weeks and we did Oregon to Arizona via Calif and Utah with no plans and no schedule. Best vacation I probably ever had...
Old 3rd September 2002
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I'm really lucky that we're about 3 blocks from the beach. Great surf and sightseeing...I'll make it a point to walk the dog (aussie cattle dog , Aggie) every 3 hours or so, maybe take a quick dip, got a little loop that takes us down the boardwalk and back.
My love is cycling...Mtn biking (racing the 24 hour events but not in shape to this year as I've been on my ass in the studio -new gig as engineer)
Used to race road, love to bicycle tour....pack the gear on the bike and see the country at a leisurly pace. I bought a really cool fold up bike called the "Bike Friday" and take that on the road gigs. So far I've riddien the south of France, Miami, and around various towns in the states during these weekend one-offs.
Just sold the motorcycle.. had a nasty drop last year and took that as an omen. I'll stik with pedals for now.
Also just celebrated our first wedding annivesary by taking 3 days off to kick back at a b+b up in Big Bear.Got my growing ass back on the bike for the first time in 3 months....felt great.
My new project besides building a mobile PT/5.1 mix rig for the truck and home is restoring a 1968 Apache pop up trailer. Got the cusions being redone in tijuana (classic Roberto's Taco Shop red,yellow and orange) and building new cabinetry. We love to camp in the local mountains and the intent is to keep the pop up stocked and ready to rock for the occasional weekend trip. cool thread, hope you all make it a point to get out of "mole mode" Craig Zarkos
Proxy Music
Oceanside CA.
Old 3rd September 2002
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toy trains...specifically, models in HO scale...buying crap at the local Toyz-R-Us and 'modifying' the cars by making them look like the real things...I try to get down to the graffiti as well on some of the boxcars...experimenting with track layouts...that kinda stuff. Relatively inexpensive, very relaxing. That, and absorbing as much Star Trek and its spinoffs as cable TV allows...

Not much time for that stuff anymore, though...
Old 3rd September 2002
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Today i had more fun than I have had in ages, yeard work with my wife, my 2 yearold daughter and a new puppy... then into the pool ( I put it in in May, this is about the 8th time I have been in it....)with all the above and my 1 yr old son fresh from a nap

Also had some good friends over for a bbq and swim in the afternoon. why cant everyday be today?
Old 3rd September 2002
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It's obvious that we have to MAKE time for these things as it seems most of us are working night and day. I'm in the studio from early in the morning to early the next morning but I MAKE time for other things, or TRY to. I allocate time (certain days I do not book at a given time, no matter what) as it is time I put aside for other things.

Lukas (dog) has to run every day so that gets me to the park daily.

One thing that I try is . . . when I don't have to work . . . get away from it. Hard to do at times, as I always feel the need to hustle. Also . . get involved in other things . . . during down times, I don't JUST go to places / forums etc that are ONLY about recording or music.

And the frikkin' internet . . . geez what a life drainer that is. I check my mail, hit New York Times, check Gearslutz, maybe read Mixerman's quest with Blood Fart or whatever the band is called and try to get off. I don't have time to screw with the internet, though many of my clients come from the net so I have to spend a percentage there.

I would be interested in what percentage of monies brought in are put back into our businesses as opposed to other interests. Sad to say . . . I bet most of us drop most of our dough into our businesses on things not really needed compared to things that could bring living quality up.

I just bought over $4000 worth of **** for the studio that, though useful, could have been spent on some other items to make personal life a bit more interesting (maybe a motorcycle trip to the Greek Isles). Plus, the $4000 outlay did not make my rates go up, so is it worth it? Not like we don't have everything you need to make a record here. Many times these purchases are just to get a new boner to record as it is something new to get excited about . . . . not a need item.
Old 3rd September 2002
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Hey, nice thread. I also like to get the bicycle out and do some road riding. I've got a Pinarello (Montello, all campy) which is a very traditional steel frame road bike.

Every couple of years I like to go to Roma for a couple of weeks 'cause I love the city and the people and the cappucino... I try to get up to NYC for a weekend every now and then (just 'cause it's such an amazing place!).

My dog, a big Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Trajan, and I go on a walk every morning about 1.5 miles. It's a great way to start the day, really clears the cobwebs out.

As much as I love the gear and the studio talk there are only a few people who understand what I do and fewer still who want to talk about it.
Old 3rd September 2002
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Y'know what's really pathetic... I usually end up at another studio saying what's up to frineds...
yuktyy
Old 3rd September 2002
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I suppose I'm typical Texas stock.

Running through the gears (way too fast) in my convertible Z28 or down at the target range punching holes in things with exotic handguns and rifles. Like someone else mentioned, both are endeavors that require total concentration. No thinking about studio poop while in a 4 wheel drift on public streets, now is there?

Just to keep from being too predictable, I do read fiction fairly often to take my mind to another place.


Regards,
Brian T
Old 3rd September 2002
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I'll agree with Jules in the go out for food hobby - friends and I happen to love to eat, and good food at that.

My hobby of the last year is Sushi, and should be called a habit.

