Sunday, April 15, 2007

Activities Director

That's Eddie's new title. He is the trucking industry equivalent of the resort hotel activities director. Or wants to be.

This weekend, Ed and I had a difference of opinion on what we consider "fun" which led us to a discussion on how we can bring our definitions closer together. He told me that he thinks we should find some activites that we can do together outside of the normal way we enjoy our free time.

"Like what?" I asked.

"I don't know. Isn't there anything you like to do that you don't already do now?"

"No, not really."

"Well, what did you used to do with your friends when you lived home?" he wanted to know.

"The same things I do now; go out to dinner, see movies, go for coffee and chit chat at the nearest Starbucks, take in an occassional street fair or concert, have sex. Well, not that with my friends, of course, but you know what I mean."

"That's it?"

"Yup." I think he wanted me to say I used to be a cross country skier, looked forward to hiking difficult summits or enjoyed the personal challenge of golf. Nope. Wrong girl.

"What did you have in mind?" I asked.

"Well, I don't know. What about like, bowling?" he said.

"I'd bowl. That's sorta fun."

"Okay, good." he seemed satisfied at his first attempt at suggesting an activity.

"What else?" I wanted to know. "I mean, are you talking about us doing stuff like kayaking, biking, skiing, etc.?"

"Well, that wouldn't be practical in the truck; we can't carry the things needed to do that."

"OK, well what else then?"

"I don't know. Can't you think of anything?"

"I'm not the one dissatisfied with what we do, but okay, let me see...Well, I like to travel, but we already do that. I like to take pictures, but I already do that too."

"Isn't there anything else you can think of??" he's displaying an unusual amount of impatience.

"Well, I'm more of a cerebral girl; I'd be interested in photography exhibits, art galleries, plays, music events, workshops, that kind of thing. Are you talking about activites for fun or something to do for exercise?"

"Either. It doesn't matter." So much for his new job as the Activites Director.

"OK," I said. "Well, let's go discuss it over a cup of coffee and a magazine."

See? We're already doing something I like.

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