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Dec. 3 2009 - 5:11 pm | 6 views | 0 recommendations | 0 comments

You know you’re addicted to [your thing] when. . .

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While reading Surfing Magazine on-line the other day, I came across a quiz called, “Are You Addicted to Surfing?”  I thought, “What a fine thing to which to be addicted.” I’m no surfer, but I think it is a great and beautiful sport, so I read the articles and look at incredible photographs and wish I had such great balance. 

But the quiz got me thinking: Am I addicted to fly fishing? So I starting working up some possible indicators: 

1. Is there fly-fishing tackle or fly boxes in the living room at any given moment? Yes.

2. Do you store fly-fishing tackle in places or rooms where it doesn’t really belong. Yes. 

3. Are there flies stuck in the visors of the car, and fly boxes in the glove compartment? Yes. 

4. Do you own more than four pairs of waders? Yes. 

5. When you look at any body of water, do you start to scan for fishy lairs and ways to wade or kayak to them? Yes. 

Interim conclusion: Most likely addicted.

Start to think for yourself: What’s your favorite recreation/sport/hobby — anything from fencing to cooking to ice-wall climbing — and might you fear possible addiction? Come up with five pertinent questions about your habits surrounding this activity and answer them honestly. You might have a “problem.” 

 

 

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