Originally Posted by GQgeek
A lot of others have commented, but let me stress that nothing good can come from MMOs. At best, it's pure, pointless entertainment that leaves you with nothing but time spent. For many, MMOs can suck up all their free time (this describes my sophomore year of college, before I wised up). At worst, they can completely destroy your life, causing some people to lose jobs, tuition spent on failed classes, relationships.... I've seen the latter happen to more than few people. Anyway, here're my suggestions: A fitness/athletic pursuit.
Cheap, yes, but they make you healthier, make you feel better, make you look better, increase your self-confidence, and ultimately - and this is why we do anything and everything, isn't it? - will help you get more poon.
If I had to recommend one activity
, it would be something like "Crossfit," providing a wide range of benefits from one activity. But if you're willing to entertain the notion of "physical fitnees" as a hobby, I'd suggest both strength training and cardio training, coupled with a martial art, or martial sport. Useful skills that are applicable in real life.
Slot car racing and bird watching and so on might be fun (?), but outside of entertaining one's self, what use do they have? If you're going to spend the time, why not learn something that it both enjoyable and
practical? This is a forum dedicated to clothing, right? Learn how to sew. $200 will get you a good, entry-level sewing machine (I have a Brother CS-6000i, which I like very much), and another $50 or so will pay for a few initial classes at a local fabric/craft store. As others have suggested, learning a new language is never a bad thing. You can test the waters quite cheaply (or, if you have no scruples with piracy, for free) with audio programs like "Learn In Your Car" and "Drive Time." If you like it, and once you have the basics, you can pick up an old textbook at half.com for a few bucks. If you're really smart, you'll look for local social groups who meet up to practice/speak their common language. You can find groups like this in most non-small cities. Like motorcycles? By buyuing a cheap, beater bike on Craigslist, and fixing it up yourself, you can have a dependable bike for anywhere from $500 to $1500 bucks (which, after the initial purchase of a couple hundred, will be spent over time) Don't have a garage? Live in an apartment? No problem! I've built several bikes in the living rooms of my apartments. Once, when I lived on the 3rd story of a building, I finished a bike, then pulled the engine, and had my friends help me carry it downstairs to the street. 45 minutes of wrenchin' on the curb, and it was ready to roll. HAM radio operation (which can be cheap, if you do your homework) will be a valuable skill when society collapses. So will small electronics construction and repair; if you can turn an electric motor into a generator, and cobble together miscellaneous solar panels to make something useful, you'll be a very popular guy. Marksmanship will be a useful SHTF skill, too. You can get a cheap, .22 rifle at a pawn shop for $100 or less. Buy a couple boxes of ammo (two, maybe three cents per cartridge), and head the local range ($20 per session). If you can afford a bit more, I'd strongly suggest buying a new rifle. I made a few good suggestions in this thread
. Once you're able to put a shot about where you want it to land, you can go hunt rabbits and squirrels. And so on, and so forth...