Sunday, January 23, 2011

Fun at the Big 5

Last weekend my friend Judy and her husband, Bob, were running up to the Big 5 Sporting Goods store to pick up something they had ordered. My other friend Kathy and I went along for the ride.

As soon as we entered into the store, Judy and Bob went off on their own, and Kathy and I wandered around. We marveled at all the snow equipment on display such as sleds, skis, jackets, etc., since the nearest snow was at LEAST 2 1/2 hours away in Flagstaff.

A little further in the store I stumbled upon this.

Have you ever seen one before? I had just happened to see a commercial for one of these that morning. I thought, "Huh, how hard can this be?" So I hopped right on that puppy.

Apparently it's pretty hard.

'Cause I didn't even MOVE.

Both Kathy and I were splitting a gut, and I have to admit, I almost wet myself.

"Okay, YOU try it!" I said to Kathy.

So she assumed the position on the machine and....didn't move either.

Well, that just set us off into another round of laughter. I decided to give her a "shove" to get her started. I shoved her to the right and she went up a little and came back down (gravity was working for her). As I was shoving her a few more times, a man walked by, saw us and busted out laughing.

He said, "Yeah, that's the way to do it! Then you both get a work out!"

We soon tired of that machine and continued on.

We browsed through the shoes on clearance and understood why they were marked down.

Then we came across this HUGE camping chair. It had 6 drink holders; 3 on each arm. I don't think this picture does it justice because it's a little blurry; Kathy was trying to figure out how to take a picture with my phone. I had just gotten my phone so I was not much help to her.

I felt like Lily Tomlin when she played "Edith Ann" on Laugh-in.

After a few more giggles and snorts, we moved on to another section with all kinds of weird things like this for instance.

Here's a close up of the small print at the bottom of the box.

"When you finally get serious". About what? Giving "wedgies"? What the heck IS this device anyway?

This is a weighted vest. I suppose it could add to a person's workout.

But I'm thinking that one of my distant relatives probably used it for a completely different reason and slipped it on a "rat", along with some nice looking cement shoes, dumped him in the river somewhere and said, "Forget-about-it!"

Kathy shows off a new way we can carry our margaritas to the pool!

We finally caught up with Judy and told her all the fun we had been having. She wanted to get in on the action so we brought her back to the ab machine and she took a whirl on it. At least she was able to move the dang thing!

Nearby was a display of hula-hoops. Judy just couldn't resist those....she HAD to try one!

But we were appalled at the price! $19.95 each! Remember growing up how cheap they were?

Who knew it could be so much fun at a sporting goods store?

Right before we left, I spotted a sign hanging in the back that read, "Video Taping in Process".


Boy were THEY going to have a good laugh that night reviewing those tapes watching three old ladies acting like a bunch of goofs in their store!

C'est la vie!


Rae said...

What fun. It's a wonder management didn't throw you out of the store. You just can't take a "kid" anywhere and not have them mess with stuff:)

Valerie said...

Hooting over the ab machine... but what the heck is the wedge supposed to do? Was that an arm in it? Heehee glad you solved the problem of carrying the margaritas!

Allen said...

That is great, love the story. It sounds like you are having the time of your life.

Brian Miller said...

snort. please dont get serious...gotta love the new ways they come up with to get into shape...the ab circle looks rather suspect...

Gail said...

Sounds like loads of fun! I would go to a sporting goods store with you ladies anytime!

Eva Gallant said...

Looks like you guys were having great fun! My knees would not survive the machine, so I guess I'm stuck with my love handles! Love that giant chair!

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

you can always make me nearly wet myself with giggling over your antics. too freakin funny!

Bossy Betty said...

You have GOT to get your own informercial soon!!!


Great post you make me laugh, love your humor !
I heard that that machine can be bad for your back because of the constant twisting of your spine saw it on the Dr OZ show, who knows ! All I really know is you guys would be fun to go out with! Have a great day !

misslynda said...

Laughter is good for you! Medical studies have shown it helps a lot of things from blood pressure to pain management and maybe some other stuff. The Bible even says, "A Merry Heart is like good medicine!" So today you obeyed Scripture and helped your health!

KaLynn ("MiMi") said...

oh girl!! you gals had me kacklin and snortin over here! i have tears in my eyes and have had to use the backspace more than once here!! that was hilarious!! glad you had fun with the girls!!

Snowflake said...

Glad to hear you had some fun shopping at The Big 5...think of the entertainment you could create at Cabella's or The Bass Pro Shop!!!

becky said...

I need to hang out with you! You are the only one I know who could have such fun in a Big Five! That camp chair is seriously the king of camping chairs- made for a giant! I could not figure out what that wedge thing was?

Kathy's Klothesline said...

I want to go shopping with you! Yvonne and I have fun like that, we tried taking her husband along, but he was so serious and didn't want us touching things. Hey, shopping is a tactile experience. That chair, well I once had a guy camping here and that chair may have been just the one for him. He was so big ........ (how big was he?) that he slept out in the open on the ground, because the tent wouldn't hold him. He was a professional eater and participated in contests. He won a lot. After he left, I discovered that the toilet tissue holder was broken off the was and the wall on the other side had a big dent in it. Really, we weren't equipped for a person his size. Bet he doesn't fly .....

Shannon Tucker Photography said...

I SOOOOO totally want to go shopping with you....did they eventually ask you to leave?

Love the new blog look....(probably been changed for awhile, but I haven't been around)!