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What's Your Passion? (1 Viewer)

If I end up with a good bit of land in the middle of nowhere when I retire I can see myself having too many dogs and a  few large air conditioned dog houses.
My oldest wants to be a vet and someday wants to have a farm where she can have some horses and a variety of rescue animals.   I told her that if I can build a little house on that farm for myself and spend my golden years helping to take care of those animals, I'd gladly chip in everything that I have to make her dream become a reality.   I couldn't think of a better way to go out.   

 
Aside from my family my passion is home brewing.   I started in the mid-80s and have really stepped it up in the last 3-4 years, investing a decent amount of cash on equipment and upgrading the garage to a brewery.   I brew 1/2 bbl batches every other week and have 8 taps.   I just turned 60 and do not see my interest fading anytime soon.   

My wife has been bugging me to build a barn/shed to move the brewery out of the garage but I'm not sure I want to invest $25-$30k when we'll likely be downsizing and moving out in 10-15 years.
post your brewhouse pics when you get a chance. 

 
It sort of ebbs and flows...I guess its hard to say Im that passionate about it all then?

Food is there a lot...I enjoy preparing a really good meal for my family or friends.  Including trying new stuff or new ways of making old recipes.

Which leads to running and going to the gym...which at times its a pain, others it is a passion.  I used to enjoy running far more, but it becomes like that still sometimes where I am going out for a run more now because I want to vs. being on some training plan for something and needing to get it done.  When I run now there isn't some set distance I want to do...I just go out and run and enjoy being outside (especially these days when we have had so much damn rain that nice running days have been rare).

And yes...cool thread, similar to the "what motivates you" one I had a few weeks ago with a different twist here. :thumbup:

 
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I wish I could get into the home brewing thing.  I do like beer.  Would be forced to sacrifice other time (and spaces in the house/garage) and not really wanting that at this point.  Seems fun and like food getting to enjoy the fruit of the labor is enjoyable.  But my wife doesn't really drink beer so it would mostly be me...and then, as Ive seen others get into it, Id have to get new home brewing friends like a little chemist's cult.  Nah, can't do it.

 
nirad3 said:
I like tasting new beers, but it makes me bloated.  I'm starting to become "blah" about drinking alcohol in general.  
Me, exactly.

I love beer, but at 52, it doesn't love me back like it used to. I have also lost all enthusiasm for anything beyond a mild buzz. I'm cool with it, though. I prefer MJ anyway.

Passions... I like my work a lot (writing and marketing), and the last 5 years, have gotten into higher-end audio equipment / music. That's been a lot of fun. Videogames too. 

 
nirad3 said:
I'm in this boat.  As the kids get older they have more to do, which means less time for me.  I was already becoming apathetic to doing things I once was passionate about (mountain biking, for one), now I have a legitimate reason.  

I do play poker once a month or so, but I'm not super passionate about it.

I like tasting new beers, but it makes me bloated.  I'm starting to become "blah" about drinking alcohol in general.  

I don't read.  Not super artistic.  Only work out to lose weight, not because I like it.  

So yeah, nothing really.  Which is kinda sad.
Ya know what, I've given this some thought over the past 24ish hours, and I want to recant.  

Ever since I was probably 5-6 years old, I've been passionate about maps and the built environment.  In fact, instead of reading the comics at the breakfast table, I used to draw fictitious maps.  It started out just as blobs of land masses with mountains and forests and cities, but then it got more detailed.  I had stacks of large pieces of paper with street maps (think Thomas Guides, for those of you that remember those) I'd drawn.  I think I still have some buried somewhere.  

I still love looking at maps, and my love for them expanded into loving going to new places (used to travel a lot for work - maybe this is a separate passion).  

And my love for maps/built environment led me to majoring in Geography/Urban Planning in college and I have been in real estate development/construction management ever since graduating.

 
Aside from my family my passion is home brewing.   I started in the mid-80s and have really stepped it up in the last 3-4 years, investing a decent amount of cash on equipment and upgrading the garage to a brewery.   I brew 1/2 bbl batches every other week and have 8 taps.   I just turned 60 and do not see my interest fading anytime soon.   

My wife has been bugging me to build a barn/shed to move the brewery out of the garage but I'm not sure I want to invest $25-$30k when we'll likely be downsizing and moving out in 10-15 years.
Your wife is practically begging you to build your own brewhouse in your backyard, complete with taps for neighbors and FBG friends to stop by for a taste, and which I assume you could also trick out with a killer stereo system and big screen tv for sports, and you aren't taking advantage of that opportunity? What the heck is wrong with you, man?

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ChiefD said:
Your wife is practically begging you to build your own brewhouse in your backyard, complete with taps for neighbors and FBG friends to stop by for a taste, and which I assume you could also trick out with a killer stereo system and big screen tv for sports, and you aren't taking advantage of that opportunity? What the heck is wrong with you, man?

