what do I do in my spare time? I spend a lot of my time
In particular, I love to go to the library and read old newspapers on
(This is much better than learning history from misinformed textbooks.)
Of course, I don't limit myself to just reading.
In the summertime I love to ride my bike. I have a Trek 720 which I like to ride along the Hudson River from Watervliet to downtown Albany, New York. When I get there, I pull out my laptop and sit down under a tree. (That's where I am sitting right now as I type this.) Eventually, my battery dies out and I am forced to turn around and come back. The nine mile journey is a beautiful ride and great exercise. I also like to ride the bike path from Niskayuna to Schenectady, but it takes some traveling time by car for me to get there.
I purchased a pair of K-2 inline skates. What was I thinking? The first time that I stood up on them I was sure that I had made a big mistake. But then I thought to myself - Steve, you just blew 200 bucks on these things - you are going to get used to them. And I am. I haven't fallen recently and I have no problem controlling my speed. The only thing that I haven't mastered is stopping. (Big problem!).
I love to go on hikes. For a good hike, I have been known to head down to Lake Minnewaska near New Paltz. It's not the most physical of challenges, but the view is just incredible. My favorite hiking spot of all time is the Niagara Falls Gorge, although I almost fell off the edge once. (That's a story for another day.)
My brother Gary and I are partners in the online business PETdiscounters.com. It is an offshoot of our parents' successful pet business that they operated for over twenty years. As they were approaching retirement, we decided that it would be a shame to shut a successful business down. Running an online business allows me to work as a teacher during the day and then switch hats to the pet business at night. Unlike the big guys, we actually operate at a profit and have been very successful.
I am also an avid inventor. I'm sure that I have over one hundred inventions in various stages of development. Some are worth nothing and others are worth a fortune. My biggest problem lately is choosing which product I would like to develop. If I had just one idea, I could be like the typical inventor and run with it. Since I have so many great ideas, it has proven very difficult for me to decide which invention I should invest my time and money into. The few people that actually know what these inventions are have been of little help - they all have a different idea of which product is the best. I recently did choose two of my inventions and have filed patent applications with the US Patent Office.