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16 March 2010

Today If you could shed your responsibilities, worries and health obstacles and do anything you wanted today, with the stipulation that you still have the same budget as you do today anyway, what would you do?
I think I would go get a good picnic lunch and take a long walk somewhere with salt marshes, somewhere quiet, and stay out all day and walk several miles. I've been dreaming about that for a while.
posted by Miko 16 March | 09:37
If it were just for today, I suppose I would repaint my family room and rearrange some furniture.
If this were more long term, say, a year, I would gut and completely remodel my house, from roof shingles to foundation.
posted by msali 16 March | 09:40
Go to Disneyland. (Yeah, really!)
posted by Ardiril 16 March | 09:43
Open all my curtains, lie in bed, and sleep. I like sleep. If it was possible, I'd even go steal all my brother's cats and bring them to my house and make them cuddle all day.
posted by sperose 16 March | 09:59
Drive up to Big Sur and get a massage at Esalen, then spend hours in their hot tubs watching the Pacific.
posted by occhiblu 16 March | 10:03
Clean the house and take the dogs for a long long run in the woods.
posted by mygothlaundry 16 March | 10:11
I like Miko's idea about the picnic and the walk. But what I really crave is an entire day off, no husband and no kid, and the house all to myself. I'd go for a run, then go to the store and get all my favorite snacks. I'd come home and bake bread, read a book, nap on the couch and just luxuriate in the solitude and quiet of an empty house. I lived alone for 25 years before I got married and I sometimes miss "owning" my own time.

Great question, Miko!
posted by Kangaroo 16 March | 10:17
I'd borrow a friendly boisterous dog and go for a long walk. I'm desperate for time off, and need some exercise.

Ideally I'd get back to find that the house had been cleaned and tidied to my standards. This would include organising all my stuff, which can only be done by me, so is perhaps in the realm of fantasy rather than something that's actually possible.
posted by altolinguistic 16 March | 10:35
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson 16 March | 10:39
I'd either take my dog to the park for a long walk or throw a round of disc golf. Maybe both. In fact, I think I just made my plans for Friday, weather permitting.
posted by ufez 16 March | 10:40
I've had a terrible Urge-For-Going since the sun showed up. If I was responsibility free, I'd gas up the car and drive...heading towards mountains or deserts, I'm not sure which.
posted by richat 16 March | 10:42
I'd be out roaming the city with a camera. It's GORGEOUS and sunny out; perfect day for taking pics.
posted by BoringPostcards 16 March | 10:45
Smoke doobies, drink coffee, play Civ IV and surf the Internet.
posted by Meatbomb 16 March | 11:13
A long walk through Central Park with some good bread and cheese, then a stop in at a Thai restaurant (husband is meh on Thai food) with my book.
posted by gaspode 16 March | 11:15
Nomadic urban cycling.
posted by buzzman 16 March | 11:22
Someone's actually been inside Esalen? I've just driven past it and read about the weird late night bathing, but I've only pondered spending time there.

I'd like a day to myself to really organize all my music. It currently resides throughout the house, and I want to sort it all in one go, but that means making a huge, sprawling mess. My wife accepts my music collection, but wants it contained, but she'll be gone for a few days. Tonight might be the night I tackle at least one wall of music, unless I get distracted.
posted by filthy light thief 16 March | 11:37
Um. It's our day off together, so I think we'd do exactly the same thing: sleep late, have leisurely brunch, make dinner for guests. Okay, if I could cast off social responsibility, I'd ask the guests to pick up the ingredients I forgot to get yesterday to save me a trip to the shops.

Otherwise, I wouldn't change much! Talk about your charmed life!
posted by Elsa 16 March | 11:39
posted by danf 16 March | 12:00
Ski? OMG yes I miss that so much. I would LOVE to have a day at Deer Valley, by myself, but I'll meet you for lunch, danf, and take a few runs with you if you stick to the blues.
posted by Kangaroo 16 March | 12:28
Sit outside and read.
posted by amro 16 March | 12:30
I would spend the day on a long walk with a book, my camera and my journal and lots of water. I'm not sure if I'd choose to go to the coast or to wander in a forest. Either could be good.

After spending hours and hours doing that, I'd go somewhere fun for an inexpensive dinner and then probably home for some knitting (I will finish this sweater, I will finish this sweater).

I'm really itching for a hike.
posted by Sil 16 March | 12:44
Go to a goth club and dance for five hours nonstop like I did when I was 18.

