“Me Time” Mondays

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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.

What hobby did you spend time on this weekend?

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chief_curmudgeon
chief_curmudgeon

Hobbies are hard to come by while in school but here are some of my interests:

Embedded Systems
Data Science
Linux Development
Reading
Woodworking (hand tools)
Cinema
Homesteading

… and the like.

KC_SunDevil
KC_SunDevil

I mostly just post stray comments on a Chiefs fan website. It’s pretty awesome. Look it up.
https://www.arrowheadguys.com

MasterChief
MasterChief

Time? Hobbies? What are these fanciful things of which you speak?

NHChiefsfan
NHChiefsfan

I play guitar mostly. I play lead and rhythm guitar and acoustic both pick and fingerstyle. I also play some bass. Rock and metal are my mainstays but I also dabble a lot in blues and even a little country and classical.

HawaiiFiveOh
HawaiiFiveOh

My latest hobby has been shoveling snow. I’ve done it 4 times in the past week (Monday-Monday)

upamtn

LOL

tecmo_sb35
tecmo_sb35

Sounds familiar. This weekend I heard GRRM based Winterfell on his time in Dubuque, IA.

upamtn

that car … wtf IS it??? and props for wanting to restore anything that’s older than you …

my Wed morning radio show, and pretty much everything else I do in terms of blues (concert and blues festival work, CD reviews, videos of local artists, monthly BORED meetings for Colorado Blues Society {and everyone involved with that is a volunteer}) … all of it is strictly on a volunteer basis … and why? because I flat-out love it

also have an ongoing car project: 1963 Willys … CJ-6 Jeep (almost done, yay!)

CHIEFSandSABRES

Taught the boys of our TraillifeUSA troop swimming requirements and rules for their Swimming Badge. I haven’t done any organized water safety stuff since I was in the Marines, so it was great to get back in the pool. Couple weeks ago gave them a class on knives. Brought all kinds of knives, filet knives, deer cleaning knives, camp axes and whatnot. It was fun.

Straybrit
Straybrit

Did another brew yesterday. 5 gallons of goodness bubbling downstairs. Though I’m still (re)learning the beer making thing I’m happy to share – either the methods or the result.

Shooting is always good – or it will be when my elbow finishes the recovery phase. 13 months so far. Protip for y’all – once you hit 60 you can’t get away with pushing 4000+ practice rounds plus matches through the 45 every year. Unless your technique is perfect – and possibly not even then. If I don’t get practicing soon I’m not gonna make the nationals for a second year – which will really piss me off.

I can find some recipes as well I think – especially for chili.

QuackTastic
QuackTastic

I like to cook. From steaks to jerky to homemade pizza or pasta, pretty much anything that tastes good. Only thing I haven’t dabbled in is smoking meats, which I appreciate the knowledge I’m learning here. My wife runs a food blog on the side and I provide lots of recipes for it. TheFullTable.com

We appreciate all your hard work Tony and the rest of your staff as well.

Tyrone
Tyrone

Maaaaaaan I’m so hungry after looking at that site now.

QuackTastic
QuackTastic

Thanks bruh

tsv0728
tsv0728

I feel like I’m playing one of those “how many squares do you see” facebook posts trying to spot all of your pistols.

tsv0728
tsv0728

Snowboarding at Breckenridge was my weekend. Snow wasn’t great, but my friend’s kids were up with us, and it’s fun watching them learn, and watching them decide which risks they are willing to take and which they aren’t. They’ll be better than me soon, and certainly braver. It’s nice to see a new generation enjoying something that has been a big part of my free time for so long. It’s especially nice to see a whole bunch of American kids without phones attached to their nose.

Leaf
Leaf

I’m a hardcore nerd, so I’m not sure that many of my hobbies would necessarily fit here.

Tony Sommer

When we were talking about offseason topics I had some ideas I could do, but I realized that they were not really relevant to football or KC and that few would be interested.

