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Hi gym0,
I was pleased to see your post, and I agree--I would love to see more posts about what people are doing in retirement..what makes them want to get up in the morning.

I used to play golf when I was married to my first husband. I wish I would have kept playing golf...but I haven't picked up a club in about a decade. I wonder, have you ever read Gary Player's book, Fit for Golf? I am thinking perhaps you already work out because of your screen name..but Player's book is Golf specific.

For myself, to answer your query, my big thing has been oil painting for the last 3 years. In particular I am doing what is called "plein air"..I paint directly alla prima (alla prima means "all at once" Italian, I think) and I generally paint outdoors. I started off doing very crappy paintings in sugar-y garish colors. I took two workshops with a premier plein air painter and now I use a more natural palette, using more of the actual colors seen in nature. Oil painting is tough, I'll tell you..because it is frustrating. A lot of folks quit oil painting in the first few months, I certainly was close to throwing in the towel but I am really interested in both the failures and the successes, so I keep on. It was hard to put my ego aside in the beginning. I thought I was going to be so great at it! I found out one can paint in their mind's eye a lot easier than for real!

I like what you wrote about Frankie Laine and I also use the computer constantly. Honestly, I should use it less..then I would get more done around our house--but the computer is like a siren.
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