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Sooooo Cute

So I joined the local YMCA this weekend and so far am loving every minute of it. It is $40 a month…which I really can’t afford right now, but I absolutely must have SOMETHING to do with my excess time, otherwise I will go crazy.

It really isn’t a bad deal. There is so much there to do: swimming, cardio machines, basketball, raquet ball, weight machines…and more! My favourite thing by far is these new fangled bike machines that actually have a kind of interactive sense to it. On it, there is a screen of a biker and you actually have to maneuver your way along this bike path – past other riders, around curves, up and down hills – and you can even adjust gears and turn manually! It is by far the best piece of cardio equipment I’ve ever used.

The next best thing would have to be the pool. The hours of open swim and lap swimming are very slim, because they have to work around swim lessons and all types of classes. So tonight was the first night that I actually went because of the time restrictions. I’m not a very good swimmer, but I love to swim. On someone’s blog – i’m not sure whose… – they said that they swim dozens of laps in just one session. Crazy bastard. I can barely do one length without stopping. I can’t wait until swim season starts for the high school and then I can cheer/stare-with-mouth-wide-open for the team. There was this young lifeguard there who looked so bored. I was the only one swimming and I could tell he was just wanting to get the hell out of there. I thought about starting a conversation with him but decided against it.

I also love the saunas and jacuzzi that they have there. It is very relaxing after working out. The only problem that I have with the YMCA is that there are so many bloody people there almost all the time. About the only time where you don’t have a dozen people within 5 feet of you is after 8pm – in which case there is hardly anyone at all.

After my workout I went to HyVee (the Grocery Store/market for the rest of you :P) to shop for a few basic things. I ended up walking around for a long time because I couldn’t remember what it was that I wanted to buy. I kept ‘running into’ these two kids – College kids to be exact. They obviously had just started their first year of college and most likely their first year away from home and their mothers. Class started 3 weeks ago already and they probably decided that fast food just wasn’t going to cut it. When I was checking out I saw that they had nothing but junk food in their cart – cereal, hot dogs, potato chips, soda…….Everything that doesn’t involve any cooking whatsoever. It was so cute. I wanted to go up and hug them and slap them and tell them to eat better.


In response to Pilgrims last comment on my crappy post – I wish that I had a normal job with normal hours. I would give anything to work 8-5, Mon-Fri, and nothing more. I hate it when people bitch about having to work their normal hours too, or when they have to work an hour more than what they would normally have done. Try working 50-60 hours a week and having them be all mixed and jumbled. I think it is absolutely absurd that I had to work on Labour Day…Labour Day, the day where we are supposed to be free from the shackles of work. – Crazy Shit.


September 15, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Jake, I was a bit sacastic, but honestly, what else job than the before mentioned aquire holiday shifts? What is your occupation then? Propz Pilgrim

    Comment by Pilgrim | September 16, 2009 | Reply

    • I work in a hotel, where it is also open 24 hours/365 days per year. I understand that you were being sarcastic and I just wanted to comment in a post and express what I think about the subject to everyone else! Thanks for constantly commenting.

      Comment by Jake | September 16, 2009 | Reply

  2. Exercising/Perving ftw. 😛

    Just letting you know that you’re in my links, and i’m not on yours. 😉

    Comment by mboy | September 16, 2009 | Reply

  3. those exercise bike thingies sound fun, and i imagine the ymca has a lot of potential for socialising / getting to know people. hope so anyway.

    and $40 a month sounds reasonable. there’s a gym near where i work and it’s about $160 a month. it is like the biggest gym in the uk though


    Comment by torchy! | September 20, 2009 | Reply

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