VChiefsFan
VChiefsFan

Uh Oh, is this place big enough for more than one nerd? 😛

Falldown_Boy
Falldown_Boy

So many things come to mind, with the thought of me time and hobbies. When you get to thinking back on the hobbies you’ve enjoyed, still enjoy and even things you’ve moved on from. It’s interesting to see how your interests have, changed or evolved as time goes on. My first real hobby was video games. Having grown up in the country, with the closest person my age being miles away and not having a hand held device that allowed you stay in contact. I turned to videogames. Many hours have been spent trying to stop BO in Tecmo Bowl, finally making it to the fight with Tyson only to get destroyed immediately or trying to find out all the secrets in the Super Mario or Donkey Country levels. I still have a modest collection of now “retro” gaming consoles, if time should ever allow me to indulge in again. Playing pool is another good one. From just smacking balls around the table, to actually learning the game. Played in several leagues and tournaments, especially just something fun to do with friends. Then there’s the hobby that brings us all here, Sports! More specifically the love for Chiefs! Currently, the most enjoyable hobby I have going, reminiscing with a few of my good friends (looking at you Tony) about all the things we used to have time and the financial ability to do. Life, families and careers has a way of dictating what you’re able to do. Some of the best times is just swapping stories, while enjoying some cold frosty brews. I’m going to advocate for reminiscing, to be considered a legitimate hobby. 🍻

tecmo_sb35
tecmo_sb35

Bo knows…TSB. So many classic rosters; that game never gets old.

Nasrani
Nasrani

I listen to – and collect – obscene amounts of classic rock. Seriously, anytime there’s a reissue, I’m all over it.

I also enjoy reading, something I’ve gotten back into lately, and hanging out with my wife. We enjoy visiting corners of the US we’ve never been to – all we need to do now is check out the Northeast and Northwest, and we’ll have been to every corner (note I didn’t say every state, that’s coming) of the country.

Aside from that, homework, and language maintenance. Because a language isn’t like a bike – you can actually lose your ability to speak whatever language (aside from your mother tongue) you’ve learned.

upamtn

I listen to – and collect – obscene amounts of classic rock

you’d love my collection … digital, mind you, but I’ve got just about EVERYTHING you can imagine (short of Rap and Soul) going back to 1900

Mitko
Mitko

Get ready for some D&D y’all!

Leaf
Leaf

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ElPasoJason
ElPasoJason

Haven’t played D&D since elementary. I’d be down to give it another go.

MasterChief
MasterChief

Is that your orc character double-fisting the strength potions?

Leaf
Leaf

Stone Cold Elixir of Ass Whooping: Upon consumption, this elixir grants 3x normal strength for 16 mins.

slackator
slackator

waiting until March or so for my DM to get back from somewhere in the Middle East, then my Saturdays are filled with Dungeons and a dragon that I will have my revenge on.

Im single and I know it

CHIEFSandSABRES

I remember playing a version of D&D that was based on Vampires one summer. Couldn’t tell you the name of the game now, but same premise as D&D with the books and DM and all.

slackator
slackator

Vampire Masquerade maybe?

CHIEFSandSABRES

Just looked it up, and that was it!

KC_SunDevil
KC_SunDevil

Played that live action in a downtown weekend once. It was more fun than sitting around a table rolling d20’s I promise you.

CHIEFSandSABRES

Man last summer I organized a Risk game night. Being 34, I remember the good old days of getting a $10 stuffed crust pizza from Pizza Hut, some A&W Root beer and playing Risk all night. I asked some of the other guys my age, and several were interested. So I cleaned out a spot in the garage, set up a table and had everyone over. Played until about 3 in the morning.
We’ve had 4 other games so far. It’s fun.

upamtn

RISK! used to have all-night games in college … when we weren’t doing all-night games of Spades

CHIEFSandSABRES

Played spades everyday on ship heading to Iraq. The official card game of the Marine Corps.

VChiefsFan
VChiefsFan

Pinochle, I can’t remember all the times I played pinochle in the Air Force. Seems like everyday for like………. 10 years. LOL.

ElPasoJason
ElPasoJason

I was afraid to click on this article as “me time” generally has a different meaning for me.

YOLO though, amirite?

Glad I took the plunge. The topics you discussed above are all things I’m interested in doing more of now that my kid is an adult …….

I was going to say shes out of the house but she came home and is going to community college to get her nursing degree.

In the meantime, I generally lurk around here with you guts, go to games of the junior hockey league team we have here in town and hang out with friends. Cribbage is one of the games we play regularly.

ChiefUdall
ChiefUdall

Echo Gunday Sunday here. Love building guns, shooting guns, hunting and fishing. Give me the outdoors over anything else.

Yoshii
Yoshii

my hobby is writing…..in what way could thyat be interesting for this site?