I'm a CS student. This summer I landed a fairly lucrative and (at the time) interesting internship. The downside is that I had to relocate from Binghamton (which, yeah, isn't that great) to Rome, NY. Rome, NY is a small town that used to have an Air Force base next to it. All of the base (except for the research lab where I now work) got shut down when the Cold War ended, and the local town of Rome shrank and the nearby city of Utica completely collapsed, turning into a vast, depressing landscape of large abandoned buildings, kind of like most cities in upstate New York.
The internship started out very interesting but lately has been really
boring, as you'd be able to infer from (for instance) the frequency of my forum posts during work hours.
My girlfriend (of three years and change) used to be in Binghamton, and I would go back there every weekend (bumming a ride with the professors I'm working with so I wasn't spending $BIGNUM in gas), but she's in Ecuador now in a study abroad program and doesn't get back until around the time this internship ends (early August). Everyone else I know from college is in their respective hometown for the summer, as far as I can tell. I dunno, maybe part of my problem is that I don't know how to spend my free time when she's not around. Or maybe it's that I don't know how to spend my free time when nobody
is around. Either way.
There is basically nothing to fucking do in this town. It's an economically depressed shithole and the only reason it didn't become a ghost town when the base closed is that it never quite got big enough in the first place to truly collapse.
To compound problems, I don't own a car. I have a bicycle, which is sufficient to get me to work and back every day and get me as far as Wal-Mart (on the other side of Rome, about six miles away) on the weekends. Utica is right out, not that there's much to do there either.
I've been killing my free time playing video games (natch) and riding (and repairing) my bicycle. I've got like nothing to do. I've asked one of the other interns, the guy I share a cubicle with (and whose apartment is in Utica, not Rome), what he does around here, and it's basically "Well, on weekdays I sit around and play on my PS3, and on weekends I drive to New Jersey".
This is really a long shot, but if anyone has any idea of anything so I don't die of boredom, that'd be really great.