Going out for Sushi is an incredible peace of mind, stepping into a different world, the hot towel, the serenity of the service, and of course the delicacy.

I am one who will often tell you it is more about a positive state of mind, and doing what you love - over money, yet every time I go for sushi I tend to wish I was doing something that could afford the big boat and perhaps some suki.

happiness = all you can eat sushi
Old 3rd September 2002
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I'm pretty simple. I like to just spend time at home with my wife and pets. I've got Huskies that love to play, or go for walks. We like to go to the movies. My wife and I make it a point to go out to breakfast on Sundays. Sessions don't start until 2:00 or so on Sundays.

If I'm stressed out either some time playing my drums or driving my RX7 way too fast through the country seems to help a lot.

I also go up to Chicago about once every 2-3 months and do the "big rock night" with my brother. We usually go see bands at 3-5 clubs and then eat greasy food at 4:00AM. We then go to his house and hang out until the sun comes up. The next day I go see the folks and get some of Moms cooking.yuktyy
Old 3rd September 2002
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Whenever I'm in the middle of a session the only thing I have to look forward to is going to the gym before bed. I usually dont get to go till about 2 am, but it feels real nice to burn some calories before going to sleep. I hate the feeling of sitting all day in front of the console, getting up driving home, laying down and going to sleep. So normally I'll hit the treadmill for about a 3 mile jog or if my ankle hurts (which it has been lately) about 12 miles on an excerise bike. Then a little weight lifting and I feel excited about going to bed.

Other then that hobbies revolve around my dog who goes everywhere with me, including the studio. She's the most fun dog alive. She went thru this horrible puppy stage where she chewed up close to 1000 dollars worth of equipment (she's a pitbull and they can destroy stuff when they want) but now she makes life way more fun for me.

But women definetly go high on my list. That and occasionally getting to go on small tours. Its always rough, but it gives me a chance to play some drums and have fun with my good friends I normally dont get a chance to see all the time. Oh and the women are always fun toogrggt Somehow life always feels exciting for me though.

Oh **** and tattoos are a real hobby for me. I have about 70 hours of good work on me from well known artists. No cheesy spread out stuff, but a full leg sleeve, half sleeve on my arm and half my back. Next I have money that isnt going towards equipment I'll finish off the rest of my arm. ONE day I'll have both legs both arms chest and back done by amazing artists, but like equipment that **** is EXPENSIVE. The artist doing my forearm is $250 an hour, but totally worth it.
Old 3rd September 2002
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Originally posted by JayCrouch
happiness = all you can eat sushi
I fully agree with that one.

Reading through all the posts, it looks like almost everybody here has a dog. I got two myself. Is that an engineer/producer thing, or are we just "nice people"? heh
Old 3rd September 2002
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Real happyness = all you can eat sushi and non grumpy koreans serving it! (very rare!)

Old 3rd September 2002
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Quote:
Originally posted by Jules
Real happyness = all you can eat sushi and non grumpy koreans serving it! (very rare!)
Wow, things must be different overseas (or mabye it's just your crew!)

Here in CT - the few Sushi places I frequent, the staff is actually too nice - to the point where you feel you are being over-pampered, it's a wierd feeling to have people bow to you (especially if you are just came off a session involving fatties)

I reccomend that people take a look at the dessert menu next time they are out for sushi. Try the green tea ice cream, subtle flavor yet from what I have had it is quite savory...

Happiness = a big ball of wassabi
Old 3rd September 2002
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Real Hapiness : a bar of Cote d'Or.
Old 3rd September 2002
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I've wanted to work with recording since I was 12. But for awhile I was afraid I wouldnt be able to make enough to live off of so I went to cooking school for a year before I decided to just risk it and throw myself headfirst into recording.

But anyways food is a lot of fun for me. Most of my non music friends either own or work at very hip resteraunts/bars, so good food is always around. One day I'd love to get some of my friends together to open up a resteraunt just to give us all more of a reason to hang out together.

As for sushi, theres so few places that serve decent stuff. Quality ingredients are still pretty hard for average american resteraunts to get, so unless you are in a big city or go to a really upscale place I dont think its very good. So generally for me around here I stick to california rolls, but when I go visit family in spain theres this amazing place we always go to that gets fresh fish straight from the mediteranean. You can REALLY tell a difference.
Old 3rd September 2002
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**** I dunno, lately: hanging with the wife, target practice, messing with the backyard pond/japanese garden, running the dogs, reading, and preparing for a new addition to the family. Ultrasound on thursday news at 11:00.
Old 3rd September 2002
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Congrats Fibes... good Luck!.

( And you thought being a gearslut was expensive.......)
Old 4th September 2002
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Quote:
Originally posted by Fibes
Ultrasound on thursday news at 11:00.
so the news is hitting the newstand now eh?
Old 4th September 2002
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"Real happyness = all you can eat sushi and non grumpy koreans serving it! (very rare!)"

This is a jibe because of my experiences in NYC.

Sushi - is great!

So are Koreans! (great firery / garlic barbeque! and Kim Chi)

IT"S ALLLLLLLLL GOOD!
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