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March 26, 2009
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2641 posts
Hobbies
I was able to go back pages and cut and past James's post.

Hobbies
Hi all:

We talk a lot of softball on this board but I know we all have hobbies other than this game. I will tell you one of mine is knives. I am having a custom made by a guy in Oregon right now (Nate Clark) If you look on Arizona Custom knives you can see some of his work. I have seen a lot of his work in person at the Eugene show and it is fantastic. I like custom automatic folders but that is just me. I am also a drag race fan and like to stream fish.
How about some of you?
Thanks:

James
March 26, 2009
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2641 posts

I still like drag racing. In 68-71 I ran F-H stock in my 67 383 Coronet.
There's a guy here in Georgia that is writing a book on the history of Georgia drag racing. I gave him serveral picutres of Anglias and funny cars in the late 60's. One is a Polaroid of Huston Platt just as he loses control of his funny car. The crash took 20 lives.
3 years ago my wife and I took a class, Flyfishing for Seniors. I've been twice since then and have participated in a trout stocking program near Atlanta.
Another hobby is custom picture framing.
If I ever give up softball I'll probably play golf again.
March 26, 2009
2awesom
Men's 50
296 posts
My Hobby, other than softball is collecting Philadelphia Eagles stuff.

Let's say there have been 3,000 players
who at one time or another have signed a contract with the Eagles. I have about 2,000 of those players autographs.
I am always looking for Phila Eagles autographed stuff. I know it sounds
bizarre but that's what I enjoy doing.

And I know that i probably won't get all of those autograph's but that's my
goal!

I also have an extensive Phila 76'ers
autograph collection.

Finally if you need a certified autograph card of Donovan McNabb, chance's are I have it. I know I have issue's but hey if you have autographed
Phila Eagles stuff, give me a shout!
March 26, 2009
leftie
Men's 50
41 posts
I used to street race in my 406 cu. in.(405 HP) Ford in the early 60's.
I have a small shop in my backyard where I've built several wood projects, including a couple of blanket chests for my kids.
I play golf..Well, I'm not sure that's what you could call it.
I also have a couple of metal detectors and try to get out when I can. Me and a buddy like to explore old fort sites.

March 26, 2009
RedEye
Men's 55
92 posts
2awesom,
Can you tell me where I can get a #58
Trent Cole jersey? Thanks

RedEye
March 26, 2009
mad dog
Men's 60
3930 posts
lefty,sounds like you play golf like i do,at least it is a nice few hrs of relaxation,i did get a couple of rounds in at dalton last yr tho.i also bass fish,well teach the lure how to swim,and watch the fish laugh at me.back in the day used to drag race,bracket racing stocks for me(69 super bee 383),i couldn't afford the money to do anything super to my car.also collect shot glasses and wives,LOL.
March 26, 2009
Airbosn
Men's 65
321 posts
Bruce, where do you get the time? LOL. When it is raining or we are not practicing I collect, repair and restore Lionel trains. My present collection is about 3000-4000 pieces.
March 26, 2009
Fred Scerra
Men's 80
542 posts
I bowl for a hobby. (The real bowling Candlepins). Used to bowl for real but now don't have money for softball and full time bowling so just down to 1 day a week with a group of Seniors.
March 26, 2009
JamesLG
299 posts
I had three 10 second street cars but nothing real nasty fast. Go to a pro streetrace now and guys are running in the 6 second range but those cars are Pro Mods to me. I did have a pro street 48 Anglia and it ran easy low 11's but I was afraid to hit it hard. My driving skills are not up to a short wheel base car with 15" of rubber in the back. I never even put sticky tires on that car because I did not want to hurt the car or me. It was a fun cruiser though. I can't afford to do the hot rods anymore that is why I went to knives. I can buy and sell and not be out a lot of $. The key is to just have fun.
Thanks:
James
March 26, 2009
batter4u
Men's 65
75 posts
I was into drag racing in the 60 s , won my first trophy with a 53 chevy 6 banger, have to admit that I cheated a little, had a gmc truck engine in it, but it looked stock, was only 16 at the time and got grounded for a month as I wasnt soupose to be off the farm. that was when you could set timing by ear and points by eyeballing them
March 26, 2009
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2641 posts
Len, the question is where do you put 3-4000 trains??!!
Maybe I'll do more fly fishing when I retire.
As for drag racing, I only did it for a couple of years, 68 & 69. I didn't have the knowledge or money so I only ran stock. We could use slicks up to 7" and I had headers, 4:30 gears and a windage tray in the oil pan. Just barely got into the 13's.
March 26, 2009
Sisavic
137 posts
I'm a supernumerary opera actor (non-singing) and an extra in local movies. Any Opera fans out there?

