Monday, June 22, 2009

Getting to know you: What do you like to do for fun?


Conflict.

For some reason, we all seem to have conflict in our lives. We try and try, but we can't get away from that darn conflict.

So, what do you do to take a break for awhile? What do you do to escape and have Fun? Is it a hobby? Friends? Something involving large amounts of intoxicating beverages?

Either way, let us know. We could use some good escape time! Darn that conflict, anyway!

So, what do you do for fun?




Note: Characters only and anonymous, please. Thanks.

101 comments:

DESTINY said...

I like to watch animals run or fly together. Birds in their flock. Deer in their herd. I find the order and the simplisity pleasurable.

I also like to play poker, but rarely do. My opponents tend to mind that I win everytime. It's not my fault if I know how the cards will fall.

It's their Destiny.

Nevin said...

I like to go to museums or concerts, or go for long walks in nature. I also enjoy composing music, and when I can't sleep I go to the studio and work on new songs.

Ginger said...

I love to go to the beach and just be absolutely lazy in the sun.

Ginger said...

Writing that made me want to change my avatar again. I forgot to mention that I absolutely love building sand castles. I get completely lost in an imaginary world, just like a kid.

Only, it's raining here again today. Will this bad weather never end?

Anonymous said...

Hi

I work on model airplanes with my Dad.

I listen to music.

I like to watch M.T.V.

Shadow

Maxwell said...

I make bombs.

I make bombs and chemicals.

I make bombs and chemicals and slice DNA.

Very fun. Very exciting. I like.

Ricky said...

I go to shows to find out about current music trends and meet new bands, and I listen to music. I watch TV when I'm home, but it usually puts me to sleep.

Bo said...

That's why you're no fun, Ricky. You're always working.

I like to hang out at the strip clubs or watch porn. It's the incubus equivalent of going window-shopping or watching the Food Channel.

Nevin said...

Ricky, you should do more creative things with your free time. It would be healthier for your spirit.

I think all species should have a creative hobby!

shy said...

'Most of the time I don't have much fun. The rest of the time I don't have any fun at all.'

~ Woody Allen

Vic said...

I like to hang around old cemeteries. I find them comforting.

Ginger, your sun obsession is weird, but typical of your species.

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Ginger said...

(Oops, I accidentally posted under the wrong name. Sorry about that!)

It makes Vitamin D, Vic. You should know that! I'm sure it... um... enriches your dining experience.

By the way, I rented "Twilight" over the weekend. Those seem to be a different kind of vampire from you. I take it you don't sparkle, for one thing.

Vic said...

Ginger, don't believe anything you read in books. Reading is a waste of time. It only gives people ideas.

Bo said...

I've gotten some great ideas from books, Vic. The Story of O was particularly informative.

Reading can be a great passtime.

Kalila said...

Well, I like it that Ricky spends so much time working. That's what I hired him to do.

Anonymous said...

Hi Bo

The story of O is good? What's it about?

Shadow

Ricky said...

Then why are you always trying to get me to stop working, Kalila?

Kalila said...

Because when I'm around, you should pay attention to me.

Ricky said...

I see.

Well, everyone, it appears that Kalila is my hobby.

Kalila said...

I'm not a hobby, Ricky!

I shouldn't have come around here today. This place was better when I was the featured character.

Nevin said...

Wow, so much emotion!

Does anyone have any quiet hobbies, like knitting? I sometimes enjoy bird-watching. Does anyone else like to watch birds?

Anonymous said...

Kalila - lol.

Bo said...

Shadow, The Story of O is a great book! It's about this woman, see, and she--

Ow! What did you just throw at me, Ricky?

Uh, Shadow? Ricky says you're not old enough for me to tell you about the book. Ask again when you're 18. Or when Ricky isn't around.

Anonymous said...

Hi Bo

I'm going to go get the book now.

I won't tell my mom. Don't worry.

Shadow

Aidan said...

I used to snowboard. Now I surf.

Anonymous said...

