Bored? Buzz is here to help

As summer approaches, we student types will have some spare time on our hands. Rather than sitting around with friends debating what to do, Buzz is here to help. We have a list of activities, some zany, some useful, all of them interesting ways to pass time. We wish you well. Have fun trying new things. Be happy.

  • Using wrapping paper tubes, choreograph and stage a swordfight on Stephen Avenue Mall.

  • Take a walk through Weaselhead Flats and take photos before they put a freeway through it.

  • Go to a club you’ve never been to–experience a genre of music that is completely new to you.

  • Go to a place of worship for a religion that is not your own.

  • Strike up a conversation with a homeless person.

  • Wash someone else’s car–like in all those wacky commercials.

  • Have a water balloon fight.

  • Set up a lemonade stand like you did when you were a kid.

  • Read that book you’ve been meaning to read.

  • Write a letter to your grandparents; tell them you love them.

  • Make a collage out of socks that have holes in them.

  • Go to a pet store and name all the animals.

  • Invite your neighbours over for dinner.

  • Start up a street hockey game. It doesn’t matter if the only kids around are 12 years old. Do it anyways.

  • Get a milk crate, take it downtown, stand on it and spew out your personal philosophy at the top of your lungs.

  • Make a birdfeeder out of a large pine cone and peanut butter. Don’t let your dog eat it.

  • Visit an art gallery. Really, when was the last time you got cultured?

  • Cover up your television with a blanket for a week. See how you like it.

  • Eat watermelon outside on a hot sunny day. Spit the seeds on the ground with no remorse.

  • Spend a few hours on the roof of your house. Get a new perspective of your surroundings.

  • Visit the zoo. Talk to the animals out loud. Don’t pay attention if anyone looks at you funny.

  • Make up a sport. Teach it to friends. Play.

  • Take a walk up Nose Hill Park. Bring a pet or a kite, depending on availability.

  • Get a bunch of coloured chalk, go downtown and create sidewalk art.

  • Dance energetically in locales not generally delineated for such behaviour (e.g. department stores, grocery stores, malls, your doctor’s office, etc.).

  • Set up a scavenger hunt.

  • Make a time capsule and bury it in your backyard.

  • Memorize a song. Practice it. Go outside. Sing. Loud.

  • Design a tattoo (for yourself, for your parents, for your friends, etc.).

  • Get a video camera. Interview strangers (about their favourite music, about the political situation in East Timor, about the meaning of life).

  • Pretend your friend is a celebrity. Interview him/her.

  • Make up a language. Teach it to someone. Speak it in public. Confuse people.

  • Invent a toy.

  • Make an animated flip book.

  • Write a crazy letter to your least favourite corporation. Make unreasonable demands. Stand at the edge of sanity.

  • Re-write the national anthem.

  • Look up someone from elementary school and call them up.

  • Put your loose change in parking meters for other people.

    Turn on a classical CD and pretend you are a conductor.

  • Make sock puppets and talk to your friends with it. Pretend everything is okay.

  • Make pants out of curtains. Make a belt out of rubber bands. Wear them. Draw attention to them.

  • Draw reasonable hand drawn facsimile.

  • Go to amateur night at a comedy club. Put a slice of bologna in each shoe. Now, when you go on stage, you’ll feel funny.

  • Spend the day naked.

  • Tye dye your entire wardrobe. Ignore comments everyone makes.

  • Call up a self-service gas station in another part of the world. Start up a conversation that will help them pass the time.

  • Play piano. (Don’t worry, you’ll remember how.)

  • Write a poem using words not ordinarily found in poems (e.g. zamboni, convulsion, egg yolk, leotard, etc.).

  • Trace your body on a large piece of paper. Add parts.

  • Try to find dirty words in the newspaper.

  • Put saran wrap over your television screen. Using a felt pen, draw moustaches on people.

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