Recreationally

A few pages about NP's
activities and interests on recreative level

 
 
Sports (only in the past)
 
Played frequently:
Soccer (mostly central defender or goalkeeper; so not really scoring very often, but nevertheless once directly out of a corner).
 
Less frequently:
Tennis,
Horse riding,
Karate (second dan; striking two hardboard shelves at a time in two; (didn't hurt, cause there were towels upon them))
Chess
Biliards
Foosball (= table footbal).

 

Watching frequently and following otherwise:
Soccer,
Cyclism (with its enervating finals such as (mass) sprints -- ). ( By the way, first 3 min: -- )
Tennis,
Speedskating
 
Less frequently: Show jumping and Formula One; the last mentioned untill he saw a fatal accident on tv in 1973  -- which made him loose interest.
                                 By the way, talking about accidents in motorised vehicle racing -- -- . 
                                 (As for nowadays racing he thinks that in view of the 2015 Paris Climate Treaty this kind of in essence redundant use of fossile energy simply should be
                                  determined gradually. Furthermore can be said that all by all competing to drive fastest on or in such a machine is philosophically outdated as a
                                  considerable part of humanity now is aware of the facts that:
                                           1). the faster one moves, the more one deviates from the system of nature in which man is given to move at a speed of some 5 kilometers an hour
                                                (when normally walking or swimming) to 40 at most (when sprinting on toplevel).
                                           2). the faster one drives in a car or on a motorcycle, the more insects like bugs are crushed against the front of that vehicle; --
                                           3). the faster one drives, the more fuel is used per kilometer, and so the bigger emission of greenhouse gasses is;
                                           4). the faster one drives, the more fuel is used per kilometer, and so the bigger the number of microbes (that naturally find themselves in crude
                                                oil) that is killed.
                                           5) the faster one drives, the bigger the danger is for not only the driver who risks his life in this way, but also for others, who find themselves
                                               on about the same spot at about the same time;
                                   So it can very well be said that now that technique keeps enabling tot drive faster and faster, it's no longer an achievement to drive faster than others,
                                   but to resist the temptation to do so and to drive as slowly as possible or not at all ).

Only once:         (Visiting) a Stock Car Race and that was big fun (then); -- 


Lost interest in sports as good as completely from about age 30.

This for several reasons, of which one was and still is the growing ideological objection against all kinds of competition; (where one wins, another one looses, while at the same time both could have been coöperating in reaching an essentially positive purpose; in other words wasting of personal energy and time to an in itself useless matter).
Other objections, that followed later on, are mostly of nature protectional and/or environmental character.
 
As for the nature protectional ones, heavy weighing is among others the fact, that many kinds of sports are played on grassfields, which implies, that plants there have to be mowed ( = cut in two) time and time again, or even removed completely.
Another objection is that in many a case animals are used, if not misused or even killed (whether or not intentionally) -- --. Althought this -- is more sportslike and less animal unfriendly, it still is far from what the relevant animals undoubtedly would like and have the right to. Anyway, the conviction of some that animal (as well as other nature) unfriendly human behaviour is always punished one way or another sometimes is confirmed quite directly in this context: -- --.
 
As for the objections of environmental character there is among others the one that instead of sporting purely recreationally in the own neighbourhood the way it's supposed to be meant, especcially professional sporters in many a case travel very long distances and so do their supporters; this with the known environmental consequences especially relevant to emission of greenhouse gasses.
One might even say that since world leaders on the Paris environment summit in December 2015 agreed that use of fossile energy has to be reduced as largely as possible, it would be an appropriate gesture for national governments to prohibit all kinds of motorized vehicle races.
In case of sports on ice there's mostly an extra dose of power consumption and emission as a result of the fact that the relevant ice nowadays is mostly produced and maintained artificially at the cost of very much electricity.
Also these and other sportsevents nowadays more and more are held indoor and/or at night, which leads to a gigantic extra use of electricity for the purpose of lighting.
Furthermore broadcasting of sports events on television leads to a gigantic extra use and in fact spoiling of electrical energy, as watching television takes at least an average 100 Watts an hour, which is quite a lot, when in milions, if not billions, of houses the relevant event is watched.
 
