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message 1: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments Lately I've been a homebody. Haven't really been going to many shows. Nights are a good homemade dinner and a drink on the porch and a DVD or a board game with friends.

I think I might venture out tomorrow night though. One of the bars in our neighborhood is advertising a night of mayhem in the form of "Drunken Spelling Bee/Madlibs".

Seriously. That sounds awesome.



message 2: by Heidi (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10825 comments Madlibs work best if you start with a theme.


message 3: by Lori (new)

Lori Heh, time's have changed for me. Used to be going somewhere. But for the last decade nothing better than ordering in and watching a good movie. Or reading a good book. Definitely the no-cooking policy is my idea of a great Sat night, or going out to eat.

The worst is when Jake's friends sleep over. I have a small house, so the living room is where the computer and TV are located. Which means games occur there. Which means I have no living room.


message 4: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments for me a good Saturday night consists of doing or not doing something that i don't have to do. like if there is a music festival or party somewhere and we can go but don't have to go that is the best. not being on a strict schedule and playing it as it comes.

loosely scheduled Saturdays with flexibility to me are the best. days that you can do everything planned or nothing planned and it doesn't really matter


message 5: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) There was a time when a good Saturday night for me was defined the same as a good landing of a plane -- if you could walk away from it.

These days, a walk in the park without getting mugged is more like it.


Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments A really good Saturday night is a trip to Portland to see friends, with a visit to Powell's, a great dinner out at one of Portland's wonderful restaurants, and then conversation over pear cider with GoodReads friends at a good bar.
I did that, once...


message 7: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Wow that sounds very good, Jackie.


Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments I'd love to do it again sometime, Larry. If it ever happens again, I'm bringing Lori with me. :)


message 9: by [deleted user] (new)

I could handle that Jackie if you hadn't put the Portland stipulation in there. That would make for a long drive back for work Monday, especially if I have to drop Larry off.



Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments If I ever get out to Wisconsin, I'd be happy to do it all in Milwaukee, or some other likely location, with you and other local GoodReaders, Jim.


message 11: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Maybe we could all meet in the middle, like in South Dakota. Of course, that would eliminate the nice restaurant in Portland ....

I always enjoy going to Portland.


Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments You know, maybe we could all meet in Vegas sometime. There's always cheap flights, and I bet the restaurants are GREAT!


message 13: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) They are. They are.


message 14: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments You know I love South Dakota...that would be great...Vegas? I've never been there, I guess...

This "Saturday Night" question is excellent. Three points:

1. I have seasonal variations. During the winter I would say curling up with a book after the kids go to sleep and maybe knocking back a beer or two. Dusk falls early and during the busy season at work I just want to kick back and read on a Saturday night. In deep winter you've got to be kind of nuts to go out too late on a Saturday night. Crazy kids.

2. In the summer I might go out after the kids go to sleep, usually just a drive to Borders, Barnes and Noble, or the coffee shop. I like driving alone late on summer nights. Earlier in the evening I would want to watch the Brew game with the kids with all the windows open. Maybe once every couple of weeks have the neighbors over for a bonfire, ending the night reading on the front porch.

3. The whole "social vs. antisocial" ideal Saturday night proportion would run about 10% social and 90% anti-social.


message 15: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments The seasonal variation is a good point. And weather does play a role.



message 16: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17320 comments Mod
Saturday is a late writing and reading night for me. During the school year I save grading for giant piles on the weekend and don't do that much other than reading during the week.
I like being able to stay up late w/o fretting about what time I'm waking up the next morning. As we are well aware here in TC, my sleep patterns are very sensitive.


message 17: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) I never knew that. ;)


Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments I think I'm going to have a really good Saturday night tonight. I noticed in the paper that there's a couple of events happening downtown, near the lake. The first one is the Bon Odori dance and related events, which attracts a lot of families with kids. It's from 5-9 p.m.
There's always some pictures of cute kids in kimonos in the paper the day after Bon Odori.

The other event, also down at the lake, is the First Annual Zombie Walk. It starts at 7 p.m....

