What do you do in your free time?

7 months into my gig, and with summer coming I feel like I need to make use of my free time. Currently, other than nights of drinking and sleeping off the hangover in the morning, I've got nothing going.

What do you guys do with your free time? Other than drinking Bombay of course.

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Apr 2, 2016

Skydive
Hit the Weights
Go on Dates
Rock climb
Shoot some hoops
Read

Apr 2, 2016

Spare what?

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Apr 2, 2016

Yeah, exactly. I will think about it when I have some.
However, seems like I still have some time for WSO.

Apr 2, 2016

I don't see how this site is the appropriate forum for a question of how to spend evenings and weekends, but you should put reading somewhere in between your American Idol and Call of Duty.

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Apr 2, 2016

Hit the gym on the reg, creep on pussy

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Apr 2, 2016

beat me to it. as mentioned, there are 2 kinds of pumping you should be doing on a regular basis.

add in playing a sport (golf, pickup basketball/soccer/volleyball), watching sports, etc., and you've eaten up your spare time.

pro tip: don't hit on girls in the weight room, do that in a class (abs, spin, pilates). game changer

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Apr 2, 2016

Buy a motorcycle.

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Apr 2, 2016
TheLeveragedUnderGrad:

Buy a motorcycle.

Ninja 250 -> CBR 600rr ftw

Don't forget to check out highway 9W if you're willing to cross the Hudson.

Apr 2, 2016

So what is your cash situation like right now? Are you living hand to mouth?

My first year in New York, I was too poor to spend money.

My second year, Lehman was going bankrupt and it looked like everyone on Wall Street was going bankrupt in March of 2009.

My third year, I needed an excuse to get out of the city. I started doing track days. In 2010, I added hang gliding and SCUBA to my list of outdoor activities.

So what to do:

First, join a gym. Staying healthy is priority number 1.

After that, here are a few ideas:

1.) Buy a motorcycle. Start with a 250 or 500cc, move up to a 600cc supersport (The numbers don't make sense but a 600cc bike has 3x the horsepower of a 500) Rent pickup trucks from Zipcar and do track days at South Jersey Motorsports Park and Poconos Raceway. http://www.tonystrackdays.com is an easy way to get started.

2.) Hang gliding in the Catskill Mountains. Check out http://www.mtnwings.com
3.) SCUBA diving. If you're cheap, you can go to Dutch Springs. If you're rich, you can go diving off of Brooklyn on the Jeanne or off of New Jersey. (O($100 per trip)) Either way, you need to get certified, which takes three weekends (two in the pool.) These guys are generally pretty good and teach the pool portion in midtown Manhattan. http://www.panaqua.com
4.) Skydiving at the Ranch in Gardiner, NY. http://www.skydivetheranch.com
5.) Stand up paddleboarding on the Hudson. There's a whole club and you can store your paddleboard by these docks in Midtown.

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Apr 2, 2016

I play hockey, played in high school and picked it back up this past year. It's great because it's not one of those things you can pick up and become good at it quickly. The reason I mention that is because I assume most of the people on here are exceptional and things come pretty natural and are easy to pick up and put down once you get pretty good. This is where hockey Is awesome, takes forever to get 'good' at and you continuously see improvements. Also beer league usually plays on Sunday afternoons. So you should be off.

Apr 2, 2016

Go running. It's free, a great cardiovascular workout, and you can legitimately get high from it if you push yourself hard enough. If you need some encouragement to go out and run, buy a fitbit surge. You can pick one up on ebay for 100 bucks. It tracks basically everything from your heart beat to mileage, which is great for running. Make sure you have good running shoes though with aftermarket soles. I recommend trance, but just get whatever feels best. Just a word of advice, it's not the looks of the shoe that counts, it's the feel. Also cross country running is more fun, but you average much faster times when just running on pavement.

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Apr 2, 2016

Hell yeah! Best highs I've ever had come from running

Apr 2, 2016

Agreed! Outdoor running (vs. on a track or on a treadmill) is a great way to see the city and get in shape. Plus, races are really fun to do (though somewhat expensive if you do a lot in a year).

Apr 2, 2016

I just joined the local chapter of the National Speleological Society.

Apr 2, 2016

Swim, amazing exercise which works the whole body without putting stress on your body like running. Also swimming is a great stress release.

Apr 2, 2016

I've managed to stay active through the first year by joining a gym. That's ok. However, I've experienced a huge jump in quality of "rest" by going to the beach and picking up surfing. Just being in the water, away from your phone and all that stuff, is really relaxing.

Take the A train to rockaway or the LIRR to Long Beach. 1h or so each way. Rent a board to see if you like it first - tons of options around there,

Apr 2, 2016

Well for me I have a pretty nice little Saturday, we're going to go to Home Depot. Yeah, buy some wallpaper, maybe get some flooring, stuff like that. Maybe Bed, Bath, & Beyond, I don't know, I don't know if we'll have enough time

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Apr 2, 2016

Boxing is a great stress reliever. You can picture your clients/bosses/whoever elses face you hate on that bag and go to town. some of the most intense and brutal cardio workouts in general. Good set of gloves will run you <100 bucks.

