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Saturday, January 06, 2007

Pleasure Seeking

One of the aspects of my new script is a character who is almost pure id -- she is in a place in her life (he said vaguely) where she has been repressed for too long, and suddenly she just wants to get pleasure in whatever form she can.

Though I'm having fun reveling in various aspects of this (sex, food and revenge are currently well-covered), I figured I'd just toss it out there, and see if anyone has any wild suggestions.

I'm just looking for a few potent ways that a woman in a semi-urban area can blow a lot of cash in search of pure pleasure, something that doesn't take a lot of time or involve any travel. Immorality and self-destruction are definitely in character.



At 8:26 AM, Blogger Rene said...

Looking for fun with lots of money to spend?


I suggest you check out and read up on people's experiences.

At 8:29 AM, Blogger shecanfilmit said...

Well, this isn't exactly self-destructive but it's expensive and very pleasurable... massage, especially four-handed massage where two people work on you instead of one. In general, spas are expensive and very pleasurable. Also pleasurable and a little bit more self-destructed - taking ecstasy and dancing all night. So, maybe she takes ecstasy and gets a two-hour, four-handed massage...

At 8:30 AM, Blogger shecanfilmit said...

Ha Ha! Rene and I both posted about ecstasy at the same time - a sign!

At 9:52 AM, Anonymous DougJ said...

Well, if she has recently left a job that she hated, she could go back and offer former co-workers cash to quit on the spot (perhaps doing something that would keep them from getting rehired).

She could go to a busy bar and offer free drinks to the men who offer her the best compliments.

Take over a fancy restaurant and have the chef prepare for her anything she wants, no matter how bizarre or pedestrian the request.

At 10:38 AM, Anonymous kristen said...

Shopping is very pleasurable for a lot of people... Shopping while drunk is fun.

At 11:08 AM, Blogger Brett said...

-- strippers (maybe she hires Chippendale housecleaners and then sits around in her bathrobe, throwing Oreos around teh room to create more mess for the guys to deal with)

-- ferrari rentals

-- trashing expensive hotel rooms

-- joinging (then misbehaving at) expensive social leagues and country clubs

-- private hunting/fishing charters

-- hire an overpriced decorator


At 11:17 AM, Anonymous DH said...


At 11:42 AM, Blogger glassblowerscat said...

Cockfights. Lots and lots of cockfights.

Also, she could become a vampire.

At 12:36 PM, Anonymous Eddie said...

She could intentionally blow through a speed trap and lead the cops on a short, relatively safe, chase so as to spit in the face of authority.

At 12:57 PM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

Rene: I very interesting website. Thanks.

Shecanfilmit: Perfect.

Dougj: I like the chef thing a lot.

Brett: You came up with that whole long list suspiciously easily.

Keep them coming, these are all great.

At 1:09 PM, Blogger The Colonel said...

Have the woman commission an expensive stonemason to erect an oversized monument depicting her husband in flagrante delicto with the housemaid. And have it positioned on the front lawn of their house.

Sex, revenge and spending money all in one fell swoop.

At 1:40 PM, Anonymous JG said...

Watch a few episodes of Intervention. There's all kinds of self-destructive, self-indulgent behavior on there. Good stuff.

At 7:31 PM, Anonymous Mike E said...

How 'bout she spots one wrinkle... then another... then another... then gets herself a full body peel?

LA has plenty of casinos, but then a semi-pro poker player like you would know that. :)

First hand: "I'm all in."

"Ma'am, we haven't dealt the cards yet."


Sees Candy Store: "I'll take the chocolate."

"Which chocolate, ma'am?"

"All of it."

At 11:20 PM, Anonymous Zach said...

I know that I frequently check prices on things that I absolutely cannot afford. I could put them on my credit card, but that wouldn't be an advisable long term strategy. If there's a specific object of desire that she has but has avoiding buying, that'd be a solid move... you know, a $4000 bag, an $8000 teevee, or some fun elective surgery.

If she's really fiscally conservative at the beginning, maybe she decides to stop taking public transportation and picks herself up a nice ride.

At 12:44 AM, Blogger Shawna said...

If she's pleasure seeking, I agree with Shecanfilmit -- spa day all the way. Also a day of shopping.

There is intense pleasure to be had from a giant tub of Hagen Daas. And martinis. I'm just sayin...

At 7:56 PM, Blogger Naila J. said...

Shopping sprees are big! Make her develop a fetish of some sort... shoes, purses, accessories...

Also, spa dates!! Many people have mentioned this and it's definitely an option. If I were in that situation :P

And... clubbing!
Think Britney Spears... Excessive drinking etc.

Another self-destructive move could be a crazy super diet.
Getting a job at a sex shop, if you don't want to go as far as stripping, or even online/webcam stripping.

Oh, and it would help if she could hurt someone else in the process too... Someone close to her ;)

At 12:50 AM, Blogger The Colonel said...

Women? Shopping sprees? This is a hideous cliche. I thought my idea was better.

At 12:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Buy a full-length mink coat and traipse through a PETA demonstration in it. In San Francisco, where I live, there are annual PETA demos outside of one of the big department stores that still carries fur each fall. She could buy the coat in the store and, when asked if she wants it wrapped, tell the salesperson she'll wear it out, knowing full well the demonstraters are outside.

Empty a giant bag of money, in bills, from the mezzanine of a busy train station or shopping mall, just to watch everyone scrabble for it. (I can't take credit for this idea--some band did it in a music video a few years ago.)



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