Sunday, March 16, 2008

Yes, Despite My Charm And Poise, I DO Often Enjoy Solitude

Even by my standards it’s been a pretty boring weekend.
Yesterday I sat around not doing much of anything – and not wanting to do much of anything – before finally deciding sometime in the afternoon that I should do something and get out of the house for a little while, even though I really couldn’t think of anywhere to go.
So I got into my car and headed out on Route 7 with no particular destination, ultimately deciding to stop at Circuit City. Why there? Why not?
I wandered around the store aimlessly, unable to find anything to buy, then walked over to the nearby Office Depot to do more of the same, and then over to the Target next door to repeat the process.
Eventually I noticed that it was after 3 and I realized that I hadn’t eaten anything since the waffles I’d had a bit before 10 and decided I should do something about that, choosing to stop at Burger King.
From there I headed home, stopping at the Best Buy in Leesburg, where I continued the tradition I’d started at Circuit City.
And that’s pretty much all I’ve done for the entire weekend, beyond watching some TV, including two movies that I was never particularly interested in seeing but which I recorded simply because they were on.
One was The Tailor of Panama, which I watched last night, and which was actually pretty entertaining, featuring as it did Pierce Brosnan playing a role that was essentially James Bond minus any of the redeeming characteristics of Bond.
The other, which I watched today, was Original Sin. I’d never had any real interest in seeing that until, as now, the option of seeing Angelina Jolie’s boobs in HD became available.
While Angelina’s HD boobs were a wonder to behold, the movie itself was only okay, and I have to say that I was pretty disappointed in the fairly cheesy ending.
There are a couple of other “might as well record it” movies that have been sitting on my DVR for a while, but I don’t feel up to watching them.
Basically the problem this weekend was, as it usually is, that I have nothing to do at home that I really want to do – there are plenty of things I could do around the house – and not being able to conceive of anything that I would want to do outside the house.
(Take note of that important condition: something that I would want to do. There are plenty of things that I could conceive of doing outside the house, but imagining myself wanting to do them, or enjoying doing them? Not so much.)
Without wanting to sound like I’m complaining about the friends I have, because I most assuredly am not, it does sort of make me wish I had friends I could call up to invite to do some spur of the moment thing, or who might call me up for the same.
Kathleen is always running around doing something or other, so she’s not really an option for spur of the moment stuff most of the time, and I tend to just leave it up to her to contact me if she wants to do something, as it’s just easier that way.
And of course Scott has his family life, and really, the only spur of the moment thing I could think of would be to ask him if he wants to see a movie, and there’s not really anything out right now that’s not rated R that I want to see (and nothing that’s rated R that I want to see sufficiently to head to the movies by myself), and unlike with Kathleen, there’s the distance factor, what with him all the way down in Manassas.
After writing the last paragraph, I paused to check out some of the online dating sites, taking the time to create a profile and taking the time to do the “chemistry profile” at chemistry.com.
Unlike eHarmony, chemistry.com was able to provide me with matches, or rather, a match. However, the very first sentence of her profile showed that this was a false positive: “I like to take my dog for walks in the park.”
I think that overall the profile of me that it created was accurate(ish), but I think their methodology for interpreting the implications of my profile is off.
For example:

You have executive social skills, easily picking up the gestures, facial expressions and speech patterns of others. You are intuitive; you generally understand people, and your sympathetic nature makes you pliant, adaptable and likeable.

Okay, yes, I can read people and understand them pretty well.
But does this really make me pliant, adaptable, and likeable? Hmm…
Then there was this:

Yet despite your charm and poise in large social situations, you often enjoy solitude or intense conversations with just one individual or a few close friends.

Umm…my what and what in large social situations?
In any case, I don’t foresee chemistry.com reaching into my wallet and pulling out the required $26-$50 a month (depending on whether you sign up for a month-to-month subscription – which is $50 – or for six months.).
In any case, I suppose that I should set aside some time to figure out what I’m going to do about feeding myself, as I neither ordered groceries via PeaPod, nor went grocery shopping at any point in the last couple of days.

3 comments:

Merlin T Wizard said...

For the record, I wouldn't mind coming up for a spur-of-the-moment thing. I've felt the same way as you about the recent crop of movies, though. We should get together and watch something on DVD. I'm just finishing up Pushing Daisies now and that makes me miss Wonderfalls and Dead Like Me.

lbugsh2 said...

You know I do have Scott tied around my finger but I am willing to let him out once in a while. (being cynical) I AM VERY DISAPPOINTED you did not call Scott to hang out. He does have a family but he does need friends. Next time CALL HIM.

Heimdall said...

Well, in my defense, while I didn't have any sort of specific plans in mind - just a generic urge to do "something" - I was leaning in the direction of a road trip kind of thing. I didn't know if he'd be up for that, and really, not having anything specific in mind, I didn't feel like calling and saying, "Hey want to do...something? Maybe go...somewhere?"