Friday, June 8, 2007

File Under: What the Fuck are They Thinking?

(I worry that there are too many things filed in that category, by the way.)

Yesterday I was at the YMCA getting in a little cardio on the ellipticals. These machines are all the way at the end of the room, up against a glass wall that overlooks the pool. Half the length of the glass wall is taken up by the ellipticals, and the other half of the glass wall has stacks of free weights against it. In walks a woman, probably in her mid-forties, with four plastic Target bags bulging with stuff. She walks over to the free weight stacks and wedges her bags in the seven inch space between the weights and the glass. She is dressed in a denim skirt, a fitted lavender tee-shirt, and bright green crocs. (As an aside, can I just say that I don't think I've ever hated a shoe with so much passion as I hate crocs. Except maybe Ugg boots.) Her hair is done in some kind of poofy do, held back from her face with fancy little clips. Honestly, she looks like she just came from lunch at the mall. She then proceeds to get a pair of weight lifting gloves (the kind with the fingers cut off) and a lifting belt out of one of her Target bags. She dons said attire over her mall outfit and begins lifting weights.

Sometimes, I wish I had mind reading abilities.


Alan said...

Love this blog! I used to be a gym rat many years ago and this brings back some memories. After two gyms closed down on me, I switched to home workouts. This blog gives me a vicarious thrill.

Amy Jo said...

It's fun to have an outlet to share your ridiculous observations!

Anonymous said...


I have 1 pair of Mary Janes tyedyed,1 pair of pink,1 pair of navy. My grand kids all have crocs too.

SO??? why do you not like crocs?

Croc lover from Georgia!

Alex Elliot said...

I have to say that I'm a big Crocs fan too. They are horrifically ugly and I swore I would never own a pair, but I tried them on and found them to be very comfortable and great for being on pool decks, splash pads etc. My 3 year old loves his too and when they get dirty I just hose them off. Plus they're smell resistant.

Amy Jo said...

Well, Alex, at least we can agree on the ugly part. Plus, I doubt they would make good gym shoes, don't you?

Debra said...

Add me to the Croc-dislikers, too. They are completely fugly. And while their nice plastic construction does cushion my feet, they do nothing for supporting my feet. I'm all about good arch support.

Besides, as huge as they are, they still rub my foot wrong. Fugly, bad support and rubbing.

I'll stick to my (slightly more expensive and only slightly less fugly) Keens.

Suzanne said...

I like how Keens look, Debra. Then again, I also like Crocs. I don't wear mine (the Mary Jane kind) too often, as the arch support is an issue, but I think they are good for shlumping around the apartment in or for future trips to the beach.

And Amy Jo, I love the title of this post and your note.