Let’s go-karting!


Next up we have go-kart racing (a.k.a. kart racing)! And let me just clarify, this ain’t bumper cars. Ready! Set! Go!

Background: Grade school for motor sports. Many professional racing drivers honed their skills go-karting, from Michael Schumacher to Jeff Gordon. If you’ve ever wanted the thrill of racing without the expense, then this is for you. In this sport, you drive a small racing vehicle around a race course (indoor or outdoor). It emulates the larger motor sports in nearly every way, with track marshalls, timed runs, pit crews, and safety equipment. Go-karting is biggest in Europe, though it’s rapidly growing in other continents.

Most public tracks are recreational, meaning their karts aren’t as powerful, and their courses aren’t as complicated. Depending on the quality of the track, safety equipment may range from simple helmets to full-body suits and even engine cut-off switches for dangerous drivers. There’s nothing much to fear, though. You have to really go out of your way to hurt yourself. Anybody expecting climactic crashes like on TV will be sorely disappointed.

Why it’s fun: Let me see. The thrill of zipping down a race track in a motorized vehicle? Check. The satisfaction of acing an S-curve and the hairpin turn after it? Check. Triumph as you take the lead after an intense 2-lap battle with your rival? Check. Hell, I dare you to not scope yourself out in a mirror, decked out in a full-body racing suit and helmet.

What you need: Access to a go-karting course, to start. And good shoes; sandals will get caught in the gas/brake pedals. The rest of the equipment can be rented at the track. Oh, you’ll want to buy one of these eventually. Tracks wash them, but still… ew.

Suggested for: Motorheads and speed freaks who don’t want to risk another speeding ticket. Racing enthusiasts. Those with pent-up aggression from too much traffic. Kids can ride too (don’t need a license)!

Not for: Terrified drivers (though you gotta try it at least once)! People with heart conditions.

Link: http://www.indoorkarttracks.com/Track_Listing.html



Reading on the floor

First up is one of the most beneficial hobbies you could ever take up: reading.

Background: Reading makes you smarterer. Really. If there’s only one hobby you can take up, make it this. It’s just as educational as it is entertainment. There are many things you can read that can fit your fancy: Biographies, self-help, historical, mystery, fantasy, science fiction, romance, etc. Heck, if you feel daunted by the prospect of a thick book, you can try children’s or young adult’s books. The Hardy Boys, anyone?

Why it’s fun: Each genre has its own reason! Pit yourself against a mystery author and try to solve the crime before she reveals it. Revel in the bad-assery of an adventure/thriller. Shiver as you turn each new page of a horror novel (The Shining is still my #1 horror book). Gape at new worlds and creatures in fantasy/science fiction novels. Broaden your horizons with historical and cultural narratives. Learn how your idols lived and died, succeeded and failed with biographies. Feel free to share your reasons in the comments below!

Requirements: A book. Duh. Available at any library or bookstore. Used books are available for dirt cheap. Ebooks too (piracy bad)!

Suggested for: Everyone.

Not for: n/a. Even the blind can read.

Links: http://www.articlealley.com/article_12653_32.html

Serious fun

So here’s how the hobby features will be formatted. Trust me, you’ll be grateful later on.

Background: Brief explanation on what the hobby is about and why people find it so fun. Yes, I need to explain the “fun” part. I’ve seen many activities that leave me scratching my head.

Requirements: Some need a driver, some need a driver’s license. Stuff you need to get if you want to pursue the hobby.

Suggested for: Who might be interested in this? No names, just profiles. If you don’t match the profile, don’t worry. Break the mold!

Not for: People who will either be bored or find this activity too challenging. Again, feel free to prove me wrong.

Relevant links: Sites where you can learn more.

Every so often I’ll follow up the hobby feature with more in-depth content. Of course, my hobbies will get more attention than others. 🙂

Call to Relaxation

Everybody needs a hobby. That’s not an opinion, that’s a fact.

Let’s face it, the modern working environment is stressful, and we need all the help we can get to relax. But with personal time so rare and valuable, you need to carefully consider how you want to relax!

This blog’ll give you the basics of various hobbies and activities that you might find interesting. Who knows? You may eventually find your passion *cough*ahem*joy*bleargh*.

Oh, and before you ask–yes, family is important too. But sometimes you need a break from family, right?


Fine. Have them join in.