I like to eat ice cream. Lots and lots of ice cream. I like chocolate and strawberry. And caramel. And mint.

Marc said...

Correction, mate. Now I surf, badly.

Aidan said...

Hardy har har, Marc.

Jason said...

The Story of O. Now there's a book I haven't read in a long, long time. I think I still have it somewhere. The flat in Amsterdam, I believe.

Aidan said...

Do you like mint chocolate chip ice cream, Anon? It's my favorite.

Marc? Will you take me to the store to get some mint chocolate chip ice cream?

Marc said...

Um, how shall I put this politely?

No.

Aidan said...

I could order you to do it...

Marc said...

Um, how shall I put this politely?

Piss off, Lord Seer. I'm busy.

Aidan said...

Hey Ginger, we have a private beach here at the house. Are you in CA?

Anonymous said...

mint chocolate chip ice cream.
yummy.

Anonymous said...

Hi Aidan, Hi Mark,

You guys are funny.

I'm going fishing with you, right?

Shadow

FLOWER said...

I just go - walking - seems I walk in circles 'cos I alway end up back here.

Goran Njiric said...

Video gaming and world-building in virtual realms. As I've had a lot of experience with world markup languages, as well as interior design. The espatiers on board have started a map-cult based on the things I've made, which are apparently very pretty places for firefights. The artwork and architecture has led to many a poor, wayward soul getting lost in an "art appreciation moment" and losing their stake in the game.

Other than making maps and other digital art, I'm also the ship's "Indispensable Man." It's my job to make sure contraband gets onto the ship and stays hidden. It would be dangerous if I held any rank or if they could get rid of me, but despite being enlisted, they can't get rid of me. I make sure no one gets enough to affect their job, and that there is enough to get what I like (I am swimming in cheap MRE fig bars this trip. It is the best thing ever) for each thing they want.

All in all, I'm the Unofficial Recreation Man. I make sure everyone is enjoying their trip. It's fun, but if they aren't enjoying their trip, they go stir-crazy. When going from three to six months traversing the void, the last thing you want is for someone to have gone completely nutbar.

But that is my fun.

Candy said...

In London I liked to go for walks in the rain and , sometimes, I liked to bait the old gaffers in the pub. They enjoyed it too. I used to like to dance but when the club got too hot , the band too loud and the blokes too fresh it stopped being fun.

At my Great Aunt's house near SF I loved to watch the deer and walk in the surrounding hills. Ringing the big bell was fun and when we went down to the town it was fun seeing my aunt's friends pretend not to notice my Goth looks.

Hearing my aunt tell her stories was the most fun. At the time I supposed she made them all up. Now I'm not so sure.

Bo,it's fun to have you back. You're awful and outrageous but I like you anyway.
Shadow, I'm glad to hear you have fun with your dad. That's really nice . You keep away from Bo.

Hey, Ginger, It's not good to lie in the sun, is it? You don't want to look like a prune. My father had prunes for breakfast every day and I can really only imagine a very old shrunken head from Africa looking like one of them. Maybe you don't have to worry unless you are already a really old African lady.

Ginger said...

No, I'm not a really old African lady, Candy! LOL!!!

I'm so white I don't even tan. I just become a darker shade of beige. I use lots of sunscreen and sleep under a 100% UV-proof umbrella. But thank you for being concerned! You're so sweet.

I just like being *at* the beach, reading a book, watching the waves, smelling the salt air and doing nothing.

Aidan, I am on the complete opposite side of the U.S., on the Jersey Shore. That's too bad. I'd love to meet you and your cousins and Kaelin.

Bo, you are absolutely incorrigible.

Goran, you sound like a fascinating and very talented person. I wish there was a way I could visit one of your virtual worlds. Without a firefight, though. Just for aesthetic reasons.

You said once that you might be making love to a machine one day. That made me think of Scott. I hope yours is better at it than he was. Though we have this TV show called Battlestar Galactica and the machines in that series seemed pretty darn good at it. Especially the one called Six. Or is that Seven? Or Nine? Or Six of Seven? Nine of Twelve? Or is that Star Trek? I forget. Scott watched it, not me.

