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Ice Dancing

Posted by Mick on February 22, 2010 – 9:57 pm

This was one of those nights when I didn’t feel like doing anything.  And I didn’t.  Until just now.

It was a decent enough day at work, the usual frustrations, nothing more.  A few issues where I actually had to stop and think about the feelings I was having and how I should act on them.  Which reminds me of a story I need to tell you sometime.  I’d like to tell you now, but I’m on a bit of a roll, and as I said, I don’t really feel like doing anything tonight and I know if I allow myself to digress too much I’ll be writing for hours.

It wasn’t a bad day at work, not at all.  The drive home took longer than I would have liked.  Mostly because I stopped at the gym.  Today was a day for the 30 Minute Workout.  It’s an interesting setup.  There are 10 machines that give you a sort of rounded workout – all the major muscle groups – and 10 “step” stations.  You go back and forth, with a light coming on to tell you when to start each one and when to change.  I like this, because I don’t have to think.  I warm up a few minutes on the bike or the treadmill, and then I put on some tunes and work the circle.  I’m absent minded, and if I had to remember what exercises to do on what day and which order – forget it, I’m lost already.  I have also been known to forget what set I’m on.  I forget to count reps.  I’m absent minded, people.

And I’ve been working all day.  I get paid to think, I’m not wasting brainpower on the gym.  And that’s how we get to: Green Light, exercise.  Red Light, move to the next number.  Simple, isn’t it.

Oh Hell No!  I believe I mentioned 10 step stations.  Yeah, I looked, I definitely mentioned them.  What the hell am I supposed to do with these steps?  I figured out 4 or 5 things to do.  There are 10 stations.  Is there some special order I should do these things in?  I have no idea what I’m doing.  And I’m relatively certain that a few of the ladies who take this little circuit very seriously are judging me.  They aren’t saying anything, but I can tell they’re thinking it.  They hit the steps and it’s as if I’m watching a Tae Bo commercial crossed with So You Think You Can Dance.

Meanwhile, the fat hippie in the Cannibal t-shirt is climbing one step and trying not to trip over myself.  I mean himself.  And I just smile.  Because if you want to see something really funny, you should come tomorrow.  That’s when I get on the elliptical.  I should sell tickets.

Damn it.  I’ve been digressing again.  Work was ok.  We went to the gym.  We came home and ate ham.  And watched House.  And then we watched the Olympics.  I don’t know why.  I don’t really care.  But the ski jumping was on, and you have to look.  You have to look.  Then the ski jumping where they shoot 50 feet straight up and get all spinny and flippy.  You have to look.  You just have to.

When the ice dancing started, I left.  I watched one dance.  Because I was too lazy to get up.  Then I realized I was watching ice dancing because I was too lazy to get up.  I got up.

We watched House tonight.  I’ve become a casual House watcher.  I have no idea when it comes on (ok, I guess I realize at this moment that it’s on Monday, but I’ll forget that soon enough.  And I think it was on Friday last week?).  I don’t keep up with it, I don’t DVR it.

If you ask me, though, I’d have to say it’s one of the better written shows on TV.  On the surface, it’s a formulaic medical procedural.  Scratch that surface, and there’s some damn fine writing going on.  The characters are 3 dimensional, the stories are true to the characters psyches – and I’m speaking as a man with no mean level of training and experience in the field of the psyche.  Take that as a starting point, and add Hugh Laurie acting his ever loving ass off every week, and you’ve got a show worth watching.

And now it’s time for The Simpsons.  I love The Simpsons.  I love my evening ritual of watching The Simpsons with my wife even more than I love The Simpsons.

Be good to each other.

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