Two minutes a month is about as good as a mechanical watch gets - well within Certified Chronometer specifications. Anything less than +-5 seconds a day is superb timekeeping for anything not a quartz.
This is a fascinating thread. I never would've guessed that BobF was a race car driver. TB, nice closeups of a watch. I've had a Hamilton for 35+ years, worn and abused it daily, replacing the crystal face a couple of times due to scratching etc. When I last went to change the battery most shops were reluctant to touch "such a valuable piece"??? for fear of inadvertently damaging it. Bob, your HO machine shop is INCREDIBLY realistic....had me fooled until I read your text.
I tried to think of any photos of me doing my alternative play, ie skiing, flyfishing, hiking.....but alas it appears that its either photography or one of the others, ie no camera along. I should strive to address that. In the interim, here's a quick scan of a 2004 photo of me (left) and my friend of 38 years, taken by his wife, while the 3 of us were flyfishing on the Harriman Ranch section of the world famous flyfishing mecca Henry's Fork in eastern Idaho near W. Yellowstone. Our vests and wader's front pouches are stuffed with gear (lunch, rain, tackle) that we might need for the 1/2 day, several mile trek up/down the stream. It was scanned with the mat which discolored the edges of the photo (in the scan only). It was taken with a little P&S digital of that era, was not a quality image in the technical sense, but has been one of high nostalgic value and is now fading due to sunlight.
Visit, enjoy, and invest in our National Parks. It's "America's Best Idea".
Have a great day!
"Life is a Journey, not a destination, take time to enjoy the trip!"
My other hobby/passion....taken by my girl roughly 1 1/2 years ago.
Ropework; some a little plain, some a little fancy. It's an outgrowth of my interest in traditional small craft.
This is a hitch mat, so called because you start it using hitches (also known as half hitches). They can be made with as many or as few as you want, depending on how big you want the finished size to be. This uses four hitches and measures roughly 10" x 14".
Ignore the scratched up work surface, please.
I thought I'd give you a little picture essay to show my lifestyle and hobbies in pictures. I'm past the sports stage now, but I used to be very much serious about soccer, football, golf and especially Hapkido, which I studied most of my adult life. I'd love to admit to hockey as well, but we didn't have much ice in Vancouver in the 50's and 60's, so I just have to be satified with being an elite class Walter Mitty in this regard.
I'm a professional violinist, conductor and composer, so I can't list music as my hobby. It ain't.
Photography, always #1. It is the glue that allowed me to document my world. I was always serious about it, and even did some pro stuff, jewelry, portraiture and some ramp work. Generally worked with medium and large format. Here's me with my last purchase:
Food, always #2. All my other hobbies pointed towards this one. I come by it honestly, as my Mom was trained and and highly skilled in this area, although she objected to my Oriental/Mediterranean fusion, as she was trained in the French style. I did work for a while as a line cook while going to UBC.
Here's a sample of some of my work in this area, pictures for a book in progress focussing on Northern cooking:
Of course, one of my favorite knives:
Of course, #3 is Fishing, as you can see from both photos above, but here is the type of water I used to fish. Lakes only now, because my knees have crashed:
I'd point out, though, that again, fishing has a culinary end, as does:
#4, Hunting. This is me in the picture, 200 pounds ago, two years after my knees crashed. This is why I called myself Moltogordo. I'm still a big guy, but semimolto Gordo now. I show this picture because it is my 50th deer, gloat gloat gloat!
And some of the cartridges I use:
Again, I point out that hunting has a culinary end. And #5 Hobby, collecting old vintage cameras, stereos and TV's. This is my only passion that doesn't involve me eating or cooking!!!!
Got my maximum amout of images posted, so have to continue down below!!!!!
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And finally, Hobby #6, Airguns, my current turn of the wheel. Came into this when I lost my right eye due to a stroke, and had to switch over to the portside gunwise. Used airguns indoors to accomplish the switch, and am now hooked. I'll be doing all of my small game hunting now with PCP airguns like the AirForce Talon in the pictures, so this craze has the culinary root as well.
Notice that beautiful 4x5 Linhof Kardan next to the Talon, eh?
So, all in all, I'm a fulfilled, happy guy that revels in Toytown. My only regret is that I never go married and had a family. I think, though, this post would have been a lot shorter!!
If I have a #7 Hobby, it's stereos, but that's to related to my job to count. Or is it?
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Astronomy and space science
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