I wondered if that was you posting here. I can see your point about sports but it's entertainment. It beats watching reruns of stupid sitcoms. At least something new and different might happen when you watch. Sports can give you a big adrenalin rush if you like it. To me it's the best thing on tv. I guess I learned it from my dad. He loved sports. I was almost one of those guys running around in short pants at UK. I broke my leg two days before I was supposed to start playing there.
I know what you mean about wanting to be off to yourself. I live in the country again and I'm not moving back to the city until the weeds take over my house because I can't cut them anymore. I have some places where I can sit around like you describe but we're too close to the road to do it on the porch. We're about 100 yards from the road though. Cars going by only get about a 2 second view of our place too. I have trees that are 120 foot tall and I have a flat area down by the creek which makes the trees look another 30 foot tall. And I have the full canopy too. Technically it could be called old growth forest here but I wouldn't want the government to catch on to that. It beats the heck out of living in town. My farm though is even better. It's 86 acres and it's almost a mile off the pavement with a dead end dirt road being the only access. Now that's a place where you can sit with your pants off.
My best friend owns the farm between me and the pavement too. I grew up on that farm and it is plumb isolated. That's just the way I like it too. The only problem with living there is there isn't enough water. We drilled several wells and we had a spring but the wells never produced enough water and what water was there turned out to be contaminated from who knows what. We had cisterns and the spring which is enough for a couple of people but I couldn't raise my kids there the way we grew up. Times have changed and people need more water these days if they want to fit in. We didn't even have indoor plumbing if that tells you anything. No phones either. There's a lot more people who live across the river now but when we lived there we were pretty much on our own. If you're interested you can see a satellite view of it
My cousin is the only one who lives there now in my grandmother's old house. I grew up right at the end of Lower Wildcat only they only called it Wildcat when I lived there. My cousin is a bit of a nut that likes to shoot at people though. He's caused us a lot of trouble. Still it's better than no one living there. The farm is still a family farm actually. I only own a percentage of it. But that's enough for me.
BTW nobody I do shoot some ARA but my club treats it like a poker game instead of a shooting match. I have religious reasons for not wanting to be part of that. But I do shoot ARA targets here at home. My best score so far has been a 2150 using my Savage MkIIBTV. The only modification it has is the front pillar has been bedded. But I'll need to go out to the gun club and shoot a few targets just to show what I can do. I haven't shot that well or even close to it when I've shot in their compeitions but again I find myself not really even wanting to do well because I don't want to take anyone's money. I just don't like to gamble at all. At one time I did it a lot but that was before I got saved. Plus I get excited when I shoot competitively. That's just a lack of concentration on my part. Still when I feel like I'm ready I'm going back out to shoot in the competitions. It's not for the money. I just want to have a record of my targets.