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Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by basin79, May 18, 2017.

  1. EulersK

    EulersK Arachnumerical Staff Member

    Why do you park in a driveway and drive on a parkway?!
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  2. nicodimus22

    nicodimus22 Arachnobaron Arachnosupporter

    I park in a garage. I stay out of this xxxx-way business.
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  3. Jason B

    Jason B Arachnosquire

    Yeah theres a huge difference then taking care of a pet and raising a child. A pet you meet their basics needs, train them to an extent that suits you if possible.

    You don't teach your dog to look both ways before crossing a street. Wish you could...
    With Kids you have to teach them a higher form of thinking, how to make good choices, morals, standards, ethics.
    You have to guide a child through much higher level of thinking that even if your pet could comprehend you wouldn't be able to relay the information to them.
    You never have to explain to a pet why it needs to eat it just does, or does not.
    A pet will never ask you the question why, a three year old will ask you this question roughly 200 times per day.
  4. Kendricks

    Kendricks Arachnosquire Active Member

    But then you misinterpret the term, to be honest.

    "A hobby is a regular activity that is done for enjoyment, typically during one's leisure time."

    Now, what of that does not apply to the keeping/caring Tarantulas?
    Don't get me wrong here, your POV is your POV, but considering the definition of the term Hobby, I can only come to the conclusion that not the poor term that can't defend itself is to blame. :troll:

    I see your point, regarding the level of responsibility and how you feel that the term "hobby" neglects this responsibility somehow. But, that just isn't accurate.
    The term itself is neutral in regards of the severity/responsibility.
    It neither speaks for, nor against it.
    So, I think, branding the term as "wrong", when it isn't by definition, is... well, wrong. :p

    Just my POV - not trying to change your mind.
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  5. johnny quango

    johnny quango Arachnoknight Arachnosupporter

    My signature reads as so " I am merely a custodian of tarantulas trying to preserve a brighter future for generations to come" So I'm a custodian in my mind
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  6. Hellblazer

    Hellblazer Arachnosquire

    Not to mention losing a child would be the most soul crushing, horrible experience I can think of. Losing an animal you've cared for for years is sad, but not a life destroying event.
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  7. user 666

    user 666 Arachnobaron

    For a lot of us here it is more of a fetish. For example:

    Name your favorite Asian arboreal.
    Name your favorite Guatemalan terrestrial.
    Which is better: Gramma or xxxx

    And then there are the members who post pictures of their Ts like other people post pictures of their grandchildren.

    Face it: We're obsessed.
  8. Venom1080

    Venom1080 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    I'd prefer arachnophiliac. (Arachnid lover)
    People are dumb, they won't look at you weird, I promise. :troll:
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  9. GreyPsyche

    GreyPsyche Arachnosquire

    It's not a sport or a art, must be a hobby. Idk, I don't mind the term. It's coined to the collecting nature of it I think. Collecting tarantulas is a hobby that I enjoy but they're living beings and taking care of them isn't a hobby but when I refer to the hobby I mean the collecting and the addiction to collection, that's the hobby. The actual caring for them and owning them I wouldn't refer to as a hobby. Just the collecting part.
  10. Stormsky

    Stormsky Arachnopeon

    I think the term "hobby" is acceptable on a definition standpoint, but I do agree it doesn't quite feel like the proper term. I like the term "tarantula keeper" the most.

    Oh yeah? Well then what's happening here?o_O http://i.imgur.com/XkT1GYQ.gifv
  11. keks

    keks Arachnobaron Active Member

    "Hobby" is a great word, because: Hobby is the work in your leisure you make with love and great enthusiasm, always trying to learn more, but without earning money for living from this ^^.
  12. JoshDM020

    JoshDM020 Arachnobaron Active Member

    I vote for this being the new term for "hobbyists"
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  13. ledzeppelin

    ledzeppelin Arachnobaron

    I somehow despise the word 'collection' idk just doest sound respectful to the Ts to me haha
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  14. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    It would be funny as hell though:
    'what are your hobbies?'
    Kids. Kids and spiders
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  15. sasker

    sasker Arachnobaron Active Member

    Hobby, for want of a better word. You have these words that become controversial with use, so a different word needs to be found. And on, and on. Over-use of the term 'tarantula enthusiast' will eventually lead to the same problem.

    And how would you replace 'hobby' in a sentence like: In recent years, a large number of species became available in the hobby. I mean 'market'? It may not be perfect, but hobby is still be the best word to choose, I think.

    I don't know. For me the word 'culturist' brings up the image of someone pruning his bonsai.
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  16. ledzeppelin

    ledzeppelin Arachnobaron

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  17. creepa

    creepa Arachnoknight

    And what about giving you own life for your child..., its not even a dicision for me its my obligation to my child will it ever come to that.

    Giving my life for a random pet..., no.
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  18. user 666

    user 666 Arachnobaron

    the scene
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  19. Kendricks

    Kendricks Arachnosquire Active Member

    How about club?

    "The first rule of Arachno-club is, you do speak about Arachno-club!"
    "The second rule of Arachno-club is, you do speak about Arachno-club!"
  20. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoking Active Member

    I will just type that I'm extremely surprised my little rant has turned into a thread.

    And it's been a cracking thread too. Disagreements but no falling out.
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