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Where's your hangout, your hideout, your favourite place to have fun? Show us pictures of the places you go and the things you do to relax when you get away from your work.
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 to MetaFilter-Related at 1:46 PM (49 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

you . . . just want me to screenshot the front page?
posted by the man of twists and turns at 1:57 PM on February 1, 2013 [38 favorites]


In a perfect world, out here every day. It's pretty rare I get out that far though. Usually I just climb the fire escapes for a thrill. =\
posted by carsonb at 2:04 PM on February 1, 2013


the things you do to relax when you get away from your desk

Not sure I understand the premise unless you want a picture of my bed?
posted by laconic skeuomorph at 2:07 PM on February 1, 2013 [4 favorites]


I go down to Clover Point
posted by KokuRyu at 2:09 PM on February 1, 2013


So what you're saying is, you want to see a picture of my bar?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:19 PM on February 1, 2013 [5 favorites]


Starts here.
Ends up here.
posted by backseatpilot at 2:31 PM on February 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


I hang out with my puppy.
posted by phunniemee at 2:32 PM on February 1, 2013 [4 favorites]


i will trade you for the puppy
posted by backseatpilot at 2:33 PM on February 1, 2013


Calms me down right away.
posted by Metroid Baby at 2:37 PM on February 1, 2013


Funny story about puppies and airplanes...

For those of you who don't travel with pets, let me tell you: traveling with pets is expensive. Southwest has the cheapest pet travel fees, and they charge $75 per leg for your pet to fly with you in a bag under the seat in front of you. (I think United has the most expensive, with $175/leg.)

Anyway, I was explaining this to my mom, who responded with shock and outrage at the exorbitant fees. "I know," I said, "but there's just no way to pay less if I want to fly with my dog."

And my mom helpfully responded by saying, "how does Truman feel about becoming an amputee?"

Because she thought the "per leg" charge was per leg of the dog, not per leg of the flight...
posted by phunniemee at 2:38 PM on February 1, 2013 [14 favorites]


(Really, though, I don't have any pictures of my tub or the donut shop.)
posted by Metroid Baby at 2:39 PM on February 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


I read books. Lots of books.
posted by restless_nomad (staff) at 2:40 PM on February 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Hawk Hill, counting migrating raptors, is my best non-work spot.

That and hanging out at home, while under supervision of one or more cats.
posted by rtha at 2:43 PM on February 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


phunniemee, I thought the same thing, and wondered if birds got charged extra because of the wings.
posted by CancerMan at 3:10 PM on February 1, 2013


If it wasn't like 20 degrees out I'd be up on my roof looking out at the harbor. Can't wait for summer!
posted by showbiz_liz at 3:41 PM on February 1, 2013


The base component of my relaxation is still illegal in most places. Currently the remaining factors can generally be filed under three categories: Star Trek, Ace Attorney, and Other.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 3:45 PM on February 1, 2013


My relaxation typically involves salt water and palm trees.
posted by blaneyphoto at 4:04 PM on February 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Generally either Central Square or the Mugar Library.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 4:36 PM on February 1, 2013


I don't spend enough time here, here, or here.
posted by bondcliff at 4:53 PM on February 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Here's my living room, a lovely place to hang out, though I really need to paint it a more interesting colour. Here's that same room, but with robots!. This is a typical view when I'm lying in bed reading metafilter on my netbook.
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 4:54 PM on February 1, 2013


you want a picture of my bed?

Yeah in the wintertime nights if I'm not actively cooking/baking something, or doing internet work I am most likely in bed reading or sleeping or doing non-work internetty stuff. I also birdwatch (from the window and out in the field), do stuff with my neighbors and friends or go walking on the beach when I'm in MA.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 5:08 PM on February 1, 2013


I like to hit the trail with some of my buddies.
posted by drlith at 5:35 PM on February 1, 2013


I like it where the rules are well defined. Sorting is somehow the most fun. The doctor sometimes joins by way of netflix.
posted by Folk at 6:24 PM on February 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


I go visit tigers!
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 7:19 PM on February 1, 2013


We love seeing where you work, now show us where you play!

Same place, my messy basement dungeon.
But when I turn my chair around...* MAGICAL HARP SOUND *...TA-DAA! Just as messy behind me, where the MAGIC happens, when everyone's asleep and I remember to turn off the furnace.
Really the rest of our house is quite bright and lovely. It's just me that's condemned to the basement with all of my loud noisemaking.
And in the summer I have weeks on end of this kind of thing with my awesome family, in Muskoka.
posted by chococat at 8:27 PM on February 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


So what you're saying is, you want to see a picture of my bar?

absolutely!
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 8:40 PM on February 1, 2013


In ascending order of how much free time I have (and therefore how far I can travel) I like to go to this levee at the Industrial Canal behind the army base, to this bridge in the Barataria Preserve, or this bayou out in Manchac between Lake Ponchartrain and Lake Maurepas (canoe required for the last one).

Those are all day trips, of course. If I have a lot of time, I go to Organ Pipe National Monument or White Sands National Monument.
posted by Scientist at 8:55 PM on February 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


carsonb, you're bleeding in your relaxation pictures. Are you sure you aren't just suffering from blood loss? DON'T GO IN TO THE LIGHT.
posted by maryr at 9:36 PM on February 1, 2013


Stayed up all night one time to take a little bit of video as the sun came up on Mt. Rainier.

