Today’s post comes from Jacque.
Recently we spent the weekend with friends who are now living in Eveleth, MN. They moved there 18 months ago when they inherited Jane’s family home from her brother who inherited it from their parents. Lou saw it when he helped them move there last Spring. This was the first time I viewed it.
When I saw it I realized that Jane inherited a garage with a house, not a house with the garage.
A big hobby in Eveleth, and apparently much of N. Minnesota is restoring vintage cars. Her brother was into this In A Big Way. He built a 3 car garage, one stall holding a lift and sporting a heated floor. Then he built a second 2 car garage perpendicular to the 3 car garage. There are tools, immaculately kept and carefully arranged throughout the entire facility. No medical operating room could rival for neatness and sanitation. It was impressive.
We attended a vintage car show near by that testified to the popularity of this particular hobby in Northern Minnesota. After seeing the car show, I understood the number of elaborate garages scattered throughout the town. Many people there have this hobby. The houses in town are small, depression-era homes. The accompanying garages are large, elaborate, and decked out with the most modern equipment, much like the garages our friends now own. To be fair, Jane had told me about the hobby and the garages, but really, this was outside of my reality. I just did not understand until I saw it in person.
“What a hobby,” I thought. “How peculiar.”
But then, what about my hobbies and my peculiar equipment? After all, I mix clay in a food processor, then run it through a pasta machine, finally baking the end product in a toaster oven. Maybe the owner of the garages would not find my use of kitchen equipment at all ordinary.
Which leads to the question of the day.
Is there anything odd about your hobby(s)?