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Dr. Sid Solomon

The founder of the Center for Cosmetic, Implant and Neuromuscular Dentistry, Dr. Sid Solomon is a dentist who is able to draw on over 30 years of experience while treating patients at any one of his three offices located throughout the Grater Los Angeles area. A graduate of UCLA and the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, Dr. Solomon is considered one of the area’s foremost experts on issues associated with TMJ and specializes in full mouth reconstruction as well as neuromuscular dentistry. Dr. Solomon has long been interested in the visual arts, and he often spends his free time engaged in pursuits relating to his passion for photography and painting.

What is your hobby?

I tend to favor photography and painting more or less equally, particularly since they seem to complement each other so well.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

I’ve done oil painting for many years now, but my kids recently became so interested in photography that it inspired me to take it up as a hobby as well.

Tell us what you love about it.

Both photography and painting are wonderful excuses to spend extended periods of time with nature, and the fact that my kids are interested in photography has given us another shared interest that we can all enjoy together.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

I attend the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk just about every month, and I am always looking for new classes to further develop my painting skills.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

I have several different cameras and lens combinations for different purposes that I’ve bought over the years, and I have invested quite a bit on canvases, brushes and oil paints as well.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

The specialty stores in my neighborhood tend to carry whatever I happen to need, but there are times when I’ll use an online store to order something a bit harder-to-find.

Are there any good books for beginners?

The Audubon Society has a great book for beginners, but my personal recommendation for a beginner would be “Mountain Light,” by Galen Rowell.

How has this changed your life?

It’s very easy to get caught up in a professional career and lose touch with your creative side, but these hobbies have really enabled me to cultivate a deeper appreciation for creative pursuits.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

I try not to compare my work with the work of others, so my advice is to enjoy the hobby for its own sake.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I don’t have any other hobbies I take as seriously as photography or painting, particularly since I prefer to spend any time I have away from my dental practice with my family.

John Pryor

The strength and conditioning coordinator for the Japan Rugby Football Union, John Pryor is known as one of the most innovative and highly effective coaches in the world of international rugby competition. A respected and accomplished coaching professional, Pryor is also the director at JointAction, where he utilizes his extensive experience in biomechanics and exercise physiology to improve occupational health and wellness across an incredibly diverse range of industries. A graduate of Southern Cross University, Pryor earned a Master of Health Science degree in biomechanics and has performed academic research on a wide range of subjects relating to his current professional endeavors.

 

What is your hobby?

It really depends on the season and where I happen to be. In the winter, I love to go skiing as often as possible. During the warmer months, I prefer outdoor high adventure. If I had to choose one, it would definitely be skiing.

 

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

My whole family enjoys skiing, so this is something I have been doing for as long as I can remember.

 

Tell us what you love about it.

It’s just so thrilling to be able to cover that much ground at such a high rate of speed while being in complete control.

 

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

I’m not a part of any formal ski organizations, but a group of friends and family coordinate an event in which we can all get together for a ski trip at least once per year.

 

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

I have always been very good about taking care of my equipment, so it’s been several years since I have had to buy anything new.

 

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I like to go to REI for most of my ski supplies, but it is generally quite rare that I need to pick anything up since I have been skiing for so long.

 

Are there any good books for beginners?

Kay Gill’s “Skiing With Confidence” is probably the best place to start.

 

How has this changed your life?

Skiing has always been a part of my life, but it has taken me to some incredibly remote places that very few people have ever seen or experienced.

 

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Don’t be in such a rush to conquer the biggest mountain that you fail to develop all of the skills necessary for doing so.

 

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I’m always looking for new and interesting things to do, and I have developed quite a passion for martial arts, science fiction and anything else that offers the prospect of excitement and adventure.

