Staving off Boredom, Day One

… and don’t give me that crap about how there’s plenty of things to do. Of course there are plenty of things to do; the problem is that they aren’t fun. Mowing the grass has to happen, but that’s a low low bar to set.

Staving off Boredom is about finding things sufficiently fun to occupy otherwise unstructured time.

Diminishing returns on the quality of a given activity is an important consideration. Bowling is fun for the first six frames.

Perfect staving of boredom would involve a dynamic, challenging, fun activity. It could be profitable and productive, but these are clearly secondary.


    • Sai
    • June 14th, 2010

    A sober seventh frame is indeed an insufficient boredom stave. Substance abuse mitigates said diminishing returns.

    Specifically, I think a man bowling feels more like a man if he can have a bottle of suds. That’s only my opinion.

    • Brian
    • June 14th, 2010

    Read a book you bought but didn’t ever have time to read. If you’re looking for a book, I recommend A Fan’s Notes by Frederick Exley. Or any book of essays by David Foster Wallace.

    Go see the new Karate Kid movie. Or rewatch The Firm.

    Play nine holes of golf with a friend or alone.

    Make steaks or ribs for dinner.

    Visit the Wexner Center and cruise through whatever exhibit is up, with an eye toward possibly blogging your reactions to it.

    • Sai
    • June 15th, 2010

    This is turning into Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen).

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