Truthful Tuesday (1 December 2020)

Prompt image for the Truthful Tuesday prompt

I quite liked this week’s Truthful Tuesday question, too, which was:

With the exception of blogging (assuming it’s a hobby and not your profession), do you have any unique hobbies or pastimes?

Okay, first-off, blogging is very much just a hobby. I tend to be around most days, but other activities take priority when they crop up. In fact, it is getting harder for me to keep up with posts, so you have been warned! But I won’t ever “like” a post unless I have first listened to it.

I talked last week about how I liked writing software, and that has always been a hobby, since my early twenties. As soon as computers became affordable enough, I was writing stuff at home and releasing it alondside my paid job. My first “home” computer was a 386SX laptop, if you remember them, with a black and white screen.

Busman’s holiday? Actually, chalk and cheese. At work, in most places, the priority was to hack things together and to get them out as soon as possible. The jelly mould model – when something stops wobbling for long enough, get it out of the door.

Home environment was different, elegance, quality. And the skills picked up there led me into design. So as I grew to do more design in my job, the trick was to blend the hurry, hurry and quality together.

Strictly recreational, I developed a passion for photography in my thirties. This was one I took back then, and posted the other day. I post one a week, and there are a bunch up here already, in the same category.

My other big hobby from that time was cycling. I cycled a hundred-mile ride once, and used to average about 200mi/month. I was a fit boy back then. As well as riding (I still have 5 bikes chained up in the garage), I also enjoyed watching races. I saw several stages of the Tour of Britain, several of the Tour de France, and used to go to a big track cycling event over in Belgium every year.

Stroke changes things, cameras are two-handed gadgets (I still use my phone, it is more convenient but the SLR’s versatility puts it in a different league, even an old SLR), and I can lose my balance standing up, let alone riding my bike. I am, however, as good with softwareas I ever was.

Author: Mister Bump UK

Designed/developed large IT systems, interrupted by a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Now mix development of health-related software with voluntary work and writing. Married, with an estranged daughter.

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