Just because there’s a gas shortage doesn’t mean you can’t have a fun-fueled weekend. Here are 30 ways to pump it up (or at least be productive) — without using a lot of gas.
1. Host a neighborhood potluck or ice cream social.
2. Paint a mural of your imagined past lives.
3. Rent "Double Indemnity" or another classic film noir and drink martinis.
4. Rent "Barfly" and drink cheap booze.
5. Get out a cookbook, open it to a random page and make the dish featured
on that page.
6. Practice communicating telepathically with your pets.
7. Ask yourself: If you were allowed to fill your gas tank up only once — for the rest of your life — what road trip would you take?
8. Have a contest to see who can come up with most people names that double
as verbs (Bob, Jimmy, Lance).
10. Play hide-and-seek in your neighborhood.
11. Burn a CD with music that you want played at your wake or funeral (and make sure to choose songs that will baffle people, like Sir Mix-A-Lot’s "Baby Got Back").
12. Camp out in sleeping bags "sports" of your choosing — pingpong, fast walking or running, bike riding, lap swimming, etc. Losers make lunch or dinner for the winner.
13. Have a family triathlon
14. Write an autobiography of the life you didn’t choose.
15. Stargaze. Mars will be the brightest thing in the night sky starting Saturday.
16. Clean out the medicine cabinet or cosmetics bag.
17. Start a Web log, or blog (online journal). Visit www.xanga.com for information. An Internet search will reveal other blog servers.
18. Go into your partner’s closet and hide sexy notes in his or her clothing.
19. Play Scrabble without using real words. All words must sound out phonetically and have a meaning.
20. Pick a few possible destinations for the family’s next vacation and research them on the Web.
21. Start a kitchen band and put on a performance for the neighbors.
22. Handwrite and mail a thank-you note to someone who’s been a positive influence in your life. (Reminder: Grandparents Day is Sept. 7.)
23. Use up a whole roll of film, documenting a day in the life of your family.
24. Pick all your outfits for the next two weeks. on the living room floor. Tell ghost stories.
25. Buy some washable crayons and color on the walls.
26. Start a meaningful family conversation by asking: What three things would you like to accomplish by the time you’re 50? (Or, if you’re 50 or older, what three things would you like to accomplish before you die?)
27. Write a letter to the editor: P.O. Box 1547, Mesa, AZ 85211 (East Valley); P.O. Box 1150, Scottsdale, AZ 85252 (Scottsdale); forum@aztrib. com.
28. Brainstorm your Halloween costume.
29. Enlist everyone to create a construction paper book about your family. Kids can draw pictures that tell the story, which older members can narrate by writing descriptions or a short poem under each drawing. Encourage kids to think about their most memorable family vacations and to include drawings of your home and pets. Bind the book with ribbon and keep it in a safe place for some giggles for the next time you’re stuck at home.
30. Knock on your neighbor’s door and ask if you can borrow a cup of gas.