An incomplete list of hobbies I have tried and discarded:
- knitting (I got bored with my projects before I finished them)
- sailing (I have no gross motor skills, and I fear open water)
- running (I broke my foot)
- candlemaking (messy)
- photography (I never wanted to bother carrying my giant camera around, plus I kept forgetting how to load the film)
- cooking (I got tired of spending $30 and two hours to make something I could get for $6 at the Thai place on the corner)
Anyway, now I'm considering a hobby I half-heartedly thought about getting into a couple of years ago: competitive Scrabble. Yesterday I reread Stefan Fatsis's excellent book Word Freak, which is all about the colorful characters who populate the highest ranks of the competitive Scrabble scene. I love their weirdness and their dedication. I love the massive levels of concern over the composition of the official list of legal words. I love that it's a small enough world that I already know many of the major players and have favorites. I love that it requires no motor skills.
My city appears to have two Scrabble clubs, each meeting weekly. I'm going to go as soon as I memorize the legal 2-letter words. I don' t plan to abandon gainful employment so I can spend my time memorizing word lists, but I think I could become a decent intermediate player.