Both of nature protectional and of environmental character is the objection that all those sportspages in newspapers and other paper editions in fact imply a gigantic waste of energy for production and distribution, and more than that, the killing of also gigantic numbers of trees, all just for a bit of fun for mostly grown up persons.
For a list (under construction) of former sportsmen and -women, that for whatever a reason once have been special persons to him and many others, but aren't here any more and therefore he thinks are worth remembering in this way: --

Festivity
One of the festivities that played a significant role in recreational area befor the age of about 25 was the yearly carnival.
Not that he really liked it, but there was little or no escape, and once it was going on there was often a lot of laughing, whereas occasionally it still became really nice.
But he didn't (and still doesn't) quite understand what it's all about. To him it's not logical to go wild at a preset time, mainly because one can never know in advance whether one will be in the right mood for that then.
Of course it could be that in this way is prevented that the many who obviously need to go wild now and then do this anytime and anywhere when they áre in the mood for it, but as he was not one of them (maybe because of his then already vegetarian way of eating) he in principle didn't like this mass splurge.
 
After the mentioned above age he more and more discovered the mercy of the most nature-friendly behavior possible, in which there's is no place for alcohol and noise, nor for  unnecessarily causing disruption and damage to others, who don't need to get unwantedly involved in the hobby exercise of those who apparently are not aware yet of the fact that they should prevent this.

Dancing
An activity in the field of festivity, that cannot stay unmentioned of course is Dancing. As a result of circumstances in this case this all by all has been a somewhat complicated matter. After having started with the then usual classic dances, such as foxtrot, quick step and walse -- , soon with the musical Beat-rage quite different new dances and ways of dancing appeared, such as twist and more or less free styles including slow dancing.
But because most of them were too complicated to learn without special instruction, whereas there was little opportunity to have this, the activity of dancing more and more came to a dead end (apart from the not so complicated last mentioned one).
In the mean time it  sometimes was fascinating to see how some were dancing the swing or the boogie the way it should be done.
Although the wish once to learn this as well was rather strong, untill now it never got to that . --
And well, not long after having written the above sentences  he realised that all by all he recreationally has spent quite a few hours watching dancing persons (live). In college days for instance it relatively often occurred that after studying in his dorm room for no less than two lonely hours at night, the need for some recreation wasn't sought in studentclubs where heavy discussions used to take place, but in a nightspot, where indeed on the stage regularly one or more people of the other sex were dancing, while at the same time showing how attractive nature can be. 
By the way (relaxation)
Because "relaxation" is very closely related to "recreation" and partly covered by this term, it seems worthwhile to mention here that one of the most common ways relaxation is sought, namely the activity that is essentially aimed at reproduction, in his opinion doesn't more or less constrainedly have to be used for some relaxation, when one maintains a natural dietary pattern such as Raw-Fructarianism (which he does for quite a few years already).
An unnatural (pervers) form of this activity, namely homosexuality, is by definition only aimed at relaxation.
Perhaps one of the reasons why he, initially purely intuitive, never had any interest in this way of relaxation. Mainly however this is undoubtedly a consequence of its unnatural character. 
Obviously, his aversion is not less in regard to other perversions such as pedophilia and incest.
For the sake of completeness it be added here that in his vision reproduction by partners belonging to (strongly) different races is contrary to nature, so that by now there is no reason present any more for him to (where appropriate) consider relaxation in this type of contacts.
Furthermore in this regard it's relevant that for a long time already he believes that the promise of marital fidelity shouldn't be a dead letter and that he therefore avoids to be involved in an  infraction of such a promise; (this
as unmarried himself who untill now didn't meet somebody more or less equally life-friendly and good-natured).

Vacation

In principle only in places or countries where he also could go walking. So either inland or in a neighbouring country. Preferably by bike; if not possible, by train or by car, but never by airplane. Actually he has never been in a airplane at all, and is not intending ever to be; (birds can fly). By boat not either, except for ferries, because they mostly cross a distance that also could be swum.
One of the things he always looks forward to during holidays is night's rest under the bare starry sky and then being awakened by the beneficial rays of the rising morning sun (or if applicable the heat of the already high at the zenith standing brass bounder).

 
Art

 Especcially paintings (mostly Impressionist and furthermore among others Surrealist). 

 On the wall: reproductions of:

       Renoir (6), --
 
       Monet (3),  -- .
 
       Kandinsky (2),  --
 
       Malevich (4),  --
 
       Mondriaan (3),  --
 
       Picasso (2),  --
 
       Dali (2),   --
 
       Magritte (1),  --
 
       Le Ba Dang (2),   --
 
       Delacroix (1),   --
 
       Caillebotte (1)  --

      Drawing                                           
        
        Occasionally, circumstances or mood may occur in which he is going to be creative himself. 
        This usually generates abstract drawings like these ones:  --



Reading

Books very little; literature even less. Apart from some 50 obligatorily in college, about the only one, that was read completely, is the Odyssee by Homerus.
For fun sometimes humoristic stripbooks like especcially Asterix, but also others like Lucky Luke. 
 

