Barring any unforeseen circumstances, I will attend my first Texas Rangers game at the end of this month. Yes, after ten years of living here, I will finally see a professional sports game by an area team. That's right, I've never been to a Cowboys, Mavs or Stars game. As a matter of fact, the last time I went to a baseball game was a Baltimore Orioles game in Baltimore in '94. So, it's been a while.
Why it's been a while is simple: I've never been that inclined to go to a game.
A common mental equation I have going on in my head is this: will X-amount of dollars spent on a ticket and parking, plus the time spent driving and personal involvement in the activity itself be equal or greater than doing something I regularly do? Since I haven't been convinced in the last ten years, I've stayed away. The main reason I am going is because I was asked by some people I work with. Yes, it's that simple.
I think it's very safe to say that when I'm pondering doing something myself (and having to pay for it myself), I don't want to be let down. In the case of this Rangers game, I'm looking forward to spending quality time with people I don't often get to spend time with. Doesn't matter if the game sucks or not, or how bad traffic is around the ballpark, I'm quite sure I will enjoy myself.
Amazing how the personal volition changes when someone else suggests.