Saturday, January 11, 2014
Sweatin' to the oldies
In the late eighties, I used to put on what Tom called my "bee suit" and sweat to the oldies with Richard Simmons. My bee suit was a yellow leotard with black tights. There are several Sweatin' to the Oldies albums, but the only one I ever liked was the very first one, because it had a live band and played tunes that I could sing: "It's my party and I'll cry if I want to . . ." I also liked it because it was an exactly 40 minute workout. I have never been interested in working out one second longer than that.
Anyhow, this first album was on VHS and over the years, I wore that thing out. Later, I tried to buy it again, hoping that it came in a DVD format, but it never did.
Since I've moved from downtown, I have missed the swimming pool. Swimming is by far my favorite form of exercise, but packing up and going to a gym to do it seems counterintuitive. I took the time to find a lap pool in the new upscale Herriman Sorenson Community Center, but I haven't once gotten in my car to do the deed.
Then yesterday, feeling the need to DO SOMETHING, I googled Sweatin' to the Oldies and there it was FREE on my laptop. I set it on the kitchen counter and, people, I hadn't forgotten any of it. It was all still in my body. And there were those same people, not having aged a bit--my workout friends, including the ever enthusiastic Richard Simmons. I danced, I sang, I broke out into a sweat. I remembered being much younger, but I could still do it. I could still do it!
Thank you, Google gods. Thank you, universe. Thank you, Richard Simmons, for always being yourself. Sing it!
Posted by Louise Plummer at 9:06 AM