As an economics nerd, I’m fond of phrases like: “There’s no such thing as free lunch.” Or: “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”
However, when I plucked this flier from my mailbox today, it seemed like fate.
After a week of grousing about my lack of access to a pool, I get an ad for a brand new gym? With a pool? For 29 bucks a month?
It seems too good to be true. Therefore, it probably is. But I’m gonna check it out anyway. Tomorrow morning. With swimsuit and goggles in hand. (Not that I love swimming, but it’s the only form of cross-training that would really get my heart rate up without causing any Crankle issues.)
Anyone wanna guess on what the fatal flaw of this gym might be? My guess is: packed with douchebags. Or staffed by robots who don’t realize that the place is going to go bankrupt in six months by giving memberships away practically for free. I guess I’ll find out soon enough!
Today’s EAT: This dinner came out looking quite appetizing. I wish it had tasted as good as it looked.
I roughly followed an Eating Well recipe for Honey Mustard Chicken, and it was just really boring and bland. The accompanying big salad with goat cheese and pine nuts was definitely the more exciting half of this dinner.
Today’s DRINK: Happy Beaujolis Nouveau Release Day! I’m celebrating….
Picked up my bottle of Georges Duboeuf Beaujolis Nouveau at Costco today. So what is this stuff – and why should you care? From Wiki:
Beaujolais nouveau is a red wine made from Gamay grapes produced in the Beaujolais region of France. It is the most popular vin de primeur, fermented for just a few weeks then officially released for sale on the third Thursday of November. This “Beaujolais Day”, or “Beaujolais Nouveau Day” sees heavy marketing from the producers, with races to get the first bottles of the vintage to different markets.
Which is to say…it’s really not anything that special, but it’s kind of a fun thing to celebrate. The wine world’s equivalent of a Hallmark Holiday. Some say that, because it’s such an early release, its flavors are a sneak peak of what’s to come. But serious wine people tend to turn their noses up at it.
As a totally non-serious wine person, I enjoy it for what it is – a very young, very fruity wine! A little cranberry, a little blackberry, a little licorice…definitely not a wine to pair with a fine steak, but fun to drink nonetheless. It would make a great Sangria wine, and I don’t mean that in a derogatory way. 🙂
Today’s RUN: I ran today! First time in nine days. I was to the point where I wasn’t feeling any pain in the Crankle, just a little stiffness now and then, so I headed out for a couple of very mellow miles.
I felt a teeny tiny bit of pain during the run – so faint that it made me wonder if I was making it up. (Dear injury paranoia: I hate you.) Post-run, the Achilles definitely felt a little achy. I guess I’ll see how it feels tomorrow. If it hurts, I’ll resign myself to more time off. (At least maybe I’ll have a pool to swim in?)
Today’s QUESTION: Do you belong to a gym? Is it packed with douchebags? I remember when I lived in LA, walking into an LA Fitness, taking one look around, and walking back out. I am so not in to sceney gyms. I really wish I could swallow the ridiculous initiation fee that our local YMCA charges, because I think that would be more up my alley.