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  • Just like the photo!  I love hot peppers!  My in-laws can't fathom it...

    oh, and first!


    Edit, added Photo, I already have some in the Garden...

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  • Shiny hunting in the Pokemon games.

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  • Deep cold dives.

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  • Long runs used to make me happy, regardless of the weather.

    These days, getting my hands into the soil planting, weeding, etc., does.

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  • Rebuilding old computers and game consoles. To me, it's very cathartic to troubleshoot board-level issues on things other people have usually thrown away. Bring these things back to life, so that someone else who can appreciate them can enjoy them.

    I also enjoy prop building and cosplay. Because of my size, I can't really do the latter right now, but I still enjoy it. 

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  • I think all of us can appreciate beautiful cable management. It truly is a work of art when done right.

    An additional interest would be game modding, as I find it satisfying to see my work come together, but certainly those who know me in real life don't get it.

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  • Working in my flower beds.  Lets me get away from people and technology for awhile.


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  • Swinging an axe and chopping wood.  If you seek a good workout look no further

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  • Brandon1150 wrote:

    Swinging an axe and chopping wood.  If you seek a good workout look no further

    Yup, spent all day Saturday chopping wood. Spent all day Sunday catching up on shows... I could barely move :)

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  • I personally enjoy doing sports but i hate watching anything to do with sport. If I'm having a conversation with people they start talking about football, tennis or rugby...and i kind of say "but you don't do any of that?" I love Olympics sports and I only watch to learn something new. Other people look at me like I'm from another planet. 

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  • pushing buttons
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  • Macro photography, seeing just a small part of something larger reminds me that you need to stop and see the tiny details.


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  • Test4Echo wrote:

    I think all of us can appreciate beautiful cable management. It truly is a work of art when done right.

    An additional interest would be game modding, as I find it satisfying to see my work come together, but certainly those who know me in real life don't get it.

    I agree. I'm looking at how our hired electricians push their cables and I go "oh boy".

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  • Redmeat wrote:

    pushing buttons

    One of those old studio buttons. Square and white, and when you press it, it makes a really satisfying click, stays pressed in, and lights up.

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  • I enjoy moments of silence. Whether it be when I'm reading a book, when I'm out fishing at a lake, or when I just parked my car and I take a second in the car to sit there and self reflect for a moment. I think the small moments of silence give me an opportunity to relax completely. Its hard to get those moments sometimes also with how many distractions are in the world now.

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  • Plotting the downfall of humanity. No, just me.

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  • Powerful/cool elements that only appear once in a song. Very difficult to illustrate this, which is why other people don't understand.

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  • Math, particularly combinatorics.

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  • cstockton01 wrote:

    I enjoy moments of silence. Whether it be when I'm reading a book, when I'm out fishing at a lake, or when I just parked my car and I take a second in the car to sit there and self reflect for a moment. I think the small moments of silence give me an opportunity to relax completely. Its hard to get those moments sometimes also with how many distractions are in the world now.

    This.  My day is filled with too much noise and people constantly wanting my attention.  What I wouldn't give to kayak on a lake with my kindle and phone set to silent.  I miss the days of being unreachable.

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  • Finding math in nature. I would totally be a Pythagorean if were an ancient Greek. It amazes me that plants follow the Fibonacci sequence or that the honeycomb is the best compromise between strength and storage space.

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  • Why I take so many selfies lol

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  • ghijkmnop wrote:

    Powerful/cool elements that only appear once in a song. Very difficult to illustrate this, which is why other people don't understand.

    I know exactly what you mean...  I've been exploring some JJ Cale lately!  Fate of a Fool anyone?

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  • Nothing.


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  • Not sure what to put. I feel misunderstood most of the time, but given the right people, they understand what makes me happy and why. Tough question to answer.

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  • Standing in the middle of a remote stream fishing for trout... It isn't souly about the fish. Unless you've done it.. you won't understand. 

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  • Wind Therapy.


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  • Stitch makes me happy, and dinosaurs make me happy too 😀

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  • The hum of multiple server fans deafening me... it's almost like a bizarre form of ASMR

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  • Playing drums in my band!
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  • Just being with my wife.

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  • So many things, like others here.

