Tuesday, July 17, 2007

What's left for us to do?

So, we’re about a month into the summer holidays and I’ve finally done just about everything there is to do in this city. There is literally nothing for a teenage kid to do in this city except the following:

1) Get a gaming console and play video games all day

2) Smoke Sheesha/Cigarettes at different places

3) Drive/Walk around in circles and/or stalk women

4) Go to Shatti and play video games

5) Go bowling (a very boring sport if you ask me, throwing a ball to knock a bunch of pins is only fun for so long)

6) Play football or some other sport

7) Sleep

8) Read a book

9) Join a gym

10) Do nothing

11) Go watch a movie (there are only so many movies a person could watch)

12) Go swimming or just pass by the beach to ogle 40 year old people (You need help if you do this often)

Alright, while that may not be a complete list of all there is to do over here, I’m guessing you all get the picture. There’s almost nothing “fun” for any teenage kid to do over here at all, and things are worse if you don’t smoke or do anything perverted.

I’m not going to start rambling about what I think is fun and what we need, I guess in the end all we’ve got left is to make our own fun.

Who knows, maybe we could start off some large community based wargame or something… :D

11 comments:

Per Your Request said...

I really dont think it would matter if you had more to do. Sorry to say, but I think its a curse of the teenage years to feel like you dont have anything to do. Whether your in oman, the US, australia..etc its always the same. Also, appreciate the beach. I know I wish I did.

Sleepless In Muscat said...

I agree with Per Your Request, but I advise you to stay away from sheesha and smoking ciggies..

for your lung's sake

Suburban said...

Want to know how we used to kill a lot of time in highschool?...No?

I'll tell you anyway, because I am helpfull like that.

Twenty or thirty of us would pack up and go camping in the mountains, or on the beach. When it got dark, we would organise a midnight game of capture the flag or preditor/prey. Or hide and go seek, or warewolf. Anything that involved an element of suprise, hiding, and stealthy tracking. We'd be sneaking through the scrubby trees and across rocks until almost dawn and scaring ourselves stipid.

Also, creative but mostly harmless practical jokes on dear friends are a lot of fun. We once completley filled a buddie's car with golf balls that we poured through the sun roof. He lived on a hill, so when he opened the door, all the balls poured out and rolled down the hill.the sound they made was amazing.

Traditionally, in college in America that T.Ping was a favorite past time. THat's where you take rolls of toilet paper and throw them all over a friend's trees. The streaming paper and a slight breeze in the moonlight were gorgeous. and f course, the looks of bafflement on the faces of the friends when the woke up in the morning.

THere were some rules as I recall. No Old folks, you have to kow the person, and no picking on people with disabilities or who you don't like. Practical jokes are only for dear, beloved friends.

I would gleefully spend a weekend doing that again, except my adult friends think it's lame. Adulthood sort of sucks.

weirdgoat said...

Now that would be a great idea suburban if only I knew what the rules to those games were...
How about a little help here?

And Sleepless, you should know by now that I'm not a smoker..

Suburban said...

In Capture the flag, you split the group into two teams, and each is given a different colored flag, to be placed in a tree at oppisite ends of the canyon, soccer feild, backyard... whatever. each team divides into groups, winner is the team to capture the opponents flag and return it to thier "base" you can play touch or tackle to strike someone out. Tackle for the beach, touch for the mountains.

Warewolf is like hide and seek, only there is a base. The hider goes and hides, everybody else counts to 60 or whateever. Then everybody else sets out to find the warewolf. The Warewolf can spring from hiding at any time and chase people or, When the warewolf is spotted the finder yells warewolf and the warewolf springs out of hiding and chases everybody back towards base, tagging them as he goes. Last one tagged is the warewolf next round. My best hiding place was in a tree, and I could drop onto my un-suspecting prey as they walked underneath. I had a friend who peed himself once because I Scared him so much.

Preditor / Prey is a really good game for team building but you need a huge area to play it effectively. Think Qurum park, or better yet the souk. split the group into two teams with a ratio of 85% to 15%. THe big group is the prey, the small group is the predators. Select a place that is base. Each team heads out into the area in oppisite directions from base. The prey need to circumnavigate the entire area and return to base without a single one of them being tagged by the preditors. If one gets taged, everybody is out. The strategy is key in this, do you split up, or go as a group. The Prey need to be super sneaky, and the preditors need to be super alert. Stealth plays a huge role in winning.

If you can't find enough players from your friends, recruit your siblings or some neighbourhood kiddies. THey add to the challenge a lot.

Twister said...

smoking...not quite...

bowling...yes..

console..no...i prefer PC games!

chiarina said...

...if u're a photographer u can enjot printing black&white photos in a darkroom...
It's a good way to relax or to forget the reason of ur bad mode... but don't choose a an "almost impossible to print" photo... or u will get a VERY bad mode and waste a pack of paper!!

آمنة said...

Maybe some traditional games with friends like kayram - UNO - cards ...
I have fun when playing these with friends & relatives

weirdgoat said...

Suburban! I <3 you...
Thank you...
I'll try out a few of your ideas soon enough, just need to gather some people first! :D

And Chiarana, unfortunately I'm not much of a photographer... I have been interested in it though...

And Amna, sorry... I'm just not into these kind of games...
Mostly because they're played over sheesha and stuff...

Twister said...

i love photography!...good idea...i'll charge up my camera and take snaps of my ridiculously large campus..

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