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Staying On Track

I posted a few articles in a row about model trains. It is only a subject I am writing about and tinkering a bit around the edges. It’s because it is an old and long standing interest. It is not a current passion or must do. I like to pick up the lid and shuffle through the items in the virtual box of old toys. You know the old adage about men and their toys. Ha!

My box contains a lot of play things. Not bragging. It may even be a curse in other peoples views. I am OK with having broad interests and skills. Most of them are related in some way. Most are in the area of making things.

The trains for example are all about making them, not collecting or even operating them. “Making” is the common glue.

My current passion in lost wax silver work is not to make or keep the items I make for myself. I have a few I consider “mine” but the vast majority is sold or given away as gifts. My wife has her own stash but often sells or gifts it away too.

The 3D printing I am doing is the same. I give away or sell almost every thing. It is the making that I enjoy. I also enjoy that some one else likes what I can make.

The model trains are a bit different. Those I make for myself and have never entered into a way to share. I think because I never found or looked for other local people with the same interest as mine. Making things for one self is fine, but sharing is so much more rewarding for me. That’s where clubs and associations of like interest help. Sharing an interest keeps that interest “on track”, the point I want to make.

I have been in many clubs and interest groups. I don’t always live as a hobby hermit. I usually gravitate to news letter editor and eventually find a job as president. I get very proactive. It just seems to happen. Now I have drifted into web blogging which is much like giving a speech in a dark and probably empty room. It’s a lazy excuse.

Web groups are OK when they happen. But I think they work best as part of a local club. There needs to be some real friendship and face to face bonding. No hiding behind an on-line pseudonym. Guilty as “Ramblin’ Dan” but the Dan is my real name. I don’t hide the Kautz, if you follow my blogs long enough.

So the right track is to come out of hiding and find or start a local group. It can be as small as one other person with whom to share. More people add diversity and large groups settle into doers and riders. All that is OK. It is how I have always seen it work.

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