Last week the Inlander released their annual guide to summer, and last week ideas began brewing in my mind. Every year I grab a copy of the Summer Guide and go through it, dutifully checking off all of the activities and events I want to participate in. And every year I manage to accomplish maybe one or two of them before autumn rolls around and leaves me feeling cold and lame and despondent for not getting out and about more.
I’m not going to give in so easily this year. This year I’m going to actually get out and DO those things I want to do. I’m inspired by the summer guide as well as a silly car commercial where a pair of travelers stop and try everything they see a sign for (“We should try that.”) I’m inspired by the fact that it is FINALLY getting to be Summer time and the sun is out, the air is warm, and winter will return all too soon. I’m not going to let this brief, wonderful season pass me by without taking advantage of every moment I can.
This will be my Summer of Why Not? Why not do everything that I have time to do? The Garland Theater is playing 90’s movies on Saturday and Tuesday nights for $1, why not see them all? I’ve been invited to join an all-girls classic car club (The Miss Shifters), why not attend some meetings (even if the classic car I’ve got a stake in is far FAR from being drivable)? Geeks and nerds are descending on the city for KuroNekoCon and Spocon in the next couple of months, why not dress up as my favorite cartoon and sci-fi characters and play along?
Why not see all of the local bands that play The Knitting Factory in July and August? I may not have heard of them before but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth checking out. Why not climb some mountains and enjoy some beer and some foam and some extreme mud at summer festivals on Mount Spokane and Silver Mountain? Why not pack a picnic and some folding chairs and head out to Riverfront Park for their outdoor film series this year? Why not eat myself ridiculously full at Pig Out in the Park, climb through brush and trees and over rocks searching for snakes at a state park during Free State Parks Day, and let myself be filled with child-like wonder during the Royal Fireworks Concert at Riverfront Park?
Seriously, why not?
Let’s all join together to make this – if not the BEST SUMMER EVER, at least the BEST SUMMER WE’LL HAVE THIS YEAR. Let’s make this the Summer of Why Not? Grab yourself a copy of the Inlander Summer guide, or your personal bucket list, and a calendar for the next few months, and make yourself a plan. Pick the activities/events/attractions you’ve always wanted to do/attend/see and put them on your calendar. Don’t be too rigid with your planning however, and allow for new things to pop up as they will. If you are invited on an impromptu roadtrip to Portland to see a friend’s band play their first real gig ever, GO FOR IT, even if you had already planned to attend the Gun Show that weekend. Gun shows will come and go, but a band’s first show ever happens only once.
Just remember to get out there, have fun, experience new things, make friends or get closer to friends you already have. Why not? What do you have to lose from giving it a try?
Come on; join me for something new and exciting and big and different and special and frightening and bizarre and epic and hot and sweaty and real. I’ll see you out there.
Welcome to the Summer of Why Not.
I’ll be back next week (Monday if I’m feeling industrious or Tuesday if I’m being lazy) to give my first Summer of Why Not update. It will probably include geek girls, margaritas, Tarantino films, and wedding parties. I’m looking forward to it.
Why don’t you head out for some adventures of your own while I’m gone? And let me know in the comments what your own Summer of Why Not is going to include. Maybe we’ll see each other out there!
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