My next step was to pose the question on facebook. I considered the merits of each:
- Kirsty in Iraq suggested whittling - I'm more likely to take off the top of a finger than actually make anything that can be identified, plus Australian quarantine would probably confiscate all of my pieces of 'art' on return to Oz.
- Chaz in England suggested horseriding - could be an occassional hobby, but the term 'saddle sore' exists for a reason that I'm not keen to experience again. She later suggested chocolate tester, which I consider to be a lifestyle choice, not a hobby.
- Adrian in Germany asked about TV, namely bad yet addictive reality TV - I love bad yet addictive tv, but it's usually not reality tv. And, not really something I want to admit to people at dinner parties...
- Kristen in Pakistan suggested photography or film making, which are probably the only things I could properly claim as a hobby now. I was so inspired by her comment that I thought I'd try to get into some filmmaking and put together the clips I took in central America. But windows moviemaker didn't like the file extension and wouldn't let me import the clips so I gave up on that.
- Moutushi in Bangladesh said that I could try to write about different experiences from different countries - which is what I do here, so I guess that's another hobby I have.
- Wendy, lately of Darwin, thinks that online stalking to impress my friends with random details of their pasts is a neat idea. Why she's telling me to do something that I've been doing for years....j/k :-)
- Rowan in Canberra gave me one word. Jazzercise. Yes, jazzercise is an excellent hobby and one that I miss terribly. But not enough to put on the Jazzercises DVD that I took with me on my recent travels - it's just not the same by yourself.
- Finally, Greg in Japan said, and I quote directly "Throwing stale croissants at preschoolers is the first thing that comes to mind." With a pre-school just around the corner, I figure I can try this one out tomorrow and report back.