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half diminished

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.....what else do you do?

Just wondered what else you lot do in your spare time and for a living?

I work in IT (software sales) and in my spare time I'm a semi pro photographer though I don't do much paid work these days as I have little spare time since taking up the saxophone! :w00t:

Looking to take many more photos this year though.
 

Nick Cook

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I work in IT too :(, as QA software engineer.

I've just taken up archery, and really enjoying that. And I run, swim, cycle and do the occasional triathlon (injuries permitting - I am getting on a bit!!)
 

Mamos

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I work in graphic design specialising in vector graphics. I also run a sign business with my wife Jules.

I do a lot of single speed cycling and longer distance running which I am trying to step up a little now and looking to do some ultra distance races.

I am also into aircooled VWs.

I have let the sax slip a little over the last month or so as work and running have taken over somewhat but I am working towards taking a back seat in the sign business over the coming months and hope to work from home more so I can spend more time with the sax

mamos
 

ArtyLady

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When I'm not playing the sax ;} I work as a self employed artist, I'm studying a degree with the OU, I ride a motorcycle and I'm a grandmother (growing old completely disgracefully! :D)
 

Jules

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my day job is well known to most of you (for anyone who doesn't know, I work at sax.co.uk), aside from playing the sax (plus flute, harmonicas, guitar & musical saw).
Aside from that- and lots of gigging- most of my life is taken up by being a dad to a very perky & lively 4 year old. Other interests- I'm a movie buff, cook & occassionally writing for computer games...
 

Bude Bill

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I play golf three times a week, beginning at 7:45am each day so that gives me the afternoon for the housework, walking the dogs and sax. practice. Being a beginner this usually takes a couple of hours. Apart from that I like to get out and about (Ite and Abite as Charlie would put it) in Cornwall.
 

SLoB

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Judging by the number of posts you have made today you either have too much time on your hands or a long lunch break. :)

I am a Chartered Building Surveyor and I specialise in historic buildings - so usually good fun and interesting. If you wander over to www.periodproperty.co.uk you will see my ugly mug as I am the 'Agony Uncle' for that website.

What spare time??

I play sax when I can (not as often as I would like). I used to do watercolour painting, but not done some for a while and looking to get the paints out again soon. Nick, I used to do archery, but again not done any for a few years. On a stressful day I used to imagine the client on the bull >:) - my scores were then much better!!

I have a wife and three daughters (now late teens/early 20s) and recently got a puppy (now 3 months old).

Planning my 50th birthday bash over the next few evenings.

That's it in a nutshell.

Stephen
 

jadoube

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When not practicing I play a board game known variously as Weiqi, Baduk or Go - depending on which part of Asia you're in. I used to gow bonsai trees but most died from neglect due to time spent practicing sax.

My job is difficult to define. Lets say its human geography - making educated guesses about which people where are likely to feel, do, earn, buy... .
 

dooce

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When I can fit other stuff around the sax lessons and gigs/rehearsals for 2 bands (and an occasional third), basically, I sleep......I wish.

I am a project manager working for a practice that manages various construction projects, and currently I am working on 2 carehomes for the elderly. I am also a BREEAM assessor, which involves assessing the environmental impact of building projects.

I've got a motorbike, 1 handsome son, 2 glamorous, noisy step-daughters (all 20+), a spotty dog who joins in when I practice, and a cat whose idea of heaven is to sleep all day in the dirty washing basket.

Oh, and a fabulous, tolerant, funny, clever, gorgeous wife :)
 

Phil Edwards

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Good question. Most of the time I'm a business advisor, specifically working with medium sized manufacturers, even more specifically ones in low-volume, high technology industries (that's my background - design, development, and manufacturing in the UHV sector). And some of the time I teach sax, generally to adult beginners as they are the most fun to teach.

And I love tinkering with cars and motorbikes. Just about finished my last bike project (a 1979 Honda CB650), and just bought another, a 1985 Yam XJ600 soon to be cafe-racer'd). I don't ride them, just enjoy building them.

Plus ferrying around son (age 17) and daughter (age 14) to work / horse sanctuary / horse riding / agility classes for new dog / friends houses etc. etc.

Oh, mustn't forget to mention the wife of 19 years too - she runs her own business from home too - virtual assistant and CV writing.

