Like riding a bicycle in the snow.
The other day I was down at my gym walking on the tread-mill, not a favorite thing to do. But afterwards I'm rewarded with water aerobics, which is something I love.
I walk at a goodly pace, 3.0 to 3.4 MPH with an incline of 3 %. (I'll get it steeper soon enough.)
Walking the tread-mill would be deadly boring if it weren't for the fact that there are large plate glass windows on two sides that look out onto nature. I can occupy myself by watching lizards climb on the glass, or hummers sipping late blooming salvias, or bumble bees bumbling around the sages, or butterflies drifting by, or buzzards circling overhead, or see birds flying in and out of the great old bald cypress trees that line the river which flows 100 or so feet away.
If these distractions weren't enough I have my own brain. I can think of ideas for future blogs (like this one) or think about my current WIP or meditate on my countless blessings or dream of far away places.
Still, with all these wonderful distractions every once in a while my eyes get pulled up to the two TVs that hang on the wall over one of the sets of windows. Luckily, there is no sound, you have to plug in headphones, earbuds (what-e-ver) to hear about the latest disaster, murder, scandal etc.
What I've noticed is this: most often there are two kinds of commercials. One kind is for skinny clothes from places like Kohl's, Target, Sears, J. C. Penny's. You know the kind, clothes for those unfortuante anorexics. Skinny jeans, pencil-thin sleeved jackets, tiny little blouses. And because it's fall, high-heeled boots, perfect for walking around on icy sidewalks.
The other kind of commercial I see is for calorie laden food, dripping with butter and sauces and chocolate from places like McDonald's, Dairy Queen, Red Lobster, The Olive Garden.
I see an incongruity here. Seems to me the food and clothing industry ought to get on the same page. Either the clothes advertised should be for us normal and heavier people in which case fat (errr fast) food ads could continue as they are, or the food people should be advertising low-cal food so we could fit into those skinny clothes.
Either way, think of how THAT would boost the economy!
Have you noticed any glaring incongruities lately?