Today we kick off our inaugural “Me Time” Monday. Today’s daily topic is all about the things we do in life for no other reason than we enjoy. In other words, a hobby. The original name for this series was “Man Time Monday” which seemed a little less-serving, but perhaps slightly sexist. I’m open to suggestion here on the name, and may just change it back if no one objects.
AG Needs You!
Look, there’s only so many things I can write about that I used to enjoy doing before this website consumed every spare moment of my life. I’m guessing our readership has some amazingly interesting hobbies that our fellow members would enjoy hearing about. If you have an interesting hobby let me know, we want to share your story.
Some Things We’ll be Talking About
If you haven’t heard, I’m building a car
Last year I made the worst decision of my life. I bought a project car. For $350 a 1959 Rambler seemed like a project I could get out of without losing by butt if I decided it wasn’t worth the hassle. I can assure you that is no longer the case. The only saving grace at this point is that my wife loves this little coupe, and is really looking forward to taking the family out for nice Sunday cruises.
Fortunately for me, she hasn’t paid a whole lot of attention to the parts that have been accumulating in the garage. Nor has she expressed much interest in learning more about my plans for the car. Had she, the likelihood of her continuing to be on board with this project might start to diminish. I would assume she is imagining a classically restored cruiser with plush bench seats floating down the highway with a nice era-appropriate Seafoam Green paint job and chrome hubcaps. I won’t disclose much detail for now, but as this project has started to take shape I am beginning to wonder if she will ever ride in it more than just once.
I’m all about that BBQ Life
Two years ago I joined a team at the American Royal, and have been hooked on Competition BBQ ever since. We completed our first year of competition last year and have come a long way in a short time, starting out in the bottom 5 of every category quite often and ending up taking home ribbons and trophies as the year wound down. Its tough competition, and nothing less than perfection, with a side dish of luck, will end up with less than desirable scores.
At the end of the day, however, I’m not doing it to make a career out of it, or to become some rich and famous Pit Master. No, much like golf, BBQ Competitions are just a really good excuse to spend the weekend with some friends sharing a few beers and trying to perfect the art of Que. And also, its an obsession. Hopefully we’ll get a few of you out there on the competition circuit by the time its all said and done.
Who’s got the Pew?
There’s nothing better than Gunday Sunday, piling up the pill spitters on a tailgate and letting lose in a field. No points, no winning, no expectations. See target, hit target. And it you got the right targets, watch target explode.
With any luck we can organize a few range days during the offseason once the weather warms up; but not a moment sooner. With any luck Berserker will swing by to help share the story of the first time we got together at the range. Freezing temps, a steep icing hill to descend, and some Japanese men in town on business he was hosting who had never so much as seen a firearm, who were all apparently big John Wayne (the original John Wick) fans.
Then there’s AG…
For the last three months, this website has been the largest time consumer in my life. While at times trying, the process has also resulted in a lot of fun, and led me to learning and doing new things I never would have imagined myself doing. I mean, I suddenly have a film studio in my basement for creating content for our Youtube channel.
It amazes me how far this has come in such a short amount of time. Sometimes I go back and watch all the videos in chronological order just to see the learning curve taking place. Like all things AG, it started with the “why can’t we do that?” mentality and quickly progressed from “I really suck at this” to “I think this can be a thing”. So as we go through the offseason, along with the content we release on the channel, I hope to take you behind the scenes and see how we do what we do, and also give you a glimpse at the hilarity that takes place when we get together. I’ve been stockpiling a nice collection of bloopers and out takes we’ll be sharing. If you haven’t already, please visit our Youtube channel here and subscribe. We spend a lot of time working on this and your participation is what keeps us going.