Ferris Bueller No More

14 Jan

Drunken parties, packed bars, wet and wild (you fill in the blank). Yep, my weekend had it all. However, it did not include anything noted above. In fact, it was plain and ordinary.

I was 19 (or somewhere in that age range) and on the Philadelphia side of the Delaware River. Cloudless sky, brilliant sun, light breeze, low 80’s –a beautiful Spring day. Some friends of mine and I were lounging on the river bank watching the water flow on. It was as if we were ready to film a beer commercial.
And yet…
“Yo man, I’m bored.”
“What do you want to do,” S asked. He was one of my closest friends during the high school and college years.
“I don’t know. Something.”
“Dude, it’s a beautiful day, and we’re all hanging out. What do you want?”
I looked around at the array of friends and acquaintances lounging around and sighed. “This is boring. I want an adventure.”
“An adventure? Who do you think you are Ferris Bueller?”
“I love that movie. Don’t mess with Ferris!”
“I know you do. How many times have you seen that movie?”
“A lot.” Sticking my hand out in greeting, “Abe Froman, sausage king, Chicago.”
“I know you know the movie by heart.”
“I weep for the future.”
“Okay, Abe I got it.”
“Anyway, what would be so wrong with a Ferris Bueller like adventure?”
“We’re not in the movies.”
I don’t remember how that afternoon ended. It was probably via some chemically induced haze.
So, I had it all and was bored. I wanted more.

Here’s a sampling of the events I experienced this past weekend:
Playdates for both of the boys,
Meaningful conversation with my wife,
Praying at the synagogue on Sabbath,
Tasty meals,
Food Shopping,
Playoff Football,
Writers group meeting,
Playing golf on the Wii.

There’s more, and it’s equally mundane. I’ll spare you the details. I’ll bet you had some of these and more on your plate this weekend as well. So you can fill in your own details.

You could say I did not have much going on this weekend. Yet, when Sunday night rolled around, I turned to my wife and said, “I wish it was a three day weekend.”

So, while I still know most of the lines and would be happy to watch Ferris Bueller’s Day off, I don’t need the same adventure. However, there are days. Nah, let me stop there. The plain and ordinary suited me quite nicely, thank you.


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53 responses to “Ferris Bueller No More

  1. Karron

    January 15, 2013 at 12:05 am

    It is the simple things that bring us most joy. I save my Ferris Bueller adventures for when we go on holiday. This fall we are taking a train across Europe and from Italy north to Budapest and back to Amsterdam. It is going to be so much fun!

    • memyselfandkids

      January 15, 2013 at 2:51 am

      That sounds like an awsome trip. I hope it is a fantastic adventure.

  2. moviewriternyu

    January 15, 2013 at 1:02 am

    That was such a great flick, wasn’t it? I have been amused by the recent Ferris Bueller spoof commercial starring Matthew Broderick…

    • memyselfandkids

      January 15, 2013 at 2:54 am

      It definitely was a great movie. I also have seen the commercial you are referring to and it’s a good one.

      • moviewriternyu

        January 15, 2013 at 2:58 am

        Definitely a classic. I’ll always stop and watch it when I find it on cable. Wish I could write a flick that that…

        • memyselfandkids

          January 15, 2013 at 3:00 am

          I’m sure. Let me know when you got it down. I’d be happy to pay my $10 and watch it.

          • moviewriternyu

            January 15, 2013 at 3:02 am

            You got it. It’s just a case of voodoo economics… 🙂

  3. Did That Just Happen?

    January 15, 2013 at 1:07 am

    I love the plain and ordinary. So many good things happen during plain and ordinary. And, there is still room for adventure. Even better is when plains am ordinary turns into an adventure! And, that’s a great movie! I have to watch it every time I run across it on tv!

    • memyselfandkids

      January 15, 2013 at 2:52 am

      It is one of those kind of stop and watch kind of movies for me too. It’s funny you put it that way as that is what I was thinking. I was even thinking of blogging with that theme in mind – movies you stop and watch. I have a feeling it is different for me and the majority of the readers. Man thing you know.

      • Did That Just Happen?

