Friday, 23 December 2011

Hobbies and Tiredness

At the end of a day's work, when one is mentally exhausted, it is understandable that one might spend the evening in front of the television.

This model railway hobby was supposed to be an alternative to spending the evening in that way. However, there is so much to do and so many new skills to learn that far from being a relaxing hobby it is like attending a technical college every evening where I am the lecturer and the student - and a pretty poor lecturer and a pretty lazy student at that.

Not only do I find the individual activities mentally taxing and often confusing eg soldering, wiring, designing the track, laying track, cutting track, converting locomotives to DCC, making scenery, making buildings to scale .................., I find the sequence of activities daunting. For example, what comes first: laying the track or putting the platforms in place, or wiring the track or putting underlay beneath the track? And so on.

What I really need is a few clear days when I have all the materials and tools in position and a definite plan of what should be done first, second etc. And a completely clear head.

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The beach at Arcachon.

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I can't believe that I ignored Eels so comprehensively for so many years. They were playing in Scotland this year and I was oblivious to the fact. It's not an exaggeration to say that over the last month or so I have been humming Eels songs to myself every day. (Almost said "every waking hour of the day".)

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