We are a bunch of whiny assholes.
The only thing people like to do more than nothing is complain about the nothing they are doing.
Living in Cleveland, I hear it all the time; "Cleveland sucks, there is nothing to do!"
Really? Because I went to college in Toledo, so I know a thing or two about nothing doing.
And if that isn't good enough? I was raised in Delphos, Ohio - a town of 6,000 people that is 45 miles from the nearest free-standing Starbucks.
Think about that for a minute. There are places where the nearest Starbucks is literally across the street from a different Starbucks. And my hometown doesn't have one within 45 miles. If you were divide the amount of miles the Proclaimers were willing to walk just to fall down at your door by 20, it would be roughly the same amount of walking it would take to get a tall, non-fat latte.
So I get it - we're all bored and there is nothing to do.
My question is - how much more crap do you need?
Think about your social schedule and how often you REALLY go somewhere new and different. I'm not saying your life is an episode of Cheers - but I'm willing to guess you stick to the same five places with a new place sprinkled in once a month.
If people were really so desperate for something new to do, Applebees' parking lot wouldn't be full on a Friday night while I am the only table at that delicious burger place at the end of my street.
Anyone in a major U.S. city should have no trouble finding something to do. And, if they do - I invite them to come back to Delphos with me so I can show them how to entertain themselves.
A new Starbucks just opened up - and if we hurry, we can be there in an hour!