March 26, 2009
Gary Heifner
248 posts
I enjoy skiing and snowmobiling. I fish a little almost everyday. I live on a lake and catch 2-5 lb bass off my back yard. I like to play golf but it really screws up my softball swing. So I play mostly during the off season. I enjoy working out and do something for the softball season daily. Weights. walking treadmill etc. Other than that I work for BNSF railroad after 30 years as a teacher/coach. I have to keep working to pay for this softball habit.
March 26, 2009
Gekle BUilders
Men's 50
204 posts
Well all the drag racing got my attention,I had to post.I have a 9.90 super gas 87 monte aero coupe.Best pass 9.84 @ 142 mph.Back half stroker small block,all motor.I also fish on the B.A.S.S. circuit.I also chase a golf ball around from one bush to the next.So throw in running a M+ softball team and it's no wonder I had to retire.I also restore and build customs and drag cars.
March 26, 2009
ShaneV
Men's 55
381 posts
Senior Softballers are amazing. If I ever have the $ I want to find a '70 Boss 302 Mustang to tinker with. Knew a couple guys in the early 70's that each had one. One red and one orange. Met a collector a few years back and talked Shelby Mustangs for hours.

For now I run chainsaws on weekends. Sitting in a cubicle all week I need the fresh air and outdoors. My dad was a faller back in the 40's-50's. He just turned 80 last August and still going strong. Good example after he quit drinking. We both love being out in the woods, the smell of fresh cut cedar or fir and wood smoke. Dad's got a little sawmill too.

My other "hobby" is classic rock. It seems this may be one of Dave Dowell's hobbies too! I got a callback from KZOK 102.5 Classic Rock this morning and they are interested in participating in some fashion at the Classic Rock at the RAC Lacey WA August 22-23. Some of my softball buddies and I may get on the air next month to talk about all of you and what a great game we're so fortunate to play. You can stream the station on the internet. Just go to: http://www.kzok.com/pages/270288.php

I'll post something if we actually get on the air next month.

Just ordered another 8 cd's (11 total so far) to give away/raffle at the tournament. Hope to have many more by August!

Thanks to Doug Beagle for the contact at KZOK. It was John Phillips that called me this morning.

Grateful,
ShaneV
March 27, 2009
three for five
Men's 60
6 posts
I'm with Gary Heifner. I think golf is terrible, especially for inside-outers on the diamond. Fortunately, the game BORES me out of my gourd, so I don't feel deprived. Like to ski, travel to see my Cal Bears play football (everywhere), and hit the gym several times a week to work off the weight with as much aerobics as I can stand!
March 27, 2009
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2641 posts
I never found golf to affect softball or vice versa. Maybe it's because I play golf right handed and softball left handed.
I also restored 64 1/2 thru 66 mustangs in the 80's and 90's for extra spending money. The guy that got me started had a 68 Shelby KR500 that he had restored. He was excited when he sold it for $12000 in the early 90's!
March 27, 2009
2awesom
Men's 50
296 posts
To RedEye: Yes Trent Cole is a Beast!

There's a Cole jersey on ebay, auction # 390038644589 It is a replica jersey
Opening bid is $36.99.