Dr. Raouf Farag

An IVF specialist practicing in the Central Coast area of Australia, Dr. Raouf Farag has dedicated the entirety of his medical career to ensuring his patients benefit from a highly personalized approach to medical care. Operating his private practice in Gosford, New South Wales, Dr. Farag believes in providing comprehensive medical services and, with the help of his exceptional staff, works diligently to orient these services according to the specific wishes of the patient. The obstetrician and gynecologist is able to draw on many years of practical experience in developing a detailed medical care plan for each patient, and he has developed a reputation as one the most compassionate doctors practicing in New South Wales.

 

What is your hobby?

I used to play cricket with far greater frequency, but I took up the game of golf several years ago.

 

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

A good friend of mine plays quite a bit, so he loaned me a set of clubs to use while I learned how to play.

 

Tell us what you love about it.

It’s a quiet and contemplative sport, but there is also the opportunity for in-depth conversation during the course of an 18-hole round.

 

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

Even though I’m still relatively new to the sport, I joined one of the local country clubs and I play with a few different groups through the club.

 

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

I invested in a set of clubs and a new golf bag, and I recently set up a net that I can hit into for practice when I’m away from the course.

 

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

My club has a pro shop that carries all of the supplies I need, and I have found that it is much cheaper to use a ball retriever to get balls out of the lake rather than buying them new.

 

Are there any good books for beginners?

David Feherty really opened my eyes to the lighter side of the sport, and any one of his books would be helpful for beginners.

 

How has this changed your life?

Golf has given me a new avenue through which I can bond with nature while getting to know my playing partners on a much deeper level than ever before.

 

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

It’s a good idea to spend more time on the range than on the course, and I’ve never regretted spending money on a lesson with a golf pro.

 

Are there any other hobbies you have?

When I feel the need to truly unwind, I enjoy painting quite a bit. I tend to prefer oils, but lately I have been experimenting with the use of watercolors.

Lisa LaVerdiere – Home for Life Animal Sanctuary

Lisa LaVerdiere is the founder of the Home for Life Animal Sanctuary, where she oversees the care of animals unable to find a home through a traditional animal shelter. Many of the animals LaVerdiere cares for at the sanctuary she founded in 1997 have special needs and requirements, all of which are met through Home for Life Animal Sanctuary. Formerly a practicing lawyer, LaVerdiere specialized in toxic tort law along with product liability before permanently shifting her focus to creating a sanctuary capable of providing a necessary alternative to the limited options available through traditional animal shelters.

What is your hobby?

I’m still relatively new to it, but I spend my free time caring for and maintaining a saltwater reef tank as well as a freshwater tank. The saltwater tank is 500 gallons, so it requires quite a bit of care to make sure all of marine life consistently thrives in its enclosed environment.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

A friend of mine was in the process of moving and didn’t have room for the tank, so he asked if I would take it and also care for his fish. Even though I didn’t know much about saltwater tanks, I just couldn’t refuse. I studied and studied in the days and weeks before I took over caring for the tank, and I immediately enjoyed everything about it.

Tell us what you love about it.

The tanks are just so teeming with life. The corals seem to light up — especially at night — and it’s a great way to experience a miniature ecosystem that I wouldn’t get to see otherwise.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

I’m not a part of any official groups but you’d be surprised how easy it is to start up a conversation with people in the same line of work with similar interests. You can hardly stop a group of animal lovers from talking about them.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

I had no idea how much equipment was involved in aquarium care, and I was fortunate that much of the equipment was gifted to me at first. I have actually used a few online retailers to buy a lot of the equipment, and I even found one that had this great selection of corals for the saltwater tank.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

There is a local fish store where I get some of the more day-to-day supplies, and I typically order through Aquarium Depot when I need special food for the saltwater tank.

Are there any good books for beginners?

My friend gave me a copy of the Complete Encyclopedia of the Saltwater Aquarium when he helped me set up the tank, and I have returned to that book over and over again since then. It’s a great book for beginners and it is one that will be useful for years to come.

How has this changed your life?

