Friday, February 6, 2015

for fun

Every time I meet a new person, specifically of the male variety, there's one question that I always dread:

"What do you do for fun?"

For whatever reason, this question gives me great anxiety because I have no idea how to answer it. I want to come off as this incredibly interesting person- unlike anyone you've ever met before! So original! So exotic!- but that would all be a lie.

Because, you see, the things I do for fun are incredibly average. But that's the thing- I have a lot of fun doing absolutely nothing.

If you want to catch Alyssa in the wild, you would most likely find her doing two things: a. Reading, or b. Watching TV. If I'm feeling really extreme, maybe you'll find me at 11:00 Bingo with a few friends (don't bring this up to my mom unless you want to have a whole debate on whether or not bingo is gambling. By the way, it's not. Hi mom!).

That's it! That's all she (I?) wrote! Aren't I so interesting and exotic and so very unlike anyone you've ever met?! How am I supposed to change the fact that I would rather watch a Real Housewives marathon than go hiking or restore furniture or make crafts?

A few months ago, one of my brother's mission companions came in town and I had to entertain him for the night. He was from Germany and had never been to Las Vegas before, so the pressure was on... and it didn't hurt that he was tall and handsome and had a very charming accent. You know how I feel about those type of guys.

Anyway, I think he was intrigued by a single LDS girl living in Las Vegas. I figured I should jump the gun and ask him the dreaded question, so I could by myself some time to think of a proper response. What do you do for fun, handsome European stranger?

You guys... he had so many cool answers to this question that it's not even funny. The best one was that he likes to go salsa dancing. Seriously?! This 6'5 skinny white guy goes salsa dancing! How am I supposed to compete with that?! I'm pretty sure I dodged the question when he asked it, most likely with my head hung in shame.

I just really like books. I just have a full DVR all the time that doesn't like to be neglected. Doesn't that count as a hobby?

Next time I'm gonna say that I enjoy entering high-stakes poker tournaments or base jumping. That'll be a hit for sure.

So yeah... what do you do for fun?