I enjoy Foursquare. It's a location-based "game" social network thing, which is based around "checking in" when you visit a place. You get points for each checkin - 1 point for the first, 2 for the second, 3 for the third, etc. - in any given day. You get five points for a first-time-in-a-place check-in, and five points if you add a new location to the network. You get to be "mayor" if you check in more than anyone else in a given place. I'm the mayor of the Downtown Dunkin Donuts, the JCC, our house, and a bunch of other players.
What Foursquare has really shown me is... well... how boring my life is! I leave our house in the morning, get on the bus to go to work. Stop at Dunkin Donuts to get coffee - or go to Crazy Mocha, if the line's too long. Go to work. Take the bus home. Occasionally, I go to the gym before work. Once I'm home, that's about it; maybe we go to the park, maybe we don't, maybe we just hang out for the rest of the night.
This is an insanely welcome change to my life. I enjoy the fact that we are NOT going to the hospital so regularly. I enjoy the fact that we're able to have a few predictably boring weeks; not that we sit at home and stare at the walls, but we don't go lots of new places and eat at lots of restaurants and go see lots of shows and things like that. I come home from work, and I'm with my family until I leave the next morning.
What can be better than that? My wife is my best friend, and the person that I want to spend every waking moment alongside. My children are fun and interesting and engaging, even if it's not the most exciting thing in the world to sit and to watch them swing back and forth for 20 minutes at a time. There isn't anything that I'd rather be doing.
Thank you, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Aside from saving my son's life, you've given us an opportunity to be a nice, normal, boring family.