My wife, Nancy, and I obtained our "no-code" technician licenses in January of 1995, after attending a class. We initially used amateur radio just to talk to each other during our daily commute to and from work. We eventually decided to upgrade our licenses (just for something to do) and in the process learned more about the hobby. The more we learned, the more interesting it became and the more we got involved. We currently hold U.S. extra class licenses. We do some experimenting, some kit building, and dabble in most anything that will teach us something. I have chronicled many of our "adventures" in a column called The Amateur Amateur. It appears on the ARRL Web site.
Nancy and I became weather spotters in the local RACES/SKYWARN organization (no, we do not chase tornados) and Volunteer Examiners under the W5YI-VEC and ARRL-VEC programs. The amateur radio hobby has taken us in unexpected and novel directions. It has been a lot of fun and a real learning experience.