I just had two snow days right after a two week vacation, so this is my sixteenth day off of work. It has been below 20 degrees outside, many offices have shut down, and people on Facebook have been stepping outside to toss boiling water into the air to film it turn into ice-cold vapor instantly. From what I have heard about what it's like out there, I decided to stay inside for these two days. Here is what I have been doing.
Hey, I just had a thought. Why don't they have video game based workouts, like jumping over barrels thrown by donkey kong, or pedaling a bike that powers Pac-Man faster, and making turns somehow to get power pellets and ghosts? Probably this has already been done in some variation, but I think the classic games would hook in the aging people who loved those games and need more work out motivation. I know at least one guy that fits that description.
3. Actual work for my actual job. I just did an hour or two of that. I was desperately hoping that I couldn't get logged into the system and would have an excuse to blow it off, but alas, it bloody worked. Anyone else hope for good excuses like that?
4. I finally broke down and threw out all my old VHS tapes. Considering I don't have a VCR and most everything can be replaced on DVD or laser disc and there is no space in this tiny apartment, they had to go. But as some of you know, books and music and things are kind of like my little friends and so hard to part with. Two that I didn't dump was a recording of Super Bowl XX when the Bears won (along with the victory parade) and the original Star Wars movies in widescreen format and before Lucas went back and put in the piss poor cartoons and things and ruined entire scenes. But when am I seriously going to ever convert those things to DVD's? Likely never. They'll just sit in a corner somewhere being ancient and awesome and every day increasing the likelihood that if ever put into a VCR, the tape will shoot out like a ticker tape parade. Kind of sad, really . ..
5. Listening to lots of music. I have kept my iPod in the next room and have not allowed myself any skips. You would be surprised with the stuff you own and like when you have tons of weird music and can't remember where it all came from, like me. We can find value in a song when we don't immediately jump at the chance to skip it without giving it a fair chance. I just heard this cover of the Flaming Lips by Postal Service that I didn't even know I had.
How about you, Seven Readers? What have you been up to? Has it been this cold out by you? Did you miss any work as a result?