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I’m not sure that going to your favorite watering hole or bar every day is classified as a hobby, yet I feel it could be. And watching the dancing girls in the Barrio here on the Island of Luzon, I know is a hobby, and a good one at that. Yet both can be very costly, in money, health, and of course a very angry wife. So let’s move on to a list that might keep us out of a tight spot.

Fishing as a hobby may be relaxing and the benefit is free food, well not exactly free as there is the cost of the equipment either buying or renting, and of course beer is also an important part of fishing but that cost is deferred. So you head to the beach or pier with your gear and beer and sit for a few hours, the line in the water (bait is optional) enjoying the view of the pretty girls on the beach, and having a cold beer. It’s cheaper than the bars! And if you don’t catch any fish, just stop at the market and buy one that can be your secret.

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Horseshoe chucking, this is a hobby that involves both exercise and concentration, and not to forget that beer is an important part of this hobby. The great thing about pitching horseshoes is you don’t have to be good, as close counts, especially after the beer is factored in. All that is required is (1) horseshoes, (2) a couple pieces of rebar (look up on your wall, and I know there is some sticking out) and some sand. Or you could forget about playing, and sit in your yard and drink beer.

Darts, this is a great way to pass the time and is a good sport also. For this you need a dart board and some darts, and a blackboard (how politically incorrect I am) to keep your score. Again beer is a most important part of the game of Darts. The more beer the harder it is to keep scores. It is good for you, as it teaches eye hand control, except for, again the beer factor. Also you can join a team and play as a group in different bars. True story, I owned a bar in Puerto Rico, and we had a dart team, which I was a member. We took the boat to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands to play some bars there. My buddy Mike and I had a 3 hour wait before we were up. So we bar hopped around the area and then went back to play. Not a good idea as we were both very “OVERSERVED” and could not see the board let alone hit it. Mike and I were kicked off my own bars team!

Model Railroading, is a hobby that requires a vast amount of money, time and hard work. Also you need a very large space to build it. Electoral knowledge is required, and beer is not a major part of this hobby. Let’s move on!

Wood working can be a great hobby, and the benefit is you get to use the things you build. All that is needed is a large amount of expensive tools, and a place to work. Wood may be purchased on the side of the road, in the second hand wood joints, by the kilo, not by the board. I found this out the hard way. I know you’re gonna’ ask, is beer is part of this hobby? Yes and its use will be directly propionate to the amount of injuries sustained by hammers and saws, to you personage while performing your tasks.

Jogging as a hobby is just a bad idea, you can’t drink a beer while running, and the same goes for swimming. Again, let’s move on.

Dog Rearing: Not quite sure if it’s a hobby, but studies prove that you will live longer if you have dogs. As it was told to me by a friend (Tom can I say your name?) If you want sex, get a woman, if you want unconditional love, get a dog! The beer factor comes into play with dogs also. I like to sit and play around with my dogs in the yard and enjoy a canned consumable. Rum works just as well!

Alright I’m done for now, and what did we learn? The watering holes and dancing girls will always be the best choice. And after all, they are part of the reason we choose to live here!

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Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson; has resided in the Philippines since 1993, living close to Subic Bay. I’m married to a wonderful girl named Maria (AKA Mayang).Who is from Gordon Heights in Olongapo where she grew up with her Mom & Dad and seven siblings Our two daughters are both grown up and have left the nest, the eldest married to a wonderful guy named Chris, and they have blessed us with our granddaughter Heather Colleen Our youngest daughter and her husband Cecil have blessed us with a grandson named. Jayden Logan. I’m a retired U.S. NAVY Senior Chief after 22 years of active duty. After retirement from the Navy I lived for 7 years in Puerto Rico as a Night Club owner. Then Hurricane Hugo told me to find a new line of work, I was hired by Military Sealift Command and went back to sea in Asia as a Merchant Seaman for 10 years. After 30 plus years at sea I buried my anchor on a mountain in the Philippines and am now residing in Dinalupihan (or DinBat for short), Roosevelt, Bataan where we built our home. And last but not least, anything I writes will be pure "Tongue in Cheek "If anybody is offended, I'll lose no sleep over it, but here's a quick Mea Culpa in advance!

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jan cook
jan cook
11 years ago

You forgot about the poker games with the boys. You got to have chips and dip.{not talking about your friends} and you can’t forget the beer. Win or lose you still can drink the beer..It’s all about the beer. I like your site, keep up the good work.J.C.

John in Austria
11 years ago

Hi Paul,

Beer is a “lubricant” isn’t it? It can help in all sports, or non-sports such as your sitting on the wharf admiring the girls. As we get older we need more lubricants. I enjoy your style of living (and writing!)

Paul
Paul
11 years ago

Hi Paul – Of course, another hobby is homebrewing. Once you get your hobby-brewed beer goggles on, any gal (wife included) looks as good as, if not better then, the dancing girls. 😆

John Rodgers
John Rodgers
11 years ago

John, I keep drinking beer hoping it will lubricate my knees, but no luck so far….lol Darts, My best game of 301 was 11 darts, but only one time. Woodworking, Imagine is all wood, so I am constantly working with wood. I use to butcher, but over time I am improving. Jogging, refer to bad knees again, and more beer. Dogs, I havehard enough time keeping myself together let alone a bunch of four legged friends. Model RR, My brother has worked for the RR for 36 years. We don’tneed it in the family as a hobby. My hobby is… Read more »

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
11 years ago

Hi John;
301 in 11 Darts, I could have used you on my team (former team) down in the Caribbean. You could’ve sailed to the matches. Knees or not, jogging is just bad, unless the guy just stole something and needs to get away. Enjoy the sailing, been there, done that. Even if it was a busman’s holiday for me, after 30 years at sea, sailing had a better smell than ships, and less noise.

Rusty
11 years ago

Paul, I’ve actually been thinking of getting into railroads as a good safe hobby. The expense, yeah that’s an issue. I live in Cebu though and have not seen any kind of model trains here. Anyone known where I can find them? It would be cheaper to do it here and just build up slowly. It wouldn’t all be cheaper but the materials other than the trains would be. Any train hobbyist out there. I need to find something besides the net but I like my hobbies to make money too, I think this one only drains it. LOL I… Read more »

Paul
Paul
11 years ago

Is there nothing? What’s the byword of the Navy?!!

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
11 years ago

Paul;
Could that be “Can Do”?

Paul
Paul
11 years ago

Byword of the Navy: ASK THE CHIEF!

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
11 years ago

Paul;
Why would we ask a Chief? Hell the worked for us. (LOL) I know, I got that one wrong, just something else I “CAN DO”.

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