    Playing my guitar, riding my motorcycle, sharing a bottle of wine by a campfire with my wife, trap shooting clay pigeons with my family and friends, restoring cars with my youngest boy (his hobby), gardening, video games, good books (Sci-Fi or Medieval mostly), yard work, cooking.  I find joy in many things, even my career most days. 

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  • I really enjoy game system design and I still do it to this day, even though it is no longer my job or career. In fact, on days when I'm having a bit of stress and need to decompress, it is one of my outlets. I turn on some loud music (in my headphones so my partner doesn't give me the squinty eyes) and pull up one of my GDDs and start enhancing it more.

    It's funny because, normally, I would not say that documentation is my happy place. But when it comes to building a game system... looking at what I want to accomplish but then trying to figure out how players will use (and yes, abuse) it, it makes me pretty happy. Yet when I tell someone I'm working on documentation, they usually ask why I'm still working so late :D 

    The below image isn't me... but more exciting than seeing documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and crappy drawings that I create on my personal PC :D


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  • Desk in home "office" March 2020 - August 2021:
    Desk back in my office with a new cabinet built by my boyfriend.  
    Sized perfectly to fit my computer, three screens, I can stay organized and not hurt my neck! 
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  • I do love me some organized cables.  

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  • Cooking and seeing the look of enjoyment on people's faces from my cooking is my happy place. Unfortunately, the stress of the job and the 2 1/2 hour daily commute makes me too tired to cook most days....

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  • Plain cake donuts with black coffee.

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  • Spending time with my horse daily:


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  • A disk from an old HDD that serves as my drinks coaster at work.

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  • Take a walk with the wolves! ;D

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  • The silly picture that a dear friend's child drew for me. She had a condition that made her unable to control her limbs very well, as well as giving her a very short lifespan. She was a very loving child, and when she drew the picture, it really pulled at my heartstrings. She worked so hard on it and was so proud of it. To this day, it has a place of honor on our fridge - the 3rd one we've had since receiving the drawing. She departed this life almost a decade ago, having defied the doctors by living to the ripe old age of 18.

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  • Quietly working a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle. 
    Random object: this piece of wood. 
    It was given to me 2 years ago by my then 2 year old granddaughter. While we were walking outside she handed it to me, "Here, Grammy. This is for you!" They live 7 hours away and this sits on my computer monitor at work. Worth more than gold to me. 🥰
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  • My Flux Capicator, It brings a calm reset to any issue going on and gives me hope...


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  • My Truck. MercedesBenz LAF 1113 Fire-Engine from 1970

    I had the engine completely refurbished, and soon i will plunge into the building of the shelter.

    Many don`t understand why I would need to have an 4x4 truck like this, but well...

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  • I would have voted for cable management, but most of my friends understand that. My family that does not.

    For me, it's really random moments that strike me as funny. I enjoy those.

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  • Reading (or listening to) a good - emphasis on the GOOD -  history book.  Not fictional history, but actual events and really digging down about what happened from different perspectives.  Pure joy!

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    • Stepping on a frozen puddle.
    • Rolling over in bed and a nostril clears.
    • Fries in the bottom of the main bag when you think you're finished.
    • A fart so powerful that you no longer feel sick.
    • When anyone mentions a really obscure band/movie/show, and I know I'm about to have a really fun conversation.
    • A totally empty desktop.
    • Bees.
    • Spotting the sea when you're on a trip to the beach.
    • Candy so sour that I get a tiny pain behind my ear.
    • Musical crescendos.
    • Knowing I made someone laugh.
    • Neil Peart.
    • Airplane food! Yes, I'm that guy! 
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  • I forgot what I was going to say looking at all the prior posts!

    Not a lot of people understand how happy I am behind the scenes of events: I love running the sound and computer stuff for church services, and I miss running sound for live shows. I remember the day in 1992 that I stood backstage in a university auditorium and watched an Apple presentation of a video tour of the Louvre and thinking, "I could do this for the rest of my life!" I set up that projector, set the microphone just right, dimmed the lights, etc. I worked in that facility for 13 years.

    I also love walking to and from work. After years of bus commutes, it's awesome to be in nature on a regular basis. 

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