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Old 04-04-2014, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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1. Amateur (ham) radio
2. Golfing
3. Birdwatching
4. Geocaching
5. Trainspotting

Anyone?
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Old 04-04-2014, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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1. Not sure what you mean by this, I know lots of people do small radio shows around here, promoting local music and interviews.
2. I can't stand golf. Everyone else seems neutral about it, but most people who partake seem to behave snobbishly.
3. I don't know of anyone who does this.
4. Some people really like this.
5. I'm not sure.
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Old 04-05-2014, 01:41 AM
 
Location: Alberta, Canada
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1. Not sure what you mean by this, I know lots of people do small radio shows around here, promoting local music and interviews.
No--ham radio. An enthusiast gets a radio set that can transmit and receive, sets up an antenna, and tries to talk to other such enthusiasts around the world. It is very much like a CB radio (remember those?), but on a larger, more powerful scale. Hams would delight in talking to people in faraway places, and collect postcards from those they talked to. Of course, they would send their cards too. A ham's radio shack would have walls covered in such postcards.

I think that ham radio is dying out hereabouts. I've known a few hams, and in all but one case, they were my parents' age, or older. Perhaps in the age of e-mail and Skype, communicating with someone halfway around the world via radio is old-fashioned.

Golf: Not unusual. It is popular; a lot of people play it. Local courses range from the snobbish clubs to the common pay-as-you-plays. Saying that you're going to play golf today is received no differently than if you said you were heading to the gym.

Birdwatching: I know a couple of people who do this avidly. They're seen as somebody with an unusual hobby, but that's about it.

Geocaching: No idea.

Trainspotting: Like birdwatching, an unusual hobby. If you like it, go for it.
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Old 04-05-2014, 06:39 AM
 
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I only know older people that are/were interested in ham radio.
Many people of all ages are interested in golf.
I don't know anyone personally who is into geocaching, trainspotting or birdwatching.
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