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Weekend Activities

This is a two part question, first, what happens during the weekend that nobody visits Speak Up? I’m not trying to be all big brothery, I’m just really curious about this, readership during weekends falls almost 70%. That’s a lot.

And secondly, what are you doing that is so entertaining that you are not reading Speak Up? Seriously, what are your favored weekend activities? Do you do any design-related stuff or completely forget about it? House chores? Swimming, sun bathing, lawn mowing? Because reading Speak Up is much better than any of that.

This was just a one part question, wasn’t it?

Thanks to my dad for the topic

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PUBLISHED ON Aug.25.2003 BY Armin
Adrian’s comment is:

Travel, go to the beach, work at Barnes and Noble, go to the pool, cook out and clean my apartment. Work on web sites or music in between that.

I want to get away from my computer for most of the day. I love my computer but sometimes I need a little "me" time.

On Aug.25.2003 at 08:43 AM
Sarah B.’s comment is:

Always somewhere sipping lemonade in the summer, grass between toes... internet connection usually sucks where I Am, so I tend to leave the laptop behind! And when I am home and able, no one else is on SpeakUp and there is nothing to comment on!

On Aug.25.2003 at 08:52 AM
Kiran Max Weber’s comment is:

Coming home from college after 6 years is pretty difficult. All your high school friends (like you'd want to hang out with them anyway) are gone. So I hang out with cats, dogs, my parents, neighbors, and a few friends in NYC. Spend time in our garden which is nice but I don't do it often. Gym. Walk the neighbor's dog. I wish I read more.

But I'm pretty much at the computer all weekend too. It's bad, I know. I need to work on that. Perhaps why readership drops during the weekend is lack of discussion. Few new posts and even if there is, the frantic back and forth doesn't happen.

On Aug.25.2003 at 08:53 AM
brook’s comment is:

we authors tend not to post new topics on the weekend for one.

and i do try to get away from the 'business' side of myself on weekends. though sundays i quite often need to catch up on some work or whatever.

i think, especially in summer, that i want to spend as much time as possible outdoors and no where near a computer screen.

On Aug.25.2003 at 08:54 AM
amanda’s comment is:

i work, go to the farmers market, visit friends & family, drink pints, sleep in, & make crafts. I try to stay away from the computer, but sometimes (like this weekend) I had to put a bunch of hours in.

On Aug.25.2003 at 09:02 AM
Tan’s comment is:

I spend as much time as possible with my family. Husband stuff. Dad stuff. Nap stuff.

I do browse and post late at night before bed, but my posting is often irregular. No jokes please -- get your mind out of the gutter, people.

I love SU, but you gotta have a real life too. Or else you end up dating people online, and then get eaten by a shark after you work community labor in prison.

On Aug.25.2003 at 09:08 AM
Rebecca’s comment is:

As for me and my household, we do not have a computer at home. Since Speak Up is an online forum--and a great one, at that, weekend lurking and posting is out of the question for me. I prefer to sleep, play with the cat, and engage in real-world interactions. Like explaining ligatures to my friends.

On Aug.25.2003 at 09:13 AM
Tan’s comment is:

I posted this snarky comment on Kiran's thread, but I think everyone is too busy answering his 28 questions to read.


What's up with everyone wanting to get eaten by sharks instead of burning to death? Are you people fucking insane??!!

How sucky would it be to see your limbs torn from your body as you slowly drown screaming in pain. Now, doesn't it seem easier just to fall asleep and die as your body is wrapped in a warm embrace of a fiery death? Thought so.

And how could so many choose a city loft over a tropical island beach house? Maui? Tanned, half-dressed hotties everywhere all year long? No traffic, no pollution, no crime. How is this not better?


On Aug.25.2003 at 09:14 AM
Max’s comment is:

I usually make an effort to stay off of the web and email during the weekend so I can work on my comic projects more. Between that and spending time with my wife, there isn't a whole lot of time for lurking. I must waste work time for that. Personal time is too precious. : )

Tan, I don't know, burning to death seems to take a long time, and if you gotta go, it's best to go quick. Of course, I am basing this all on what I've seen on "Jaws" and "Backdraft."

On Aug.25.2003 at 09:26 AM
Armin’s comment is:

Again, I'm not judging, I was just a tad curious and I seriously don't expect anybody to give up their free, weekend time for this. Specially in the summer, I agree with Brook, you have to take in as much sun as possible to survive the winter around these parts.

I have a strong depencancy on my computer, so I'm glued to it as much as I can during the weekend. I do go out though, don't think I'm such a geek. Fresh air is good for the brain.

So far, I have purposedly not posted during the weekends to have a little break, but now that we are a tad more big time (not bragging) I wanted to make sure that we meet the clamoring public's expectations. But if nobody is complaining of the lack of activity during the weekend I'm happy to just let it be the way it is.

On Aug.25.2003 at 09:27 AM
Darrel’s comment is:

I own a house and have a 2 year old. Alas, that seems to fill up the weekend.

I do try to cram the occasional freelance gig into the weekend as well, but that is getting harder and harder to do.

On Aug.25.2003 at 09:39 AM
Patrick Bennett’s comment is:

Drinkin' booze on da' stoop. I thought that was what everyone did on the weekend...

