Thomas and Ted on the Treadmill  

waggypolly 73F
7449 posts
1/27/2006 4:00 am

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Thomas and Ted on the Treadmill

Soggy-headed Sue arrives at the gym. Pays $5.00. Signs the book for the Ladies’ section, goes through to the warm up room and stretches her leg muscles. She steps onto a treadmill; touches start; presses the speed sign. The treadmill jerks into life. She feels eyes on her back. The attendant, dusting cloth in hand, finds the energy to do more than lounge. Will she never be too old for men to watch her? She presses the speed sign again. Her pace picks up. It jerks her anger at Thomas back into consciousness. Why does he split so? At dinner last night he was flirting with her, in front of all her friends. “He likes her,” she could see them thinking, “he desires her.” They thought the two of us were going to get off together, last night. "Why is he flirting with me?” she thought then, “What is he trying to show these people? He and I both know that he doesn’t fancy me.”

Why was he flirting with me? she thinks again, jabbing once more at the speed button. She keeps jabbing until she is just short of a jog. Every time I’ve made a move on him, he’s stepped away, or made reference to a new relationship, or tried to shock me by telling me he has promiscuous sex with men. That man doesn’t want me, doesn’t desire me. She feels the sweat beginning to come. She feels the attendant’s eyes still on her. Why doesn’t the boss come in and tell him to do some work? Soon I’ll finish and move into the Ladies section. Someone turns up the sound system. The beat is huge. It would be good to break into her hip-hop routine. She increases her pace. She has a blind date on Sunday, well semi-blind. Ted. His emails didn't attract her, but he seemed determined to meet up. Done one kilometer already, time to start slowing down. She presses the slow sign. She moves her arms above her head and stretches upwards. Ted is very insistent. She stretches both arms forward. He is traveling a long way to meet me. Then to the side. All the way from Bejing to Borneo just because I answered a few emails. She brings the speed down further, she takes big strides, lets her leg muscles stretch, her feet flex.

She stops the treadmill, and goes through to the Ladies gym. LeRoy is there, just finishing off Shanti’s session. She is doing crunches. She looks at Sue: a shaded glance. She is wondering what happened last night. Nothing happened. Nothing. Ted will be a fine distraction from Thomas. No one knows that Sue is expecting him. She thinks of him flying in at that moment. I said I couldn’t see him until Sunday. He doesn’t have my address. He’ll have to wait.

“Upper body for you today,” says LeRoy. The pain of pumping iron is about to begin.

This is Polly, still Wagging
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angelofmercy5 60F
17881 posts
1/27/2006 5:41 am

Polly...whenever I see that you have blogged, I can't wait to run and see what you've written. I'm going to be thinking of you all weekend with Ted...thinking of Thomas. hmmmmmm At the very least, I hope you enjoy the company of a friend. And at the most....well, I'll be waiting for the next blog. Now...pump that iron.

rm_unlistedone 66M
2718 posts
1/27/2006 11:08 am

A day in the life of and island goddess.

Polly, I know the working out is for you, and your well being. Men just get the benefit of it! Enjoy!

Pumping iron... jogging... dance... very impressing. I hope Ted is better than you think. But then, if you agreed to meet with him, he already has something going for him.

Good luck, and a big hug, unlisted

hooks1952 65M

1/28/2006 4:09 am

Yaaaaa Waggy

tillerbabe 57F

1/28/2006 12:30 pm

The Gym: sort of like "Blogland" Donch'a think?

rm_FreeLove999 47F
16127 posts
1/28/2006 2:39 pm

hope you have fun with Ted and give us some .... details!

[blog freelove999]

VATraveler1948 69M

1/28/2006 5:09 pm

I hope that you enjoyed your meeting with Ted. Many of us think of a hop across town as a long way to go to meet with someone, Ted is giving a semi-blind date a little bit of a new meaning. Let us know what has happened.

redswallow777 49M
6811 posts
1/29/2006 2:48 pm

I like your use of the gym to tell this story....a chance to work it out.

horny4770 61M
8158 posts
1/31/2006 5:12 am


I like what Unlisted said and how he said it...same here. Good luck and a warm hug from me too!


smartmama 59F

2/2/2006 5:51 am

Every time I’ve made a move on him, he’s stepped away, or made reference to a new relationship, or tried to shock me by telling me he has promiscuous sex with men. That man doesn’t want me, doesn’t desire me.

These moments of revelation, honesty, such a gift for you to share here. Makes me feel connected and so much less lonely when I brush up against the buggers...And it only makes the true connections, true heat, more sweet.

Wonderful vignette, Polly. xo

Viggo57 61M

2/20/2006 10:23 pm

Damn treadmills do it all the time.....thank god for the pleasure of the pain of pumping iron......

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