How do you relax?

Although "mostly" retired, I still need to get away from the city to relax.  Last week my wife and youngest daughter joined me in a mountain cabin, where we explored the winter wilderness.  That is how we like to take it easy How do you relax?.

So, how do you relax?

How do you relax?

How do you relax?

How do you relax?

How do you relax?
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Doc
02/26/2009 - 17:22
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JB
03/02/2009 - 04:32
03/02/2009 - 23:26
My wife and I have a 1pm massage appointment...
02/26/2009 - 05:54
does that count?  Luckily (and I mean for the Loungers) there will be no pictures taken!  But for longer term relaxation, we like to travel to places that allow us to get away from it all (i.e. Tibet, Shangri La, Fiji, cruises, etc.) I used to love mountain/ice climbing and motorcycles - but gave them up after marriage. BR, Dan
Everest Base Camp
02/26/2009 - 17:28
That was a great picture you shared earlier .  My only memories of massage are from sports injuries where they seem to want to hurt you enough to forget the pain that brought you there in the first place.  Amazing how much a thumb in the right place can sting!
Hit the tennis ball.............
02/26/2009 - 08:23
with this monster.  He's my nephew and I've been playing for 35 years and am 61 years old and I initially taught him how to play about 9 years ago before he took many other tennis lessons and went to High School at the Nick Bolletieri Tennis Academy!  He now plays for his College Team. You think I'm beating him or what? Not in this lifetime! Best regards, Tom
Re: Hit the tennis ball.............
02/26/2009 - 17:29
I can tell you are proud of being a good teacher....too good perhaps?
I am.........and lucky too........
02/26/2009 - 19:01
he still seems to want to play with his uncle................maybe it's the Pizzas after we play.............or maybe he just enjoys a little revenge for all of those years I had no mercy on him and kicked his a--.  I can tell you though..."Payback's a Bitch". Best, Tom
What a way to relax! I envy you...
02/26/2009 - 08:39
We relax by just being at home or watching TV...if we go abroad, it's more likely I am more relaxed than her since the kids come along  
Share your secret!
02/26/2009 - 17:32
You'll have to tell me how you get away with it!  With two daughters, I was more vigilant on family holidays especially when there was lots of "night life" .  Now I take them to the mountains and worry less .
I am sure your daughters will be safer
02/27/2009 - 05:34
I am sure your daughters will be safer with the Yeti and Bigfoot (throw in Doc's Labradors and Marios' eagle, too) than with the wildlife you might bump into in town at night. Have a great weekend Kazumi
this is what I look like in real life....
02/26/2009 - 10:27