Shot a lot of footage for the Seattle band Klover Jane that ended up in that video.

Ran a camera for a Queensryche show last fall and am now working with the director on editing/finishing the videos. (Sorry, nothing has been published yet!)

That's what I call fun.

For exciting, hard to beat falling out of the sky.
posted by trinity8-director at 10:47 PM on February 1, 2013


So what you're saying is, you want to see a picture of my bar?

absolutely!


Okay
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 11:11 PM on February 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Hungarian Pastry Shop. It is the best place.
posted by davidjmcgee at 11:51 PM on February 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


"to this levee at the Industrial Canal behind the army base"

Hey, I just discovered that place the other day.

I spend lots of my time here, or here, but mostly here.
posted by St. Sorryass at 11:57 PM on February 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


I like to take strolls through the big cemeteries that are just a short walk from my house, like this one and this one. I love hanging in Ueno Park, too, which is also close to where I live.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:04 AM on February 2, 2013


Garage workshop. I bought that table saw based on an Ask I posted awhile back. Most of the things in the picture are related to beekeeping, so here's one shot of the bee yard. It's not much of a bee yard, with only 1 colony. BUT:

It's about to expand - we're moving out into the county and onto some acreage in a month or so. I can hardly wait!
posted by jquinby at 6:59 AM on February 2, 2013


I explore my surroundings, seduce local fauna, and enjoy the views while mountain biking. The last two years, I've spoiled myself further with a subscription to the Monaco-Monte Carlo opera. (It's really reasonable, since the Monegasque royalty fund much of it.)

Otherwise? This.
posted by fraula at 8:44 AM on February 2, 2013


Mariela's Wine Bar
71 Westchester Avenue
Pound Ridge, NY

I can be found there most Thursday and Friday evenings. It's literally around the corner from my house (which adds to the appeal).
posted by sundrop at 9:17 AM on February 2, 2013


I am going back here and here during spring break, with three cameras.
posted by Devils Rancher at 9:19 AM on February 2, 2013


More close by, on a nice day, I will take the trail down to Shoal Creek with the dog.
posted by Devils Rancher at 9:31 AM on February 2, 2013


I am sad to realize I don't have a picture of my second home on my flickr. I'll have to remedy that tomorrow when I go there.

You do not want to see my living room. It looks like a combination bookshop and yarn store exploded in here.
posted by bibliogrrl at 9:52 AM on February 2, 2013


When I'm home I hang out here as much as possible.
posted by Lynsey at 10:12 AM on February 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


If in Iowa, then hanging out either in the Saints Rest coffee place, or the Candyland ice cream parlor, in Grinnell.

If in England, then walking on the Malvern Hills, or looking for books - especially in Hay-on-Wye, which is crack cocaine central for people addicted to books.

If in Scandinavia then, yeah, the sea or eating local food. Or trying to figure out the signs in elevators.
posted by Wordshore at 11:12 AM on February 2, 2013


The company of buddies by the pond is a balm for the soul.
posted by Lou Stuells at 4:48 PM on February 2, 2013 [3 favorites]


these are awesome - I really want to do some travelling now
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 6:49 PM on February 2, 2013


Good grief, that Scandinavian elevator sign is terrifying.
posted by davidjmcgee at 8:37 PM on February 2, 2013 [4 favorites]


NEVER TAKE A WHEELY-BIN ON A SCANDINAVIAN ELEVATOR.
posted by davidjmcgee at 8:37 PM on February 2, 2013 [3 favorites]


My spouse translated the scary sign for me as: You must bring the trash can all the way into the elevator, because if even the slightest bit is over the edge, when the elevator goes down it could get stuck and CRUSH YOU DEAD.

Which really IS terrifying! Especially when you think it must have happened often enough that they felt the need to post a WARNING sign. Wow.
posted by misha at 9:35 PM on February 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


I figured it was saying "So you have a weird feeling in your neck now, yeah?"
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 9:51 PM on February 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


I spend way too much time here, in bed (sometimes with my phone screen in front of me too; of course I can focus on all three at once).

The picture, incidentally, also shows my dog's favorite hangout: human crotches.
posted by supercres at 11:10 AM on February 3, 2013


No good pictures of my haunts on hand, and I can't go get any just now as it's winter and most of these places are only active in spring and summer. But I have some pictures other people took --

I don't know which head in this picture is mine, but I'm in there somewhere. (I do know that I'm not the paddleboard guy. But I can say that the paddleboard guy is gloriously nuts in the best way.) This is our beach, though, and I might also be somewhere in this picture of the group suiting up.

I am also in amazing crazy love with this place (wiki link here) and would absolutely live out here if the city zoned for it (it's not going to). I have spent an afternoon dreaming in the shade under this tree, biked past this view, wondered at what life was like living in this house or this house, took a ranger guided tour of this monument, played this minigolf course and others like it, played a gloriously silly game that was a combination of tag and capture the flag with nerf swords on this field, watched a vintage baseball game between these teams, discovered this WPA mural in a building while I was spending a night camping in this patch of grass (after paddling over from Brooklyn with a flotilla of kayakers and landing at this beach), held one of these chickens, had curry goat and ice cream from these food trucks, and spent one afternoon in one of these hammocks looking out over the Statue of Liberty while reading E.B. White's "Here Is New York."
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:46 AM on February 4, 2013


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