Everybody's working for the weekend!PE
The inspiration for today’s post came from a crazy new experience I had this weekend. Apparently this is a “thing” in the Bay Area, but it was all new to me. I went oyster shucking at Tomales Bay, and it was awesome! A couple of my friends dragged me along to go, and it was a nice break from the normal weekend routine that we (my roommates and I) have.
Then this got me thinking – the funny thing about life after college is how quickly you find yourself falling into routines. I’m not talking about your work routine, but rather the things you do outside of work. In my experience at least, my friends and I seem to gravitate to and subsequently cycle through one of four phases: rage mode, workout mode, travel mode, or exotic experience mode. Allow me to elaborate in a (somewhat) tongue in cheek fashion
(NB – all anecdotes are set in San Francisco):
- Rage Mode – aka “ ” – this is the easiest routine to fall into, namely because it’s a direct extension of college activities. You’ve put in a hard week and come Thursday/Friday night, it’s rage ‘o clock and it’s time to get shitty. Drink of choice: Redbull vodka. Pregame music of choice: House, House, and more house blasted at retarded volumes. Bring the bitches over, get liquored up with your bros, and then it’s time to hit the town. Someone busts out his iPhone and calls an uber or two (because it’s fucking impossible to get a cab in this city) and we roll hella deep to Ruby Skye/Vessel/Infusion/The Grand/Mighty/Manor West/Insert Club Name here. Hilarity ensues. Before you know it you find yourself in the middle of a shit blizzard of awesomeness, and the night becomes a blur. You wake up the next morning hungover as shit, groggily search for something resembling a breakfast food, and you consult with your bros about how wasted you got the night before and how hard you raged (Dom Mazzetti sums it up quite well:
- Workout Mode – aka “oh fuck I’m getting fat” mode – often as a direct consequence of rage mode, we all realize that we are getting out of shape at some point, and we need to get back in shape to effectively facilitate more rage mode. Sitting on your ass for 15 hours coupled with copious amounts of alcohol aren’t exactly the recipe for a beach body. So we join a gym. We go occasionally, we lift weights, we take a class or two. And then we try something exotic. In my case, I joined an MMA gym. I now have the pleasure of getting my ass kicked on a regular basis. Nevertheless, I love it because it’s something new and exciting. Plus I think it satisfies my childhood desire to take martial arts (something my parents would never let me do). After a while, however, even this becomes too much of a routine.
- Travel Mode – aka “I need to get out of here” mode – Enter travel mode, once you get sick of clubbing and stuck in the routine of working out/whatever physical activity with which you occupy yourself, you decide you haven’t traveled enough and you need to escape whatever locale you call home. For me, this ends up being Vegas (and also facilitates a crazier version of mode #1), although I do have aspirations of international travel at some point. Remains to be seen how this will play out.
- Exotic Experience Mode – Last but not least, once you’ve exhausted options 1-3, you just want to do something new and exciting. Case in point, oyster shucking. When my friends asked me if I wanted to go, I had no idea what they were talking about. But I drove the hour and a half up north, and it turned out to be awesome. For those of you that don’t know, you basically get fresh oysters and have a massive picnic/cookout (http://tomalesbayoysters.com/). A solid day all around, and it just made me want to do more! Other things on the proverbial list are skydiving, white water rafting, surfing, etc. Who knows what will come next?!
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It’s funny even sitting back and thinking about how we cycle through this progression..anyway, but seriously I turn it back to you guys. Do you find yourselves falling into similar sorts of “non-work” routines? Modes 1 and 2 seem to be almost universal among the “work hard, play hard” crowd, but I’d be interested to hear how people facilitate them in other cities.