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Gumdrop Girl
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Well, it seems a bunch of you out there spend your summer days online, doing pretty much nothing. Well, i hate it when ppl bitch and moan about being bored. And i hate it even worse when people flood certain boards trying to pick fights and wreak havoc on people who are just trying to offer a good service, causing them to not want to offer that service to people anymore (*cough, cough* ahem!). So, to save all of us from going nuts, here's some things you can do to stop boredom in its tracks:

Volunteer Work!
Habitat for Humanity http://www.habitat.org http://www.habitat.ca
Food Not Bombs http://www.foodnotbombs.net
Amnesty international http://www.amnesty.org
ACLU http://www.aclu.org
Or check out your local hospital, animal shelter, library, etc...

New Hobbies
martial arts
cooking
dance
music
classes at community college

who's got some other ideas? now you'll have no excuse but to get off your keisters and do something good.

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AngelElisheva
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Tennis, tennis, tennis! I just discovered tennis this summer, and not only has it kept me healthy, in shape, off my bum and having a blast, but I've also met sooo many new people (not to mention a cute coach ).

In general, though, summer is your time off, so use it to find something you really enjoy doing, be it voluteer work, sports, music, painting, etc., and use your lazy hours to really pursue it. Not only does having something you truly enjoy doing boost your self-esteem, but it's fun! And that's what summer's for, right?

Of course, make sure to leave time for Scarleteen!

~Angel~

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Gumdrop, you're the best. Subtle.

Read. I like to do lots of reading over the summer. When my summer days were empty, it was a book a day. If you don't want to read a whole book, get a mythology book, try Edith Hamilton. It's an easy read, simple short stories. And greek mythology always comes in handy.

Take classes in self-defense, cake decorating, ballroom dancing, sculpting, CPR... learn something new.

And if you don't like all the community service projects out there, create your own.


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or get a job. that'll take up a good 40 hours or so of someone's week.

traveling to visit friends/relatives via boat, car, plane, train, bus, etc is always wonderful too.

and for nature lovers, there are of course tons of nature conservation groups out there!

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Gumdrop Girl
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Get off your duff and do something

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DarkChild717
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I am! I'm going to Australia this summer!

I'd say that's doing something. My question is, what can I do on a 20-30 hour flight?


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become acamp councellor! it might not pay as well as a normal job, but you have the benefits of room and board, not to mention the sun, and the fact that you'll have alot more fun than you would bagging groceries or waiting tables.

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hey hey hey, it depends what type of camp.

SAIL! You're outside, it's beautiful, it's wet n' wild... etc etc etc

I'm gonna be working all summer, at a sweet job.... AS A SAIL INSTRUCTOR!!! way too much fun.


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Take some classes at your community college or university. Learn photoshop, flash, or html. Or learn how to basketweave. There's tons of stuff you can do.
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Gumdrop Girl
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A few months ago, I started volunteering at a middle school in Oakland. It's kind of a rough neighborhood and the kids are what social workers would call "at-risk," meaning they are the ones who are likely to engage in criminal activity, do poorly in school or experiment sexually at a young age. In general, they will be more likely to get in trouble than most kids unless someone intervenes.

So we're intervening. We tutor and teach them about health. The kids are great and I adore them. I haven't done anything this fulfilling in a long time.
http://www.oaklandheroes.org website for the group I am sort of working under, in case you were curious, or if you live in the East Bay and were looking to do some good.

not only should everybody be thinking about what you're doing this summer, think about whether what you're going to be doing is worthwhile

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I've spent the last 4 summers working as a receptionist/part of the adminstrative staff at a real estate firm, and i am possibly returning there this summer. After hours, i usually spend it with my boyfriend and my girlfriends. It's pretty rare in the summer that i am online or using the computer. I do check it for emails but that's usually all the time i have

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Gumdrop Girl
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Given the number of posts I've seen lately that are from people getting into bad situations, making bad sexual choices for themselves, or are just bored and trolling and pissing off the mods, I'd like to bump this so that more people could find something CONSTRUCTIVE to do with their time.

folks, it's never too soon to take an SAT class.

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Oooh, I just started a visual journal, and I'm having so much fun with it. For my last entry, I soaked some sheets with a damp tea bag, and collaged it into my journal with an entry about getting old. It's fun to come home from the museum and have something substantial to set my mind to after six hours of busy work.

I've also been baking snacks for my lunches. Like ginger snaps...mm, snaps.


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  • Rearrange or redecorate your bedroom.
  • Read a book. (My two favorites right now... Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier or for a classic, try the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald).
  • Make a scrapbook.
  • Make your own website or just learn some HTML or something like that.

Hope everyone has a good summer!

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I was working on my scrapbook for a few hours today. Go on google.com and search scrapbooking ideas. It's fun, you let your creativity out and you'll really be glad you made one 20 years from now!
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Some people have said that you should read over summer, and I think it's something that's always fun to do when not many friends are in town.

If anyone doesn't know what book to read, I can recommend one of my favorite books. It's called Blindness, by José Saramago. It's a great book, so go read it.

Besides reading, consider going outdoors. It's summer...nice weather, and freedom (for most people). So just be creative, and like everybody said in all the posts before mine, don't stay at home doing nothing, when there's so much you can do.

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I was online basically ALL SUMMER! Since i had trouble finding work, the net entertained me everyday. I am soooooo ready for school now. I cannot wait, but after a month of school i will want to go back home (LOL ). I go back to school on Aug. 17 so i don't have long. But paying for tuition with that 15% increase this year is gonna be a bummer!
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quote:
Originally posted by HeatherRocksMyBobbySocks:
Take some classes at your community college or university.

totally cool idea!! there are so many cool things out there, and so many interesting classes to take! if you are bored and have nothing to do, how about taking a class in whatever area you think, "you know i wish i knew how to..."

also some courses would be great to put on a resume. i took a food safe course, and well, it wasn't the epidemy of fun, but it filled in some of my "i'm bored and doing nothing" time, and it'll probably give me a better chance of being hired at restaurants, cafes, etc.

Other fun ideas:

* get a couple of friends together and go on a road trip.
* go camping with friends.
* go swimming outside, at a beach, river, or whatever is in your area. it'll cool you down in the heat of the summer.
* sew something! old clothes that would otherwise be garbage can be fun to make stuff from.
* go to a summer festival, carnival, performance. great way to meet people too.
* learn a new sport, or organize pick-up games with friends.
* redecorate your room, or if thats too big of a feat, just do a desk, or shelf.
* take pictures of your summer activities, and when they get developed, make a scrapbook or collage with them. fun way to look back at memories.


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For the 4th northern hemisphere summer in a row...

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Gumdrop Girl
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Trolls, we know you're out there and flooding our boards. Time for you to get off your keisters and do something. Get a job, take a class or whatever. Seriously, it's a lot more entertaining than harassing us with stupid questions about goats.

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Oh oh oh! Learn Photoshop, read, learn HTML, exercise, go to the beach, rent some movies, bake something, do some arts & crafts...
Hmmm... why am I not doing these things? :P

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Gumdrop Girl
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Idle hands are the devil's playthings. Go find something to do!

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Gumdrop Girl
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Now's a good time for everyone to get some extra exercise.

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I agree AngelElisheva , tennis is great exercise. I've been playing since elementary school and I love it so it hardly feels like exercise to me. [Big Grin]
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