I’ve become so much more interested in marine life in general, and it’s been such a rewarding experience for myself and so many others.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Find a mentor you can lean on for help at any moment’s notice. It’s just so much easier to have someone explain or demonstrate a concept as opposed to having to figure it out for yourself.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I like to do a lot of DIY projects, but mostly I just enjoy getting to spend time at the sanctuary with all of the wonderful animals in our care.

Michael J. Mally

A lifelong resident of the Midwest who has extensive experience in all facets of business administration, Michael John Mally is currently responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of The Carriage Club as its general manager and CAO. Since graduating from the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business, Michael has spent well over 20 years serving in a number of leadership roles for some of the finest country clubs in the area and has developed a reputation for instilling a sense of camaraderie among members. Michael has also been on the cutting edge of data analytics and has used statistical analyses as a critical component in making important business decisions.

What is your hobby?

Golf has been an important part of my life for over 30 years.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

Several members of my family played golf, so they let me tag along at an early age. After that, I started looking for jobs that would let me play with greater frequency.

Tell us what you love about it.

It requires so much patience and commitment to play well, and there are few things equaling the experience of watching the first rays of the sun reveal the dew-covered blades of grass while teeing off as the first group of the day.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

There are a few groups I play with on a regular basis, including one that plays by a different set of rules each week.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

I have a set of custom-fit clubs that I just had re-gripped, but my biggest ongoing equipment expense is easily the golf balls. I just prefer to use a fresh Titleist for each round.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I have a local pro who works on my clubs, but everything else can be found at the pro shop of whatever course I happen to be playing that day.

Are there any good books for beginners?

“The Little Red Book” is an essential book for any beginner to own.

How has this changed your life?

It’s been a calming influence on me for as long as I have been playing, and there are few better ways to quickly get to know someone than by playing 18 holes together.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

You have to learn how to be patient and how to keep your emotions in check. Golf is very much a mental game.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I love a glass of fine wine, so I have been working on sharpening my winetasting skills and aspire to eventually be on the level of a master sommelier.

Dana Sibilsky

A respected psychiatrist who treats patients out of North Georgia Psychiatry — the practice she founded — Dr. Dana Sibilsky has devoted herself to meeting the needs of patients by adhering to an exceptional standard for care and compassion. With experience in both emergency and clinical settings, Dr. Sibilsky is able to draw on over 20 years of experience working with patients across a diverse range of situations and circumstances. A longtime advocate for compassionate care and understanding in all facets of the medical field, Dr. Sibilsky has made North Georgia Psychiatry the standard-bearer when it comes to the consistently exceptional treatment of patients.

What is your hobby?

I have many hobbies, but skydiving is my favorite at the moment.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

On a whim, I decided to go skydiving with some friends and couldn’t believe how invigorating it was to jump out of a plane.

Tell us what you love about it.

It instills an overwhelming sense of confidence, as though there is no challenge that could ever get the best of you. It’s akin to total fearlessness.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

Yes, there is a group of intermediate and advanced skydivers that I am a part of, and I am actually considering the possibility of meeting the jump requirements for wingsuit flying.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

At first, I rented most of the equipment. When I knew this was a serious hobby, I invested in a jumpsuit, an altimeter, an AAD, a chute and all of the necessary safety gear.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I get most of my supplies from Skydive Georgia, but some of the equipment I still use was passed down to me from several of my fellow skydivers. My altimeter, for example, was given to me by one of my instructors after I progressed to solo skydiving.

Are there any good books for beginners?

Yes, but there is no substitute for working hand-in-hand with a knowledgeable skydiving instructor.

How has this changed your life?

It’s really emboldened me to try things that may not conform with my own self-perception, which has really broadened my horizons beyond the previous limits of my imagination.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Speak to experienced skydivers with the goal of finding a really great instructor to work with at first.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

There are quite a few, but I guess it’s kind of fitting that my confidence in being able to successfully jump out of a plane has inspired me to learn how to fly one.

