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The Gym Saga

4 Oct

October 4, 2016

Yup, I’m a gym guy. Go there almost three times a month. Yeah, I’m pretty buff.

A lot of odd stuff happens at the gym, and that’s not counting the things that happen in the locker room that no matter how hard I try I can’t unsee. 

But this is a story I can tell. I was on the treadmill, doing my usual 30 mile uphill run in 15 minutes, when an old Chinese man wandered into the gym. And when I say wandered in, I mean that literally. He looked confused. The people at the desk tried to stop him but he looked around like he had no clue what was going on, and I think it may not have been an act. He was wearing beat up jeans, a Member’s Only jacket (remember those?) and regular shoes, albeit very worn. He carried a canvas bag which he put down next to an elliptical machine. He got on the machine and for the next 3 seconds or less tried to figure it out. Then he got off and wandered over to a pull down machine, where he hung his bag on one of the pull down handles, tried to push the cushions, and then got up, took his bag, and walked out of the gym. True story.

And there’s more. These are actual things I’ve tweeted from the gym.

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Who does this guy think he’s kidding? There’s no Pokémon in my shower stall at the gym. Get that cell phone out of here!

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What do you mean, I can’t get a cronut here? What kind of gym is this?

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Oh yeah? Well if hydration is so important why did the gym take away my super soaker?????

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Apparently, no one in this entire gym is interested in a lively debate about The Canterbury Tales. Smh

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OK, maybe some of those weren’t true. But my twitter feed isn’t all cronuts and Chaucer. (“Cronuts and Chaucer” would make a great name for a bookstore/bakery. That’s all mine, you can’t have that idea.) I also give Gym Pro Tips for those of you, like you, who would love some real advice from a real gym pro like myself.

Gym Pro Tip: wearing a shirt with fake muscles underneath at the gym doesn’t help you lift, just makes you sweat more

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Gym Pro Tip: leave the French fries outside unless you want snide comments.

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Gym Pro Tip: You look impressive in a tuxedo, but you look stupid in a tuxedo on the treadmill. Take it from me, my friends.

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Gym Pro Tip. Wear a shirt that is already worn and stained. That way you don’t have to work hard to make people think you’re working out really hard.

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Gym Pro Tip: when you get off a machine, increase the weight by 20 pounds. Makes you more impressive to whoever uses it next.

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Next time you go to the gym, remember, what happens in the locker stays in the locker room. That’s why I shower at home.

 

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Coming This Week! (And an odd return.)

24 Jul

July 24, 2016

Coming up this week is the second part of the really bad day I had. In the last post, I described some of the oddities at the local flea market. I’ll get into more detail in Part Two, leading up to my brush with death as I pushed a dead car across a busy intersection while limping with a torn muscle in my leg. But before that, you’ll read about more used sneakers than you can imagine and an anti-Semitic cantor. 

Meanwhile, over on Mr. Blog’s Official Facebook Page, (click and like! click and like!) I was asked about the old favorites Fat Guy Eating Cheeseburger and Jokeclops. “Hey Mr. Tool!” (My fans love me.) “Whatever happened to your lousy Photoshops? Where’s the fat burger dude and the stupid Greek monster?” Well, the honest truth is that it may be time to mix things up and freshen some stale ideas. So Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you, Jokeclops Eating Cheeseburger.

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I may need to rethink this.

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