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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

"if you feel like sh*t, everyone you hate wins"



First of all, happy belated Memorial Day to my American friends.  I'm glad we have a holiday set aside for our fallen heroes.  I want to express my thanks and acknowledge that it's not about the white sales.

I happened across this story about female WWII pilots that irked me and had me looking a bit like this eagle, but at least now things are being resolved.  I'm just sad that it needed resolving in the first place.






Memorial Day also serves as a sort of unofficial start to summer.  Magnum and Meego were off of work and school.  On Sunday, we were happily tending to some lovely yard work when a storm blew in and literally rained and hailed and lightninged and thundered on our parade.

As the storm lingered into the afternoon, I was starting to feel that familiar cabin fever.  I told Magnum, "I suppose we could go check out Wolfgang's fitness center, just to appease him."

So, with that, Magnum and I set out with a purpose to our afternoon while Meego was engaged in a rousing game of Monopoly with some neighbor friends, so passed on the tour.  We entered the place, told them our status, and were soon set loose to explore on our own.  As we did so, I texted Wolfgang to let him know we were following up on his request, but no promises.

Everything was nice as expected - spacious workout areas, two large pools, luxurious locker rooms, yoga studios, etc.  And Wolfgang was right, the outdoor pool is very inviting... as long as the weather cooperates.

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As we wandered around the machines into the free weights area, I saw a familiar back of shirt and head.  I was 99% sure it was Wolfgang.  He was standing near a pull-up bar as a huge person was completing several reps.

I tried to sneak up on him, but the universe delivered my text at that very moment.  I saw Wolfgang pull his phone from his pocket, glance at it, and then turn around like he felt my sneakiness.  So we chatted a bit about the place, about the the current level of busyness, etc.  In the meantime, the huge pull-up guy dismounted with a solid landing, turned around, and said hello.

It was Dylan, one of Wolfgang's good friends from high school.  Dylan attends a university out of town, but is home during the summers and breaks.  He and Wolfgang are still buddies, but I haven't seen much of Dylan since they graduated high school.

If not for the fact that Wolfgang told me a couple of weeks ago about Dylan's newfound interest in body-building and that "Dylan is just huge now, and you should see how much he eats!", I honestly would not have recognized him.

Dylan's always kept pretty fit, he and Wolfgang ran track and cross-country together and regularly went to the rock climbing center.  But he's always been that kind of runner/climber sinewy type of fit.  Now he looks like the Incredible Hulk without the green and snarl.

We quickly left those guys to their Herculean activities and pondered (a.k.a snooped the place on the internet).  In the end, we got the family account Wolfgang has been rooting for, and he is very pleased about that as it lowers his fee considerably.  We brought Meego over, and he also deemed it worthy.

So now I find myself a member of a posh "gym", and I totally plan to get our money's worth.  But I'm wondering how Wolfgang made it rain.

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14 comments:

  1. Wolfgang was determined to get you guys to join. He's quite powerful! Where was he when you needed it to hail on your old roof?
    Speaking of hail, I saw on the news where you all were hit hard with some. Crazy weather this country is gettin'.....
    Enjoy they gym! I know I do. I still love to run, but have come to love the change of pace a gym brings. Especially during the cold, dark winter.

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    1. Wolfgang has long had a strange conjuring ability. I should have tapped into it more when we needed that roof - and yes, we have been getting some "good" hail lately!

      And I know what you mean about the change of pace. One cannot live through only running! It will be nice to have the gym for the cold, dark winter as well as the oppressively hot summer.

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  2. I hope you enjoy the gym, it sounds like you already are! Is that bad English, it looks wrong. Well okay you know what I mean. I look forward to seeing the new muscle shots of you very soon. ;)

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    1. Yes, I already are enjoying the gym :)

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  3. Maybe the heat from their workouts caused a change in air pressure which drew in the storm?

    Sounds like a great gym. The one my son goes to is much more old-school, but it is what he wants at the moment. Having said that, there is a new one opening up a couple of towns away that he is interested in having visiting rights to...

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    1. That's a strong theory - ha, get it?

      There's another similar fitness center not too far from ours. I like that there's competition!

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  4. Oh, and the thing about the female pilots! Terrible! If these women are anything like the RAF's female wartime pilots they really deserve it.

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    1. The story made me sad that it took so long. Many of those women are no longer alive.

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  5. The family that works out together ... ummm ... stays healthy together ... or ... Whatever! It sounds like a good gym and I'm sure you'll make the most of it!

    My kids have had a few friends/classmates that have gotten into body-building. It seems to be the sinewy type that gravitates toward it. It's always amazing to me to see what they're capable of and the muscles they develop!

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    1. There's actually a lot of science behind body building - most of it seems to have to do with the nutrition side of it. I'm enjoying the place quite a bit so far, three days in...

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  6. I don't really understand body building. I'm picturing the Hulk now ;)

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    1. I see how some people can take body building on as a sort of "project". I don't get the competitions with the posing and the oil and the tanning. ew.

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  7. Gym..... I only went there when I was in secondary school and then I was built like a mini Hulk.
    Gym takes a lot of dedication.

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    1. It's been a long time since I've been a gym member. I find that prizes help the dedication.

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