I should stop coffee and the internet and find a way to relax 

Heeeeeere's Alex!
02/26/2009 - 17:25
Re: How do you relax?
02/26/2009 - 13:29
I teach sport as a profession. I have many and different ways to relax. I direct a wildlife hospital, I run ultra marathon races all over the world and play the violin. But nothing compares to my favorite way for relax which is watch restoration. The following photo with a cup of coffee and good music is by far my favorite relax.
Marios.......
02/26/2009 - 14:18
You are a better man than I! Best, Tom
I understand...
02/26/2009 - 17:34
that variety or a "change of pace" is a great way to relax.  Seems like you have many different interests .  They also say that it improves brain function to have such variety of activities.
Re: I understand...
02/26/2009 - 21:11
It is true that I like to do different things even though I don’t get bored easily. I saw Doc’s lovely dogs and I want to show you my … pets. As I said I run a wildlife hospital on a small Greek island. Fellow loungers you are welcome to come for a couple of weeks to offer volunteer help together with your holidays. For more information please check www.alkioni.gr
Really cool!
02/28/2009 - 05:39
Sounds like a great way to spend a holiday.
Lovely pics
02/26/2009 - 17:22
and lovely weather. It's a nice way to walk in the mountains, been some years since I did it last, perhaps I'll do it this summer. As you know, my son and I had a plan, but he is going to be father insummer... and I Grandfather, for the first time So I try to steal some week for myself, and go to Swedens most south glacier, where I been before. Otherwise best of all reading, history, biographies, memoirs, horology etc sitting under a a parasol or a shading tree, with dogs at my feet. Dogs tied because a cat had just passed by 5 minutes before Carpe Diem Doc
Lovely Dogs!
02/26/2009 - 17:37
Doc, my friend with two Labrador dogs is very busy.  They are training for retrieving trials and one just obtained a big award.  Now my friend says he must work harder than ever with their training, but I know that is how he relaxes .
Doc....sounds like.....
02/26/2009 - 18:54
You have the life! Best regards, Tom
I get a kick out of all kinds of activites like running, tennis...
02/26/2009 - 21:19
a good book or a concert (saw James Blunt live last week and he was awesome) and movies of course. But what gives me the biggest thrill of all is time spent with family... nothing can beat that today, building a snowman was tons of fun today, getting ready for a ski practice (Alexandra, to be 7 soon and Sophie, 4) - you don't realize how fast they pick up stuff and learn until they get as good as you fall 2008, at the stable with my wife Kamila My both goirls are really fond of horseback riding
Bautiful family Radek.......
02/26/2009 - 23:36
All the Best Tom
Lovely family, Radek
02/27/2009 - 01:09
Your daughters have your eyes and they both look like you. congrats, Berny
Re: I get a kick out of all kinds of activites like running, tennis...
02/27/2009 - 04:19
Great shots Radek, I agree completely. Your older daughter certainly looks like you! Regards, Joseph
you have a wonderful family buddy and Alexandra looks so much like U (
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Thank you guys! (nt)
02/27/2009 - 22:49
Thanks for sharing!
02/28/2009 - 05:34
Seeing what really matters to people helps put our horological hobby into perspective .
Shameless pride
02/28/2009 - 18:59
My oldest daughter was just married while on holidays in Samoa.  Upon their return, my new son-in-law plans on following in my professional footsteps by joining our police department.  It's something I never outright encouraged because I know how hard it is on families but they have the "right stuff"  .
All the best to the newly weds, Dean! They look happy together;-) nt
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Re: Shameless pride
03/01/2009 - 00:08
That's a lovely couple Dean. How are they going to stand the weather in Alberta after those palm trees?? BTW You have a lovely daughter...she must take after her mother Wouldn't a nice pair of vintage watches (VC of course) make a great wedding gift?! Best wishes, Joseph
Not a WIS
03/01/2009 - 19:06
Thanks for your kind words (sort of ).  Like her mother, my daugher prefers cash to watches or jewellery .  Any yes, her looks are also from the maternal side!
Re: Not a WIS
03/01/2009 - 23:59
Hi Dean, Cash is always good! Best, Joseph
Re: How do you relax?
03/02/2009 - 04:32
I like to relax in many ways, golf is out for now so here is something which I love... I started piano late in life, but fortunately I could read music. Its one way of communing with greatness. Joseph
Have a listen.
03/02/2009 - 17:27
Re: Have a listen.
03/02/2009 - 21:44
Thanks Dean (Mr. Eagle - eyes), Its actually one I know along with #3. I've even made my own recordings of those two. I'm slowly recrding my small repetoire. The other pieces shown are Gershwin's second Prelude and Chopin's Waltz in D flat #13. but I'm too modest to upload a music clip Regards, Joseph
Music has charms to soothe a savage breast...
03/03/2009 - 17:17
and none more so than Brahms .  I have fond memories of banging away on our piano as a child but became lazy and let it go as a teenager.  I admire you greatly for taking it up again!
Re: Music has charms to soothe a savage breast...
03/04/2009 - 21:44
Not " again" For the first time! I played the bassoon in high school. That's where I learned to read music, then did a little choral workin university, not too interesting. I thought it would be a great place to meet girls LOL Joseph
Re: How do you relax?
03/02/2009 - 23:26
I take our 150 pound puppy for a walk.  Best regards, Dino
Dino, what breed?
03/03/2009 - 17:18

Your dog looks a bit like a Norwegian Elk Hound?

Nope not an Elk Hound, although his coloring looks similar...
03/03/2009 - 22:35
He is a Caucasian Ovcharka, the are also called Caucasian Mountain Dogs, Caucasian Shepard, along with several other names depending on the country.  Ovcharkas are  usually 2 to 3 times the size of an Elk Hound, and they can be many different colors.  Based on his size alone he attracts lots of attention from people driving or walking past us.   Best regards, Dino