Thursday, March 8, 2012

Stairway to Trippin'

Those of you who frequent Big Vanilla, what do you think about the new stairs they installed from the cafe down to the main exercise floor? They have replaced the old carpeted ones with a blue rubber covered set of steps that look sort of like soft blue Legos. I was pleased to see that they were redoing the old ones since they always felt kind of shallow and steep, but I'm not so sure the result is an improvement. While they are deeper with better traction, it feels like they are slanted downhill a bit, and they're pretty lumpy bumpy (beyond the Lego bumps that are intentionally part of the tread).

When I'm walking down them, I feel a bit out of control as a result of the downhill slant and the uneven surface. A set of funhouse stairs always comes to mind, shifting back and forth underfoot. I breathe a little sigh of relief at the bottom that I did not perform a classic Chevy Chase staircase fall (see video at end of post).

When going back up the stairs after a workout, that downward slant requires just a little more effort slogging up them when legs are shaky anyway. The effect is kind of like walking on sand - where the ground gives some beneath the feet, forcing you to work a little harder. Maybe that was the idea. It is a health club after all. Kind of a bosu ball effect?

Funhouse stairs - new workout trend?

Just curious if I'm the only one that is having a little trouble negotiating them. Maybe it's just my general state of unsteadiness that makes them ever so slightly challenging. I get the feeling when I'm on them that I'm trippin' - in more ways than one! Anybody else get a little buzz from Big V's new Stairway to Trippin'?

What they were going for.

What they got (OK, maybe it's just me).

Classic Chevy Chase playing Gerald Ford tripping and falling down stairs. The video quality is terrible, and there are subtitles in a language that I cannot identify, but I couldn't find another version of it online. Skip forward to 3:00 to get to the start of the stair trippin' hilarity. The part where he does the falling is a better quality part of the clip - slapstick at its best.

Saturday Night Live - Kissinger visits Ford -... by ClassicPL

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Cape Photo of the Day

I am going to start a new Cape Blogger feature called Cape Photo of the Day. I will probably just post it to the Cape Blogger Facebook page to keep it simple, but I will also try to add them to the Cape Blogger website under the Cape Photos tab. My goal is to get a picture from somewhere in the Cape each day just to share images of the place we live. I'm not typically good with routines or consistency, so I can't promise this is going to fly, but I like the idea. Plus, I have a fancy new camera that I need to put to good use and learn how to operate. I will use my blog as a testbed.

Feel free to post/share any images you have of the Cape to the Cape Blogger Facebook page, as well, or e-mail them to me if you prefer ( I will post them on the Cape Blogger Photos page and credit them to you. Maybe at the end of the week or month, we will pick a Cape photo of the Week (or Month). Whatever. Let's just see how it goes.

For my first installment, I shot the picture below with my phone camera on my way back from the gym this AM around 6:45. So much for putting the new fancy camera to use. I saw an interview on TV with famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, and the interviewer asked her what camera she recommended for the aspiring photographer. She pulled her iPhone out of her pocket and said she was pretty fond of it because it was handy. She said the best camera is the one that you have with you.

Anyway, the photo is not technically in the Cape but on College Parkway before turning onto Green Holly.  The sun was just coming up beyond the tree line in Broadneck Park, and the school buses were delivering kids to Broadneck High for the day, both ahead of me and behind me in the turn lane. The sun was huge coming up behind the trees, and the morning fog had not entirely lifted. We were stopped waiting for the light to turn, so I did not take the picture while in motion, I swear. I liked the idea of all us Capers starting out the day in our different ways but from the same place.

Cape Photo of the Day #1 - March 1, 2012

I considered lightening up the exposure with a photo editor, but when I did, the sun lost some of its glow, and I kind of liked the shining stars on the back of the bus against the shadowy background - symbolic of what's inside. I'm not going for professional quality with these photos - just Cape scenes that we all know and love.

Please comment as you like (be gentle) and share your own photos if you will. Let's say the theme is simply Life in the Cape, or as the banner of my blog puts it, Life is Good in Beautiful Cape St. Claire, MD.