Suburban Snapshots

One Thing I Won't Do for Fun
is My Dentist

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A few weeks ago I was at the dentist — the one who kept saying, "You don't want me in your mouth for that long," like he had no clue that it might sound a little, I don't know, FILTHY — and during my compulsory pre-cleaning interview he asked, "What do you do for fun?" Note that this was actually on the interview sheet and in no way related to him spending any time in my mouth.



I was stumped. I thought about people who could quickly say, "I golf!" (snoresville) or, "I run." I felt a little inadequate at not having one major outlet. I wrinkled up my nose and said, "Uh, I drink?" Then he asked me what kinds of things I like to drink and wow, the more I type about this dentist appointment the more I think maybe he did want a date. Anyway. I don't really drink all that much and it's definitely not the first thing I turn to for fun. But what I do do for fun seemed kind of lame at the time, and there are a lot of things I do, so it was hard to point to just one hobby on the spot like that.

I guess I'm not a person who's all "work hard play hard." My day to day life is actually pretty good, so while I love a long weekend or a nice afternoon playing hookie (spellcheck really wants me to change that to either 'honky' or 'nookie') at the beach, I don't punch out on Friday and take off on a 12-miler to relieve the stress of my work week. I feel really lucky about that.

Still, I'm a little disturbed that I don't have a formal hobby because everyone has something, right? And Facebook doesn't count, or at least I don't want to admit that it might.

I like to cook, I like to read blogs, I write, I enjoy making funny graphics for your entertainment, I take walks with friends, I try to Rollerblade a few times a week, I enjoy driving fast and blaring top-40 dance music, I like the beach but not for more than a few hours at a time, I love the farmers market on Saturdays, grilling out with neighbors, I enjoy having sex with my husband and flirting with strangers, long talks at happy hour with girlfriends, impromptu dance parties in my living room and huge outdoor concerts in summer. I also love a good nap.

So, if your dentist asked you the same question, what would you have to say?

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