Summer Couch Potatoes

July 23, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Did anyone mention it is slightly hot?  I’ve watched my crusty thermometer in the back yard peg out in the afternoons with direct prolonged exposure from the sun.  I almost feel bad for it – wondering if there is a sunblock for thermometers… Hmmmm…. Would that be a Thermo-tan™ vs. a Copper-Tone™ tan???  Yeah, I know… duck… keep the day job, or get some more manly-man Folgers® sit-up and bark, stir with a blow-torch, industrial-grade cup of coffee in my bloodstream before contemplating humorous attempts on a humid July morning.   Interesting – on the one hand, we fuss about how hot or cold it is, yet we stick to our preferred hot coffee in the morning, and ice tea in the afternoon, regardless if it is February or August, without batting an eyelash.  Interfere with that particular daily start-up process in how we get going, and there is little doubt that whoever the fool is (and probably about to become a figurative was) will be in for a very long day. Keeping up appearances...

 

I once read somewhere, or maybe somebody sent me an email – yeah, those bazillion little forwards we get every day in our electronic inbox, all mean’t to give you a momentary chuckle, or “y’all ain’t gonna’ believe this one but…” along with the constant hype and chatter from the spammers advocating their product will help you find Elvis, get you rich beyond belief while working from home for 20 minutes a day, 2 days per week, the latest greatest flab-fighting darling little power pill that will help you shed those unwanted pounds while sleeping or worse, being able to maintain that couch-potato lifestyle complete with the remote to the 92.5” plasma 25-D super-duper TV  with 500+ channels of the best of the Home Shopping Network. 24/7 in your hand.  The most exercise you’ll get is operating that remote, or waddling over to the refrigerator and perhaps even the microwave to fire that puppy up and reheat some micro-meal.  Face it, we are pathetic when it comes to getting off of our rump and doing something active.  Take the trash out?  Yeah, sure, in a minute.  The grass needs cutting – don’t even get me going there… my neighbors like having their free weekly grass cutting service (me) come through and keep the street looking neat – they don’t have to do a thing.  On the flip side, I get plenty of exercise in cutting 9 yards with the requisite mowing and weed-whacker – and no, I don’t use a ‘bump-n-go’… you want to see frustration accelerate from dormant to ready to launch the weed-whacker across the street into the lake?  Trust me – please don’t ever hand me another Black-and-Decker® lawn-care product to use… it will fly.  I’ll stick with Sears Craftsman™ stuff any day of the week.  It also gives me a chance to keep a decent tan – which of course, I catch dire warnings from my eldest daughter – and with good reason… but in moderation.  Then it’s back to being the lazy oaf that I’m not.  Okay, all this is neat and wonderful – and gives me ideas on getting pictures for your viewing pleasure.  Taking a look at this Sailor (undoutedly one of their most junior) who is tasked with keeping his ship neat and 'squared away'.  Sure, he gets to simply hang-out - albeit in a manner that most folks would prefer not to.  He's on the water - quite literally as close as he can get without getting wet - for now.  In time, his task will be done, his ship looking sharp as ever, and life will go on.  Let's hope your summer is a bit less dramatic than this young man's...


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