Things you might not have cared about: for several years now, I’ve found it almost impossible to just sit on the couch and watch a DVD. I have to be doing something else, like playing solitaire or writing or turning my CDs into MP3s. Something, anything. Just sitting there makes me fidget.
What I do about ninety percent of the time is work out on a treadmill. If you’ve ever done any exercise on a treadmill, you can believe me when I say there are few things that are duller. It’s incredibly boring. Which is why I moved the treadmill in front of the television and hooked up a pair of headphones. With the right video, the miles just fly past. (With the wrong one, it’s agony on a stick again.)
In the past few months, I’ve discovered that anime is an excellent way to make the miles go quicker, which is why I’ll occasionally say a series is good “treadmill food.”
(I bet some marketing guy could sell a lot of treadmills with a slogan like “Anime your way to fitness.” He could bundle a Nordic Trac with a complete set of Vandread DVDs. There’s another million I’ll never see.)
Anyway, last night, tragedy struck. My treadmill broke!
Could you hear me yelling AAARRGHHH! where you live? Yeah, that was me. Sorry about that.
I was seriously wondering what I was going to do with all these unwatched DVDs.
So today I went looking for a replacement. Tried out Sears, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Wal-Mart. My main criteria for a treamill are:
4. Doesn’t cost a lot of money
5. Counts up the miles per session
6. Low price
I don’t care about things like heart-rate monitors or drink dispensers or any of that. As long as it tells me my distance and there’s a place to put the DVD remote, I’ll be happy.
Well, I actually found one, at Wal-Mart of all places. Around $200 (still an ouchie, but these things can go up to several thousand dollars), smallish, and um, probably does other stuff too.
While it took two guys to get it into my car, I was able to take it out, bring it down the steps and into my front door, all by myself.
I guess I’m not as out-of-shape as I thought. I’m anime-ing my way to fitness after all!
Coming soon: what makes an anime series good treadmill food? The answer may surprise you! Because I haven’t quite figured out what it is, yet. Thanks for visiting!