Sunday, April 02, 2006

Occupational Hazards -- Who Needs a Guard Dog when You Have Roscoe -- Funny Movies, Food and Good Company

One of the bad things about working in a clinic is that sometimes you find out more about your body than you want to know. For example, on Friday I found a BMI (body mass index) calculator and thought I’d give it a whirl. I knew I wouldn’t be thrilled by the results, but I was not expecting what I saw. So instead of canceling both Tim’s and my YMCA memberships, I went in on Saturday and just cancelled his and proceeded to get my work out on. Before hitting the weights, I spent some time on the elliptical. When I hopped on I noticed that someone had a real evil sense of humor. The Food Network was on the TV! Was this some kind of tease, or possibly a cruel joke? The program actually ended up being very interesting. It was all about steak. As a former vegetarian, I don’t know very much about steak, and I don’t really care to, but they talked a lot about gendered roles in terms of eating steak, and how we think of steak as a man’s food. Now I could go on and on about the feminist politics of meat and what it means for steak to be gendered in this way, but I’ll save that for another time. The program went more into the history of the Wild West and how cowboys would kill longhorns for their meat and eat it with their bare hands. This is how it became associated with men. But it also talked about the Atkins diet and how because of it women are eating steak more and more. Because of this crazy (insert opinion here) diet, the whole gendering of steak as a food is changing. Huh.

Also at the Y was my spin instructor. I haven’t been to a spin class since I got hit by that car and my face was all cut up. Well, my shoulder was all cut up and bruised from Roscoe playing Kujo. That’s right. Roscoe attacked me on Friday and bit up my shoulder pretty good. My body tends to look like it got the crap beaten out of it on a fairly regular basis, and while I tend not to think anything of it, other people do. My instructor noticed, and the conversation went something like this:

“Haven’t seen you in class for a while.”
“Yeah, I was busy training for roller derby try-outs, but I’m planning on coming back this week.”
“Wow what happened to your shoulder?”
“My cat bit me.”
“Yeah ‘cause last time your face was all cut up.”
“I have a tendency to get hurt a lot.”
“I see, is everything ok?”
“Yup, everything is great, I’ll see you Thursday night!”

I hope Tim is prepared for when the police show up at our door, because I’ve had similar conversations with multiple people. Oh well.

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Last night I met up with my friend Sean and we went to the Empty Bottle to see the Found Footage Festival.

http://www.cine-magic.com/foundfootagefest.html

Basically these two guys found a bunch of home videos, educational videos, training videos, public access footage, and put it all together into a bunch of themed clips. It was hilarious. I definitely recommend seeing it if it ever comes to a city near you. In fact, it is in Milwaukee today! And if you can’t see it live, you can buy the DVD. If you love public access, strange religious ranting, old public service programs hosted by your favorite celebrities, instructional dance videos, etc., then this is the show for you. Seriously.

After that, we went to Lazo’s, a tasty Mexican restaurant with a pretty big space, good live music, and lots of happy dancing people. We stayed for about three hours having a good time and enjoying the company.

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Tim came home from Milwaukee this morning and it sounds like a good time was had by all. Wish I could have been there, but that’s how things go. Thanks to Dave and Jen for taking the ol’ Super Rookie off my hands for a couple of nights and giving me a breather. For real though, it’s good to have him back. He can fend off Roscoe for me.


Oh, and congratulations to my boyfriend Tom Boonen in the Tour of Flanders.

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