I pressed the ON button on the treadmill and selected program 6: aerobic training. The belt started to spin at a warm-up pace and I immediately started flipping through my iPod. I had already listened to Diggnation the day before so I decided to try The Garret Murray Podcast this time.

I picked up the pace and settled into watching CNN on the LCD in front of me. I then realized that there was a remote control for the satellite on the little ledge where most people put their keys and into which I usually managed to jam a water bottle. I picked it up and started skimming through the program guide. No. Nope. I don’t think so. Then I saw it. It was too good to be true.

But should I? I looked over to the guy on the other treadmill. His eyes were fixed ahead on CNN Headline News. He probably wouldn’t even notice. I decided to go for it.

I turned the channel to Spongebob Squarepants.

In this episode Spongebob and Patrick had decided to help Mermaidman and Baracleboy by shooting a movie for them (I missed the begining, so I wasn’t sure how this would actually help them, but knowing the plot doesn’t always help when it comes to Spongebob.)

I cranked up the speed on the treadmill. Spongebob had assigned Squidward to be the make-up artist. I hated Squidward. A woman stepped onto the treadmill beside me. I saw her glance onto my LCD screen, but I was unable to get a read on her reaction. I wavered in my decision to watch Nickelodeon while running on a treadmill at the gym. She seemed to ignore me and switched on her LCD to the Food Network.

The Food Network?

I turned up Spongebob on my headphones, thoroughly disgusted with her choice in treadmill entertainment. I was frustrated that someone would at the gym choose to watch the reason they were at the gym to begin with.

Patrick said something funny. I smiled. Stupid Food Network.

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  1. Kim

    Hey, just let us know. We’re free whenever you are. Email me your address and a time and we’ll be there or we’ll be square :) Yes, yes, I’m a dork. Evenings & weekends…we need some cool people to hang with.

    Posted February 1, 2007 at 1:54 am | Permalink
  2. I fully support your spongebob endeavor. There is no shame or blame in that!! In fact, I love you more for it.

    And Food Network?! That’s just plain funny. Maybe it’s like putting the carrot in front of the rabbit (or the twinkie in front of Chris…) it keeps her moving?!

    ‘Squidward … You’re steaming. You’re like a steamed vegetable, only smarter.’

    Posted February 1, 2007 at 10:04 am | Permalink
  3. sarah

    Yeah, no shame in Spongebob. When I work out, watching the news bores me, so then I think about how my body hurts and then I want to quit working out–funny would keep my mind off!

    Posted February 1, 2007 at 12:27 pm | Permalink