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Are you working on any side projects or hobbies while at home?

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I've been getting a bit more into gardening with my wife during this quarantine. It's got a nice design/creative component to it that's been fun. I was curious if anyone else has adopted a new side project or hobby while stuck at home.

 
Apr 30, 20 12:53 pm
Chad Miller

I'm still working full time so my side projects have been limited to sketching and finishing up building my house.   Also a lot of backyard archery with my recurve bow.  Don't worry, I first built a target backstop so any errant arrows don't skewer a neighbor.  

Apr 30, 20 1:02 pm  · 
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Haha nice. I'm still working too, but I've gained two extra hours since there's no more commute. I'd be down to see some of those sketches .

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Chad Miller

Oh they are not very good. I haven't really sketched real life subject matter in many years - just a lot of detailing and presentation stuff.

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Chad Miller

A life sketch - I've got a ways to go

A playhouse idea I've been messing around with. 

Apr 30, 20 1:34 pm  · 
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Nice! I think these are great. I'm digging the playhouse. Something you'd build yourself?

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Chad Miller

Yeah. I'd try to build it. That or if someone else wanted to build it I'd give them drawings to do it at their own risk. 8-)

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Nice work Chad!

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atelier nobody

Once upon a time, I used to make jewelry. I hope to get my shop set back up (it's mostly in boxes through the last 3 moves) and have a piece I want to make as a gift for a friend, but honestly I haven't made much progress.

Apr 30, 20 2:24 pm  · 
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Wow. Jewelry? That’s awesome. Would be awesome to see some of your work. Good luck with getting that back up!

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sameolddoctor

Can home-schooling kids count as a side hobby?

Apr 30, 20 2:26 pm  · 
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Why not?! How’s that going?

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midlander

I can confirm architect was a better career choice for me and my wife than pre-K teacher! My children probably agree.

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hsianglin

for a little bit more than a year and half I have been making videos about my hobby of riding an electric unicycle and posting them on YouTube. Its good way to practice speaking since I don’t have much chanceS to do presentation or pitches, does take a lot of work though.

Apr 30, 20 3:37 pm  · 
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Seriously? You gotta share a link to one of those videos.

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hsianglin

Sure! Here’s one!

https://youtu.be/nXeyiMnSa9Q

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So cool man! Thanks for sharing!

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joseffischer

Wow, didn't expect to enjoy this so much... Keep it up Hsianglin!

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hsianglin

Thank you! It is still very much a work in progress but I have learned a lot about effective communication and/or even how social networks works. Been very interesting!

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liberty bell

That was super fun!

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archanonymous

I feel like I'm working more than ever (haven't been laid off yet) but it's given me motivation to get back in to my primary hobbies - gardening and bicycles.


Apr 30, 20 3:41 pm  · 
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Sounds fun. Yeah, gardening has been fun. What kind of bicycles are you into?

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archanonymous

it's the classic problem. How many bicycles is the right number? "N+1"

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archanonymous

due to locale mostly road but I mountain bike, do some gravel/ cyclocross and of course have a couple silly little city bikes.

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I've been scouring ebay for bike upgrades because the weather is finally getting nicer and I've already reached the s-1 threshold (for the uninitiated, see rule #12). Our next house will need a dedicated space for my bikes ... the trade off will be a dedicated space for her hobbies.

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archanonymous

I got that in this last move but all the bike space is full now (in fairness, two of the bikes are hers). I also finally got a modern all-road bike (should be able to replace most of my other bikes) but it's only sent me deeper into bike specialization.

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archanonymous

Sean what are you growing? We do flowers and the food crops with the biggest "pay-off" like tomatoes and strawberries. I'd rather buy cucumbers or eggplant or whatever at the farmer's market but homegrown tomatoes really are better.

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We have a lot of succulents but are going to be starting on some herbs and flowers soon. I’ve really been interest in more food crops. Have you done bell peppers?

