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    What do y'all do to deal with boredom?

    To explain my situation, I'm in Egypt and work 4.5 days a week so I have a long weekend every week. I'm about 1.5 hours outside of Cairo and while I go in there once a week for food, it is not a place where I want to spend the whole weekend. Driving in Cairo is like being a NASCAR driver except with donkey carts, pedestrians and kamikaze drivers all over the place.

    Where I live is a nice resort area (I have an apartment) built around a golf course, and I don't like to play golf (tried it, didn't care for it). I do get out and walk and do other exercises but you can only do so much during the day.

    About 8 English speaking TV channels, 3 are news channels the other 5 play the same shows and movies over and over and I don't care of TV anyway.

    And I know, Egypt, pyramids, old stuff to see but not much fun when you are by yourself (my family is back in the US).

    Anybody got any ideas? Might have to break down and buy a Kindle to be able to carry enough books to keep me occupied.
    Randal
    AKA: Texas Grok

    Originally posted by texas.grok
    Facebook is to intelligence what a black hole is to light
    http://hardcoremind.com/

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    Courier medical supplies into Gaza
    Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

    Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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    • #3
      Originally posted by peril View Post
      Courier medical supplies into Gaza
      Now that sounds like fun, where do I sign up?
      Randal
      AKA: Texas Grok

      Originally posted by texas.grok
      Facebook is to intelligence what a black hole is to light
      http://hardcoremind.com/

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      • #4
        I'd probably read a lot and find a hobby. I can't say I've had an issue with "having too much time on my hands" for many, many years, but Egypt as you've described it doesn't sound like much fun. When I worked graveyard, I went to the gym a lot and read for hours every night. I also played a ton of playstation, but I was also in my 20s.

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        • #5
          read a book, learn a musical instrument, learn a new language, etc etc

          There is no excuse for boredom in a world full of so many NEW things.
          In the game of Rock, Paper, Scissors

          shotgun always wins.

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          • #6
            over eat
            "Don't dream it, be it"

            -Dr. Frank-N-Furter

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            • #7
              Yes, get a hobby.

              Or try to set a new masturbation record every day. That will keep you occupied too.
              You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Primalchild View Post
                Yes, get a hobby. Or try to set a new masturbation record every day. That will keep you occupied too.
                I thought masturbation was a hobby? Damn, guess I'm going to have to find something else now. I seem to have some type of language dyslexia and despite the valiant attempts of several of my Egyptian friends, I still know only a handful of words. Same when I worked in Yemen for 2 years, I just can' seem to grasp it.

                When I go home this time, I'm going to pickup some hobby materials, maybe get into leather working.

                I have always been a lone wolf but this is bloody ridiculous!
                Randal
                AKA: Texas Grok

                Originally posted by texas.grok
                Facebook is to intelligence what a black hole is to light
                http://hardcoremind.com/

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                • #9
                  Doesn't the resort offer trips... Egypt is supposed to be sooooo cool... But I gotta admit, I would NOT have a clue as to what to do there besides pyramids

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by twinmama View Post
                    Doesn't the resort offer trips... Egypt is supposed to be sooooo cool... But I gotta admit, I would NOT have a clue as to what to do there besides pyramids
                    I'm on the Red Sea side of Egypt. If you look at a map of Suez, I'm about 30 miles south. Most of the tours are based out of Cairo and Alexandria. There is nothing to see in Suez, everything else is at least 2 hours away or better. Pyramids are about 2 hours but not to sound jaded but saw the pyramids, rode the stupid camel and don't intend to go back unless I'm with family or friends that want to see it.

                    There is a lot to see and do in Egypt. The history here is amazing but the best stuff involves trips beyond what my 2.5 days off per week allow.

                    Maybe I need to start building sand castles, got plenty of that around here.
                    Randal
                    AKA: Texas Grok

                    Originally posted by texas.grok
                    Facebook is to intelligence what a black hole is to light
                    http://hardcoremind.com/

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                    • #11
                      Crock pot moonshine?
                      Every Day is a New Adventure

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by texas.grok View Post
                        I'm on the Red Sea side of Egypt. If you look at a map of Suez, I'm about 30 miles south. Most of the tours are based out of Cairo and Alexandria. There is nothing to see in Suez, everything else is at least 2 hours away or better. Pyramids are about 2 hours but not to sound jaded but saw the pyramids, rode the stupid camel and don't intend to go back unless I'm with family or friends that want to see it.

                        There is a lot to see and do in Egypt. The history here is amazing but the best stuff involves trips beyond what my 2.5 days off per week allow.
                        Maybe I need to start building sand castles, got plenty of that around here.
                        AND THEN, you could organize a contest after you have become a wizard... Check these out!

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                        • #13
                          I've traveled and lived all over the world. I always loved doing language exchanges -- 2 hours of English for 2 hours of the native language. That's how I learned to speak Hungarian, Mandarin, and Thai.

                          For hobbies -- knot-tying. You should have access to cotton thread in Egypt. Could make bracelets, lanyards, etc. Or knitting, though again, it'll probably be mostly cotton yarn.

                          Painting. Drawing. (Get "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain." Excellent book for teaching you how to *see* and therefore how to draw.) Watercolor (that's always been my "bad art" as it were, happy accidents with color.) Learn how to program a computer -- teach yourself Java -- go through the Sun tutorials. Find a guitar (or some other musical instrument) and teach yourself how to play.
                          If I don't live my dream, who will?

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                          • #14
                            Knife and axe throwing are fun - I did a lot of that, and exploring, when I was stuck carless along the Hudson in upstate NY. I also took up harmonica, though mostly just to annoy all the thuggish dickweeds I was surrounded by. In retrospect, I should have learned the penny whistle. I can't play a lick of harmonica anymore, and wouldn't want to if I could.

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                            • #15
                              A friend of mine just returned from a 1 year deployment in Bahrain. He was miserable there. To pass time, he read, improved his cooking skills, lifted weights, and began learning guitar from instructional books.

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