I have been waiting for it to happen. Every year for the last 4 years I have awaited this moment on this day. I knew it would happen someday and this year it did.
Ashli came to me and said, “I hate this.” She was filling out Valentine’s Day cards. I asked what was going on and she said that she was having a hard time picking which cards to give to which boys. Not because she liked them, but because she didn’t. She wanted to make sure that the boys wouldn’t think she liked them based of her Valentines.
I remember the same thing going through my mind when I was a kid. There was also the anxiety over which one to give to the girl you really liked so that she might intuit that you liked her and wanted her to be your Valentine for real. Boys have the added disadvantage of having to give cards to other boys. As there are usually 5 out of the pack of 20 that say something like “You are super!” All the rest always had cutesy Valentine’s phrases. So unless you were in a classroom with only 5 boys, there were going to be boys that got a “Be mine, Valentine” from you.
Odd thing, after I got my cards, I never really looked to see what the boys or girls cards said that I didn’t like. I only had eyes for the one from the girl(s) that I had crushes on. Those little slips of folded paper never revealed any romance, but it didn’t stop me from worrying about it every year. Glad to see my neurosis was passed down.
Not everyone cares about Austrian Prejudice, so I have come up with some more reasons to Boycott planet fitness.
1. The lunk alarm- Apparently, planet fitness has an alarm that goes off is someone is slamming weights (reasonable), lifting a whole lot of weight (safety issues, maybe) or is grunting(?). What, it is a gym right? The lunk alarm is apparently a way for them to get rid of the body building/weightlifting crowd. I guess this is in an effort to keep roids out of the gym. What I hear is that you are not allowed to push yourself. I am not a bodybuilder, but when I work out, I grunt or moan. At least I am breathing right. It is a dumb rule and I am sure that people will tone down their workout so the don’t get the alarm blared at them. Every Planet fitness I have been to has about a billion people on the treadmill all with iPods stuck in their ears and an almost empty weight room. Now I know why.
2. Free Pizza- Yeah, they give out free pizza once a month. But wait, it isn’t just free pizza, it is all you can eat free Pizza. Most people at the gym are running away from pizza and foods like that. The people are there to either lose or maintain current weight. Pizza is there enemy, and all you can eat free pizza is their arch nemesis. Wait there is more. Free bagels once a week. Sure it is nice to get a breakfast on the go, but bagels are evil because you almost have to put that free crème cheese on them. I think these days cater to the marathon crowd. I know when I ran marathons, I didn’t care what I ate, because it was all going into the furnace. I could eat 4k calories a day and not gain a pound. I would have literally ate these days up.
3. Judgment free Zone- So you aren’t allowed to be judgmental at Planet Fitness. I guess that means no correcting peoples form so they don’t injure themselves. But aren’t they being judgmental. Hey, you, big guy with the muscles. We don’t want your kind here. Hey stop grunting, you are making this guy curling 3 pound weights feel bad. Planet Fitness is in the business of judging others, it seems.
So, it looks like Planet Fitness is all about cardio to me. There is no grunting in cardio and runners like it quiet so they can hear their iPods. Runners are usually sticks because they burn muscle as well as fat, so PF gets rid of the intimidating muscle guys. Free pizza and bagels. Yep, runners are all over that. Why not just call it planet treadmill.
Who loses here? Obviously the weightlifters lose out on a $10 dollar per month gym membership. New people lose out too, though. Say a person wants to get into shape but doesn’t want to run 40 miles a week to do it. They also don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a home gym. $10 a month sounds like a great deal. The decide to join so they can start working out. They get there and there are no gym rats there to help them with their form so they get the most benefit for the least risk. They lose mentors. In the spring and summer when the runners hop off the dreadmill and hit the street there aren’t going to be many people in the place at all. New person tries to lift some appropriate wait but finds himself straining at the 8th rep and wants to grunt, so he stops right when he is getting the most benefit.
Planet Fitness is just planet cardio
I would like to thank Dez over at Hollywood Spy for giving me the 2011 heart award.
Go check out Hollywood Spy for a complete list of winners. I would like to congratulate all the other winners as well. Thanks again, Dez!
Planet Fitness apparently thinks it is okay to discriminate against Austrians. The sales guy’s attitude does a complete 180 when he hears the accent. Until he finally leads the poor guy outside and locks him out. The commercial ends with the words, not his planet… yours. Is this aimed at all foreigners or just Austrians. The ending is really scary as it says that this guy doesn’t even deserve a place on our planet. Is planet fitness suggesting genocide. Maybe it starts with the Austrians but where does it stop. You shouldn’t have to hid your nationality in order to work out.