Brandon Colker

As the CEO of Sustainable Venture Capital, Brandon Colker has consistently leveraged his entrepreneurial acumen to achieve the loftiest environmental goals through the use of sustainable and alternative energy technologies. A native of California who earned an economics degree from the University of California-Santa Barbara, Brandon has devoted his professional career to ensuring renewable energy is supported and implemented on an increasingly widespread basis. Taking advantage of his home state’s extensive trail system, Brandon is an avid mountain biker who has explored much of the Pacific Coast while expertly navigating some of the steepest ascents and descents California has to offer.

What is your hobby?

I’ve been mountain biking for as long as I can remember.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

My friends and I were all interested in mountain biking and spent just about every weekend checking out any trail we could find.

Tell us what you love about it.

The fact that it is an activity that gets me outside and keeps me active while still feeling very much like recreation is a large part of the appeal, but ultimately it is the adrenaline rush only possible while flying down a perilously steep descent.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

My friends and I still get together once in a while to ride as a group, but I am also a part of a local club that organizes a group ride every weekend.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

It’s been quite some time since I have had to make a sizable investment in equipment due to the fact that I have been riding for many years now, though I did just buy a Lapierre Zesty as another option for riding.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I’ve been going to Bicycle Bob’s in Goleta for well over a decade, and one of my favorite pastimes is to just talk shop with the staff there.

Are there any good books for beginners?

I always preferred Mountain Bike!: A Manual of Beginning to Advanced Technique, and it’s always a good idea to pick up a bike repair manual. A mountain biker has to understand how to repair their equipment wherever they happen to end up.

How has this changed your life?

I’ve seen so many places that I would not have been able to get to if not for my mountain bike, and there are few greater thrills than speeding down a mountain trail by bike.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

There is a difference between fearlessness and recklessness, and a beginner has to understand that difference in order to thrive as a mountain biker.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I enjoy anything that takes me outside, but sailing is a pursuit I enjoy just as much as mountain biking.

Patrick Andrew Fleming

One of the most aggressive attorneys in the Chicago area, Patrick Andrew Fleming is a partner at Novack and Macey, a boutique litigation firm specializing in commercial and business litigation. Patrick has been practicing law ever since earning his law degree from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1982, and his career has been marked by consistent success in both securing and defending against legal claims. Originally from Doncaster, England, Patrick lives just north of the city of Chicago and spends a lot of his free time fishing on the shore of Lake Michigan as well as on the Chicago River.

What is your hobby?

Ever since moving to Chicago so many years ago, fishing — especially fly fishing — has been a favorite pastime of mine.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

A few of my fellow law students were from Chicago and knew about all of the best spots for fishing, and I discovered how relaxing and enjoyable it could be.

Tell us what you love about it.

It allows me to engage in such quiet contemplation that it almost seems meditative. It’s a very calming hobby.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

Fishing is a pretty big deal in this area, so I am involved with quite a few groups based around all different kinds of fishing. I have not yet joined the ice-fishing group, but I have not yet ruled it out, either.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

It would be best if I didn’t take the time to actually calculate the total amount I’ve spent on gear over the years, so suffice it to say that the walls of my garage are lined with rods and reels for just about any occasion.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

There are specialty fishing shops throughout the city, but I think I spend most of my time at Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters.

Are there any good books for beginners?

There are a number of really great books, but I really like “The Compleat Angler,” by Izaak Walton. It was written in the mid-1600s, but the lessons still apply to the present.

How has this changed your life?

I’ve learned to deeply appreciate the small and simple things, like a ripple caused by a gentle breeze.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Learn to appreciate being out in nature and never worry about whether you actually catch anything.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

The city is becoming more bike-friendly, so I have being trying to ride the loop along Lake Michigan with greater frequency.

Ralph Slaske 

A longtime veteran of the construction industry and the owner of several custom homebuilding companies, Ralph Slaske has devoted his career to building homes that are truly unique and honor each client’s initial vision and design concept. As a custom homebuilder, Ralph’s engineering background serves as the perfect complement to his previous experience working in the construction industry.

