I can't figure out where people put the time for TV in their lives - I'm too busy! And, I'm guilty of spending too much time on these forums!
Indeed! We turned off our TV for good in 1998, and it has improved our lives dramatically. For one thing, life is calmer, because the entire content of all TV news is, "The sky is falling!" We can live without that. But it's also given us hours that we will never give back. And I don't even surf the web anymore. The few sites whose content I enjoy are in my feed reader. I check it for updates, skim it for good content, then close it. Usually takes less than five minutes. Once I get running with SLD, I will probably not even check back here, except to post updates on my progress.
I recently had the opportunity to watch a friend as he found a new hobby. It was fascinating:
A friend here recently brought me 100g or so of coffee he bought out in town (and the Japanese love good coffee--it is everywhere). I reciprocated by giving him about the same amount of a roast I had done a few days earlier. Later, we were talking and he mentioned it. He asked me, "How did you like that coffee?" "It was good," I said, "but the stuff I gave you was better." We talked a bit more, and I told him that anyone can spend 30 minutes a week and roast their own coffee that puts Starbucks to shame. He said, "You can make coffee that's better than Starbucks (where did we get the idea that big corporations make a superior product)?" I said, "Absolutely."
A week later, he called to tell me that he had just ordered some green coffee beans (from a site I recommended to him). Of course, I volunteered to teach him how to roast. His response was hilarious, "No way. I'm a lazy American. I just want to buy the beans. Can't you roast them for me?" I told him that I was one of those "teach a person to fish" kind of people. Anyway, he started researching it on the Internet, and got connected with the "home roasting" sub-culture of coffee lovers. The next thing I know, he's re-wired his wife's bread machine, bought a heat gun, and is roasting the best coffee he's ever had... right on his patio.
What's been really interesting for me to watch is his transformation from a "buyer" into a "maker." With urbanization, the first thought most people have when they encounter a problem is, "What can I buy that will fix that?" But there's a minority group (just like that guy who invented the shovelglove) whose first thought is, "What can I make (or do) that will fix that?" At first, my friend just wanted to buy his way out of the problem (and have me do all the work), but once he got a taste of being a "maker" he was hooked. Now he roasts much more than I do.