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Beat Boredom Three Times Over

Bored? We’ve all been there. With the multitudes of activities to partake in, you don’t have to stay that way for very long. Look into these three activities and your boredom may be banished, at least for the meantime, that is.

Refusing to be Bored

1. Singer, Macy Gray, sang the hit song, “Do Something,” which captured audiences everywhere. One way you can do just that is by going geocaching. What is geocaching? Plain and simple, it is a free real-world outdoor treasure hunt, where players try to find hidden containers, called geocaches. Geocaching is done by using a GPS or smartphone; players then can share their experiences online. The rules of geocaching are relatively easy, if you take something from the geocache (cache), you must leave something of equal or greater value.

Meetup is said to be the world's largest network of local groups.

Meetup is said to be the world’s largest network of local groups.

You may think geocaches are limited to your area only, but they actually can be found all over the world. And, it is not uncommon for geocachers to hide caches in locations that are important to them, which reflects a special interest or skill of the cache owner. Geocache locations can be uniquely diverse; you may find them at the end of a long hike, at your local park, underwater, wherever. You also need to know there are more than a dozen “cache types” in geocaching, with each cache type being a different variation of the game.

2. One would think this next option only would be available circa Halloween, but luckily this isn’t the case. Those looking for entertainment definitely won’t be disappointed with Tricky Tray (‘tri-kE  ‘trA). Tricky Tray actually is a fund-raising event for a school, church or other organization. With this benefit, guests buy tickets, then place them in a container next to the item they wish to win. Items can be a single item or a group of items based on a theme; once everyone has had the opportunity to place their tickets in the container, the drawing for the prizes starts. If your number matches the winning number drawn, you win said prize. It’s that simple.

Don’t be confused though, because Tricky Tray can go by a number of different monikers including: penny auction, penny sale, penny social, gift auction, Chinese auction, brown bag auction, silent auction, basket social, dark horse and basket games.

3. Those preferring a more traditional means of entertainment may want to look into Meetup.com. Meetup is said to be the world’s largest network of local groups. It also makes it convenient for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. To date, there are more than 9,000 groups that get together in local communities each day. What is the focal point of these meetups? Each one has the common goal of improving themselves or their communities, too. Meetups literally can be about anything: from those who enjoy assembling puzzles, to those who enjoy meditation, such as with Pilates or Yoga.

Want more information on Meetup? The company’s mission is to revitalize local community and help people around the world self-organize. To that end, Meetup believes that people can change their personal world or the whole world, by organizing themselves into groups that are powerful enough to make a difference.

An All-Out Affair

Everyone could stand to add new, interesting and exciting things to their mental Rolodex of fun things to do. Whether you choose to explore these things now or at a later date, you are guaranteed to be in the midst of some very interesting findings. How do you combat boredom?

Web Links:

http://www.geocaching.com/;

http://www.trickytray.com/;

http://www.meetup.com/about/

-Kimberly Williams

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