While Ralph is able to express himself creatively through his professional work, the Northwest Ohio resident has always found woodworking to be a wonderfully relaxing recreational activity that has enabled him to provide friends and family with thoughtful, unique and useful gifts appropriate for just about any occasion.

What is your hobby?

I have always been particularly fond of woodworking, and I am overjoyed that I finally had the opportunity to build a workshop solely devoted to my craft.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

No matter where I went, I always seemed to notice and marvel at the intricacies of the woodwork. I found it very easy to admire the level of dedication necessary to complete such detail-oriented work.

Tell us what you love about it.

There is so much to love, but what I love most is the fact that there are simply no shortcuts to creating quality work.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

Woodworking is often presented as a solitary pursuit, but there is a wonderful community of woodworkers out there that are always more than willing to share their expertise with others. There are a few local groups I am a part of that host events and workshops on a semi-regular basis.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

The list is far too lengthy to detail with any sort of brevity, so lets just say that I have a workshop filled with tools and materials that represent a sizable investment in my passion for woodworking.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I have found that some of the best tools were made years and years ago, so I am always searching high and low for older tools. The wood I use comes from all over, including everything from the lumberyard to architectural salvage and, at times, even the side of the road.

Are there any good books for beginners?

I like “The Essential Woodworker,” by Robert Wearing, but Tom Carpenter’s book (“The Complete Book of Woodworking”) is also a solid option.

How has this changed your life?

I was never great at buying gifts for all of the wonderful people in my life, so woodworking has allowed me to create something thoughtful that properly reflects how I feel about my loved ones.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

There is no way to cut corners in this hobby, so make a real commitment to the craft and take it seriously right from the start.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

While woodworking does take up a lot of my time, I have also been trying my hand at the metallurgic arts.

Karl Jobst DDS

Karl Jobst, DDS, is a dentist whose practice is located in Grove, Oklahoma. Founded by Dr. Jobst in 1998, Grand Lake Dental is one of the most technologically advanced practices in the region and provides patients with access to some of the most sophisticated dental procedures currently available.

A graduate of Missouri State University and the University of Tennessee College of Dental Medicine, Dr. Jobst is an active member of his church and frequently participates in community service activities taking place in the Grand Lake Area. Dr. Jobst is also a licensed pilot and, whenever his schedule allows, can often be found adding to the 600 flight hours he has already accumulated.

What is your hobby?

I have a private pilot’s license that has allowed me to rack up over 600 flight hours.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

It was something that I talked about trying for quite some time, but it wasn’t until a close friend arranged for me to take flying lessons that I actually got started on earning my license.

Tell us what you love about it.

It’s hard to describe the feeling of freedom you experience while flying a plane, especially on one of those cloudless days that gives you a seemingly limitless view of everything both above and below.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

The flying community is relatively small compared to other hobbies, so most of us get to know each other just by being around the airport and the hangars on a regular basis.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

Flying is not exactly the most cost-effective hobby from an equipment standpoint, and renting hangar space is quite an expense in and of itself. My most recent purchase, however, was not nearly as expensive as some of the others: a new pair of prescription aviator sunglasses.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I have a few trusted suppliers I work with on regular basis, and the local community of pilots is often helpful in tracking down a specific part or any other supplies I might need.

Are there any good books for beginners?

“Stick and Rudder,” by Wolfgang Langewiesche is a good place to start, but there are also plenty of pilot training textbooks that are essentially required reading for anyone seeking licensure.

How has this changed your life?

It’s given me a whole new perspective on the world, in both the literal and figurative sense of the phrase.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

I had a wonderful mentor whose guidance was simply wonderful, so I would suggest that newcomers try to find someone willing to share their knowledge and expertise with a beginner.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I love to travel and spend time with my friends and family, so I enjoy any activity that allows me to do either one of those things.