A Secret Pleasure at the Gym

No, it's not the swimming pool. It's not the hot tub. It's not the gorgeous male trainers. It's the closed captions. Some machines at the gym have TV monitors attached so users won't become bored. A wise move. My first day on the recumbent bike, I said to myself, "Oh, pish-tosh! I don't need television. I have an … Continue reading A Secret Pleasure at the Gym

O Treachery, Thy Name Is Puller-Downer Thingey

Brightly colored instruments of torture, heavier than they look. More colorful double-dealers. For strengthening the core. Deceptively innocent in appearance, but treacherous at its core. One mission: to unseat the trusting rider. Passive-aggressive. For strengthening the cardio-pulmonary system. Old technology corrupted by new. See below. Digital conspiracy #1: Information dump--time, speed,calories, watts, resistance, heart rate--heart … Continue reading O Treachery, Thy Name Is Puller-Downer Thingey

100-Word Story: Pogo Stick

Friday Fictioneer Challenge: Write a 100-word story based on the photo.   I heard them talking. Daddy said, She wants a pogo stick. Mama said, She has enough presents. Santa brought a pogo stick. Daddy smiled. Sturdy. We went outside. Mama frowned. Don't fall. She's fine. Daddy lifted me on. I bounced. The pogo stick didn't. Daddy frowned. Spring's tight. You're … Continue reading 100-Word Story: Pogo Stick

No Runs, No Hits, Several Errors

I promised myself that tonight I would be on my stationary bike by 8:30 p.m. and in bed by 10:00. Missing the bike objective, I set a new one: 9:00 p.m. So I sit here at 8:55, watching the minute hand make its way toward the 12, and I think, Should I push that goal … Continue reading No Runs, No Hits, Several Errors

Promises, production, and pain

Last week CP and I made a pact to write at least 100 words a day. When I began this manuscript, I wrote at least 500 words a day. But with one thing and another, over the months, production slipped. So, although 100 seemed paltry compared to what I used to do, or what I … Continue reading Promises, production, and pain