/ Future boredom cure

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David Kay - on 27 May 2014
I've just had the cartilage in my knee repaired and it looks like I will be out of action for a fair while. My leg is in a splint for the next two weeks but I can keep myself occupied for now I think. The bigger problem is going to be this summer. It's my first year of teaching and I was all ready to have a kick ass summer in the alps. Now that doesn't look so likely...

I need something to look forward to this summer, something that I can look forward to and will keep me occupied. Whatever it is, it's got some big shoes to fill now that climbing is out of the question. So far I have been thinking of learning drums (I play guitar and keyboard already), maybe getting into DSLR videography, or buying an Xbox and getting really fat.

Any other ideas?

David
Timmd on 27 May 2014
In reply to David Kay:

Swimming?
David Kay - on 27 May 2014
In reply to Timmd:

I will certainly go swimming as part of rehab and for fitness but I don't find it particularly engrossing otherwise. Also I normally get bored after a hour so it probably wouldn't fill the time very well.

David
kathrync - on 27 May 2014
In reply to David Kay:

Is there any other sport (that is easy on the knees, obviously) that you fancy but have never tried? Might be a good time to book a beginners course and give it a go.

Kayaking was what sprang to my mind, but that depends on whether your knee is sore if you put pressure on it (you use your knees to control how far you edge the boat). Sailing might be another option, or I am sure there are other ideas you could come up with.
groovejunkie - on 27 May 2014
In reply to David Kay:

It's gotta be the xbox option, drop about six grades and then come and join the knackered knee club and climb vdiffs with me! Obviously this won't help you at all, but it will make me feel better! Only joking (I meant diffs really), Just take it easy and you'll be back in action quicker than you think (and kicking our asses).

See you at the crag soon (or the pub). Mark
stroppygob - on 27 May 2014
In reply to David Kay:

Alcoholism is always an option?
Blue Straggler - on 28 May 2014
In reply to David Kay:

Freediving?
birdie num num - on 28 May 2014
In reply to David Kay:

Hopping?
stroppygob - on 28 May 2014
In reply to David Kay:

Arse kicking contests?
Turdus torquatus on 28 May 2014
In reply to David Kay:
Goose stepping. Great workout.
felt - on 28 May 2014
In reply to David Kay:

Getting better at playing piano. Can you sightread Scriabin's Etude Op 42 No 5? That'll keep you occupied if you can't.
James90 - on 28 May 2014
In reply to David Kay:

Could always resort to the time tested classic:

Watching videos of cats on youtube

tlm - on 28 May 2014
In reply to David Kay:

You will still have your upper body, so why not think of physical things that you can do with that? Weights, darts, wheelchair basketball, gardening...

Then how about creative mental activities? Learn a language, write a novel, learn to sing, build a matchstick model, sew some custom made climbing kit, cook something amazing...

And don't forget social activities - going to the pub with mates, having a film evening, inviting people around for dinner, writing letters to people, phoning people for a chat, visiting people for the weekend...

and then there are all those jobs that you have been putting off forever, the decorating, fixing stuff, tidying out cupboards, things that will leave you feeling that you have achieved something useful.
Clarence - on 28 May 2014
In reply to David Kay:

My first summer as a qualified teacher was spent planning lessons and getting stuff ready for the next school year. You may not have as much time to kill as you think.
Flinticus - on 28 May 2014
In reply to David Kay:

Campusing? Work on your finger & arm strength. Get a beastmaker for your house.

When I broke my ankle, that's what I did (until I strained a finger and had to stop that as well!)

Cinema? Catch up on box sets and work your way through all the micro-breweries' offerings.

Cooking (just a suggestion - wouldn't work for me)?

David Kay - on 28 May 2014
In reply to David Kay:

All good suggestions. My hopping abilities are already coming along quite nicely and have brought about a significant increase in my right leg muscle mass, which would also be good for arse kicking contests I would imagine.

I already enjoy cooking and quite like the idea of learning more about it so I can know rather than guess what to do...

In terms of other sports, I used to sail but the squatting to get under the boom wouldn't do much good I don't think. I'll keep up with the finger boarding but it's hard to stay motivated with no climbing trips in the foreseeable future!

David
coolhand - on 28 May 2014
I'd recommend prolific masturbation
Scarab9 - on 28 May 2014
In reply to felt:

> Getting better at playing piano. Can you sightread Scriabin's Etude Op 42 No 5? That'll keep you occupied if you can't.

not for long. surely once you've tried it a couple of times you're no longer sightreading?
felt - on 28 May 2014
In reply to Scarab9:

Ah.
Ramblin dave - on 28 May 2014
In reply to Scarab9:

> not for long. surely once you've tried it a couple of times you're no longer sightreading?

But if you restart from the beginning every time you can still get the ground-up.
kathrync - on 28 May 2014
In reply to Ramblin dave:

> But if you restart from the beginning every time you can still get the ground-up.

One of those moments when a "like" button would be appropriate :o)
robal - on 28 May 2014
In reply to coolhand:

> I'd recommend prolific masturbation

I superset that with weeping uncontrollably....
Scarab9 - on 28 May 2014
In reply to Ramblin dave:

good call sir!
Shani - on 28 May 2014
In reply to Scarab9:
> (In reply to felt)
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> not for long. surely once you've tried it a couple of times you're no longer sightreading?

If he follows the advicre of 'prolific masturbation above' sightreading may become increasingly problematic.
David Kay - on 28 May 2014
In reply to Shani:

Very good!

David
biped - on 28 May 2014
In reply to David Kay:

Lots on here to keep you amused.
http://www.beastskills.com/
I'd also recommend yoga and meditation, it will stop you going bammy with frustration.
Shani - on 29 May 2014
In reply to David Kay:

> Very good!

> David

If you want a more cerebral objective, try the Rubik's Cube or learn how to remember a pack of shuffled cards. Both are rather satisfying.
blackcat on 31 May 2014
In reply to David Kay: Internet forums.

Pepper on 01 Jun 2014
In reply to David Kay:

Sure there is plenty of hut paperwork you can help with, or dusting to do at ByN, see Rob.

Or you can come on meets and shout motivational slogans like Rainier Wolfcastle!
Trangia - on 01 Jun 2014
In reply to David Kay:

Archery? Rifle shooting? Clay pigeon shooting?

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