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archanonymous

I have. They do pretty well but I've always had better luck with smaller peppers (and smaller tomatoes for that matter). With the Bells it feels like you get 5-8 on the bush then they spend all summer ripening whereas with a poblano or sport pepper you get many more crops and the ripen more quickly.

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Good point. Perhaps I'll start with the poblano or sport pepper. I've been nervous about tackling tomatoes because I feel like they'll be too hard to maintain since I'm kind of a newb.

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archanonymous

No way, grab a cherry tomato plant - they do great and are so easy. The big tomatoes are quite difficult, and require lots of attention.

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Oh yeah? Okay! I'll plan to give the cherry tomato a try too. Thanks!

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Wood Guy

We're really into gardening as well--so much so that we moved from a city to an old farm in the country, partly so we'd have more space for growing. I'd second archanonymous' recommendation--it's hard to go wrong with cherry tomatoes. We grow a few Sungold and black cherry tomatoes every year; they are prolific and fairly disease-resistant. We also grow several types of hot peppers, and a lot of Shisito peppers, which are mostly sweet with the occasional hot one--they're ideal for pan-roasting. We also grow tons of garlic, herbs, greens, asparagus, etc.. It's a great hobby.

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archanonymous

Interesting. I moved to a large city to pursue architecture like 6 years ago... I feel like i might finally be tiring of it. Feeling pretty ready for an exurban/ rural type of setup now. Hoping that the pandemic opens up new possibilities in remote work - if I only had to go to the office once or twice a week, I could deal with a 1 1/2 hour commute.

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Totally. I definitely feel you on the remote work aspect. Before I was in the car about two hours each day, but now being home has opened up a lot of possibilities on how I can structure my day. Plus, I personally work a lot better from home.

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randomised

My work is my side project, taking care of my kids is my job now...

Did apply for some subsidies for a couple of design-research projects during this quarantine (fingers crossed), posted some additional material on my website, submitted some articles for a design magazine and will be peer reviewing an article for an architectural (theory) magazine this and next week. Nothing substantial or well-paid (yet)...

Apr 30, 20 3:46 pm  · 
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Wow, that's a lot of writing. Hope all the hard work pays off

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randomised

Thanks Sean, me too! Thankfully daycare will open up here from May 11th, will make the WFH so much easier.

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tduds

Got a pile of lumber in the garage that's going to turn into a composter soon. Other than that I've mostly been fixing things around the house that I've been meaning to fix since basically the day we moved in. 

Homeowning is it's own full time job.

Apr 30, 20 6:40 pm  · 
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It's always nice to get around to those tasks that there was never time for.

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archanonymous

Started Demo'ing my upstairs bathroom today. We've been wanting to remodel the second floor since we moved in but just decided to jump into it... took out three layers of greenboard and some atrocious plastic? tiles before I got back to the plaster. Torn between keeping plaster and taking it back to studs to create an extra inch or two of interior space.

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tduds

Our bathroom renovation project that was supposed to start this spring has been pushed back until we feel more comfortable bringing people into the house (we're co-isolating for the time being with my vulnerable parents-in-law)

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archanonymous

Yeah we aren't sure exactly how we are going to wrap this up... I can do demo and install wallboard (and simple electrical and plumbing for that matter) but we are really supposed to have licensed trades do those things... silly building code and insurance requirements.

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SneakyPete

The plaster might get you better sound isolation than the wallboard. Also less cost. Assuming it looks good.

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archanonymous

True! I've been researching and plaster is better for acoustics, and insulation, and works in concert with the mass walls (double and triple wythe brick) my house is made of to better control moisture and condensation. We are going to keep the plaster everywhere it is sound and the lathe behind isn't cut in weird spots.

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archanonymous

also as an aside, it's so cool to open up walls and find true 2" x 4" old growth hemlock/ fir lumber.

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tintt

I made an area of the garage into a teacher's lounge.

Apr 30, 20 7:13 pm  · 
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midlander

is that where you put the kegerator?

