Our Medicare Advantage Plan was very proactive with The Man's Gym Membership, they automatically sent him his Authorization Code and Letter to activate Membership at Lifetime Fitness. So, we went and did that this Morning and now he can start a regimen and we'll see how devoted he'll be to exercising and doing relaxing activities he can utilize there, like the Saunas and Jacuzzi Spa? They have Health and Wellness benefits too. Anytime he doesn't want to go I'll attend solo. For the Summer, it will give him something to look forward to doing in a Climate Controlled Space, when it's too Hot to do much Outdoors. Above and Below Pixs are of The White Tank Mountains with a profusion of Blooming Brittlebush in the foreground. It can be burned as Incense and the Resin has other Historical Uses by Indigenous Tribes.
I went and picked up more Seeds from the Seed Library at the White Tanks Mountain Park Library. This time I got Asparagus, Fennel and Chamomile. While I was there getting my Seeds I told Two Senior Ladies about the Seed Program, they didn't know and assumed you had to Buy the Seeds and it wasn't Free with their Library Membership. I think a lot of people forget to ask Staff what the Membership includes. You get your Library Card Free but it does come with lots of side benefits besides checking out Books and Movies. They even have Monthly Culture Passes for Free too to places like the Desert Botanical Gardens, Zoos and Art Galleries Locally.
When you obtain a Culture Pass it's only good for 1-3 Days after issuance. But, it's a great way to visit places you might like to try out before Buying Memberships or paying full price every time you want to go. I'm going to be renewing my Desert Botanical Gardens and County Parks Memberships this Month. Right now they're giving a Free 13th Month when you renew, so I'm going to take advantage of that extension of time. I go often, so it's always worth it to me to just become a Member and it supports those places, which is important too. Do you see the little Bird perched on the Warning Sign at the Library? *LOL*
I get Guest Passes with each Membership to hand out to Friends or take extra people I bring. My Membership is good for Me, One Adult Guest and all Grandkids under age 18. I get a Discount in the Gift Shop and at any Plant Sale and Special Events they have thruout the Year. During the Fall and Spring is when I go the most often. But, I am a hardy Soul, who visits during even the Summer Months, when I practically have the whole place to myself becoz it's so Hot. During the Heat of Summer, even the Wildlife is wilted and will just sit by you in the Shade, an unspoken "Damn it's too Hot, Huh? So let us just put our Species differences aside shall we?" *LOL*
Anyway, I have to Work this Saturday Night, so I'm thinking I might just go to The Desert Botanical Gardens Tomorrow Morning for a Power Walk, after I drop The Son off at Work and Princess T and Timmy off at School. I've gotten all my errands squared away Today, so with the Weather being Glorious right now, it would be enjoyable. We're having a Cooler than usual late March, so I want to do as many pleasant Outdoor Activities I can while the Weather is holding up like that. My Brother is having intensive Flooding there in Cali, their Home got Flooded in spite of Sandbagging it. They also had a Tornado touch down only 20 Miles from where they live!!! WTF!?
I think if we don't do something now about Climate Change escalating, it will and could become irreversible. I do wish more people would be Environmentally Conscious and responsible about Stewardship of the Planet, but far too many aren't. It's staggering to me how short sighted most people are about what they're screwing up now will have longer term effects that could be permanent. Only when things are truly FUBAR do they Wake Up and by then, it's really too late in the Game to turn things around, they Slept thru the Window of Opportunity. If you are an Environmentalist, Naturalist or Preservationist you get ridiculed and Labeled Negatively and mocked, as if THAT is the Bad Thing to be.
Moving On... I've spent too many Decades already trying to scream it from the Rooftops that we're messing up the Planet and at some point, it can't or won't recover from the abuse and misuse our Species has put it thru. The rest of the Natural World is in Harmony and moves in Purpose with Nature and it's Design, unless Man puts his Hand on any of it and tweaks it for his own Purposes. Then things go sideways, becoz we've altered things or introduced things that become invasive to an area they were never meant to occupy in the grand scheme of things. I would have liked, in my own Lifetime, to see more Positive Change in the right direction, but it's been too little, too late. And still far too many in complete Denial or Oblivious about the Obvious.
