I think I’ve invented a brand new job category. There seems to be a need for, of all things, a recreation consultant. I found a lot of the guys I used to work with would not have a freaking clue what to do with themselves on weekends. This takes workaholism to a whole new level. And these are guys who would bitch and complain about their jobs constantly and yet not have a single notion of what to do in their down time. It is beyond tragic that the only thing these guys had to look forward to was a job they freaking hated.
I distinctly remember a conversation I had with one of them. We were talking about the weather and we were commenting on all the snow we were getting lately. So next topic was the weekend. And this guy started complaining about how he never had anything to do on the weekend. So I (in my new role as recreation consultant) asked, “Don’t you like to ski?”
Well his face lit up and it was exactly as if a giant light bulb had come on over his head.
“Hey! Yeah!” he said to me, all in awe, “I could go skiing!”
Now you would think that an engineer in a lead role in a big company would have been able to think that up himself, especially since we had been talking about snow not two minutes earlier!
I thought he was an isolated case but in the week or so after that conversation two or three other coworkers also expressed not having anything to do on the weekend. WT…?! So in aid of these unfortunate souls I’ve decided to occasionally write about Frugal Fun. These articles will consist of no-cost or low-cost ways to have fun and enjoy your life. So here goes:
Frugal Fun #1: The Library
If you haven’t been to the library in years and can only remember dusty old books and damp dark corners, are you in for a surprise. Libraries these days are usually some of the nicest looking buildings in town. So not only do you have lovely, peaceful settings to read or write or surf the net (to read Frugally Food of course!) there are also a whole heck of a lot more things you can borrow from the library than there used to be. Books, CDs, DVDs, some even have small tool libraries. Libraries often offer programs on a wide range of topics, I’ve even seen some that offered an evening of wine and cheese complete with displays of local artwork and readings from local authors. If you can’t make it to the library, you can still rent a book because most have ebook catalogues at your service. So, no excuses, get out there and have some frugal fun!