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- 80+  hours plus M-F on remaining active jobs and new leads (still getting them in NYC and NJ)

- realized how far my CAD standards had strayed via multiple employees and consultants, so re-establishing them with INSTRUCTIONS!   I also do miss doing a set or two myself...to be honest.

- home schooling is a hoot, especially band practice.

- 3D printing PPE on weekends and if settings are good during the week, but when the stuff has to be maintained at best I can do it during a conference call while pretending to listen.

- wife has me working on the long awaited house addition on weekends and trying to convince her of anything other than an HGTV special is a chore. How did Frank Gehry do it? Now this is my side project that has become a real project.  Also, realizing if I'm going to file in my township on my own house I need to make a decent set of drawings, has to be like over the top impressive, have like the old timer type guys here (good old boys, they really bust your balls)Gehry Residence,© Liao Yusheng

Apr 30, 20 7:27 pm  · 
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midlander

his wife worked for him so he had leverage

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You've got a full plate in front of you for sure. Good luck!

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randomised

Wow that home addition could really use an upgrade, looks like a dilapidated ancient shed! Good luck with that, I’m sure HGTV can offer plenty of inspiration(!)

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good one rando! that is what my wife would be afraid of right, the architect's house.

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alikatircioglu

Which 3D printer are you using, do you recommend?

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Takes a lot of maintenance when switching materials, etc...but have a Flashforge CreatorPro. Still messing with the PTEG settings.

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230C extruder/50C bed/60mms/80mms...I messed up months ago on my right extruder so for whatever reason it doesn't do well on the right side, so running left only.

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Wood Guy

At the risk of promoting this too much, this is a project a few friends and I started due to quarantine: https://www.thebsandbeershow.com/. No compensation, just taking advantage of the situation with a format that allows us to talk with building science experts and enjoy a beverage with other building nerds. Next week we'll talk with Kohta Ueno, a long-time researcher at Building Science Corp, and Bill Hulstrunk, a cellulose insulation expert, about designing unvented roof assemblies. The week after that we'll talk with Bruce King, who wrote the influential book, "The New Carbon Architecture." 

If anyone wants to start a local BS + Beer group, there are now about a dozen around the country, though only a few are doing Zoom meetings at this point. I joined ones in Washington DC and Chattanooga, TN this week. Anyone is welcome to use the name. I can share tips on starting your own group.


Apologies to anyone tired of hearing about this.  

May 1, 20 3:50 pm  · 
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randomised

Read that as Bullshit and Beer Show...

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Wood Guy

I do get tired of writing out the full name: "The BS* + Beer Show (*building science). The double entendre is intentional; some might say the best thing about the concept ;-)

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randomised

It definitely got my attention, so it works!

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curtkram

the website says the next show is april 30.  i sent them my email, so i'll probably get a link?

May 2, 20 9:56 am  · 
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Wood Guy

Curt, I will update the website soon, probably tomorrow. Our shows are currently every Thursday, 6-7:30 pm eastern time. I try to send out emailed invitations on Monday and Wednesday, or sometimes Thursday morning. You can also keep an eye out at https://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/; today or tomorrow they will post an announcement for the next show.

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signed-up. you had me at beer.

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Made this mid-century esque basement storage shelf.

May 4, 20 12:19 pm  · 
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It’s looking good sir!

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Chad Miller

Very burtalist is style and form. Nice!

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Wood Guy

You have holes in your shelves--won't stuff fall through? Cool design though.

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Chad Miller

It's a minimalist design Wood Guy, geeesh, get with the hipness man! 8-)

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Dangermouse

no garden space, sadly, but i was able to forage up some morels, ramps, and onions from the wetland preserve ~1 mile from my house.  cooked 'em as a ragout in a beurre fondue , served over home made ravioli.  i broke the emulsion on the fondue three times before getting it right--use a smaller saucepan, more water than you think you need, and add your fats slowly

May 4, 20 1:17 pm  · 
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archanonymous

I assume fondue is just cheese on top of a Bechamel? My Bechamel and Mornay trick is to make sure the cheese and butter are up to room temperature (or above - i stick mine next to the pilot light on my oven) before mixing them with the roux base.

