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What is something that used to be a huge part of your life, but isn't anymore?

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Fishing...for several reasons, health being the main one.

 

Most relaxing thing in the world to me, is throwing a spinnerbait.

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Playing pickup games of basketball. Thats frowned upon these days. If I had the money I'd create a self cooling hazmat suit suitable for playing sports in, then we could get sports back up and running and make millions or billions in the process. Phil Knight and crew likely already have pending pattents on that though.

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Another biggie...Newspapers. I used to read the Hearld Leader and USA Today on a daily basis, mostly during lunch. Then most evenings I also read the local Commonwealth Journal. I currently don't read any newspaper regularly and haven't for 6 or 7 years.

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Another biggie...Newspapers. I used to read the Hearld Leader and USA Today on a daily basis, mostly during lunch. Then most evenings I also read the local Commonwealth Journal. I currently don't read any newspaper regularly and haven't for 6 or 7 years.

 

Same here. The Danville Advocate-Messenger arrived at our house around 3 o'clock and I'd get it out of the box when I got home from school every day. That hasn't been a thing for me in a long time, though.

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Golf, basketball, softball. Health just deteriorated. Used to be halfway decent artist, somehow lost my desire.

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Powerlifting. I used to follow it very closely and compete. Now that I am getting older, I am a casual fan and haven't competed in 18 years.

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Playing guitar.

 

Smoking.

 

Same here. A certain kind of smoking would without fail have me reaching for my guitar. Just had to funnel that rush into something creative, or else I’d climb the walls, or bury my face in a big bag of chips. Wrote a ton of songs while the juices would flow, and in my mind for the duration of my jamming I’d be the folk rock star that I had always dreamed to be.

 

This would even translate to me taking my tunes to an open mic here and there. After years of it I rarely now have the urge to light up, and because of that I rarely pick up the guitar. Somehow the mojo just isn’t there unless I do. That sucks because I wish that I could feel that same urge to play guitar without it, and now I barely remember how to play my own tunes.

 

I can’t claim him as an influence because other than hearing his name a lot, I never heard much of his music, but oftentimes people would compare my style to John Prine. I write from a very simplistic place that can at times straddle a quirky folky country thing, so I suppose I can see where they were coming from with their comparisons.

 

And to be completely honest my guitar skills are very basic and self learned. Oftentimes I can’t even tell you what chord I’m playing, and most of my tunes are composed with just a few very basic chords. I was given a license to do so when I heard Bono at a U2 concert on their Joshua Tree Tour in the late 80’s say something to the effect that a few simple chords can change the world. Well I had a lot of fun writing and playing them, but always fell short of taking it to the limit, so to be fair I never did get around much to changing the world.

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Baseball, the NBA, and NASCAR.

 

I forgot about cigarette smoking. That's how much that is not a part of my life, now, and how I do not miss it. I was a 3 pack a day smoker the day I quit, November 22, 2004.

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Playing softball & basketball.

I loved playing but haven’t played either in years.

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Silent movies. Clara Bow was a hottie.

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