I can barely make it through two songs now without my ankle starting to hurt.
posted by kellydamnit 16 March | 12:51
It's raining today, so maybe go to a coffee shop with a good book. Or better yet, to the pub for pints and darts.
posted by Atom Eyes 16 March | 12:53
it's 65F and sunny today, so were I not at work, I'd rather be doing this ride with the mister.
posted by lonefrontranger 16 March | 13:00
This pretty much IS my day; I have no responsibilities except for the pets. I slept in, I'm still in my pajamas, I had hot cocoa, and I'm surfing the internet. So I guess that's what I would do, since that's what I am doing.
posted by desjardins 16 March | 13:02
Buy a pack of cigarettes and smoke 'em. (Day seven of the patch, my friends.)

Otherwise, I'm having an awesome week so far, and I can't think of much to improve it. It's the NYC Teen Authors Festival! Nothing is more fun than YA lit, unless it's readings from authors of YA lit.
posted by brina 16 March | 13:06
Go for a swim and then cook myself and my SO an amazing dinner to be eaten while watching the last of the BBC miniseries version of Brideshead Revisited (soooo good!).
posted by peacheater 16 March | 13:23
If it was just a little warmer, I would go to the Point, meet a great guy there, and he would take me for a long boat ride. Then dinner at a lovely place. Then a long motorcycle ride, perhaps. Then outdoor hot tubbing.

Also, if magic wands come within my budget, I would make sure to get to the store and buy one.
posted by serena 16 March | 13:31
Someone's actually been inside Esalen?

Yeah, you have to have an appointment to get in (except for the weird late-night bathing thing), but it's lovely. Ikkyu2 and I went the last time we were in Big Sur. Best massage ever, and if the temperature's right they do it outside, and really, best massage ever.
posted by occhiblu 16 March | 13:34
but I'll meet you for lunch, danf, and take a few runs with you if you stick to the blues.

I went two weekends ago, for the first time in 3 years. Had a great time but I didn't even gaze down a black run, let alone ski down one. I can usually do the single diamonds. . .
posted by danf 16 March | 13:50
Nomadic urban cycling.
posted by buzzman 16 March | 11:22

That's what I do on my days off. It does, in fact, rock... although not exactly nomadic; most of it is Fort Worth and a little Dallas.
posted by Doohickie 16 March | 14:08
I'd drive to Maine and go to my favorite beach. I'd reserve a room at the B&B in the old lighthouse station, and eat the Italian sandwich that I picked up along the way. Then I'd read/walk/sit on the beach until late into the night, lie on my back and stargaze for a while, then sleep in my room overlooking the ocean.
posted by initapplette 16 March | 14:26
I like how everyone would do such sweet, mellow, low-key stuff. I would also love a day snoozing on the beach with a good book and a yummy picnic and a couple good friends.

Also like occhiblu's idea. They do have the most amazing massage therapists.
posted by serazin 16 March | 14:51
If health obstacles include normal lazy person physical limitations then I'm in. I'd like to be able to have a nice slow 24 hr long run. Maybe base it around some quick food stops around town that I love. But mostly I just want the freedom to take off on my own two feet and then...keep going.
posted by birdie 16 March | 15:03
I'm going to Disneyland with Ardiril.
posted by deborah 16 March | 15:13
Probably exactly what I'm doing. The upside to being unemployed? Oh right, the limited budget thing.

If I had a decent job and therefore more of a budget, I'd probably... heck, I'd probably be so happy to be gainfully employed I'd be at work.
posted by Eideteker 16 March | 15:30
Oh man I would KILL for a massage and a sauna. (Longer-term, I'm actually doing what I want to be doing: organising my and TheDonF's move to Portland. Yay!)

We'll be going through Big Sur later on our journeys. How expensive is a massage at Esalen? I'm scared to look at their website. Our budget is... not big.
posted by Specklet 16 March | 16:48
If I had a decent job and therefore more of a budget, I'd probably... heck, I'd probably be so happy to be gainfully employed I'd be at work.

Fuckin' A, brother, that's exactly what I thought. I'm just getting home from work, which means I've shed most of my worries and am now working on shedding my responsibilities (work responsibilities don't count, since they pay me for my time). Health issues? I rather enjoy brushing my teeth.
posted by Hugh Janus 16 March | 17:22
Rent a car! I don't have a car, and while there's nowhere I need to go, I do miss driving. Maybe I'd zip down to the motorway a few hours south and zoom about for a bit, edging ever closer to the speed limit, radio turned up to 11. Yes.
posted by mdonley 16 March | 18:26
Info on Esalen Massages.

Damn, now I *really* want a massage.
posted by occhiblu 16 March | 18:32
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