Is it Springfield ... or is it us? I can't decide if there just isn't much to do around here or if we're just really boring. Everyone at work says the same thing ... they either go out to eat, go to a movie, or go out of town.
Now before you say it ... the Hoogland Center for the Arts is hosting the Route 66 Film Festival this weekend and some sort of concert version of Pirates of Penzance next weekend. I read the Illinois Times and the State Journal-Register's list of current events ... there are things to do now and then. It just seems like everyone's in the same rut.
For instance, one of my co-workers was always talking about how he and his wife went to see this show or that show in St. Louis. So, the other day I told him how impressed I was that they went out and did such fun things. His answer really shocked me.
He explained that they bought season tickets to the Fox Theatre's Broadway Series because they made a conscious decision that they had to start going out and doing something ... and having season tickets meant they either went or wasted the money. They were in such a rut that they were willing to spend hundreds of dollars trying to get out of it.
Another friend at work told me that she and her husband argued because they were going to the same Chinese restaurant they always went to ... and it's not that it wasn't good because it was delicious ... it's just always the same.
Again, maybe it's just us ... and when I say "us" I mean everyone I'm friends with, everyone I work with ... practically everyone I know.
Maybe routine is a gift ... a sign that you're living a good life that's free from want or hunger or drama. I'd hate to think I'm looking a gift horse in the mouth ... especially considering the alternative.
I'm so ready for a change of pace
I'm just looking for a new routine
So she spins her globe and the next thing you know
She's living in Liechtenstein
Founts of Wayne - New Routine