Join me in boycotting this company for their discriminatory actions. Austrians have just as much right to this planet as the rest of us. Sure they are a private company and can deny service to anyone they want legally, but we don’t have to stand back and support this rhetoric with our gym memberships.
Austria, We support your people!
I hate the internet right now. Everyone is a political commentator. Apparently that involves vitriol. Pure poison spewing hate. It is no longer possible in this age to have a civil discussion about politics. People believe that their views are the correct and most logical views and feel a need to insult the other view. This is generally done from a place of ignorance.
There are blogs and FB friends that I can hardly stomach anymore because of the hate the spews forth from their blogs and status updates. These people should realize that when most of what you read from them is poison, it actually poison’s the way you see them.
I am not overly political. I have my views but I hope that I respect the views of others. I hope that none of my post come across as hate filled tirades. Sure I go for a humorous low blow from time to time, but I would like to thank I am even handed there.
Please internet, stop being a breading ground of hate and division.
I have watched a lot of movies recently involving ancient Greece; both Clash of the Titans, Troy, 300, and last night the last half of Percy Jackson. I have come to the conclusion that the Ancient Greeks spoke with an British accent. Only actors from the UK have a chance at any of these roles. I am pretty sure the ancient Greeks didn’t speak English at all, so why the actor discrimination. If you want foreign actors to play these roles get Greeks with Greek accents. I know we are the movie going public and can’t tell the difference, but put some effort in here.
Maybe it is because these are Hollywood movies and Hollywood only knows about British actors. Maybe when they do a movie in the UK about the ancient Greeks they use American Actors to give us that foreign sound. No, they probably use Australians. I wonder what Australia uses?
I don’t see this changing and really see it going further with the Thor movie coming out, as I believe most of the Norse Gods will have British Accents as well. The Doctor from Doctor Who is an alien and he has British accent but that is a British show so it is therefore excused. In Star Trek: The Next Generation, we had a Brit playing a Frenchman.
Hollywood, there are more accents other than the ones from the British Isles. Sure India was a British Colony but I doubt that the entire country of India is populated by people with a Londoner accent. Obviously realism doesn’t matter when making these movies so just cast whomever from wherever. Don’t put the accent litmus test into the auditions. I am sure that there are women that will say that Hollywood should but Gerard Butler into every movie, but that is something different altogether.
This is a repost of two Christmas posts I did in the past. These were originally posted on my Vox Blog so they were likely missed by people here.
When I was in 4th grade, my family was poor. My mom was on Maternity leave and the family’s sole income was from my step-dad. He was a tree surgeon and work isn’t great in the winter time especially the messy Tennessee winters. As a child, I didn’t realize just how poor we were. I mean, I knew we didn’t have the things that other people had, but I was used to our standard of living. I am sure that I had no idea about my family’s economic situation, but now I know and I know that it was way more screwed up than being out of work.
My mother, knowing that she was not going to be able to buy us much of anything for Christmas, gave our names to the Salvation Army for the Angel Tree. The only toy I had asked for was a Transformer named Slingshot. I wanted it so bad.
On Christmas morning I woke up and under the tree was the only present I remember getting that year or for some of the years around it. I had Slingshot. I opened him, transformed him a few times, and then put him on my dresser. I don’t think I ever played with him again. I didn’t want him to get broken, and I didn’t want my then 6 year old brother getting a hold of it.
I believe my mom told me that it was an Angel Tree gift when I got it. I don’t think I fully appreciated it at the time. I recognized it as nice and was happy to get what I wanted. As the years passed and I was faced with other small Christmases, I grew to realize just how nice the gesture was. I have since bought items for Angel Trees, Toys for Tots, Book Trees, and for poorer children that I knew personally. That one Christmas twenty-one years ago has inspired a need in me to want to help people at this time in year. The person that picked my Angel gave the gift of compassion as well as a simple transformer. It is something I will never forget and something that I will never be able to repay.
Last year, I talked about the gift of compassion, so I though I would share another story this year.
I was in 7th grade. My mom had been split from my sisters dad for about 6 months. We lived in a trailer park about 5 trailers down from my sister's dad. My mom had been having some problems and lost her state job and was now solely waiting tables at a bar at night. One night while she was out, my brother and I got into her closet looking for gifts. We found some invisible markers and a plastic Batman motorcycle helmet. We didn't think much about it and didn't realize that we had found all of our Christmas presents for the year. We may have gotten something else, but if we did I don't remember it. It was a very bad Christmas for us.
