Golf clubs. Tennis racket. Exercise equipment. Baseball glove. Bike. Boat. Tent or backpack. Skis or snowboard. Fishing rod. Gun.
When it comes to fun, a number of our poll respondents really have the goods.
Consider Kim Baker. The 25-year-old Glen Burnie resident owns all of the above but one (no gun) and then some. "There's a lot of water stuff, too," she says. "Water Wave Runners, water skis, water tubing -- pretty much everything." Western Maryland's Deep Creek Lake, where a friend owns a home, is a favorite getaway destination. Perhaps most unusual is that Baker says she has used all her gear at least once in the past year.
Her children -- 7, 5 and 2 -- have their own paraphernalia. "T-ball sets, jump-ropes, basketballs. The two oldest are in leagues." Baker, a nurse manager at Mariner Health in Glen Burnie, plays on a local softball team.
It's clearly a family on the go, which explains the short turnaround time for all this sporting stuff: "Every two years I replace it," Baker says. She has no patience for loose racket netting or hanging glove threads.
And -- shades of Fibber McGee -- she stores it all in one shed.
Baker's accumulation of gear, while impressive, is not typical. In general, the poll found that men were more likely to be the ones junking up the region's attics. Robert V.L. Hartwell, 47, has it all -- every single item on our checklist -- but has used only some of it in the past year. He hasn't been doing much sitting around, though. He says he's done something nearly every weekend this year. While happy to "chop wood and stay at home," he's only done that once. The rest of the time he's out on the Chesapeake Bay, or golfing, or exploring marshes for bald eagles . . .
The married father of two owns a number of houses, as well as a 75-foot yacht, so there are lots of places to store his gear, but "most is at the one" -- that would be home base in Alexandria -- "and we move it around" via minivan, he says.
Hartwell wears a number of hats -- he's a defense consultant lobbyist and in the real estate business, among other things -- and is a busy, busy man.
Just how busy is he?
"I run all the time," he says. "I try not to walk because I don't have time."
It's dangerous to draw conclusions from such a small sample, but if Baker and Hartwell are at all representative, it seems that those who work hard, play hard. And a good thing, too: All this gear does not come cheap.
-- Donna Peremes