1) Initiate a real conversation with someone who helps you – waiter, gardener, housekeeper, mail carrier, etc.
“It took a few months of unplugging for our family to finally realize a basic truth: it’s not enough simply to turn off our screens. If that’s all we do, we get grouchy and restless and generally unpleasant. We feel deprived – and for what? Who really cares if we check our email or watch a Saturday morning cartoon? Our mindset changes, however, when we’ve taken the time to plan something to fill the gap. We turn off our gadgets and then dive directly into whatever it is we’ve decided to do with our undo day — ideally, we load everyone into the car and head somewhere we’ve never been before to see an unfamiliar part of the city or eat some new interesting food. For us, undoing means breaking out of our usual routine and our usual orbit. Unplugging in itself is nothing — it’s what comes next that counts.” (Christopher Noxon)
OK, this is a little pricey ($50) and it involves a schlep. But come on people – it’s a THREE HOUR WALK WITH PERUVIAN LLAMAS. No joke. Head south past the Orange curtain into Yorba Linda (it’s near Disneyland, official slogan: “Land of Gracious Living”), where you’ll find ShangriLlama, a llama farm and visitor center that offers a crash course in the care and feeding of “these curious camelids” and leads walks through the hillsides. You’ll learn “fascinating llama trivia,” as well as practical guidance on how to hold your llama’s lead and how to communicate with your own llama companion. You, friend, are in for some serious llama drama. You’re welcome.
We have two unique offerings today, either one of which will make for a great escape from the everyday. Firstly, hop on down to the Tenderloin Playground (570 Ellis Street) for the 10th annual Cambodian New Year Festival. It’s the year of the Rabbit, which means you’re in for a fluffy, adorable and most auspicious celebration with the local Cambodian community. They’ll be whooping it up in a traditional way with a “Khmer live band, games, prizes, jumpers and food.” Meanwhile over at the County Fair building in Golden Gate Park, scruffy radicals and starry-eyed idealists will converge for day one of the Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair, bringing together “radical booksellers, distributors, independent presses and political groups from around the world.” Viva la revolucion!
If you’re going to sit around all day you may as well be sweating. Head to the Royal Palace, a giant Russian bathhouse where Coney Island meets Brighton Beach, where shvitzing is an art form. Melt on marble slabs in the Turkish steam, dry out in the Finnish sauna, and then roast yourself into a state of oblivion in the Russian banya. You’ll enjoy the sleep of the dead. 614 Sheepshead Bay Road, Brooklyn. 877-819-2284.