        January 15, 2013 at 1:48 pm

        The A-Team is about to hit the FX network, tonight I think, I have my popcorn ready! I’ll DVR the rest of my normal shows, cause I can’t pass up The A-Team movie! I read Brenda’s comment below about partying in front of your kids.. Yeah, T is old enough that he is included. One of our friends works for his school district, and I have to remind him, next time you see her, you can’t tell your friends that we partied together this weekend! No mentioning that you took jello shots – you have to make sure you say non-alcoholic jello shots, well, to be safe, just leave that part out! (Okay, those are only for special occasions, like BD, Halloween and camping.) (okay, you know it’s not near as bad as I make it sound!)

        • memyselfandkids

          January 15, 2013 at 9:43 pm

          I suppose it’s not but its good you stopped talking. Laugh, laugh.
          I never got into the A-Team. One of my older brothers loved it. Btw, sometimes I watch a movie just so I can eat popcorn. The popcorn tastes better with a movie.

          • Did That Just Happen?

            January 15, 2013 at 11:57 pm

            The A-Team movie is worth watching – I highly recommend it! And yes, you must have popcorn on movie nights! And anytime you go to the theatre. I can’t watch a movie at the theatre without popcorn! The girls and I (and T) went to Les Mis this weekend, I gorged on popcorn! The point – watch the A-Team movie… tons of action and fun. I laughed all the way through. Language may be too much for your kids, it’s peppered in there.

          • memyselfandkids

            January 16, 2013 at 2:21 am

            Maybe, I’ll watch it one of these days.
            I try to hold off on eating the popcorn till the movie starts so I won’t finish it before the movie begins.

  4. Joyce

    January 15, 2013 at 1:21 am

    We’re at such a domesticated age, aren’t we? I would never want to try to act like I’m 20 now, but some days, I think it would be lovely to go back to visit.

  5. brendayoder

    January 15, 2013 at 1:26 am

    I love this. I wish a lot of parents could read this who haven’t experiences the “good life” high and are still living their party days in front of their children. Working in a public school, you’d be surprised what kids tell about the weekends that go on at their house. Let’s just say, not all of them are as mundane as yours.

    • memyselfandkids

      January 15, 2013 at 2:49 am

      I do work in public school and I know what you mean.
      Thanks for the comment and I’m glad you liked it.

  6. my27stars

    January 15, 2013 at 1:41 am

    Sounds like a fantastic way to spend a weekend. I’ve definitely been there before – wanting just one more day of relaxing goodness with the family before the hustle and bustle of the week starts up again.

  7. mrsjuliana

    January 15, 2013 at 5:26 am

    What an excellent weekend! I do love Ferris as well. 🙂

    • memyselfandkids

      January 15, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      It was a nice weeknd.
      Another one for Ferris – all right!

  8. wonderlandbytatu

    January 15, 2013 at 7:29 am

    ohhh….One of my ALL TIME FAVOURITES movie!! I still get the feeling of adventure sometimes with my kids but the kind of adventure that I just stepped into unknown territory, not the great-adventure-happy-end kind of thing, you know??

    • memyselfandkids

      January 15, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      Definitely a classic.
      I know exactly what you mean.

  9. reverend61

    January 15, 2013 at 9:25 am

    I’m going to be sacreligious here and admit that I really don’t like Ferris Bueller very much. But aside from our mutually differing tastes I am absolutely with you. I had the same sort of weekend – hanging out at the children’s centre, a trip to the optician with all three boys and then the barber with one of them, red wine and Singin’ in the Rain, a cold January afternoon in the park with a Thermos flask, a little reading, and a Kinect session on Sunday night. We did nothing that might be classified as adventurous, but I didn’t want it to end.

    • memyselfandkids

      January 15, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      You don’t like Ferris? Wow!
      Other than that, we are on the same page. Glad you enjoyed your weekend.

      • reverend61

        January 15, 2013 at 6:33 pm

        …Yeah, it’s mostly because I saw it in my mid-twenties, at which point a lot of the magic had already gone out of my life, and it had been built up as this classic. Maybe I had to be there.

  10. motherhoodisanart

    January 15, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    My weekend sounds just about the same…playdate, made a turkey, watched football….yep..and given a choice I wouldn’t have had it any other way! It was peaceful and relaxing…I even got a short nap in! Perfect!

  11. Jessie Clemence

    January 15, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Most of the time our normal life feels just fine. But every once in a while my husband or I just get those crazy eyes and the sane one has to talk the crazy one out of doing something rash. Like getting in the car and driving to the Florida Keys. Or buying a speed boat. Something exciting but not very smart.

    • memyselfandkids

      January 15, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      What happens when you both get the look? Watch out!

