Thursday, February 4, 2010

Thrill of Victory, Agony of Defeat

So recently I was interviewed for an MSNBC article about the fact that I am a graceful little treadmill ballerina, crashing and flopping around like that skier at the beginning of "Wide World of Sports."  Yesterday, I discovered that people had actually commented on it and this particular one stood out:

So the newbie fell off the treadmill--dumb, but not earth-shatteringly so. You slip, you fall, you dust yourself off and walk away with a newly learned lesson, right? Not this genius. 

She proceeds to announce she fell off TWICE more and then damaged an expensive piece of equipment by lodging an iPod in it. The employees at this gym have far more patience than I do. After the second fall, I would be saying, "Pay attention or get out." And you bet I'd enforce it after taking the time (and likely, the expense) to pull her iPod out of my machine. This woman is a HUGE liability. Let her buy her own treadmill to destroy.

I laughed so hard thinking of this person reading that article and becoming outraged and motivated enough to write those paragraphs.  Today, though, I have some exciting news for Gon2TheDogs:


Yes, my long-awaited elliptical machine has been delivered and assembled! Today I begin the process of destroying it!  Please watch for news stories out of Chicago about a woman who was running on the elliptical and somehow slipped and went crashing through a window and fell on an iron fence, because that will be me.  Hey, at least there's no belt to drop my iPod down, but if anyone can find a way to do it, I can!

3 comments:

  1. Snort. What a moron. (Also, you obviously handle criticism much more gracefully than I.)

    Wow. I'm impressed that you made it into an MSNBC article. Did you connect with the writer through your blog?

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  2. My sisters both read it, wanted to murder him and made a lot of comments about how the guy lives in his mom's basement, but I really do think it's funny. I think the capitalized words and the fury behind such an innocuous story are hilarious.

    I think she googled "I fell off a treadmill" and found me and we emailed back and forth. I am so happy that my natural grace is my claim to fame.

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  3. My sisters both read it, wanted to murder him and made a lot of comments about how the guy lives in his mom's basement, but I really do think it's funny. I think the capitalized words and the fury behind such an innocuous story are hilarious.

    I think she googled "I fell off a treadmill" and found me and we emailed back and forth. I am so happy that my natural grace is my claim to fame.

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