June 7, 2010

What ifs vs That Was It?

In each place we've lived, I've heard about events and wanted to check them out. Jrex has grown increasingly reluctant to participate in my "We should do this!" suggestions. Some have been hits (The Maize maze, the Kinetic Sculpture race, a jazz club in Baltimore, Duckpin Bowling, Dame Edna), but he's right, many have been very underwhelming (I'm obviously an optimist, cause I can't remember any of the bad ones!).

The thing is, I have a general life principle to avoid leaving regrets or what ifs in my past. So I keep venturing into the potentially bland unknowns. Sunday I grabbed a friend and checked out the Sunset Celebration. Sure, I learned I could smoke salmon using a wok and learned how to stuff and fry squash blossoms, but it's not something I'd travel out of my way to attend a second time.

Another recent "That Was It?" experience was Maker Faire. I'd seen billboards and postcards for the past three years, but was always too involved in a big client event to be able to attend. This year, no more client, and free tickets! Jrex couldn't join me (something about writing cover letters and research statements...excuses, excuses!), so I wandered around by myself. I'll let the pictures tell the story:

So, what's been your biggest missed event? What was your most underwhelming?


Rachel said...

Love the pics. People are so creative. Do they still do How Berkeley Can You Be? That was pretty awesome. I also loved the Bluegrass Festival in GGP, but my husband was meh about it. I always kind of wanted to go to Burning Man (back when it was still cool) but I never did.

Aimee said...

Ok, funny.... another blogger I follow posted something about the Maker Faire:


You have to scroll down a bit to see his photos.

Another "funny" is that I've been feeling like I want to do all the things I've always wanted to do. Last night, I tried making strawberry jam from strawberries the girls and I picked ourselves, thus doing 2 things I've always wanted to do.

You're right, some times the events are great and other times, you might think it was a waste of time. However, I'd rather feel as though I wasted my time vs. always wondering what it was like.