As I have written about in the past, my close neighbors own a very expensive sail boat which does not get taken out very often. This summer they are getting ready for a month's sail around the Chesapeake Bay. Since they are novice sailors this is a good start and I am glad to see they are using this expensive toy more often. Boats are like fashion models in that they require a certain amount of attention, money and an unreasonable amount of maintenance.
We have another friend that lives 15 miles away on the water. We had not been to visit their home in the time that we have known them but I kind of had an idea that it would be one of those places where various sheds are full of various project supplies, gardens and landscape beds are like fraying patchwork quilts popping up every where and the house would be spacious, welcoming, and needing lots of work. I was not wrong, except for the rescue cat operation that I later learned about! Since I am allergic to cats, I sent hubby on the work errand to this house.
When hubby returned I asked if they lived on the water. He said yes and that they also had a boat at dock. He went on to say that the motor boat was idle and had not been used in years. It seems that the first time the owner took out the boat he had some problem that had to be fixed. The second time he had his grandchildren for a boating day in this new boat and did not realize he had to switch on some water pump to keep the inboard engine cool and the motor eventually overheated and they had to be towed back home. That boat has not left the dock since that event. This is a more interesting anecdote when you learn that this man teaches classes on boating safety and the rules of the road for boaters! He has admitted that he actually does not like boating...just helping teach others how to be safe on the water.
I often wonder how we get ourselves into these expensive hobbies which we do not really want. It happens so often to boaters. People retire to the water in Florida and immediately buy a boat because everyone else has a boat. They have never been boating but dive in head first (to mix an image) and end up with a headache that taunts them every morning. Living on the water and enjoying the view does not mean one has to boat or sail. Living on a golf course does not mean one has to enjoy golf. Maybe you just like a perfectly "manigroomed" back yard view. Living on the side of a mountain with a snowy view does not mean you have to ski just because all of your neighbors ski. Surely you will find other things you enjoy with them such as apres ski warm drinks. Living in the lively city doesn't mean you have to eat out all the time...maybe you just want coffee and like people watching. Living in the country does not mean you have to farm!
I think we try to fit our personal round pegs into those lovely square holes that we find without taking time to test the hole. We think we need to be exactly like everyone around us. But we don't. EXCEPT, I will never understand people who have huge gourmet kitchens with every perfect appliance and tool and yet they rarely cook!