At about noon we all walked my sister down to her dad's trailer so that she could open her presents there. My sister's dad had on okay job making okay money and a roommate to help split the cost on the already dirt cheap trailer. Needless to say that my three year old sister was going to make out like a champ. When we got there, the tree was loaded with gifts, but there was a gift apiece for my brother and me. My nine year old brother, who loved Legos, go the Lego pirate ship. It was totally awesome and he could put it together without instructions by the end of the day. I got a Nintendo Entertainment Center. It was the one that came with Mario and duck hunt and I was in heaven.
All these years later, I am sure that my brother and I thanked him for the gifts, but I don't think we ever thanked him for not just saving Christmas, but making it one of our best Christmases ever. I mean, there have been years since when I got way more gifts, or way more expensive gifts, but these gifts were well thought out, unexpected, and at a very dark time in our lives. Although I know you won't be reading this, Thank you Bobby.
I was talking to someone the other day and when I left they said they would see me later. I almost commented with “Not if I see you first.” For the first time in my life, I stopped and really considered what that phrase implies.
This is not a phrase that you would return to a friend. Not if I see you first implies that the person will not see you if you see them first. At best, you are hiding from them, at worst, you plan on offing them. So maybe reserve this one for your enemies and do the little hand motion gun firing thing when you say it. Then you can laugh and say that you WILL see them first.
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I have an amazon wish list, actually I have four. One for each member of my family. Living away from extended family it is a great way to showcase interests to people far away. The only problem is that the Amazon wish list system sucks.
Problem 1: Order. The default listing for items are the most recently wished for item is at the top. By default, I don’t mean to mislead you into thinking you can permanently change the setting. You can only change it for that specific visit. How many people have computer confused family members that pick the thing on the top of the list because it must be the item they want the most. This is confusing and leads to a person getting something they wanted but not necessarily what they have prioritized.
Problem 2: No drill downs. Say I have an xbox 360 listed on my list. I also want some games so I put a few on the list as well. Because of problem one someone just popping in might not scroll all the way down to where the xbox is and may stop on Dead Rising 2 because it is a great game and is on sell. When you get your gifts you get a great game for a system you don’t own. Awkward. Drill downs from the xbox for xbox games would prevent this.
Problem 3: Not GUI enough. The wish list looks like the rest of the site and has unnecessary information. Full title descriptions, authors, or studios don’t really matter because the person that needs that information has already picked these items. There is also a lot of wasted space on the page. I am tempted to say just post pictures of the the items. You could do department categories and show the top 3 prioritized items from each department.
Problem 4: No expirations dates. Yeah, I want that copy of the movie of the year, so I put it on my wish list. I don’t get it for Christmas and end up renting it or buying it yourself. Chances are you forgot you put it on your wish list once the holidays passed. Most people only update the wish list at Christmas, but maybe someone saved the link to your wish list and wants to surprise you with a birthday present. Now you got something you were wanted for Christmas for your birthday, and it no longer is that important to you or you own it. Expiration dates that would automatically deprioritize an item or delete it would be easy and useful.
Amazon has made improvements to the wish list over the years, but it still looks the same as it did when I first created one years ago. It doesn’t seem to be a priority for them, though.
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Movie reviewers tend to look at movies from the point of view of someone looking at art. They want movies that mean something and that take chances both with the shots and with the story. For these reasons, reviewers hated this movie.
I can usually separate myself from this need for high art from movies. Sometimes I just need a fun family movie, where I can sit with my girls and share a laugh. This is entirely that kind of movie. It stars Big Show from WWE. Big show is a huge favorite for not just my kids, but most kids. He is a gentle giant and gets to play up to that in this movie.
The plot is silly. Big Show plays Walter, a grown up (way up) orphan that never left the orphanage. Trouble seems to follow him around and he ends up burning down the orphanage kitchen. The orphanage will have to close if they don’t fix it, but they don’t have money. Then enters a down on his luck fight promoter that sees Walter as a way to win a MMA match in New Orleans.
The movie is full of slapstick and fart jokes. The mixed martial arts are not really showcased here. The movie has heart though. It is fun and Big Show does a pretty good acting job. The rest of the cast does equally well. It was very family friendly with some references to two of the characters being former strippers and one episode of drunkenness.
Overall, it was a fun, family movie. The appeal may be limited to to WWE fans or the 7-14 demographic, but it wasn’t painful for adults and was kind of fun for me as well. You can tell that the actors had a good time making this movie. If you have kids in the 7-14 range, I would say give this one a chance.