"Use All The Crayons!" newsletter no. 65

Today's themes ... "Olympics/fitness"

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Today’s theme: Olympics/fitness

Colorful Living Tip of the Day …

• It only takes about 10 days out of every two years, so revel in the Olympic competition. It always promises a great mix of quirky games and competitors who’ll warm the heart of even the most jaded of sports fans.

(SORTA) Relateds …

• A swim meet is an aquatic competition. A swim meat is an edible fish.

• A gym beam requires steady footwork. A Jim Beam isn't nearly as fussy.

• Remind fitness fanatics that many of them are extending their lives into the years when many wise senior citizens begin audibly wishing they were dead.

• If you could literally "laugh your ass off," boy, that's one fitness craze jokers could really get behind.

• Because I'm an apostle of gross excess, I propose we have #Olympics once each year by adding Fall/Spring Olympics

• (From ’16) Ryan Lochte, arrested for public urination) would get off easy if judged by a jury of pee'ers. Situation still fluid.

• The calendar year is getting old when the leaves begin to fall, but that doesn’t mean you have to. Every year, rake the leaves into a big pile in the backyard and dive in like an Olympic gold medalist. The soul-refreshing fun will stiffen your spine for any bitter winter.


• The idea of car pooling the kids to swim practice strikes me as redundant, but maybe I'm just too literal.

• I’d like to be a fly on the wall when flies on the wall discuss their bafflement over why any human would ever want to be a fly on the wall.

• New DeNiro #HandsOfStone movie has me thinking of starting an '80s tribute band called Roberto Duran Duran.

• This may sound naive, but I have to think a brain-eating amoeba would be one of the world's most intelligent organisms.

Zeitgust Word of the Week (a word I made up with the goal of getting it into an actual  dictionary) …

Tumpire:A designated fitness referee who sets the rules for any individual’s battle of the bulge.

A relative glut of Olympic-related blog posts …

Cool Thoughts on International Armpits” (August ’12) 

Today I tried to break Usain Bolt’s record” (August ’16)

Where are all the Olympic Breasts?" (July ’12)

I suspect Ann Romney’s horse is gay” (August ’12)

Wish they’d televise Olympic clean-up” (August ’12)

Concluding thought …

• Plato said, “Never discourage anyone … who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.” Smart guy, that Plato. If you see someone, no matter how misshapen, walking or running to improve their fitness, give them the thumbs-up and say, “Way to go. Keep it up!”