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I know, I know.  The problem isn't with the barn, it is running the electric, gas (the brew rig is natural gas), water and sewage.    Also will need heat.  We are going to the home show this weekend and there will be shed & barn contractors so maybe I'll get a couple quotes.   I am just sure that I'll never get the $25-30k back when I sell the house in 10 years.

 
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Cold Dead Hands said:
You are just trying to scare the kids, not really hit them... Right?
If you can dodge a wrench arrow...

 
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I know, I know.  The problem isn't with the barn, it is running the electric, gas (the brew rig is natural gas), water and sewage.    Also will need heat.  We are going to the home show this weekend and there will be shed & barn contractors so maybe I'll get a couple quotes.   I am just sure that I'll never get the $25-30k back when I sell the house in 10 years.
Something that is going to give you that much enjoyment for a decade shouldn't be looked at in strict investment terms.

 
Aside from my family my passion is home brewing.   I started in the mid-80s and have really stepped it up in the last 3-4 years, investing a decent amount of cash on equipment and upgrading the garage to a brewery.   I brew 1/2 bbl batches every other week and have 8 taps.   I just turned 60 and do not see my interest fading anytime soon.   

My wife has been bugging me to build a barn/shed to move the brewery out of the garage but I'm not sure I want to invest $25-$30k when we'll likely be downsizing and moving out in 10-15 years.
I've got the homebrewing bug as well. Currently only 5 gallon batches but once my home situation stabilizes I'll upgrade to a setup for 1/3 bbl. Only planning 4 taps though.

If the craft beer scene continues strong I could see myself opening a brewpub with minimal food serving that also doubled as a bottleshop/local organic artisanal foodstuffs store as an alternative to retiring 

 
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I've got the homebrewing bug as well. Currently only 5 gallon batches but once my home situation stabilizes I'll upgrade to a setup for 1/3 bbl. Only planning 4 taps though.

If the craft beer scene continues strong I could see myself opening a brewpub with minimal food serving that also doubled as a bottleshop/local organic artesenal foodstuffs store as an alternative to retiring 
I have had a few open houses with 75-80 people attending and have been asked numerous times why I am not doing it professionally.   The main reason is I would never be able to make the kind of money brewing as I do at my job.   Maybe if I was in my 30s.

The original idea was to do as a hobby with my friends and stop buying commercial beer -- I am not sure I would enjoy it if I had to deal with customers, employees, etc.

 
I have had a few open houses with 75-80 people attending and have been asked numerous times why I am not doing it professionally.   The main reason is I would never be able to make the kind of money brewing as I do at my job.   Maybe if I was in my 30s.

The original idea was to do as a hobby with my friends and stop buying commercial beer -- I am not sure I would enjoy it if I had to deal with customers, employees, etc.
Could be it would be something I would not end up enjoying. But odds are that the day I have to make a decision on that is not in the next decade, so plenty of time to mull it over. That said, I'm working in the periphery of the Craft Beer/spirits industry over here (or at least trying to) and frankly everyone I meet, be it bar owners or brewers are so passionate about what they are doing it is almost impossible for it not to be contageous

 
Downhill skiing

Driving my Jeep (when I had one) on rough trails in the middle of the desert or mountains

Long road trips

Seeing new, preferably remote, places

Sitting in a natural hot spring at sunset with a nice buzz

Listening to music

 
The history of American music

History of the sci fi novel

Bodybuilding

Works of H.P.Lovecraft, Poe, Robert E, Howard, Moorcock, ERB.

Books by James Lee Burke, J.T.Edson and Lee Child

Thrift shops/yard sales

 
I wish I could get into the home brewing thing.  I do like beer.  Would be forced to sacrifice other time (and spaces in the house/garage) and not really wanting that at this point.  Seems fun and like food getting to enjoy the fruit of the labor is enjoyable.  But my wife doesn't really drink beer so it would mostly be me...and then, as Ive seen others get into it, Id have to get new home brewing friends like a little chemist's cult.  Nah, can't do it.
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Brew great beer without all the time and trail/error. 

 
Wood working.

Restoring vintage trailers. 

Estate sale picking for antiques, tools, and anything undervalued that I can flop. 

 
Family

Adoption, including special needs adoptions

Physical fitness

Nature

Triathlon

Government ethics

 
Casino gambling. I am not the least bit interested in gambling online, but I spend five nights in Vegas twice a year. I wouldn't characterize myself as a pro gambler, just an enthusiastic amateur. Blackjack, video poker and the sportsbook. I'm probably not ahead of Vegas on a lifetime basis, but I'm starting to give them all they want.  :boxing:

 

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