Odd Hobbies

Guerilla Gardening---Certainly Different!

This "hobby" has been around for a while, but I'm just getting around to discovering it. Am I alone of being late to the game on this one? For those of us that need an explanation, guerilla gardening is the act of  the cultivation of plants on property that does not belong to you. For example, a stretch of median on the highway that is an eyesore, or abandoned property in the city that needs some beauty. This hobby is sort of a public service in a way.

But let's not stop there. Guerilla gardeners push the limits in many cases. They break onto private property and alter the landscape from the intent of the owner. Clearly against the law. Or they will break onto the property of a corporation or business in order to make a "political" statement.

I don't know about you guys, but I've had it up to my ears with everyone's "political" statements lately. However, we have a few more months before people shut up and stop telling the rest of us how to live or attempt to curtail our freedoms.  That's not a jab at one party, by the way. They both suck.

Cosplay---One Strange Hobby (Feb. 1, 2012)

Definition: a combination of the words "costume" and "play." Combining multiple people for the purpose of real life role playing games in full period dress.

Okay, this is strange. At first I thought it was about maybe Civil War re-enactment groups. Nope. That is perfectly normal compared to the next wave of real life role play by folks who would have been Dungeons and Dragons fans had they grew up in the early 80's.

Cosplay used to be something that you seldom heard of, kept mostly to guys with very high IQ's but not much chance of going out with the girls they daydreamed of. Now what used to be a subculture is growing and there are actually meet up groups in cities all over the country where you can dress up as your favorite animime character or something out of Lord of the Rings.

For example, meet Amtgard--Duchy of the Bitter Coast from Baltimore, MD. Apparantly they have over 50 members for their midieval fantasy game and meet on Saturdays at a local college campus. If you want to check this group out they even have a web page. www.thebittercoast-amtgard.com.

As much as some of us may want to poke fun at the new generation of wizards and warlocks, maybe we shouldn't. They may be ruling the world in 20 years. After all, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs (RIP), and that nerdy owner of Facebook pretty much control our days now.

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