Apartment gyms can be weird

Back in my old apartment complex, there was a small gym.  Ah, before I get into this apartment story though, please allow me to digress. The first apartment I moved into in Austin, TX was the Sorrento apartments off of William Cannon Dr. I used the gym there fairly often, though apartment gyms always seem to attract a certain….well…type of people.  At least, in the gyms of the kind of apartment complexes I’m prone to rent from (i.e. not expensive). One day when I was trying to get in the gym itself, I couldn’t for whatever reason.  I don’t know if someone had locked in from the inside or what, but then 2 overweight lovers emerged from the bathroom a bit starry-eyed, and I would assume, soiled as well. That was nothing compared to the next incident, which I had trouble believing was happening when it was in fact happening. I walked in planning on utilizing one of the 2 treadmills, or maybe the stair stepper, I’m not sure which.  At any rate, the one thing that didn’t fit was the cigarette smoke and the man lounging watching television. So that was weird. But weirder yet was how he began talking without surcease about what I think was myriad things.  Out of the myriad things spoken of, I distinctly remember him talking about his enlarged stomach.  He then proceeded to lift up his shirt to show an extremely swollen stomach.  I believe the right word is distended.  It was exorbitantly distended, or so it seems from my memory. I remember him rolling his cigarette, though he didn’t end up...

Radiolab is freakin’ rad

There aren’t many things that can enthrall me continuously, especially a media series, though Radiolab has done just that and more. They somehow find out about things that are happening or have happened in the world that amaze and capture the imagination.  When you think you’ve heard it all, or understand most everything (you’re a complete idiot if you do anyway), then this is a good resource to ignite wonder in your mind.  Jad and Robert simply do a fantastic job (along with all the behind the scenes things their coworkers do I’m sure) of making the stories they tell truly mind-blowing.  I won’t ruin what’s in store for you should you choose to check their shows/podcasts out, and I’m afraid I would not be able to do the stories justice anyway.  I must say that I do try when I’m out and about with friends or acquaintances to relate various stories I’ve listened to.  I seriously need to learn how to articulate information I’m trying to convey verbally in a more adept manner. I know you’re dying to, so check out their site here: Radiolab.org They have podcasts you can subscribe to in iTunes, and have an app as well. Enjoy! Don’t want to leave the site, but still want to check out Radiolab? No worries, you can listen right...

The New Killer: Life

New study shows that those who are alive have a 100% chance of dying in the future. by Robert Hillback | August 19, 2013 Big-time “lifers,” those who are alive, have a greater chance of dying within the next 100 years than those who are not alive. In a recent study done by extremely reliable and intelligent people in lab coats, the evidence that being alive leads to death is indisputable.   “We’ve run the tests, and there is just no getting around it. Out of 200 million people we began studying in 1880, we’ve found that all of them are now not alive,” states Senior Regional Research Director Ian Blithely from the World Healthiness Organization.   Before today, there has been a lot of time and money spent on researching whether certain things like coffee, heroin, running, or Russian Roulette are good for people. Top experts in the field historically study whether certain activities or substances consumed shorten or lengthen the average lifespan by a couple of years, excluding the possibility of getting run over by a Greyhound bus. Top scientists in the field now believe that most of this research is fairly arbitrary in light of this ground breaking research. Top expert from All Things Healthy One Day and Lethal the Next, and Around Again, or ATHODALTN, has the following to say, which is yet another example of an influential medical entity admitting they were wrong (think Sanjay Gupta and weed):   “Look, I’ve spent my whole life trying to figure out whether or not that McDonalds cheeseburger, those years eating well and exercising, that pint of...