Apr 2, 2016

codecademy.com (or others) + start a business...that's what I'm working on in my spare time now that I'm done with grad school and CFA. Gotta fill the time somehow.

Apr 2, 2016

Well,

IMHO, most of these answers are bullshit...

First, find something that interests you... That is the simplest answer... If it's something you learn to enjoy, you may find a passion, and from passion true happiness comes. Try lots of things, become a well rounded and interesting person... No one gives a fuck about valuation, DCF, IRR, and leverage at a cocktail party.

Second, learn something that is a worthwhile, tangible skill. Ordering bottle service and branching during Sunday funday are not tangible skills... Anything with your hands is.

Third, for me personally, this is fly fishing and shooting.

-Rock

Apr 2, 2016
rock2002:

Second, learn something that is a worthwhile, tangible skill. Ordering bottle service and branching during Sunday funday are not tangible skills...Anything with your hands is.

So... Jacking off with leftie??

Apr 2, 2016
rock2002:

Well,

IMHO, most of these answers are bullshit...

First, find something that interests you... That is the simplest answer... If it's something you learn to enjoy, you may find a passion, and from passion true happiness comes. Try lots of things, become a well rounded and interesting person... No one gives a fuck about valuation, DCF, IRR, and leverage at a cocktail party.

Second, learn something that is a worthwhile, tangible skill. Ordering bottle service and branching during Sunday funday are not tangible skills... Anything with your hands is.

Third, for me personally, this is fly fishing and shooting.

-Rock

Your answer is bullshit. Your hobby is supposed to keep you from going crazy spending 168 hours a week living in Manhattan. Your goal is to be as fucking gone from that godforsaken city as possible. Be it 150 mph on the track, 100 feet beneath the surface of the Atlantic, or 2 grand above launch in a hang glider, paraglider, or whatever.

Two years in NYC is enough to drive a Midwesterner or any red-blooded American crazy.

I never said you have to have hobbies like one of the characters on Dynasty or whatever the show is with unhinged rich people on it these days-- in fact the goal is to get the hell away from the douchey fast-talking concrete-filled overpriced mass of them in NYC. The most normal people I knew out east were the folks I met in hobbies outside the city.

Apr 2, 2016

Surprised no one has said this, but ... read! It's a lot of fun and you don't need to jump into difficult books right away. Start with fun/digestible books to get back into the swing of things (here's one I really enjoyed: https://www.amazon.com/Heads-Beds-Reckless-So-Call...) and move to more difficult/longer books as your attention span returns. Try to stay away from exclusively fiction books and read on topics that interest you; biographies are immensely interesting and rewarding to read, too. Magazines (Foreign Affairs, 1843, Monocle, etc) are also good reads.

Alternatively, think about things you like to do but that you do rarely. For me, that's rock-climbing, painting, making/editing videos and remixing music; perhaps you've let some old hobbies fall by the wayside, too.

Another potential hobby could be cooking. With the preponderance of easy-to-follow recipe sites (Tasty, Domesticate Me, etc) there's no excuse not to be able to cook a few basic meals.

Apr 2, 2016

take a muff diving class

Apr 2, 2016

the fact that someone on this board has to have others tell him what to do in his spare time is pretty sad to me

Apr 2, 2016

Trade a dummy fx spot trading account

Apr 2, 2016

What's a strategy and where?

Apr 2, 2016
zaboomafoo:

What's a strategy and where?

Nothing like giving it your all huh?

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

Apr 2, 2016
Apr 2, 2016
OIS:

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=fx+trading+account

lol well he doesn't want to read. Can't you just tell him about a successful trading strategy in under 140 characters so he can implement it and be rich? He doesn't have time to click on silly links.

Apr 2, 2016

I hear google.com would help with your question

Apr 2, 2016

Gimme a suggestion!

Apr 2, 2016
zaboomafoo:

Gimme a suggestion!

Nope.

Apr 2, 2016

Watch TV. I feel like if you watch the following shoes:

Law and Order
Boston Legal
Deep Blue
Lie to Me
Damages

You're well on your way to being a successful moonlight-lawyer.

I'm talking about liquid. Rich enough to have your own jet. Rich enough not to waste time. Fifty, a hundred million dollars, buddy. A player. Or nothing.

Apr 2, 2016

masturbate. duh

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  •  Apr 2, 2016
maximus307:

masturbate. duh

I agree. Watch Porn and jerk off. Haha ;) J/K

Apr 2, 2016

If you want to trade any sort of non linear derivative then get used to reading.

Apr 2, 2016

so you dont want to read, or learn about any strategy by yourself, or basically do anything by yourself, but you want to be a trader?

Apr 2, 2016

Hit the weights, take up a sport/hobby, learn something new (i.e. coding - quite useful to know)
Basically, make yourself more interesting.

And make effort to network too.

Apr 2, 2016

go get laid, party, have fun, play a sport, exercise, build a network...

Apr 2, 2016

bump

Apr 2, 2016

Pretty much what Bobb said

It's hip to be square!

Apr 2, 2016

exactly what Bobb said.

Apr 2, 2016

Read industry primers, download a models and try to understand them/replicate them, learn modelling from a course, find one of those summer reading lists and go through it, etc.

Apr 2, 2016
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