Hi Shadow! You're too young for that book. You need something to keep you busy. Our church has an awesome youth group. They are going surfing at Cape May this weekend, weather permitting. You should think about going along. Even if it rains, I'm sure they'll find something fun to do.

Ginger said...

P.S. Now I have to go find some mint-chocolate chip on the Boardwalk!

Bo said...

Ginger, I appreciate your compliments. Keep them coming! I can do much more for you than any machine.

By the way, what happened to the avatar of you in your sexy apron? I don't like this beach one. I'm not turned on at all. Your description of lying around at the beach doing nothing doesn't sound very appealing, either. You humans have strange hobbies.

Ginger said...

Dear Bo,

Lemme 'splain something to you. I follow a very old-fashioned and probably ridiculous-seeming custom of celibacy except in marriage, due to my religion. I didn't have a great marriage, but at least I have the satisfaction of knowing I never cheated on my spouse, or violated my principles before our marriage.

You are incredibly sexy, Bo darling, and I know you can't help it, but please don't tempt me by flirting. It's hard enough being widowed for two years and having these hunky construction workers in the neighborhood.

Respectfully,
Ginger

Aidan said...

Dude, yeah, let's go fishing.

Marc, go fire up the speedboat. And that's an order.

Marc said...

Aye aye, Lord Seer, sir.

Would you like some smacking around to go with that boundless wit of yours, m'lord?

Aidan said...

You know Ginger, I have a jet. We could fly you here for the day.

And we're harmless, mostly. Lucy keeps us out of trouble. No flirting and I'll even buy you a gazebo to lay under. A gazebo would be cool for the beach anyway. Kaelin can put it up.

Kaelin said...

What's going on? I just heard my name...

Gabby said...

For fun here I like to put one over on the meanest guard. He goes to sleep when he's s'posed to be watchin' at the bottom of the stairs. One night I snuck strawberry jam from the kitchen and smeared it over the bottom of his shoe. Then I threw somethin' from the highest floor that woke him and he come racin' up - slitherin and slidin - Whew, what a mess. It looked like animal guts too at first which upset the others. The guard broke his arm which was good 'cause now he can't beat us for a while, anyway and even though us kids had to clean the stairs we didn't mind - at least it was somethin' to do and I think we just spread the goop around 'cause I saw one of the workers redoing it later. I'm always doin' stuff like that. The gang admires me for it.

Didn't get any jam for a few weeks though but I stole honey from a hive in the wood and doled it out at night. They all think I'm really somethin' - like I made it out of magic!

Ginger said...

That would be fabulous, Aidan! How thoughtful of you. As long as Lucy is there, too, as chaperone. I'll bring some iced tea.

Marc, you crack me up.

I love fishing.

Perhaps Candy could join us? And Flower, if she's interested. Sounds like she could use a break from Scotland.

Ginger said...

Gabby, that is one use for jam I never thought of.

Bo said...

But Ginger, celibacy is so...boring. And for my kind, it's a disaster. It would be like being locked up without food.

Hm...what are you doing this afternoon, Candy? You're looking luscious as always. Need a new hobby?

Kalila said...

Bo! Quit flirting with the humans and come rehearse. You're late again.

Marc said...

Coming from a human, that's high praise. Thank you, Ginger.

Aidan said...

He's bowing to the computer monitor now.

Hey, everybody, go put shirts on! We're gonna have company!

Lucy said...

So there's no misunderstanding, I have a shirt on. Actually, Aidan's the only one without...

I'll keep the wolves at bay, Ginger. They really are harmless, and Aidan is awfully willing to please. No doubt he'll be waiting on you hand and foot.

Marc said...

Or ordering me to do it.

Maxwell said...

Are we going on a picnic?

I bring bombs. Lots of fun. Boom.

Aidan said...

