Thursday, March 22, 2012

Blame it on the Boogie

Today most of the people on my team were at an offsite, so I decided to work from home. I took a couple of breaks, however -- one to drop my car off at Midas to have some brake work done, and the other to spend lunchtime swimming with the biddies at the Ballard Pool.

I decided I wanted to try "aqua jogging". After all, I've heard a lot about runners rehabbing by running in water. I also knew it could be a very good workout. But I also figured it would probably be full of old ladies. Turns out I was right on both counts.

Got to the pool, put on my "floatation belt" (too big, and slightly uncomfortable), grabbed the "weights" (which are actually foam floats), and got in the deep water. I really enjoyed the floating, the full range of motion, etc.

There were a lot of ladies and a couple of gentlemen in the pool. Luckily, there was a lot of space, so I didn't let myself get too distracted by the large group of ladies who were obviously there for a social visit, paying absolutely no attention to the instructor, the workout, or anything.

Within 10 minutes my legs and shoulders were burning -- very nice. And I do think I got a good workout.

Still, the highlight of the hour was when "Blame it on the Boogie" came on the boom box. Apparently several of the ladies had learned a little dance to the song.... and when it came on, they all started waving their arms around. It was lovely and a little bit weird. Yes, that's my future, I fear. And you know how that song goes on and on, and essentially repeats the chorus? Well, they just kept doing the little dance:
"Don't blame it on the sunshine" (both arms sweeping overhead)
"Don't blame it on the moonlight" (little pushes of the hands, almost hula-like, to each side in turn)
"Don't blame it on the good times"  (thumbs over the shoulders)
"Blame it on the boogie" (a little freestyle shimmy)

By the end of the song it was all I could do to keep my hands from joining in.

Heck, while typing up this post I found myself doing it.

It's not like I was a big fan of the song, or anything, but that's all I will ever be able to associate with it again. Which is not so bad, when I think of it.

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