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Thrill Of The Game Homebased entrepreneurs work hard and play hard.

By Jeffery D. Zbar

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When he's feeling drained or his creativity needs a blast ofadrenaline, Gary Joseph Grappo straps on his inline skates and zipsaround his Fort Lauderdale neighborhood. Or he'll grab his iceskates and hockey equipment and hit the rink.

His choice of exercise adapts perfectly to his night owl andtraveling work habits, says Grappo, owner of ASTEC International Human AssetTechnologies, a homebased human resource training anddevelopment firm. In fact, whether he's traveling on a trainingjob in Europe or the United States, his skates are frequentcompanions. "It's a reflection of the fact that [homebasedbusiness owners] have flex time," he says. "Although Iwork 'til four in the morning, I can take two hours offduring the middle of the day. It gives me a lot offlexibility."

Grappo's skating isn't the only thing inline. So, too,are his recreational habits with those of his work-at-home peers.According to a recent Simmons Market Research Bureau survey of33,000 America households-including 1,700 homes with at-homeentrepreneurs or teleworkers-many said their recreationalpreferences tended toward X-Games.

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