Sunday, May 15, 2011

Are you having fun yet?

Do you have enough fun? Do you have very little fun? Do you even remember what fun is? I make sure that I enjoy myself, and I do that a lot. I have a plethora of hobbies and activities that I engage in, and I believe they help to keep my sanity intact. Even if it helps a little bit, a good time is well worth the cash and effort now and again.

If I’m not playing chess or reading or writing, you can find me deep in the woods camping with my Jeep. I play drums in a rock band, I rebuild BMX bikes, I weld, I shoot a pretty decent pool game, I listen to music, and I love to drink beer and BS with the guys around a great campfire. These are just some of the things I do to break up the monotony at times, and many of them are cheaper than you would think.

The girlfriend and I can put together and entire three-day camping trip for about a hundred dollars, and it’s a great getaway. Even though gas is pretty expensive at the moment, it doesn’t usually break the bank to head down to the beach or into Los Angeles for the day so that we can see the sites. We have even been audience members on the Dr. Phil show some three times, totally for free. Of course, we usually stay down there the night before, but there is a cool old hotel that charges $50 a night and provides Wi-Fi. Can’t beat that with a bat!

If you enjoy reading, head to the local Book Exchange or thrift store and pick up a few novels for a couple dollars. I love books, and the older the better. The smell of the pages is half the fun of reading for me. Or maybe head to the local Redbox and get a few movies for one dollar apiece. That isn’t very much. Then you can pick up some Twizzlers and Milk Duds and have a regular movie night. That is hours of entertainment for less than ten bucks.

You would be surprised at how many local things that you haven’t seen which are completely free. When’s the last time you visited a museum? Been a while for me too, and there are several around. It’s one of those things we keep meaning to do but don’t get around to. We will. I know we will because we are all about cheap and free fun.

Shooting a pool game and bowling aren’t what they used to be, and you can really spend a few bucks in an evening, but they are *fun*. Theme and amusement parks can definitely hurt the ole wallet, but they are also fun. Heck, even a trip to the local coffee shop can put you back some duckets, but a lot of the time it really is better than sitting at home, moping.

Get out there and have some fun soon. You deserve it.


Christina said...

Man that Dr. Phil trip sounds like a ton of fun. I agree that spending money on fun is worth it. We should all treat ourselves more often.

The Ingressive Moon said...

Too true! In "eat pray love" one of her Italian friends commented on how funny it is that Americans have to be told that!

"I love books, and the older the better. The smell of the pages is half the fun of reading for me." - Fantastic!