Television

Still remembers when it came, somewhere in 1955.
Watched youthprograms like "Lassey" and "The Texas Rangers" then.
Later on (somewhere between 1960 and 1970) programs he kind of liked a bit were The Flinstones, Western series like Bonanza and High Chaperal, as well as police series The Untouchables; further more in those days he watched many sportsprograms and liked (especcially beat) music programs for teens, such as "Hullaballoo" --  -- .
Comedy series he watched relatively often then: among others The flying nun, Lucille Ball, "Please Sir" -- and "Are you being served? --". Also the comic show of Tommy Cooper was observed quite a few times  -- .    
On German television he liked humor of the Millowitsch  fenomenon --. But from the start on his favorite in this field was the ancient slapstick genre. -- -- ; (including the most ancient  --  (  -- )  ).

Also in those days there was a 26 episodes Flemish series called "Wij, Heren van Zichem" about life in a Belgian country village around 1900.
After 1970 he among other liked The Muppet show --  and Alias Smith and Jones.

Series he often watched, but didn't really like, were a.o. Mannix, The man from UNCLE, Mission impossible, Peyton Place --, The Forsyte Saga --, The Brothers --, Dallas, Charlie Chan, The Avengers, All in the Family and The Saint. 
It Takes a Thief, as well as Starsky and Hutch he liked a bit more.  
He had a small black/white set of his own in his student room from 1970 on, but noticed after a few years, that this was not really a positive thing and started getting rid of it.
That turned out to be allmost as difficult as getting rid of some kind of addiction.
First reduced watching time to one hour a day. This resulted in much more time left for a critical contemplation of what was watched, which in it's turn led to turning it off completely in 1979. 
Since then he never thought of giving certain kinds of elements the chance again, to reach him in his own living with their in many a case dubious stuff.
 

(More or less the same by the way it went with listening to the radio; initially rather often, mainly for music, but since every hour commercials, news and once more commercials came spoiling the fun, other and much better ways for musical adornment have been chosen, so that since more than thirty years the radio as good as never is turned on any more.
Nevertheless especcially in the days when there was no television yet the radio had played quite a significant role in all day life, also in recreational respect. First there were cosy, in many a case humoristic, family programs, later on came (beat-) music programs for youths, including the exciting weekly hitparade. A personal favorite popmusic program for a long time has been "Formule J" (J stood for "jeune") of the RTB, the Frenchspeaking Belgian Broadcaster. Also most apprectiated were the programs of Radio Luxembourg, forenoon in Dutch, afternoon in German and at night in English). 

 

Cinema

Liked the embiance, but as the quality of what was shown to him was becoming less and less, he went there for the last time in 1985 or so.
Before it were mostly Westerns he saw there (on big screens) and French "Nouvelle Vague" films (on small screens in atmospheric small upper rooms).
But the only one he went to see two times, was Tati's "Jour de fète" -- .  Never laughed so hard and almost continuously before (nor afterwards); yes also more than when as an 8 year old seeing Oliver Hardy drop from that roof into that water butt.
Of  the comedy film "Casino  Royal" --  he liked  the final part.

Titles he on way ot another reminds more than others are among others Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Easy Rider, Woodstock, Love Story and humoristic ones like Le Corniaud (The Sucker) --.   

As for actors he among others remembers well one of the actresses in Once Upon a Time in the West -- --
 
Erotic films (that started to appear in the sixties) he saw a few --,  but became boring relatively soon --. A few decennia later there was a lot ado about child porn. It took a while before he was used to the idea that there are people who are interested in something like that. In any event he never has watched anything of it; also not just to see what it is like.` 


Music

Music to him is an rtificial compensation for the joy he misses, due to what both in his environment and in general is done to Flora and Fauna; (such as cattle breeding, mowing overgrowth of verges and removing trees).
Some of his favorite peaces in the popular genre are on: --
 

Nature photos

Photographing aspects of nature he happens to see in his environment (mostly when biking there) and of which he thinks a picture might help in making clear what he means, gradually also got a recreational aspect to him.

He started it in 2006, although in principle he was (and still is) not in favour of camera's in general (because they mostly make people look at things that are not really there, which can have certain emotional drawback(s)). He thought that by exception it might be worth finding out whether in this way he could better make clear what he meant (and still means), when he tried to make others understand that for instance they really shouldn't mow overgrowth of verges any more, unless this is absolutely necessary here and there for traffic safety. --
 
Apart from the plant beauty on verges and elsewhere mainly in nature, as a (Raw-) Fructarian he more and more also went to see the beauty of (whether or not wild) fruits and occasionally photographs it, especcially for use on web-pages about Fructarianism.  
A few of the ones he likes most himself: 
 
                
           
            

More NP-made photo's

Animals:       --
Flowers:        --

Blossoms:       --


Semi-nature:   --  

City nature:   --




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