tonight’s audience participation

Which one of your hobbies would actually surprise people?


  1. bocopro
    Posted February 23, 2012 at 7:00 pm |

    Oh, I’m sure people would be AMAZED to discover that I write poems, and short stories, and song parodies, and snarks, and essays, and critiques, and novelettes.

    I mean . . . I’ve never given any hint of that around here — have I?

  2. PeggyU
    Posted February 23, 2012 at 7:40 pm |

    I collect Chevron cars. Does that count?

  3. mech
    Posted February 23, 2012 at 7:50 pm |

    I have a collection of Star Wars memorabilia.

    Hey, It’ll be worth something someday!!


    Or making candy in my own kitchen.

  4. PatrickP
    Posted February 23, 2012 at 7:56 pm |

    My booger collection.

  5. PatrickP
    Posted February 23, 2012 at 7:59 pm |

    My hobbies are exercise, reading, and fantasizing about moving away from L.A. I don’t collect things because I hate clutter. All very unsurprising.

  6. SondraK, Queen of my domain
    Posted February 23, 2012 at 8:06 pm |

    lol@mech. My PEZ collection too. I’m going to retire RICH I tells ya!

  7. Posted February 23, 2012 at 8:14 pm |

    Retro freak show aficianado.

  8. LostLiberty
    Posted February 23, 2012 at 8:22 pm |

    Thanks to the Navy, I can sew really well and am a fair shade tree mechanic. I also have an all shapes and sizes collection of turtles.

  9. Posted February 23, 2012 at 8:26 pm |

    Would my hobbies surprise anyone who knew me?
    Collecting guns – nope, that would be a no brainer.
    Reloading – also a no brainer.
    Watching violent TV shows like Game of Thrones and Spartacus. – my friends would be shocked if I didn’t.
    Drinking good scotch and smoking good cigars – again, it would be a surprise if I didn’t.

    Damn, I am utterly predictable.

  10. Caged Insanity
    Posted February 23, 2012 at 9:03 pm |

    Depends on who you mean by “people”.

    People that know me aren’t surprised by much anymore. More like they are numb. :/

  11. Buzz
    Posted February 23, 2012 at 9:04 pm |

    I like to hide behind trees in the park, jump out, and wave my arms madly.
    That usually surprises people.

  12. Joe Banned Member
    Posted February 23, 2012 at 9:08 pm |

    “You People?”

  13. MCPO
    Posted February 23, 2012 at 9:46 pm |

    I bake bread.

  14. katzemeow
    Posted February 23, 2012 at 10:12 pm |

    I cross-stitch, well I did before I had more than one kid and they got grabby & saught lots of attention. I’ve been told I’m quite good, people have mistaken the back of some of my projects for the front and put them on display that way.

  15. Alan outback bacon czar
    Posted February 23, 2012 at 11:09 pm |

    Write poetry.

  16. Posted February 23, 2012 at 11:41 pm |

    Latvian goat-humping.

    No? Dammit! I used to be so full of surprises…

  17. Cousin Joe
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 5:19 am |

    Does my collection of Lego Terrorist mean I have a hobby?

  18. snap-e-tom
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 6:09 am |

    I collect empty Altoids boxes.

  19. bocopro
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 6:15 am |

    The only things I collect are age spots, actinic keratoses, cataracts, sags, aching joints, sore muscles, and wrinkles.

    Well, that’s not entirely true — I also collect aphorisms, pithy quotes, epithets, buzzwords, and other bon mots which I then weave into little snarky word quilts for which I unabashedly take credit.

  20. j
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 8:07 am |

    Playing the eletric keyboard. For some reason people think large ugly men should move pianos not play them. But I have found that is much more work.

  21. geezerette
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 8:22 am |

    My hobby is no surprise altho I’m sure I’ve been tho’t of as a bit strange—(rock headed) It started with my grand son giving me a Lake Superior heart shaped rock— now friends and family send me rocks from places they’ve been in their travels — I wish I could tell a story and write like you bocopro—- this is a little story I’ll try to make short—-
    As you know we lost our daughter to cancer –
    She and I loved going to Isle Royale—
    When I went there after she died it was like she was with me–
    We hicked to the fire tower–
    I was sitting on the ground on side of it ( one of the only things I fear is heights) taking in the surrounding beauty and thinking I should find a special rock from there for her–
    I look down and right by my leg is a small flat heart shaped
    After I’m home and transferring my pictures onto the computer there is one of me taken from the top of the tower by my brother and the heart shaped rock is in it—-he took the picture just as I was thinking of her and saw the rock—

  22. mojo
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 8:30 am |

    Please. We try to keep the hobo hunts quiet.