If Ginger likes boat rides, she can come fishing with us, too, huh Shadow? Or she can have a nap under the new gazebo--looking good, Kae! and we'll fry them up tonight.

Bo--you can maybe come another day when there aren't so many humans around the place.

FLOWER said...

I - well - thanks.
Boats are like all boyant and don't sink much but... .
I'd be in the way, and like, I don't know if I'd be not too much, like, not really too - whatever - to be around.

Aidan said...

I gotta say, Max, it would be pretty cool to drop a little bomb in the ocean and watch all the alerts go off across the world. Marc tracks all that stuff.

But maybe another day. The ladies don't really like bombs.

Jason said...

Chucking grenades is pretty fun, though. You know, when no one is chucking them back at you.

Ginger said...

It's getting kind of late... oh, wait, you're 4 hours behind us, aren't you?

Okay, today is my only day off so I'll be ready!

Aidan said...

Ah, come on, Flower. You won't be in the way. And if you want, we can swim, too.

Besides, it would make Ginger feel better if she's not the only human there.

Ginger said...

Flower, you must come. Don't worry - you don't have to "be" anything. Just come.

Lucy and I need the moral support!

Aidan said...

Jason just made cookies.

Nevin said...

Wait, we're all invite to a beach party?

Cancel the rehearsal, Kalila!

Aidan said...

The more the merrier. Seems like a nice day and Marc makes a mean whiskey sour for anyone who partakes.

Shadow? You coming?

Ginger said...

Okay, I've got my hat, towel, umbrella, sunblock, swimsuit. I'm ready! Oh, let me just grab my surf fishing rod.

Now I'm ready! You can land at the Cape May Airport, Aidan. I'll be there in fifteen minutes.

FLOWER said...

Mixing food and boats? Me, food and boats - nah! I can swim - you don't forget stuff like that?
I don't feel human most of the time so maybe I'll stick with the eagles - they don't let anyone get close.
It's dark here now - gotta go - Will freaks when it gets late - typing bugs him a bit. He heads out early - birds and that.

Ginger said...

Talk about having fun!!! What a great thread, Mira.

Candy said...

Oh I sure wish I could join you. I've never been in a boat. I'm hungry too. I'm afraid to go down to the Empress dining room all alone - it's really posh - and afraid to order room service but I looked out in the hall a while ago and someone had put a half eaten dinner on a tray outside their room, so i ate it!
I must read the first of my aunts stories about the first place I've to visit. She's about seventeen from what I can make out so far. That'll keep me busy for a while.
Sure wish I could be with you all though, but I've got to do this.
I'd like to be hugged right now...

Bo said...

I'll be right over, Candy. Who needs a beach party, anyway?

Nevin said...

Well, I just know I'll have a great time making sand castles!

Ricky said...

Should I bring anything for the barbeque grill, guys?

Aidan said...

Nah, Ricky, we'll eat what we catch or fix something that we have already.

Ginger said...

Wow, this is incredible! I can't believe you guys (and gal) live here.

What a wonderful thing to see the sun for a change!

Nice gazebo.

Ginger said...

Hey Nevin, let's make a sand castle!

Kaelin said...

Thanks, Ginger. I kind of built it, well. Today.

Aidan said...

It's Jason's place, actually. He's the one with all the great taste in art.

Lucy said...

Everyone have drinks and sunscreen? Great!

Aidan said...

We can fit 8 on the boat. Who's coming? And where is Shadow?

Nevin said...

I've collected some shells to decorate our sand castle, Ginger.

Join us, Kalila! You look lovely in your bikini, by the way. I'm sure Ricky thinks so, too, and...where are you two going?

Oh, well. How about a seaweed moat, Ginger?

Ginger said...

I think it's time to go fishing, Nevin.

I'm coming on the boat, Aidan! What do you catch here? And what shall we use for bait?

The water's a lot rougher here than at home.

Kaelin said...

Wow. That's SOME castle you built there, Nevin. It's almost as big as the gazebo.

Jason said...

