June 02, 2005

Holly Hobby

I'm a hobby junkie. About every year or so, I pick up a new hobby, buy all the toys to go along with it, and then drop it like it's on fire. This prevents me from becoming actually useful in any one field, but I've accepted it as part of my personality, and at least this way I can make better small talk at parties.

My current hobby is disturbing me a little, though. To see why, let's take a look at a few of my past hobbies, and the "toy" I wanted the most to go with them, and compare to my new one.

Car repair

I took three courses in car repair, and all it really led to was doing my own oil changes for a year and changing a starter motor on a car we got rid of stortly thereafter. They toy I wanted most:

PDA Diagnostic Tool

This PDA add-on that could analyze the output from the car's computer. It would have been awesome.


I took one course in Cabinetmaking (a.k.a. "How not to cut your fingers off with a table saw"), and used all that knowledge to install a fake hardwood floor. The toy I wanted most:

Miter Saw

A nice miter saw for making great angle cuts. And catapults.

So far so good, right? Cars, tools, oil, sawdust... That's just good, manly stuff. John Wayne would be proud.

My new Hobby? Weightlifting? Mountain-climbing? No:


I watch one stupid TV show, and what little car and woodworking knowledge I had was quickly replaced by the number of tablespoons in a cup (16) or why an egg can be used to keep oil and water-based ingredients from separating (it contains lecethin, an emulsifier). My protective googles have been replaced by a protective apron, and my cordless drill gave way to a hand-mixer.

My new must-have toy:

Stand Mixer

A freakin' stand mixer (with optional pasta maker attachment, awesome!).

I've gone from possibly sawing my hand off to possibly burning the blueberry scones. At this rate, Amy and I will be fighting for the sewing machine by this time next year.

Posted by Kevin at June 2, 2005 10:27 AM

That would have been a good birthday gift idea! Remember the only difference between boys and men is the price of their toys.

Posted by: M at June 2, 2005 12:35 PM

Kevin, I'm disappoinated. I would've at least expected you to combine the cordless drill with your handmixer and come up with a super-powered mixer.

Posted by: Brian Kelly at June 2, 2005 01:10 PM

Does the hand mixer have Bluetooth?

Posted by: CDog at June 2, 2005 05:45 PM

Things to do while Amy's in Virginia:

1) Grow a beard
2) Get a visible tattoo, something with a snake
3) Watch NASCAR and be able to name the sponsor, car owner, and the number of near-death crashes for each driver
4) Go to a baseball game and yell obscenities at A-Rod
5) Install new rims on the Prius
6) Wallpaper the apartment with bikini-clad super-models
7) Buy a shotgun and go shoot some Bambis
8) Stock the fridge with PBR
9) Launch the Crepe dish from your newly renovated and improved catapult
10) Poke your eye out. Nothing's manlier than an eye-patch

Posted by: B at June 3, 2005 04:07 PM

You can borrow my electric miter saw if you bake me some nice muffins.

Posted by: angie at June 7, 2005 09:32 AM

Since you're a fan of Alton Brown, you could get the mixer featured on his site - http://www.altonbrown.com/pages/chopper%20mixer.jpg.

Posted by: ascion at June 7, 2005 11:53 AM
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