You can also get one by going on PhiladelphiaEagles. Com.
March 27, 2009
gary#27nor.ca.storm
Men's 55
58 posts
I was a drag boat racer in the 80's had a pro- stock motor in a 400lbs hull ran 7.80 et was a lot of fun but i was single then
March 27, 2009
geezer#6
Men's 70
58 posts
I am a drag racer still!! have a 67 camaro, 1000 horses on the motor and 2 stages of nitrous. Runs 8:30's in the quarter, and is street legal everything works, use to run with the Chicago Outlaw Superstocks. Also ran a drag boat back in the 80,s, tunnel boat, ran 9:0's 121 mph. still a little crazy, but fun.
March 29, 2009
JamesLG
299 posts
Hey Geezer#6:

You have one fast street car. How many cubes are you running? I remember meeting Tom Hammonds when he had the fastest street car in the US and he ran a 68 Camaro I believe. What do you think of the guys making over 2,000 horsepower with a small block and single turbo? Do you like the Outlaw Pro Street class? The cars just seam like Pro Mods now.
Thanks:

James
March 30, 2009
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2641 posts
Geezer#6, Wow! that's just beyond my imagination. I've really been out of drag racing for a long time! I remember when a time in the 10's was really fast.
March 30, 2009
geezer#6
Men's 70
58 posts
James:
The car has 540cu. One of my friends runs a pro mod 57, chevy twin turbos and I believe around 3000 horse power. It runs in the low 6.0s, mostly runs exhibition stuff for race tracks around Chicago.
welcome: Jerry
March 30, 2009
geezer#6
Men's 70
58 posts
BruceinGa:
The 10's is still very fast for a street car. Not to many can handle a street machine with that much speed, take some getting used too. I just built it for fun and pleasure, maybe to show off a little too, "lol" just kidding
Jerry
March 30, 2009
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2641 posts
The fastest street "worthy" car back when I raced around mid Georgia was a buddies 68 302 Camero. (This is pre Z28) With 4.88 gears it believe he was in the high 11's.
Good luck and be safe!!
March 30, 2009
curveball
Men's 65
400 posts
I also am a "gear head." Restored several L-88's for the Bloomington Gold meet in the 80's.
Drag raced from 63-01. Ran lots of categories, stock, superstock, Pro Stock in the 70's, and finally comp my last 7-8 years. Ran mostly in the Pacific NW, ran with one of the onwers of SSUSA's brother, Jerry "the king" Ruth in the 70's when I ran Pro Stock and he ran Top Fuel. Pro Stock at that time was running mid 9's, at 135 mph. Hell, A/SA (a stock automatic) run that et today at a little less mph. In comp, I ran alot of the SM classes, altered classes, and Econo altered classes (400 cubic inch, 1-4 barrel, and a powerglide) Ran 7.50's @ 187in A/EA. Great ride for an old man!!
March 30, 2009
geezer#6
Men's 70
58 posts
curveball:
absolutely a great time in our lives, but we're not done yet. I started racing at the old Lyons drag strip in wilmington,Ca, in the late 50's and 60's lots of fun. I got into drag boat racing in the mid 80's, but too dangerous for me, you worn a parachute on your back in case the boat flipped, chute would open and pull you away from it.
March 30, 2009
JamesLG
299 posts
Curveball;
I watched Jerry "The King" run many times at the Old Puyallup Raceway in the mid to late 60's. I think all the big Funny car people from the west coast would race there. My favorite drag racer of all time was Bob Gliddon. I see his son Billy is running in the 10" tire pro street cars. I belive he ran over 200 MPH last year in his small block NOS added Mustang. I was in Jr. high in the days of the Puyallup track and usually drank a bottle or two of Balli High and 7-Up mixed, that is how my big brother taught me how to drink. I also went to many races at SIR in Kenk over the years.
Thanks:

James
March 30, 2009
barrym
157 posts
I have a sports memrobilia bus. I worked with jerry rice, joe montana time brown ect. I have anything you want game used or just autographed, dick butkus, all vintage jerseys to tiger woods, mickey mantle and michael jordan all gaurenteed to be real. Ftball127@gmail.com. I have real helmets and mini's along with footballs. Barry
March 31, 2009
curveball
Men's 65
400 posts
Geezer, ran Lions in the 60's and 70's also. Fontana, San Gabrial, Riverside, and lots more. Those were the days. Did you ever run across boat racers Mike Chaney, Stan Hawes, or Toby Schlagle?
James,
I also ran Puyallup many times in the old days, like running stock and superstock 4 abreast! Many of my friends ran funny car in that era, one still a crew chief today for Ron Capps.
Twig Ziegler, Whipple and McCullough,
Ken Goddell, all good buds. Sat night funny car race at Puyallup was a fantastic race for that era. The best always showed up for that one, then over to Kent (SIR) for Sunday. When I licenced in Competition Eleminator, you have to have 2 licenced drivers watch you make 3 passes and then "sign off" on a sheet so you can get a valid licence. Your favorite, Bob Glidden, and another old Pro Stock guy, Frank Iaconio, signed off on mine. Having Glidden as one of mine was always special to me.
March 31, 2009
HUGGNZ
21 posts
MY WIFE AND I RIDE MOTIORCYCLES WITH A GROUP THAT DOES WELCOME HOME , SEND-OFFS AND SOMETIMES FUNERALS. WE USE OUR BIKES TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THOSE HEROS WHO ARE RETURNING HOME OR GOING OFF TO THE SAND BOX. CHECK OUT OUR SITE , WWW.WARRIORS WATCH.ORG.
GIVE US A YELL IF YOU KNOW ANYONE IN THE MILITARY. WE HAVE CHAPTERS IN OVER 30 STATES.
March 31, 2009
GT
Men's 60
162 posts
HUGGNZ--Several of us belong to HOG(Harley Owners Group) Do weekend rides with the group or we just head out on our own. Also belong to Patriot Guard. For those brave soldiers who did not survive. We assist the families in any way we can at the church and cemeteries. I can't describe the feeling when you get hugged by a family member of the deceased and tells you how happy they are that people do care. Hope some you also belong to this or HUGGNZ's group.
GT
Houston
April 1, 2009
Gary33
143 posts
I collect Coca-Cola collectables. I also Hot Air Balloon have been involved with the Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Race for over 30 years. Have flown in the Energizer Bunny balloon, Shamu balloon's first official flight the Uncle Sam balloon, I have taken lessons in the Coca-Cola balloon and also in the Mello Yello balloon. I've taken lessons from a World Champion balloonist. Also from the worlds youngest commercial female balloonist. I've flown in the United Van Lines Moving Van hot air balloon. Flying in a hot air balloon is one of my favorite things to do besides playing softball.
April 8, 2009
Goater
53 posts
Home brewing and trap shooting ... I'm crazy about both.

I suffer the same inconsistency in trap shooting as in softball. In one game I might hit two line drives and a gapper or it might be two weak grounders off the handle and 1 lazy fly off the end of the bat My trap scores mimic this kind of performance
April 9, 2009
snowed-in_new_yorker
Men's 50
15 posts
My hobby, other than trying to manage 1 of our local over 50 travel teams, is the collecting & the restoration of paper mache bobbing head dolls (nodders) that were made in the 1960's. I used to collect trading cards with my son when he was young but turned to collecting sports nodders after card collecting got out of hand. I have a personal collection of over 180 dolls - primarily hockey, football & some baseball. I even created a website to show off just my hockey dolls. Seems like a strange hobby but my restoration business keeps me busy during our long winters. Tough to get outside and practice -- We even got snow yesterday!
April 9, 2009
green rocket
51 posts
You guys wear me out as an umpire. Add to that lots of bike riding with my son and having an old 50's swiming pool in the backyard....

I'm a triathlete without knowing it!

Camping and fishing I enjoy lots also. You guys have quite a varied interests outside of ballplaying!

2awesome, nice to see another Eagles fan out there!
April 9, 2009
surf88
Men's 60
868 posts
Fellas, I live high in the Rocky Mountains and spend a great deal of time showing people their dream properties like log cabins in the woods, hunting and fishing properties. I enjoy fishing and hunting and like you Bruce, I too collect knives of all kinds. Elk hunting is a treat for me and I get to see them all year.Fishing Lake Powell and the area reservoirs for Lake Trout, stripers, etc is also a passion.Snowmobiling and dirt bike riding goes hand in hand with all of it. Ed Andrews, Telluride, Colorado Scrap Iron 60's
April 10, 2009
terrymac
46 posts
Guess mine is a little different, at 61 I still go 3 days a week doing Karate. Great for the mind and body. And we do the whole gambit Judo Kobudo Aiki Jitsu and Kendo. Give it a try! Really stretches you out. (I think the young guys have a pool going on how long I can keep going before I drop dead) They give everyone a nickname mine is "Moses"
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