Well done. That's an incredible castle.

Oh look, there's Aidan wasting arrows by shooting them into the ocean--again.

Ginger said...

LOL!!! I didn't know you fished with *arrows*! The same principle as a harpoon, I guess.

Too bad Faldur isn't here. He'd probably like to try it.

Wow, that's a big one, Aidan!

Ginger said...

Nevin did create an amazing castle. I've never seen one I could actually walk inside before! I just put the shells on.

Goran Njiric said...

Ginger - Thank you, Ginger, I'm glad you think so. Visiting one of my places shouldn't be hard. Most of the higher class places in Burroughs colony are customers. If you need something closer to earth than Mars-Sun L3, the repurposed Earth-Sun L5 science colony Fermi is the farthest my designs have gotten toward Earth. None have landed Earthside, unfortunately. Art tends to not go down the gravity well.

I've heard of that show, though I'm not much for science fiction. There is a girl on this ship who has a holographic storage cube (like one of your CDs, same principle, only in cube form) full of old movies. She hooks it up to the ship's network and charges access fees for them. I might get into that to watch them sometime soon. The machine might like me taking an interest in the thought.

As for celibacy, even though I'm in space, and at the maximum, I'm 25 meters from hard vacuum and death, but nothing scares me more than a pretty lady with a vow of celibacy. Or a good looking man. They're both terrifying. I'm glad I've not met many.

Gabby - I've found that a good trick that makes people miserable is to find something you have access to, and can't be traced to you that is sticky. Then, you put it in places. Preferably around beds, on favorite cups, and other things. Especially if it is clear or dries yellow. I heard tree sap dries like that, but there was some kind of construction gel I used to use sometimes. It led to a lot of angry arguments, as long as I managed to not get caught. Nothing quite turns people against each other like the thought that someone who isn't them is getting something.

Just be sure to quit when you're ahead. If there's any advice I can give to someone of any age, it's to know when to quit and take a different path.

As for the rest of you, fishing sounds terrifying. Traveling on a boat seems like the most terrible thing ever. I know you have atmosphere down there protecting you from the sun, and that your atmosphere sustains itself, but that stll seems like an utterly alien place to me. How do you live somewhere where you can't see the ceiling?

I heard that I might have to go down there someday. I think I'll just wear a planetary hazard suit like the one people wear on Mars. That seems like it'll be the best sanity preserving measure possible.

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Take it from someone who is blind underground, Goran, the endless blue sky is the best sight ever.

Well lookie there I got another fish. We'll be eating well tonight.

Ginger said...

I don't know if I can make it to Fermi, Goran. I don't leave Earth.

Hey, do you want to cook these fish, Aidan? It's getting late and I have to get up early tomorrow to prep the food.

Jason said...

proper fry up, I reckon.

Ginger said...

Sounds good! I brought some iced tea and a spinach salad.

Wow! Look at that sunset!!!! You don't see anything like that on the East Coast!

*grin*

Ginger said...

This has been an amazing time, but I really have to get home and go to bed. Thank you so much, everyone! I'll never forget it.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your evening!

Goran Njiric said...

That's too bad. Around this time, it's generally pretty cheap to get up into orbit. At least, from the elevator down in the Pacific. The fountains tend to vary by country.

Still, I guess I can understand. Some people have a fear of space. It's not for everyone.

Nevin said...

The beach party was fun, guys! Thank you so much for inviting us.

I wonder if our authors missed us? We sort of ran off without telling them.

Ricky said...

The authors do stuff all the time without asking our opinion, Nevin. Don't worry about it.

See you next time, guys! The fish was great!

Anonymous said...

Hi

I had to go to the dentist.

I missed it.

Next time take me, okay?

I liked reading it. It was fun.

Shadow

Aidan said...

Shadow,
You're on for next time, bro.

Thanks for coming guys!

Anonymous said...

Hi Aidan,

Okay. Sounds good.

Shadow

Candy said...

I'm so envious!! Maybe we can both go next time, Shadow.