Friday Fives

1. Are you an active collector of anything?
T-Shirts, I guess. I have amassed hundreds. But I haven’t bought a new one in months if that counts for anything.

2. If you could quit your job and pursue your hobby full-time with financial security, what hobby would you pursue?
Baking. Opening a French bakery and making wonderful loaves of bread all the live long day.

3. What’s the gateway drug for your hobby?
For baking, I would say it is learning to make beer bread. Basically dumping and stirring and baking. Yum.

Beer Bread

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees

3 cups self-rising flour (sifted)
3 teaspoons baking powder (omit if using Self-Rising Flour)
1 teaspoon salt (omit if using Self-Rising Flour)
1?4 cup sugar (sifted)
1/2 T Vital Wheat Gluten (sifted) (Optional but will help keep it together and not make a crumbly mess of a loaf.)
1 (12 ounce) can beer (just about any style of beer works and each variety gives the loaf a different character.)
1?2 cup melted butter (1/4 cup will do just fine.)
(Sifting the flour is a must do. This can be a brick of a loaf without sifting. Sifting gives it more of a cake-like texture.)

Sift all the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir it up to incorporate all of it. Then slowly add the beer and stir until you have a sticky batter.
Generously grease a bread pan (if you have glass it seems to work the best.)
Pour the batter into the greased bread pan.
Pour the melted butter over the top
Bake for one hour.
Carefully remove from the pan and let cool on a bread rack for about 30 minutes

Slice and eat.
This is amazing toasted.

4. What one thing were you 100% into but now have no interest in?
As a kid I was into stamp collecitng and still have my binder of stamps but I am not an avid collector anymore.

5. What’s the weirdest hobby or interest you have heard of?
Oh gosh. Where to start. With the world of social media, you can find all kinds of things. I think my favorite is the guy who works at getting into the back ground of live camera shots as a hobby.

2 Replies to “Friday Fives”

  1. 1) Not really. I found myself holding on to collections of stuff that I didn’t need or care about any longer, so I purged it all. Now I want to get rid of stuff, more than gather.

    2) Still theater, I think.

    3) Improv and directing.

    4) Playing Halo on the XBox. I played all iterations of it, up through Halo 5, then now i just don’t care for the video stuffs as much.

    5) Going to ballet. Sorry, but yawn.

  2. 1) I’m not an active collector but a passive collector of pounds. They seem to be collecting about my waistline. I am doing what I can to get rid of them.

    2) I think it would be amazing to be able to pursue acting either on tv or in movies. I’d love to play a bad guy in a film.

    3) Acting like I know what I’m doing at work every shift.

    4) Video games that are live with other players. I still like video games just not getting my ass kicked by 11 year olds.

    5) Fishing. Not fly fishing I can see the serenity in that, you and the river kinda bull shit. I mean standing on the end of a dock or the beach with your bait n shit dangling in the water for hours on end to catch some gross fish and then throw it back, just dumb.

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