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11 December 2009 @ 07:38 pm
new swimsuit  

I has gotten a new swimsuit which fits my tubby little self even though I ate all the food in America west of the Mississippi. Really, I’m pretty sure I did. So now, armed with my new swimsuit, the only thing stopping me from daily swim workouts is the terrible difficulty of getting to the gym.

I had been thinking earlier today that the one thing I really wish we had a car for was /going/ to the gym. It’s…I donno, a mile and a halfish? Maybe two miles? 30 or 40 minutes walk at my none-too-hurried pace. I could bike, but biking, like walking, becomes less pleasant the more inclement the weather, and the weather has been deadly inclement. So I was thinking a car would be great for going to the gym, if nothing else.

Only then it struck me that we’ve had a car in the past and it never made going to the gym any easier. I bet what would make going to the gym a *lot* easier would be to have a standing order for a taxi to show up at 7:30am three or four times a week. Calling to cancel the cab would be too much trouble pretty much all the time, so I would basically *have* to get up and be ready to go when the cab arrived. It’d be like having a gym partner, only not.

And it’d still be cheaper than having a car, by the tune of a hundred or more euro a month even if I did it daily.

Hm.

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Jeff Linderjslinder on December 11th, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
How about find a retired or semi-retired individual in the area who owns a car (many of them post to run errands) and make a deal to cover their cost and time. It might be cheaper than a cab, AND you are helping out a local.
kitmizkit on December 11th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
Well, hiring a cab is helping out a local, too, as the cab companies are all local. Still, not a bad thought, although the Irish as a rule don't do much of anything voluntarily before 11am, as far as I can tell. :)
irishkateirishkate on December 11th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
God no - not voluntarily - shudder

But it is an interesting idea..certainly knowing someone else is expecting you to turn up helps a great deal.
Alix (Tersa)tersa on December 11th, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC)
You couldn't have eaten all of the food west of the Missisippi, since I was west of the Mississippi at that time, too. :)
kitmizkit on December 11th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
Are you SURE? It SEEMED like I ate all of it!
Wolf Lahtiwolflahti on December 11th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
How about a personal trainer with a whip?
Lauraskeagsidhe on December 11th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
I know someone in NY who did just that-- he had a membership at the racquet club but seldom used it because it was a hassle to get to. He scheduled a cab to come 4 times a week at 6 AM (ugh!) and ended up going most of the time. He got nice and buff too, though I'll never tell HIM that. ;-) Seriously, it's a good idea and might be worth a try.