Phil
 
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Pee Dee

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Sax playing and music is the main thing since I retired. Try to get in an hour or so a day. Play second tenor in a swing learning band, with the occasional gig, don't get paid though:(
Still holding on to my PCV licence, comes in handy for a little extra money for holidays, on call with the local coach company for the occasional school run, covering sickness, and holidays by the regular drivers. In fact driving the hop on, hop off bus round the steam rally at Blandford next Saturday. Get to see the show for free!:welldone
When I'm not playing, I'm downloading it from the internet, and putting it on BIAB to transpose to several keys, then printing it out to play.
Other hobbies? Have done a little watercolour painting, will do it again sometime. Amateur radio, or a 'ham', but not been on the air for some years. Might go back to that again, but don't have an antenna up at the moment, and it can be a bit expensive, so will see....
Have a fish pond in the garden, that interests me, and grow a few flowers.
Also have had a go at pottery, got the kiln, the clay, the wheel waiting in the workshop I built, so another one on standby. Tried several hobbies over the years, but seem to have ended up with the computer and the sax and music being the main one now.
The wife and I, we like to go out to different towns, and check the charity shops for music, books, cd's etc, and love to have a drink and a snack in the various little tea rooms and cafes in the lovely market towns and villages around this area of Dorset. We're lucky to live in such a nice area, plenty to do.
Well that's about it, retirement is great. But those who have some more years to go yet, make sure you've got money saved for it, as with all the spare time on your hands, it can be expensive, doing all the things you wanted to do;}
I've not bought the motorbike yet though, don't think the missus would allow:(
 

jonf

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I run a medical research database. I make sure I play sax every day, and apart from that I have a couple of motorbikes, and a couple of kids, both primary school age. They keep me very busy. Although I still think of myself as young(ish) (OK, mid 40s) I feel that I've become a bit of an old fart. Favourite daytime passtime is taking the Mrs F and the kids round National Trust places. Whatever happened to that wild young man? Other than that I seem to spend an inordinate amount of time and money on eating and drinking wine. Continuing the old fart theme I've grown fond of gardening. Clinging on to my youth, I listen to loads of music, mostly indie rock, although quite a bit of sax stuff s well now.

Life as an old fart feels pretty good to me:D
 

Sue

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I worked in banking for almost 30 years and am now a housewife. Have 2 dogs and a wonderful husband to keep me busy. I love to garden and grow veg. I'm into most of the arts and paint in oils and/or acrylics as well as dabbling in photography but am almost entirely digital now(the photography not me). Took an music diploma with the OU and am pondering on my next course(s) - possibly creative writing? Curretnly redecorating the entire house which is time consuming as I keep changing my mind over the schemes despite having several mood boards! Oh well - all good fun.
 

Martin

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I often describe myself as a professional bum/vagabond/drifter...any of those would do to describe the antics of my adult life...sailing here and there...finding work where I could...busking otherwise. I set off from Rye in East Sussex in 1992 in a replica of an old fishing boat, which I'd built largely myself. Found my way down to Lisbon in Portugal, where I met a beautiful girl who later became my wife. We entered the Med...busking during the summer season in Majorca...£100 per day, 6 days per week...easy life...raised enough cash to sail to the Caribbean...worked a few years up and down the West Indies, checked out Venezuela then back to Portugal where my son was born. Into the Med again...a season of busking in Majorca...saved enough to take the French canals back to England during the winter. Back down to Lisbon...worked a year or so...bought another old boat to restore...then off to Brazil, before cruising up the coast back to the Caribbean...been here a couple of years now and I'm almost respectable...manager of a sail loft at a boat yard...check out www.grenadamarine.com

Our son is 11 now. We educate him ourselves using 'Calvert' an American correspondence course. It's quite a lot of work; we start the day with maths at 06:30 in the morning so that I can get off to work by 8. Bela, my wife then takes him through the other subjects and generally finishes by about mid day. The results are excellent...

My son is fanatical about the guitar, my wife is learning clarinet and recently alto sax. We fight for who's going to practice next in our 34 foot boat.

Plan to remain in Grenada for, say, 2 more years then, all being well, we'll go and check out the Pacific...maybe New Zealand...

Martin
 
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visionari1

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.....what else do you do?

Just wondered what else you lot do in your spare time and for a living?


Well I used to be an artist furnituremaker for 25years, sort of semi retired, I still potter around in the workshop when jobs come in or I make stuff for ourselves.
We live out in the countryside I cut the yards grass and cut everything else down while the wife plants the vegies etc.
Other hobbies....ahem...in my free time... yoga, tai chi, massage, theatrical studies, having written a play that I intend to travel with. Twice weekly jamming with a drummer friend, general cook and dishwasher loader, no kids but 2 cats. Other things I'm about to get into are recumbents , which I intend to build, and unicycles. My wife works part time, so I pour the wine and make the meals.
When I have nothing to do, I sketch mainly in pencils, also keep fit with biking.
Recently dabbling in keyboards also.
And computers....don't go there!

Ciao
Ps that reminds me I have travelled lots and intend to do allot more!
Jimu
 

old git

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Other things I'm about to get into are recumbents , which I intend to build, and unicycles.
Jimu
Wow! A man into 'bents. Going for any HP events or is it touring? Two wheels or three?
Before you turn up your toes, do a season of TT on a barrow or even better a tandem barrow. Not as fast as 'bents but the bends and corners are much more exciting. Come to think of it, the NZ End to End on a tandem barrow whilst stoking and playing sax. Bet that record wont be beaten for a quite a while. ;}
 
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