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Volume 70, Issue 5, Friday, August 27, 2004

Life & Arts

Recreation a matter of personal choice

By Dusti Rhodes
The Daily Cougar

To each his own. 

Yes, it is a terrible cliché, but despite the familiarity of this phrase, it seems to escape most minds, particularly when it comes to leisure time.

Everyone has his or her own idea of what is enjoyable and what is terribly unbearable, and people should learn to respect others' preferences. Everyone has the right to his or her opinion.

It is important, especially for college students, to realize that not everyone shares their idea of a good time. There is no distinction between good and bad or fun and boring, it is simply one and the other.

Some, like myself, prefer to head out to a small venue to see a band of which we have either rarely or never heard. I want loud music, a good bartender and people to talk to in between sets. Sure, I may be hard of hearing soon, but that just means the soundman has another reason to crank up the volume.

The idea of heading out to see a cover band play mediocre renditions of radio hits seems appalling to me, but many find it a way to kick back in a familiar sing-along setting and although it makes me cringe, I respect it. But don't ask me to tag along or speak highly of it.

Many people choose not to drink and are not very fond of the loud, drunken mayhem taking place right outside of their homes. It's important for partygoers to think of those around them before letting loose and planning to streak. Not everyone will think seeing you in your birthday suit is as funny as your frat brothers. 

In the same respect, those who choose not to drink should keep in mind that some people prefer mind-altering enhancements to add to their experience. This does not make them immature, stupid or ignorant -- it's simply a matter of preference and some prefer to parade around like idiots with or without their pants.

A quiet night at the coffee shop is fun for some, and all you need is a good book or friend. While many people find it boring, some find the idea of having a moment with themselves relaxing. It is important for the bookworm to remember that others might not want to stick around a coffee shop all night as well as for others to keep in mind that there is nothing wrong with laying low once in a while. There will always be another night to party.

Theater patrons might want to turn a cold shoulder to a Blockbuster night, but movies can provide an exciting experience and a good story. Moviegoers should chance a night to see a plot unfold on the stage instead of the screen.

With such a diverse campus it is important for us to consider all entertainment options, even ones not mentioned here. You have little to lose by spending your evening trying something you are skeptical of, and if you don't like it at least you will be able to say without a doubt "I'd rather kill myself then go to a book reading." Remember, variety is the spice of life and everyone has his or her own way of shaking it up. Just remember to be responsible and mindful of your surroundings, whatever your preferred choice. 

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