  23. bocopro
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 8:35 am |

    Nothin wrong with the tellin of that story. If I’d been the narrator, it’d have come out so long and tedious and embellished that nobody’d read it.

  24. DougM (jackassophobe)
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 8:38 am |

    Wellp, I think I’ve mentioned most of my hobbyish pursuits here on KisP.
    Lessee, what else?
    (What? No, not that, the statute of limitations hasn’t expired.)
    (What? No, I promised not to show those videos to anybody else.)
    (What? No, haven’t done that since the court order.)
    (What? No, that involves sources and methods.)
    (What? No, if they find out, act of God will no longer be accepted.
    (What? No, if they find out, I’ll never be allowed in a casino again.)
    (What? No, if Mom or Santa find out, well …)
    (What? No, revenge sprees don’t count as a hobby.)
    (What? No, those violin cases aren’t actually violin cases.)
    (What? No, unbaptising Mormons was only a phase.)
    (What? No, if I told you, I’d have to shoot you. Oh, wait, yeah, that counts, I guess.)

    Okay, real hobbies:
    • Making long lists of wiseass comments

    Oh, sorry, you said “would actually surprise people.”
    Have you ever heard a news report where neighbors say,
    “Quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loaner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this.” Yep. Nailed it.

  25. PeggyU
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 10:24 am |

    Mojo – Love the new avatar!

  26. Joe Band Member
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 10:38 am |

    Alright, Alright, if you must know:

    I feed the monster at Scott Lake.

  27. Posted February 24, 2012 at 10:45 am |

    I explore caves. Not so much cave-diving (although I am certified) but I do a lot of vertical Single-Rope-Technique caving. I’ve done the five deepest pits in the continental US, and many, many 2-3 hundred footers. Mostly in the TN-AL-GA area. Hoping to get to Mexico some day where the really deep ones are.

  28. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 10:57 am |

    I love to cook. I first learned a little as a farm boy; getting up at 04:30 to milk cows, afterwards I was taught to fry eggs, bacon and make bisquits and coffee (…the women folks weren`t up yet….) After getting out of the horsepistol in 1988(jet crash…), I was house bound while I learned to walk again and feeling useless I seriously got into cooking and found I was good at it. EVERYBODY who dines at my house loves the food. {{{{{{….only Headmissey doubts that I can cook or even enter her kitchen w/o trashing her new atomic stove/oven…}}}}}

    My other hobbies are Blackpowder shooting (both long guns & pistols…) Reading History books voraciously, AND finally, I am an unknown expert at EFing (eye-f**king…) women! This has become even better since becoming my primary means of male/female *intimacy* It sucks is enjoyable….

  29. mojo
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 11:49 am |

    Peggy: Stolen, of course. I’m not that talented.

    Well, not in PS anyway.

  30. Papa Rod
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 11:50 am |

    I make rope out of horsehair. Almost nobody knows how to do it anymore. Learned how from an old cowhand.

  31. Alan outback bacon czar
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 1:07 pm |

    Col Jerry SIR! I’ve always called it “Mind effing”

  32. Alan outback bacon czar
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 1:27 pm |

    Also gourmet cooking, and bird feeding.

  33. Melissa In Texas
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm |

    you brought tears to my eyes….. funny how those things happen, isn’t it?

    I collect odd shaped or textured rocks and crystals too. I have them all over the house. If I am out and about, I always wind up picking up a few.
    Can’t tell you how many wound up in the washer first ;)

  34. PeggyU
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 2:41 pm |

    ^ That’s not a washer – it’s a rock tumbler! ;)

  35. Melissa In Texas
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 2:43 pm |

    I always wanted a rock tumbler :D

  36. geezerette
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 7:20 pm |

    Melissa—you made me smile— I made a photo holder by wrapping copper wire around the rock with one end raised and the raised end of the wire bent around a couple times to hold a photo in it—if you don’t have copper wire you can use the wire used in flower arrangements— I use a picture I’ve taken from the area I found the rock—and I change them often– it’s a fun thing.