While The Niece was here for a couple Days she signed up for Showtime and got us hooked on a Series called "Yellowjackets". So, The Daughter and I were trying to binge watch all the Seasons of it before she left. *LOL* It's a very complex Storyline, but something we could get engrossed in watching. I gave up on the Series of "The Strain" since it got too ridiculous. It had started out good and then steadily went downhill to the point I felt like I'd been robbed of my Time even getting as far into it as I did, only to just lose Interest entirely and not be able to get thru another Bad Episode after it jumped the Shark. *Eye Roll* I don't know if the Writers just got Lazy or ran out of Ideas and should have just cut it shorter to keep it's Quality of Episodes consistent?
Anyway, "Yellowjackets" is probably meant to be a Serious Drama, but with our twisted Dark Gallow's Family Humor, we're finding most of it to be hilarious and inappropriately laughing our Asses off. The Niece gets a kick out of that, since, she's used to people reacting normally to what we find to be amusing or downright hilarious rather than horrific or serious. *Winks* Yes, we can Laugh at things that aren't really funny in a traditional sense or nobody else could possibly find any Humor in I suppose. There was a Movie that The Son had watched numerous times and always Laughed his Ass off at one part that NOBODY he'd ever watched it with found the least bit Funny. They thought he was Sic and a Weirdo or demented to even think it was Funny at all... *LOL*
Semi-Spoiler Alert: Someone in the Movie unexpectedly gets his Head blown off, quite Calmly and unemotionally I might add, by someone who gave no indication he was gonna do that. Now, to me, instead of recoiling in horror, just the fact they're sitting there like good Friends having a chat one Minute as if nothing would go South... AND THEN, the other Guy just suddenly, for no apparent reason leading up to it, and so unexpectedly, just takes out a Gun and blows the Friend away... AND THEN, just as Calmly carries on like nothing just happened, struck a Gallow's Humor Chord in both of us... that apparently nobody else saw the triggered Dark Humor in at all?!
Now, to me, that's Weirder... becoz... the more Abnormal and unexpectedly random something is, the more I'm Dialed In to how freakin' Funny that is. Didn't see THAT coming... *Ha ha ha* Yes, it can be a Bad Thing, I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT FACT TOO... I don't discount the obvious reaction you SHOULD have. But... I can still Laugh about it and see how "Slipping on a Banana Peel, you shouldn't be Laughing, and yet you can't help yourself...", it can still be too, you know? And don't tell me you have NEVER Laughed inappropriately at something you probably shouldn't have. But, you found so highly Amusing or downright Hilarious, that you just couldn't help yourself and the initial uninhibited reaction it caused, regardless of impropriety. I wouldn't Believe you. *Winks*
The Man, after signing up for his Gym Membership, predictably then thought he needed to go out and Buy a bunch of Workout Clothing and Swimsuits, which, NO, you don't. We bought a plethora of Fishing Equipment and you have never gone Fishing and refused to go when invited by The Son and his Friends. So, let us first see if you've Earned the Right to Invest in getting any Exercise Gear by consistently going to The Gym and Exercising/Swimming? Or, if, like with many other things, he just likes the IDEA of Working Out and having Gym Membership, but won't put any of it into Application? Plus, he has Swimsuits becoz we have a Pool, so I insisted he go thru his Wardrobe and find them and have them handy for use at The Gym.
He can just wear his Cotton Shorts and T-Shirts to exercise. I didn't Buy any Gym Gear and I've been able to Workout using my Legging Capris and T-Shirts just Fine. I don't need to Look like I'm going to be making any Exercise Videos or becoming a Personal Trainer in order to go to The Gym, it's not necessary. *LOL* And Lord knows, he doesn't need to look ridiculously suited up to do whatever I'm sure he can only do at The Gym and probably won't, even tho' he can. *Double Winks and an Eye Roll* The only thing he'll NEED is to remember to wear his Watch that he insisted I Buy him and spend a fortune on, that he never wears. Becoz he'll have to Time the Minutes carefully that he spends in The Saunas. You're only supposed to spend 10 Minutes, I'm limiting him to 5 to be on the Safe Side.
I told him the First time I ever have to ask some Random Guy to go in and check on him in the Men's Locker Room, to ensure he didn't fall out in the Sauna by staying in too long... I won't take him to The Gym anymore. *Winks* He'll have very strict Supervision and Guidelines when he goes before I'll give him any Freedom to just do whatever he wants. Since, his decision making skills are compromised so I want to ensure he can manage what he's wanting to do and doing it properly so as to benefit from it without incident or injuries. They do have Personal Trainers there and once he's comfortable enuf to receive Instruction by a Stranger, I might set him up with one to set up a regimen for him.
Happy Spring from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian