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Old 11-22-2009, 06:05 PM
 
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What do you do for fun?

that is NOT:

work
work related
school related
going to the bar
eating at restaurants
exercise related

After that long day of work, then sitting in traffic, what do you do? Do you have time and energy for anything else?

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
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Old 11-22-2009, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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Riding my motorcycle is probably the most relaxing thing I can do. My schedule allows me to take a couple days, usually weekdays, and go riding into the mountains of West Va and southern Va. Can't beat it.
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Old 11-22-2009, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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Come on C-D. :-)
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Old 11-22-2009, 06:23 PM
 
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Art classes at the Torpedo Factory/Art League School, go through galleries at Smithsonian or private ones, park off the GW Parkway and watch the planes come in at National, foreign films, contra dancing at Glen Echo Ballroom on Friday nights, walk the trail along the river at Great Falls, parks & rec dept. dance classes, shopping, during bloom time going to Meadowlark, Green Spring and other public gardens, take a sketch book to Old Town or DuPont Circle. For a start.
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Old 11-22-2009, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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What do you do for fun?

that is NOT:

work
work related
school related
going to the bar
eating at restaurants
exercise related

After that long day of work, then sitting in traffic, what do you do? Do you have time and energy for anything else?

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
Play fantasy football, play my Xbox 360, play football on Saturdays and whenever I have time.
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Old 11-22-2009, 06:57 PM
 
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My most fun thing is pickin n grinnin!

When the movie Bonnie and Clyde came out I was absolutely mesmerized by Earl Scrugg's 5-string banjo pickin on the soundtrack. I resolved to learn how to do that! My mom bought me a Gibson Mastertone RB-250 banjo that Christmas from National Pawnbrokers (I still have it, along with 14 other banjers!).

It took many years and mucho $$$ to learn to play, but I eventually got pretty good at it. Foggy Mountain Breakdown from B&C was the first tune I mastered. I actually got to pick with my idol, Earl, on a few occasions!

I played in bands for years around the area and there's nothing quite as much fun as nailing it in front of a crowd of bluegrass fans. We had a long-running gig at the old Birchmere...back when it was in Arlington.

As I got older, it got tougher to be out 'til 2:00 am playing and then get up at 6:30 for work, so I mostly quit but I still play a gig once in a while when it suits me. We also have regular pickin' parties at the house...bunch of guys and gals and pick and sing the night away.

I play for about an hour most days because it relaxes me (plus, I get rusty fast if I don't). My wife makes me practice in the garage or out on the deck so as not to drive her nuts!
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Old 11-22-2009, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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I fish and canoe on our creek, play tennis, swim in the summer, ride my bike on the Mount Vernon trail, practice renaissance-era fencing (Italian rapier and French smallsword), learn Italian, research and write about the 19th century American West, play ball with my Springer Spaniels, participate in our homeowner's association, cook, and entertain friends and family. There's actually a lot to do around here for just about any interest one may have. It's also a beautiful place just to stroll around, hang out, and do nothing.
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Old 11-23-2009, 06:00 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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My big love is gardening. In spring-summer-fall I'm out in the yard; in the winter I get my seeds started for the next year.

We're into kayaking, so when the weather's nice I'm out on the river. In the winter, I spend a lot of time watching movies and playing music. I play guitar, hubby plays sax, and the grandkids are always learning some instrument or other in school... so sometimes we attempt to "jam." The results aren't always pretty , but it's fun.

I hang out with my neighbors. Doesn't sound terribly exciting, I know, but I had some great evenings with them.

I'm also pretty active in the community, although I'm trying to cut down on that right now. It's a lot of fun, but volunteer work can easily gobble up your life.

Oh, and we do toastmasters, too. I think toastmasters is hilarious. It's a group for practising speeches, but most of the time the speeches are funny stories. If you're new to the area, it's a good way to make friends.
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Old 11-23-2009, 06:13 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Some fun things that have been mentioned in past threads.

Flying Circus
Summer Music Festival
20 great things to do in nova
Luray Caverns
Masanutten
Lakes, ponds, etc.
More on lakes, ponds etc.
Getting to a Nats game
minor league baseball
parks
movies
day trips
various things to do
fun things to do with kids
restaurants
theaters
drive-ins
christmas fun
alexandria movie theaters
fun things to do in burke
fun things to do in old town
beaches
where to meet new people
fun things to do while people watching
fun things to do in Nova
boating
kings dominion
fun things to do after work
non-paved trails
water skiing
golf
fun things to do outdoors
more outdoor activities
fun things to do in burke
fun things to do in ashburn
various suggestions
discount tickets
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Old 11-23-2009, 06:33 AM
 
Location: Censorshipville...
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Riding my motorcycle frees my mind and raises my soul. I concentrate on the road and the ride and all my troubles seem to fly behind me.

I also go to the shooting range for some target practice. I find that punching holes in paper targets takes a lot of concentration and patience.

I also like to read. Last book I read was the latest Connelly book, Nine Dragons that stars Harry Bosch. Currently reading World War Z again while I'm waiting for my next book in the library queue to come in. I've found books are much more entertaining than the crap they show on tv.
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