Pike needs a new hobby that isn't watching football

Pike at Lambeau Field in Green Bay
Pike at Lambeau Field in Green Bay Photo credit Pike Taylor

What do you like to do in your free time? Knit? Write poetry? Maybe you carve little animal figurines out of a bar of soap?

The reason I ask is because it's November 29th and I've already given up on the Green Bay Packers football season. They currently have a terrible record of 4-8 and show no signs of improving. This is pretty unprecedented, as they are historically a very good team who has hopes of winning the Super Bowl.

Not this year.

Football season is usually what consumes most of my time in the winter. I read articles about the Packers, listen to podcasts about the Packers, talk about the Packers, think about the Packers, and watch the Packers on TV. Since I no longer care to do any of those things, I'm in search of a new hobby. While I still have playing golf and guitar, I feel like a need something fresh, ya know?

Here's 5 ideas that I came up with:

1. Learn Spanish

I've been getting the itch to learn a new language, and since there are a lot of Spanish-speaking people in Central Florida, I thought that would be a good one. I have two years of High School Spanish class under my belt, but I was a pretty terrible student who loved to do literally anything in class as long as it wasn't paying attention. I feel like this would be a good hobby for the brain, you'd feel smarter, and it would be super cool to be able to converse in Spanish.

2. Canoeing

Who doesn't love to canoe? I've only done it maybe three times in my life, but it is always fun. The last time was when my wife Lauryn and I took a canoe down the Wekiva river. We had a blast. We now live very close to a lake in Kissimmee, so this seems like a good time to take it on as a full-on hobby.

Pike and Lauryn canoeing down the Wekiva River
Pike and Lauryn canoeing down the Wekiva River Photo credit Pike Taylor

3. Yoga

People love yoga from what I can tell. I've only ever done it in High School Gym class, but I don't think that counts. Since I currently do an embarrassingly little amount of stretching, I figure I could afford to get into yoga. Now I don't know if I can pull off the yoga pants, but if It's a requirement then I guess I'll try.

4. Cooking

I mean, I love eating so it would make sense to learn to cook. I can cook *a little*, but I'm talking about really getting into some serious recipes and techniques. I just bought a Blackstone griddle for our patio, so maybe I can start by learning some cool stuff to whip up on there. Hibachi, anyone?

5. Surfing

After all, we live in Florida and I love going to the beach. Normally I like to just sit under an umbrella and drink beer, occasionally going for a little swim in the waves. This would add a whole new element to our beach trips. It's a pretty challenging hobby from what I've heard and read, but it seems like a fun challenge. Until I see a shark fin, then I'm retiring forever.

What kind of hobbies do you have? If you've got any ideas of things that I might enjoy, please let me know. I'm on Instagram @piketaylorradio, so shoot me a DM. Or always feel free to call me during my show Monday-Friday from 3-7pm, our studio line is 407-919-1051.

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