What do you do for fun -- with other people?

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What do you do for fun -- with other people?

Post by Individual » Fri Jan 21, 2011 10:11 pm

What do you do for fun, when you take people out? I need ideas on stuff to do -- that's cheap or preferably free -- in an environment that's preferably free of drugs & alcohol.
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Post by andre9999 » Fri Jan 21, 2011 10:20 pm

Individual wrote:What do you do for fun, when you take people out? I need ideas on stuff to do -- that's cheap or preferably free -- in an environment that's preferably free of drugs & alcohol.
Don't you live near DC? Around here, I just look for interesting things to do in my city. I've gone geocaching, free public museum days (every Monday I think), art museum is free after four here, and so on. Usually some local e-magazine will have some article about "best 100 things to do in our city". Start at the top.

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Post by Kim OHara » Fri Jan 21, 2011 10:20 pm

Depending on where you are and what your interests are, consider any of ...
Walks in parks/gardens or along the beach
Get a bit more serious about the exercise and time commitment and think about all-day or weekend hikes
Art gallery exhibition openings - free, and they will often serve drinks and nibbles
Amateur theatre shows - quality varies but tickets are much cheaper than pro productions
Ditto coffee lounge /comedy club / folk music club nights

Hope this helps :smile:

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Post by lojong1 » Sat Jan 22, 2011 4:53 am

In a few cities I've seen free game nights at coffee shops or in private homes with ads online--chess, go, cards, crib, etc..
Parkour.
Bicycling, skateboard, roller-blade...only costly at initial purchase.
Dumpster diving.
Fishing.
Camping.
Dog Brothersy stick fighting. Head gear is expensive but long lasting, especially with lighter sticks.
Jiu-jitsu rolling--lots on youtube to try.
Juggling groups and drum circles are usually open to anyone showing up.
Hacky Sack circles attract passers by.
Jam nights.
Tree sits or homeless camps that could use support?
Volunteer somewhere.
Yoga.
Join a community garden or start one up/guerilla gardening.
Open gym in a local school for basketball or whatever?
Meditation groups; if there is nothing online, someone at a local temple might know where they are.

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Post by budo » Sat Jan 22, 2011 5:00 am

Movies, mini-golf, bowling, tea shops, malls, spas, sports/swimming pool, games
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Post by lojong1 » Sat Jan 22, 2011 5:05 am

Of course, duh, swimming/gym! How could I miss that?
Low income folk can sometimes get discount entry/membership--in Canada at least.

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Post by JeffR » Sat Jan 22, 2011 6:08 am

XC skiing is great this year. Museums, bowling, ice skating, sledding. In Summer; outdoor art shows, bicycling, hiking, nature walks, boating, beech bumming.
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Post by lojong1 » Sat Jan 22, 2011 9:32 am

I could never afford bowling, movies, skating or mini-golf regularly, and definitely not driving either. Boating is fun...can Indive can pull that off Indive-cheaply where he lives?
Indive, do you have a vehicle?

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Post by Individual » Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:03 pm

lojong1 wrote: Indive, do you have a vehicle?
Yes
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Post by chownah » Sat Jan 22, 2011 3:12 pm

Eat dinner.
Watch a movie/video.
With a small group of people you can read plays.
If there is a university near you there will be a ton of activities going on for cheap or free.
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Post by lojong1 » Sat Jan 22, 2011 10:05 pm

Tree sits are fun.

Food not bombs generally has cool cats and great food.

Inuit rope gymnastics -- http://www.qajaqusa.org/Technique/ropegymnastics.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Post by Euclid » Sat Jan 22, 2011 10:58 pm

I love going for walks / hikes. Although to be fair I think I enjoy that more solitary than with other people.

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Post by Individual » Sun Jan 23, 2011 12:47 am

Thx for the good ideas. I googled "stuff to do in DC" and "stuff to do in Baltimore"

I'm gonna do everything on the list, one item at a time...
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Post by andre9999 » Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:09 am

I was just there again a few months ago, and the National Mall is about the coolest place I've ever been to (again). You could spend a couple weeks straight there and never see the same thing twice. And it's all free!

Arlington Cemetery was pretty interesting too.

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Post by Ytrog » Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:56 am

Some games you can play with friends:
  • D&D
  • Magic the Gathering (card game)
  • Once upon a time
  • 1000 blank white cards
  • The Werewolves of Miller's Hollow (there is a form of this that's playable on forums as well btw.)
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Post by JeffR » Mon Jan 24, 2011 4:50 am

lojong1 wrote:I could never afford bowling, movies, skating or mini-golf regularly, and definitely not driving either. Boating is fun...can Indive can pull that off Indive-cheaply where he lives?
Indive, do you have a vehicle?
How does skating cost money?!? Plenty of places to go free, stay outside.

I really enjoyed touring Arlington, never knew it was General Lee's estate and enjoyed the free NPS tour of the house and viewing the original graves in the former garden. Get a canoe or kayak and explore the tributaries to the Chesapeake bay.

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Therein what are 'six (types of) disrespect'? One dwells without respect, without deference for the Teacher; one dwells without respect, without deference for the Teaching; one dwells without respect, without deference for the Order; one dwells without respect, without deference for the precepts; one dwells without respect, without deference for heedfulness; one dwells without respect, without deference for hospitality. These are six (types of) disrespect.
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Post by lojong1 » Mon Jan 24, 2011 5:04 am

JeffR wrote:How does skating cost money?
Right, so many kinds. Initial equipment cost is hard for cheapskaters like me; thrift stores help. I was thinking of ice-skating, which isn't usually possible here except in indoor rinks.

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Post by Ben » Mon Jan 24, 2011 5:58 am

My wife would often make a joke at my expense when we got together with friends.

She would describe my social life (the meditation group sits) I attended as "getting together with other people in a darkened room and, while keeping their eyes closed, not talk to each other".

That aside, and if you're looking for things that cost little or nothing, then apart from the great ideas already mentioned, I would add, just hanging out in a cool part of town, and chatting while window shopping. While it may not be the most exciting thing in the world, it provides an opportunity to spend time and getting to know each other.
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Post by Individual » Mon Jan 24, 2011 6:10 am

Ben wrote: She would describe my social life (the meditation group sits) I attended as "getting together with other people in a darkened room and, while keeping their eyes closed, not talk to each other".
:lol:

A very wise woman!

Does she meditate?
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Post by Ben » Mon Jan 24, 2011 6:14 am

Individual wrote:
Ben wrote: She would describe my social life (the meditation group sits) I attended as "getting together with other people in a darkened room and, while keeping their eyes closed, not talk to each other".
:lol:

A very wise woman!

Does she meditate?
She is indeed!
She actually teaches 'mindfulness meditation' to staff and students at the school we both work at. Just between you and me, the mindfulness meditation she teaches is actually anapana of the samatha variety.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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