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archanonymous

any morel/ ramp/ onion foraging tips or guide that you refer to for ID, etc...?

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Dangermouse

No cheese involved, fondue is french for melted and a beurre fondue is simply an emulsion of melted butter in water--think of a silky, slightly thick version of butter that doesn't break out into fat and milk solids. It takes up flavor really well--often you cook vegetables in a beurre fondue then cook a mild protein like fish or chicken

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Dangermouse

morels are great because there's really only one thing which can be a morel. on the east coast they're primarily around downed trees, oaks, beech and ash, in well drained soil, and generally they come up after a few days of heavy rain. you want to cut them at soil level, not dig them up, so as not to disturb the mycellear (sp?) network in the soil. also, morels are always hollow. there is a 'false morel' which is poisonous, but a false morel is always solid, and never has the upright, torpedo shape of a morel

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Dangermouse

ramps are found in forest understories near water, generally on slopes. they have paired, ovular leaves, red stems, a bulb, and they smell like garlic. cut the leaves, leave the bulb so the plant can survive another season. the bulb is good raw but gets mushy when cooked. the flavor is...spectacular. think garlic without the bitterness or pungency, and a touch of onion without the sharp cutting bite of a regular, mature onion. wild onions are much the same, tall narrow leaves, almost like grass, but the smell is strongly like an onion or chive.

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archanonymous

Awesome, thanks! I must have missed the "beurre" part of the beurre fondue - sounds like an interesting technique. Emulsions are hard but I'm always trying to step up my food game and learn more from different cuisines.

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x-jla

I’m cooking like there is no tomorrow.  


Made some street tacos the other day with barbacoa slow cooked for 4 hours, made some pizza day before, before that fish tacos with Avacado sauce etc, Before that was pasta with my signature bracciole cooked for about 8 hours, then chicken cacciatore...just had a glass of red wine, some fresh figs from my tree, and orange, and some sardines with olive oil and lemon on a slice homemade italian bread for lunch.  I love days when I don’t have construction going on.  

May 4, 20 4:57 pm  · 
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x-jla

Healthy eating and exercise is very important.

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Sounds like we need to be at your place for dinner! Would love to see a shot of one of your dishes.

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Chad Miller

j-lax is an obese internet troll so I wouldn't take his recipes too seriously.

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x-jla

Im actually at a perfect BMI and run 3-5 miles a day, but try again fucko.

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RickB-Astoria

It seems people think that a person must be obese because they think they sit in front of a computer all day long, all week long and all. Since stuff like iphone and ipad, android tablets and other such devices, people can do that on the move. I suppose if you spend like 1 to 2 hours a day or 60 to 120 minutes of actual walking not sitting then yeah.... even though it doesn't have to be actual distance from home and back. Even walking around a house continuously has about the same effect on the legs but there is other factors for overall body physical fitness.

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x-jla

Sean, you’re welcome over for dinner anytime man.

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Chad Miller

jla-x prove it fatty. With all the BS you spread around here I don't believe you without proof. Yes I called you a liar.

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drums please, Fab?

are you Miles? you sound like Miles.  and i'm not jla-x, i'm just tired of your shit.

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x-jla

Chad, I don’t care if you think I’m fat. It’s laughable that you form these right winger tropes in your dumb head. You seriously can’t accept the fact that some people have different opinions than you. Those people must be fat and mean! How about you prove that you are capable of debating topics without resorting to ad hominem attacks.

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Chad Miller

jla-x try harder . . .

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Chad Miller

we're in this together - you don't like that I poke fun at egotistical idiots. I can see why you're upset with my posts.

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drums please, Fab?

this was your first response to j-lax's food post, which was a completely innocent post, no politics or anything else controversial and you write this:

j-lax is an obese internet troll so I wouldn't take his recipes too seriously.

so who again is the troll here, Chad?

