Thursday, December 11, 2008

Getting Out: It Doesn't Cost to Look, Part 2

I need to get out more. Not just figuratively, but literally. A few weeks ago, my friend Peg invited me to see the Lincoln Center production of “Dividing the Estate” because her husband couldn’t go. We had a blast. We got into the city a little too late for a leisurely dinner, but found a great Italian place that served us with cartoon speed. We raced to the theatre two blocks away — stopping at the newsstand for Raisinets and Milk Duds — and watched a very entertaining show.

Afterwards, I started thinking of all the times Peg has called to ask if I want to take the dogs for a hike in the woods, and I’ve said I was too busy working. The truth is, I was too catatonic. You get that way when you stop doing things that are fun and hole up in your home with your day-to-day grind.

I don’t want to be that way, so I have to start doing more. I’m not about to go to the theatre every other month; at $125 a seat I’ll be lucky to go once a year. But shaking up your life doesn’t have to be expensive. It doesn’t even require going into the city or doing something entertaining. Sometimes it just requires getting up, and getting out with a good friend. The next time Pegs calls to ask if I want to hike with the dogs, I’ll say yes.

4 comments:

Andie East said...

I love this site: http://sf.funcheap.com/

It presents free and cheap things in the bay area including theater, dancing, live concerts, comedy, festivals and more. Great shake ups for everyone! Wonder if there is a site like this in NYC?

Hoagy said...

Going out does not need to be a production. The perfect night out can be unplanned and spontaneous.

A movie and Applebees is nice, but the repetiveness of that routine can also mind numbing.

During the last depression, we got the great song, "the best things in life are free."

Not everyone has access to Broadway, but there are local theater companies and even High School shows that can be a hoot.

Less is more - a few drinks and conversation can beat eloborate plans any day of the week.

Anonymous said...

It's true that it's easy to let NOT going out become a habit. And the more you don't go out, the more you don't want to go out. Everything becomes a hassle, rather than a joy or fun. Time to shake things up and get out and live life.

gail belsky said...

okay, this might sound corny, but some of the best nights out I've had lately has been a monthly game of "Take Two" with three friends. (It's kind of like Scrabble, but without the board). I keep making Mahjong jokes, but there's something really great about leaving your family, and the dishes, behind to go play games with your friends.