When are people going to wake up? It’s as if most of the population are living in a fog and walk around in a daydream. I am guilty of this myself, but it really has become apparent to me through my observations at scooter level, and diminished physicality. I will be driving past someone who looks directly through me, and then does a double take, whipping his or her head back for another look. Hello? Anyone home? Were you sleepwalking?
This week was in my opinion yet another blow to society. The discovery that my Collegehood Icon, Arnold Schwarzenegger had joined the ranks of the millions building families out of wedlock was for me the last straw. My roommates and I used to religiously play the movie, “Pumping Iron”, before heading off to the gym every single day in College. The film takes place from Gold's Gym in Venice Beach California to the showdown in Pretoria. Both amateur and professional bodybuilders prepare for the 1975 Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe contests in this part-scripted, part-documentary film. Five-time champion Arnold Schwarzenegger defends his Mr. Olympia title against Serge Nubret and the shy young deaf Lou Ferrigno, whose father is his coach, as the ruthless champ(Arnold)psyches out the young Louie. A must see for anyone needing inspiration and an absolute tribute to his once greatness, this film was our pregame ritual to our workouts. We would laugh, imitate lines and even attempt some of the exercises.
I continue to lose faith in our society. If it’s not a friend, it’s an acquaintance. If it’s not an acquaintance it’s an athlete. If it’s not an athlete it’s a congressmen, or congresswomen, or President for that matter, all sharing a common hoodwink, bamboozle, deception, ripoff, swindle, doop, jerkaround, double cross, whatever. I about fell off my chair when I saw the broadcast on the Today show that this time it was Arnold. I looked up to the (Mr.) universe, as I often do, and asked why? Why does this continue to happen? Is it that difficult to be ethical, upstanding, honorable or moralistic? Living a lie from your family for ten long years? My gosh the thought of the stress and deception exhausts me, as does everything these days for that matter. Look, I am not pulling a Father George here and I am no wanker, I am all for a little harmless flirtation, teasing, maybe a stray shot at a beautiful set of bodacious tatas never seen before,or a smack on the lips from an attractive friend of the opposite sex; you know what I am saying. I am definately numb, but not that numb. This behavior is all in good fun and can even be exciting, especially to a guy that once excelled in physical training and now participates in physical therapy. Its just that more and more of these stories dominate our news.
Yesterday I had Steve at work run and get me a coffee from Dunkin Donuts. Their coffee is the best and Steve has helped me so much, he is a great kid. Anyway as it sat on my desk alongside my USB cable that was plugged into my I-phone, the aroma permeated my big Greek nose. Suddenly the I-phone rang and as I scooped it up with my fat numb fingers, the cord snagged the coffee and thrusted the lid off, tilted the cup over, spewing the contents all over my desk and my paperwork. All I could do was yell for help, considering my inability to simply stand up and go get a towel or something. My point? Why do people continue to take advantage of their Divine God given rights and continue to abuse them as well as their loved ones. Trust me something that seems as harmless and routine as mopping up a cup of coffee for you is overwhelming to me. I can’t stress it enough, but it’s not until life’s little pleasures are overshadowed by illness, disease, tragedy, and your health minimized will you realize it. Sure there are no “legitimacy” laws in place, but wake up people, get mindful, thankful, present, ethical, and a little nicer. How could you do this to me Arnold?