September 05, 2006

Things That Make You Go, "Huh?"

On my way to lunch today, I saw the following roadside sign:

"Fun Fitness Boot Camp for Women! Call (number)"

Needless to say, I was befuddled by this sign. I've never personally experienced boot camp, but I know several people who have, including my dad. And while they all had a number of words to describe the experience, "fun" was never one of them. "Fun" and "boot camp" are words that have never been associated in my mind. For that matter, Schwartzenegger-inspired propaganda of my youth notwithdstanding, I never associated "fun" with "fitness," either. (Yes, perhaps this explains why I look like I do. But I digress.)

So, what to make of this sign? Some part of this sign is obviously a lie. Either the experience is "fun," or it is "boot camp," but it cannot be both. If I had to guess, given the presence of the words "fitness boot camp," I would assume the "fun" part is a lie. But what is the prospective enrollee supposed to believe? "It's just like signing up for the Army, except without all the parts that suck!" More to the point, what level of self-delusion is required to sign up for this thing and actually expect a fun boot camp? (Probable answer: the same level of self-delusion that leads people to believe that they can lose a couple hundred pounds by eating Subway sandwiches all the time.)

If any of our female readers out there have ever signed up for something like this, your analysis of the ratio of "fun" to "boot camp" would be appreciated.

Posted by Mediocre Fred at September 5, 2006 01:34 PM | TrackBack
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