On Aug.25.2003 at 09:41 AM
damien’s comment is:

warm embrace of a fiery death?

Tan - Fire is hot. Rarely warm but hot. What fires have you got going on that they are warm?

(I'm trying to be funny - not rude)

On Aug.25.2003 at 09:55 AM
Lea’s comment is:

Hang out with boyfriend. Talk with friends. Watch a movie or go out and participate in the various festivals in the city (Edmonton's festival capital of Canada).

Sadly, I still go on the computer on the weekend, but I mostly read than actually respond to anything. Reading info, or visiting personal sites and reading original fiction... :P

And weekends also means chores to me. Cause I actually have time for it.

On Aug.25.2003 at 10:18 AM
KM’s comment is:

The northwest is filled with outdoor activities during the summer. Once the 9-month winter hits, no more! This weekend was spent at Beckler River outside of Skykomish with the wife and friends...

On Aug.25.2003 at 10:53 AM
Tan’s comment is:

Damien -- sure catching on fire may start out hot, but you'd get used to it. Have you ever sat too quickly into a hot jacuzzi? It's starts out as torture, but eventually when you adjust, it's nice and warm. Catching on fire is like a jacuzzi....yeah...it is.

> But if nobody is complaining of the lack of activity during the weekend I'm happy to just let it be the way it is.

Don't get me wrong -- I do miss it. Armin, why don't you post a question or weekend to-do on Friday eod or something? Get things started and see...

Or maybe focus on weekend stuff. Like gardening, or a home-improvement/design ala Trading Spaces thing...I dunno...ah nevermind.

On Aug.25.2003 at 10:56 AM
Rick G’s comment is:

I usually check in just to see who's been around, but I don't usually have the gumtion to add anything on the weekends.

Since I just bought a hizzy, I usually am working on that.


On Aug.25.2003 at 11:04 AM
Kiran Max Weber’s comment is:

Or maybe focus on weekend stuff. Like gardening, or a home-improvement/design ala Trading Spaces thing...I dunno...ah nevermind.

I like that idea Tan. Like Friday is for goofy shit and show and tell, Saturday and Sunday could be for non-design kind of stuff. Like shark and prison questions!

OK, next weekend is recipe sharing. I need to get out more...

On Aug.25.2003 at 11:05 AM
Bradley’s comment is:

Personally, I like to Party Hard. Or read. Friday night I read a bunch, cooked a pleasant dinner, and played X-Box. Saturday night I went out to three bars, drank far too much, had a burrito around 5 am in Greek Town and returned to my car in the office parking lot around 5.30 am, just as one of the creative directors was pulling to get ready for the triathalon.

Oh, I also do a ton of photography, several rolls per weekend if I'm lucky. When its warm here, I tend to be outside unless I'm sleeping.

On Aug.25.2003 at 11:06 AM
Sergio’s comment is:

Well, for me this weekend was spent in a hunt and destroy mission against all tables in my site, so it was design related, I guess.

But most sites' traffic drops in the weekends. Most people nowadays browse from work, so they don't do much computer related stuff on weekends. a 70% drop does sound a bit excessive, though.

On Aug.25.2003 at 11:21 AM
marian’s comment is:

I'm renovating a house, and that has taken up my weekends for the past 2.5 years. Weekends I also spend more time with my honey (helping him lift 12 foot beams and such), and sometimes a full day goes by without my turning on the computah. However, I did check in here a couple of times and it seemed to be all dark and lonely so I went away again.

On Aug.25.2003 at 11:38 AM
Dan’s comment is:

I guess I'll admit to being part of the 30% who swing by and read the stray new posts over the weekend. I don't post because I don't want to look like I work all weekend. Like many of you, I try to ignore the computer over the weekend, but it tends to snare me in 5 or 10 minute chunks (maybe if I just shut the thing down it would be a lot harder...)

I had a goal to go on a backpacking trip every other weekend this summer, and I almost did it. Climbed Mt. Shasta twice, backpacked at Tahoe, the Trinity Alps... I guess getting outside is exactly the opposite of the rest of my life so it's a good balance.

On Aug.25.2003 at 11:40 AM
jesse’s comment is:

My weekends are usually spent doing chores around the house. If I have a few spare hours, I like to relax with my wife and watch a movie or make a nice dinner or something, or else spend some time painting in my studio.

At least an hour a day is taken up playing with the chinchilla, followed by wrapping electrical cords with electrical tape.

On Aug.25.2003 at 12:40 PM
pk’s comment is:

worked on new typeface collection for thirstype, worked on website for fashion designer friend, and ran into best friend from high school (whom i haven't had contact with for thirteen years) while he was trying to wangle his way into some abuse from something dressed as a catholic schoolgirl at a nightclub. i remain utterly amused by this bizarre turn of events.

On Aug.25.2003 at 12:43 PM
Brent’s comment is:

I peek at SU on the weekends before breakfast if I've been busy during the week. Otherwise, lately I've been writing, teaching myself HTML and C++ and cooking/baking (although I always do that). I can't surf, sad but true. Thought it was time to make myself a site and peddle my wares. Slow going but design-related.

On Aug.25.2003 at 03:33 PM
Rick Moore’s comment is:

I am usually spending time with my wife and 6-month old, because Lord knows I don't get enough time during the week!

On Aug.26.2003 at 12:30 AM