We’re too busy. Everyone is spending more hours at work. More time raising kids. There is the computer to eat up spare minutes. And 100 channels on the TV. Technology and work have spelled the end to stamp collecting, gardening, crocheting, quilting, canning, pickling. I don’t think I would categorize blogging as a hobby. Since I use blogging as a means for brainstorming ideas and as a rough draft of future writing projects, it falls under work for me.Up to a point. It's not clear that everyone is spending more hours at work, but that's a conversation we've had before. Kids can be a great catalyst for hobbies. Model railroaders use Thomas the Tank engine as a recruiting dodge all the time. It's not unknown for a mom to pass along her enthusiasm for tropical fish to her kids. Get the picture?
The secret is to make the time, rather than lament its lack. Turn off the television (easy for me to say, there are 100 channels of nothing here.) Turn off the computer and go to your workbench. Build.
There is a connection between the outsourcing debate and the disappearance of time-intensive hobbies Dr. Laura noted. Go here and scroll down to the bargain purchase that requires work. It is one of what will prove to be three Boston and Maine 4-8-2s in the roundhouse: the reassembled one from this engine, a kit that I recently bought, and a ready-to-run one from China. If you figure the opportunity cost of my time and the tooling I have to put together to reassemble the one and build the kit, the ready-to-run one from China will be cheaper, and on technical points it might be better put-together out of the box.