Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Conversations with Strangers

As the pool emptied, the two teenagers who had been horse playing got in the lane next to me. One told me that he had taught himself to swim three months ago. When I asked him why, he said that he wanted to be a Navy Seal and he was now teaching his friend to swim.

I found his D-I-Y swim project inspiring.

After a few laps, I made a palm pillow at the end of the lane and then I heard You’re not going to get any exercise like that. The guy was joking put it made me submerge and start swimming again.

Left the pool and went to Target. As I picked up a Kashi frozen dinner, I heard Is that good? from behind me. Okay, that’s a silly question. You obviously think it’s good if you’re getting it. I’m so tired of Lean Cuisine.

And, so, I had a conversation with “Lean Cuisine” who’s single. For her, cooking doesn’t make sense because she gets tired of one dish pretty quickly. Sometimes I go to Burger King…I must have had an odd look on my face because she told me that Burger King is much better than they used to be and that she’ll get a dollar salad. I know what I’m doing – I’ve lost 92 pounds. I agreed with her. She does know what she’s doing.

She’s into Zumba and it turns out that we go to the same gym. Maybe I’ll see you sometime. I usually go to Zumba on Wednesday and Thursday…


  1. I LOVE that motivation (navy seal wannabe).
    no matter the area/arena Id love to see that in my child.

  2. My brother gets after me about that all the time. After living in Santiago, I don't talk to strangers. Period. I probably come off as really stand-offish and arrogant if you don't know me. I'm just not used to it. I'm sort of jealous of people who can!