Don's passion may be music, but he has perpetually dabbled in everything else, often to the chagrin of his friends and family. When a two-year old incessantly asks questions, it is expected and more often than not met with at least some semblance of patience. But when the non-stop questions persist thru age twelve, then 42, then 62, and now 70, patience is much more inclined to seek a bit of vacation.
Here's some of the things Don uses to distract himself from the real work at hand:
Politics (Uh Oh!)
Smoking. Well actually, non-smoking. Don's father, Mel, quit smoking in 1964 in response to the U.S. Surgeon General's notification about the dangers of smoke. Before that, Mel smoked three packs a day, plus cigars, plus a pipe. That means he was around 46 when he quit. He died at age 91 from an acute case of job hunting; when he died, he was looking for another job as the EPA had its funding cut and could no longer afford having him to work there.
Birds. Don's pet history (I'm sorry; history of pets he owned) includes dogs, cats, hamsters, rats, guinea pigs, and birds. Parakeets and conures are the birds of choice; he ascribes his success with birds to being able to think like they think, to having a bird brain.