      • Jessie Clemence

        January 17, 2013 at 3:51 pm

        We end up in Orlando, or with a new car, or something very, very expensive. 🙂

  12. now at home mom

    January 15, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Oh! love that movie 🙂 my weekend was kinda of the same, busy moving furniture around, playing with play dough, crayolas, cars and visiting parents-in-law, I love these days,I haven’t been out in so long and I don’t want to either. I enjoy these family moments, our more exciting moments are when we get to watch a movie together for 10 continuously mins without any interruptions from our little one and without my hubby falling asleep 😉 like you: the plain and ordinary suits me 🙂

    • memyselfandkids

      January 15, 2013 at 9:36 pm

      It definitely is a good one.
      Based on your post, you had a very productive weekend!

      • now at home mom

        January 15, 2013 at 11:04 pm

        🙂 yes , true and thank you so much for stopping by my blog, I appreciate it 🙂 this evening, I will try to get some rest (but not with a movie) ha!ha! 🙂

        • memyselfandkids

          January 16, 2013 at 2:20 am

          It sounds like the movie might help you sleep. Just don’t count on seeing the end.

  13. Raani York

    January 15, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Isn’t the “plain and ordinary” just fine sometimes and even this is what we enjoy – what we picked? I liked your post very much and I smiled when I read your last sentence here. 🙂 I even caught myself nodding in agreement… doesn’t this say everything?

    • memyselfandkids

      January 15, 2013 at 9:37 pm

      It definitely is fine somethimes.
      Nodding in agreement – cool. I like that.

  14. goodnight55

    January 15, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Your post made me smile – there is always a place for the “ordinary” day! it makes the unusual days even more exciting! But I have to confess to never having watched Ferris Bueller (shock, horror!!). I wish I could say it was my age, but sadly no, its just I’ve never watched it. 😀

    • memyselfandkids

      January 15, 2013 at 9:39 pm

      I am so glad it made you smile. However, what would make you smile even more would be if you saw the movie. It’s a classic and I am confident it will stand the test of time. When you do see it, please let me know what you think.
      And yes, there is definitely a place for an ordinary day. A good place even.

  15. ateachablemom

    January 16, 2013 at 2:52 am

    I love Ferris Bueller also – classic! After our weekend, I’ll take mundane and ordinary over adrenaline rush for a long time. My husband had an accident on Sunday and has been in the hospital. He’ll be fine and is recovering well, but the “excitement” of this past weekend will likely kill me! Here’s to the wonderfulness of ordinary!

    • memyselfandkids

      January 16, 2013 at 3:53 am

      First, I am sorry to hear about your husband’s accident. I am so glad to hear he will be okay. I hope it has not been too stressful on you and the children. May next weekend be mundane and ordinary.
      Aren’t you in Chicago? You have to like Ferris Bueller.

  16. Nancy

    January 17, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Yes, the plain and ordinary suit me just fine, too. Although, sometimes, just sometimes, I wish for a bit of adventure. 😉

    • memyselfandkids

      January 17, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      Good to hear from you again.
      Yes, sometimes I have the wish for adventure too – I hear you.

  17. elskenewman

    January 17, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Plain and ordinary can be quite satisfying. Who has energy for adventures anyway 😉

    • memyselfandkids

      January 17, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      Plenty of nights I am just happy to get to bed – too pooped from the plain and energy.

  18. Marta

    January 18, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I love that movie. I’m always that person yearning for adventure. When I first started watching How I Met Your Mother I instantly took a liking to Barney who wanted every night to be LEGENDARY. I have that inclination as well, but I agree sometimes the simplest of things actually create the most joy.

    • memyselfandkids

      January 18, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      I hear you. I don’t exactly turn down adventure but it is only occasionally on the radar these days.

  19. st sahm

    January 20, 2013 at 4:15 am

    That’s a lot of activity in one weekend! Ferris couldn’t keep up with your fam.

    • memyselfandkids

      January 20, 2013 at 4:21 am

      Ferris would have jumped into the pool, like Cameron did, out of boredom.

  20. patgarcia

    March 16, 2013 at 9:56 am

    I must admit that I often wish for a three day weekend. It seems as if Friday,Saturday, and Sunday are crowded days where I look back on Sunday evening and wish the weekend could continue.

    I enjoyed your article and hope you have many more days where you wish the weekend would be longer.



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