I think I'm going to have to take my camera. :D


message 19: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17320 comments Mod
Wow, Jacks. That sounds nice.

I ♥ outdoor festivals.


Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments I'm hoping for a hilarious mashup of BOTH events, Sally. :)


message 21: by [deleted user] (new)

We went on a boat tour on Lake Geneva, with hors d ouevres and free drinks, with fireworks over the lake at he end, it was a great Saturday night.


message 22: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Sounds terrific, Jim.


message 23: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Jim wrote: "We went on a boat tour on Lake Geneva, with hors d ouevres and free drinks, with fireworks over the lake at he end, it was a great Saturday night."

I could do without the boat tour, hors d oevres, and fireworks. Keep the rest, though.






message 24: by [deleted user] (new)

Larry wrote: "Sounds terrific, Jim."

A great date night with the wife.


message 25: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Viva Viagra!


message 26: by Randy (new)

Randy 3 points to RA, Viagra and Portland! Amen, to the anti-social Saturday and beer!


message 27: by [deleted user] (new)

SNL


message 28: by Erika (new)

Erika Rich (erika2976) | 25 comments Going out for a great dinner and movie!!




Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments And what makes a great dinner for you, Erika? Are you a pizza and beer person, a Thai food lover, or Italian?
And, does it involve cheese?


message 30: by Stephen (new)

Stephen (stephenT) Cheese nearly became the mascot for TC


message 31: by Erika (new)

Erika Rich (erika2976) | 25 comments Jackie "the Librarian" wrote: "And what makes a great dinner for you, Erika? Are you a pizza and beer person, a Thai food lover, or Italian?
And, does it involve cheese?"


I absolutly am a WINGS, BEER, and POTATO SKINS ALLLLL the way!!!! But it really depends on the mood I am in!!! If I want romantic then a nice Apple Martini will do but if I want a good time then bring on the BEER!!!!






message 32: by [deleted user] (new)

I like Erika.





message 33: by Heidi (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10825 comments Stephen wrote: "Cheese nearly became the mascot for TC"

The survey isn't closed yet.


message 34: by Stephen (new)

Stephen (stephenT) OH so there is Heidi, the hiding one. ;-)



message 35: by Heidi (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10825 comments (who's hiding? i'm not hiding. i don't hide. i heidi.)


Abigail (42stitches) | 150 comments Well it would be nice if my husband got home from work before 10pm (after a 12 hour day and 2 hour drive) and wasn't tired and played games with me and the roomies. Ordering in Thai food would double the greatness but that would be a 5 hour round trip for some poor delivery person. And then the noodles would be cold. I think I need to reevaluate what constitutes a good Saturday night based on living in a tiny town down south...




message 37: by RandomAnthony (last edited Sep 19, 2009 03:48PM) (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Man. Five hours for Thai food? I live in small town Wisconsin and even I wouldn't have to go that far, Abigail. Sucky. I'm sorry.

At least traffic isn't bad, I guess:)

I made Trader Joe's brownies tonight but used too big of a pan. They're still good, even if my six year old said the ones his mom makes are better. So that's not a bad Saturday night, I guess.




message 38: by Rachel (new)

Rachel | 1107 comments Abigail wrote: "Well it would be nice if my husband got home from work before 10pm (after a 12 hour day and 2 hour drive) and wasn't tired and played games with me and the roomies. Ordering in Thai food would doub..."

Five HOURS? Where do you LIVE?!


message 39: by Abigail (42stitches) (last edited Sep 20, 2009 02:01AM) (new)

Abigail (42stitches) | 150 comments I live in the asshole of the US (not my wording. I ripped that from my favorite local bartender). Five hours (round trip of course) was a guesstimate. There might be a Thai restaurant in Memphis...which is the closest major city. Not even close enough to roadtrip.

I may be exaggerating. *going googling...

It seems there are a few. But not really worth the drive. And the local fare is none too interesting. Everything closes around 9 pm, so by the time hubby comes home it's the Huddle House or order in Dominoe's.

There is one really good place. But their hours are really wonky. They have these divine cheese balls. It's goat cheese fried in tenpura batter covered in fresh pepper and local-made honey. *drool...


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