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tduds

Is there a "Whatcha cookin?" thread? I'd contribue the hell into that. ...I too have been cooking like crazy since WFH, even posting some how-to's on Instagram for my fellow pantry-hoarders. On the upside, my wife is very happy. On the downside, I gotta start running more.

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Chad Miller

jla-x consistently acts like a dishonest internet troll on this site so I treat it as such where ever it posts

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x-jla

Tduds, that’s great. Definitely should start working out again. It’s helped me enormously both physically and mentally. I’m at the point where I actually look forward to my runs. For the first couple years I hated it. I think there was a thread like that now that you mention it...I’ll start a new one later :)

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whistler

Architect designed and customized basketball hoop and backboard to match my house for my son.  wife is happy the piece of shit white plastic thing is out of the driveway. 

Second project is two herb planters for the terrace ( of course to match the house )

Third project was a total revamp of my garage storage system for skis and bikes etc.  My garage is now officially awesome!.... my wife may not see me again for years!

May 4, 20 4:58 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

Can we see the hoop?

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whistler

Sorry I haven't uploaded it to the office portfolio yet!

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gibbost

Yes, please share a photo of the backboard and hoop. The wife and kids have been after me for months on putting one up. I've been avoiding it on account of how ugly the store-bought versions are.

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nice! sounds like a fun bunch of projects! The hoop sounds pretty cool.

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Black_Orchid

This has been a great side effect of the stay at home I feel. Everyone is sort of returning to basics I feel. Or more primitive things like gardening, stretching or just moving about. Have been getting the garden up and going. Nothing too serious now mostly kitchen herbs and some random things like ginger and turmeric. Playing with the mountain bike and prepping it for a good season of riding. Side work of visualizations still coming in which is great grocery money. A lot of people on this site I feel lately have been getting pretty opinionated and nasty (or more than usual) so just here to hopefully remind everyone to slow down, breathe and try to enjoy small things in life we would otherwise take for granted like fresh air, time with loved ones, slow downtime to decompress or read, get your hands dirty with hobbies or outside if you can or just day dream about simple times. Sending out good energy to all of you!

May 4, 20 5:01 pm  · 
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archanonymous

Totally agree with the sentiment! I'd love to be out an about cuttin up the dance floor, but there's alot to enjoy about being home as well.

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Thanks Orchid! Appreciate the good energy! Some people, unfortunately, deal with stress by being rude, but we're trying to work on getting the forums to a more positive place.

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geezertect

Hope you don't live in Michigan, or your gardening, outdoor bike riding, lawn mowing and visiting family members might get you arrested. Empress Gretchen Whitmer has deemed it thus.

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curtkram

it would be cool if you didn't spread the virus

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I live with my spouse and FaceTime friends and family occasionally. Not hanging out with people physically.

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whistler

B- Ball Hoop ( still need to grab a new net ),  partially completed herb planter for the terrace,  and unfinished planter beds  / pots around the front door! 

May 5, 20 4:52 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

That's a nice hoop. Well done.

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whistler

Attachment is only suitable for a skinny ass university student but if Lebron shows up he may pull the whole fascia assembly down with him if decides to paste one!

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archanonymous

come on Lebron, layups only dude!

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newguy

Nice. I vote you get a black net

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Chad Miller

Very nice!

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Wood Guy

A net will mess up those clean lines...

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OneLostArchitect

chain net!

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Non Sequitur

At first glance, it looks like there is a toilet in the bottom right. That would be so convenient, but maybe not so close to the main entrance.

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randomised

Should've made the backboard from boulders ;)

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- Been running more, about 12-15 miles/week

- Painted living room ceiling

- Oiled my patio bench

- On book #2, currently Guns, Germs, & Steel

- Changed the coolant on my motorcycle, which took 3x longer than expected. Upset had to remove the whole front end to change it.

-Had plan to race said motorcycle last month in Alabama but Rona has all the races canceled :(

May 6, 20 9:48 am  · 
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Nice! I’ve been walking a lot more for sure.

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Chad Miller

Go fast and leave a beautiful corps, if you wearing leathers.

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