Me, Sher, and Ad

Me, Sher, and Ad
Bro Adam and sis Sher, my rocks!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I Lost the Starbucks Name Game

So a while back, I went to a Starbucks at the tail end of a head cold, just wanting some good coffee. I placed my order and the barista asked my name. I said Marc and in her cheerfully effervescent voice, she exclaimed my drink would be right up and to pick up my coffee at the end of the counter. I went down to that area and waited.

I picked up my coffee and on my cup was written "Bark."  YUP, as in tree BARK. Like someone would be named BARK?? Wouldn't you even question it??? Like, "Sir, did I hear you correctly, is your name Bark?"  I mean i know I had a very stuffed nose and my "M'"s sounded like "B'"s but geesh! Way to give a guy a complex!!

I guess I should be happy she got the "K" on the end, even though it's actually a "C". Another Starbucks, another coffee and on my cup was written "Bart."  There is NO "T" in my name!!! UGH!

Fast forward to a week ago and I got coffee on my break with my coworker Lauren at a different Starbucks and the barista asked me my name. I decided to switch it up. Two could play at this game. I blurted out "BERT!" to Lauren's surprise. She stifled her laughter as much as possible. The Starbucks employee dutifully wrote Bert onto my plastic cup and told me I could pick up my coffee at the end of the counter. She really could've cared less. LOL

Lauren and I then talked (at oddly great length I may add) on ridiculous names we could tell the Starbucks employees. I forget who suggested Horace, but I really liked that one. Lauren came up with and swore by Brattery. Then we discussed if our parents created one name out of two names. Katherine Angela could be Kalangela. I wanted to pretend my parents combined Stephen and Michael and called me Steakel. Marc plus Nathaniel could be Marthaniel.

Yes, this is what domestics officers do in their spare time….

Jake from State Farm
So today, I found myself alone on break and decided to wander over to Starbucks for a large ice coffee. I was waiting in line thinking of names and realized I always liked the name Jake. I could be Jake…THE Jake from the 90's prime time soap opera "Melrose Place", the tough guy! So the barista called me up, I gave my order, and for that moment …. I was Jake. I said it proudly! I felt like a Jake, all tough and handsome. She stared at me and told me to pick up my coffee at the end of the counter. And how sad, I might add that I did this ... alone. LOL

I waited for my coffee and another barista happily called my fake name … "Jake? JAKE!" 

"Right here," I said in a masculine tough voice, "Thank you." As I took my coffee, she looked at me and said cheerfully, "Jake, like in the State Farm commercial? The guy with the khakis?"

I was crushed, crumbled, devastated, my balloon was popped! "NO," I flatly retorted. "Jake," I muttered under my breath as I walked away, "from fucking Melrose Place."

So instead, I was thoroughly defeated and yet I still proudly remain, Marc, Frazzled at Forty.

Friday, April 8, 2016

PROPs to Those at the Gym!

The other day, I saw an internet meme about the gym. It basically stated that the next time you go to the gym and make fun of someone overweight who is working out, you should realize that at least they are there making an effort. We shouldn't bash someone for trying!

The newbies at the gym are (at the very least) realizing that they need to be healthier and doing something about it. And we should all be supporting each other whether it's doing the 50 day push-up challenge, day '1' at the gym or day '365'!!

I have realized that this should also apply when I sometimes see someone walking very slowly on the treadmill or moving slowly on the elliptical machine. I don't know what their health issues are or their training capacity is. I need to give them props for just being there.

When I had my surgery in December 2015, I took 4 weeks off from the gym. I got back into it slowly. I didn't want to overlift or overdo it with cardio for fear of (ICK) ripping out stitches. I took baby steps for my first couple weeks back. As I was already working out and in good shape, I benefited from this and actually recovered quicker from the surgery.

To those who are now in-shape: remember when you were just beginning to exercise? I was so weak. I would get winded after 20 minutes on the elliptical. Now I can go for an hour or more. When I started lifting weights, I could only bench press 125 pounds. Now I bench press 265. It takes commitment, time, and patience. You gotta start somewhere. I did.

We all start at the bottom and work our way up. How wonderful is it that people are in the gym trying to get into shape! We've all heard about the statistics on the obesity of America (see below). Give those people your support and encouragement! Give it even to the awkward guy on the treadmill who is jogging in a pair of jeans. Good for him! Now buddy, just get yourself to the Goodwill thrift store and pick up some running shorts for a buck and you may run faster.

I know I post that I am at the gym alot. I don't post it to makes others feel guilty or pump myself up. But I will admit that the encouragement from friends feels good. For me, it's about accountability. Publicly stating I'm at the gym holds me accountable that I am on schedule. It may not work for others, but it works and helps me. I also hope to inspire others as they have inspired me.

I still get highly annoyed though when the gym is crowded and people hog the machines over the 30 minute time limit (during peak hours). If you wanna run for 2 hours on a treadmill, it happens to be a 24 hour gym. Come at 2 am and you can run till sunrise! And make sure you wipe the machines off people. I don't need to slide around on your sweat. (Hurl!)

Facts on obesity in America (found on

Obesity is common, serious and costly:

  • More than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese.
  • Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death.
  • The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars; the medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.

NOTE from Blogger:  Make sure you consult your doctor before starting any exercise program!