Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Juggling by the Black Belts

To maintain muscle tone, relaxed quickness, and to calm the nerves, juggling has been show to be superior to both yoga and transcendental meditation!  Ok, I did make that up but I still believe it.

Here's me, coming out of retirement, and trying to revive the old "eat an apple while juggling routine."

For those of you who want to know what happened. it turns out that I had forgotten to swallow so I started to choke.  Once I realized what was happening, I remembered that I use to have ghis same problem back in the 70s when I use to perform this trick.  Here I am, 40 years older, and I'm still forgetting to chew and swallow.  Cracked me up! Practically make me choke to death.

Here's me son trying to do his first ever "apple-while-juggling".  I'm sure he'll master it soon.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Swimming to stay in shape

I've been swimming as a way to stay in shape which is not that likely to lead to injuries. And being in South Florida, I can swim outside 12 months a year! I've even thought of putting a harness onto my home pool so I can train there (my home pool is too small to get much practice. So now I'm trying to improve my stroke. I had myself videoed, what do you think? I think that I should learn to kick properly:

Here's another video of my stroke from October. I was at my least in shape at that point. I look at this video often to give myself motivation.


Sunday, November 29, 2015

LA Fitness Billing Horror Stories

LA Fitness: #LAFitness @LAFitness #LAFitnessSucks  LA Fitness Billing Horror Stories.

 have been a member for 10 years and mostly, I put up with their nonsense. My son joined a few years ago so we have a family membership. One of my daughters joined in January of this year and the other for just the summer.   Both memberships were supposed to be temporary and to end in August.

We told the people when we signed up and they said that it was no problem. They wrote down the dates and it looked like we could have short-term memberships.  In August, just to check, they went into LA Fitness and made sure their memberships would end but stupidly, we did not insist in getting of this in writing.

In September, they billed us for all four again.  $121.69. I called and protested. They said it would be the last time. I let it go.

In October, they billed us for all four. Then I got angry. I called my credit card company and told them to stop accepting bills that were over $55 (two person membership).  I walked into two LA Fitnesses and tried to get them to stop billing us for four. One said that they couldn't do anything about it. I was there at 4:30 and they said that I had to be there between 9 and 5. But on that day, they guy wasn't there.  BTW, very hard for me to be there between 9 and 5.

At the next LA Fitness Club I stood and yelled so that until one of their guys sat me down, made the calls, and gave me some paperwork saying that I would no longer be billed the four person rate.

However, they kept billing me. I have now sent them letters, visited their facilities, and made many phone calls. They insist on billing $121 per month. What makes this amazing is that they billed the last month when we added one of the kids in May, they billed $221.22.  And we quit the extra kids in August. Yet they still keep billing me $121.

BTW, LAT Fitness has recently sent my name to bill collectors so all this is showing up on my credit report and I'm getting harassing phone calls from both LAFitness and bill collectors. Plus, when I go to their gym (which I still use since I'm happy to pay for the two of us), they always page me over their loud speakers and send their front desk lady over to tell me that bill is overdue.

The cancelled barcodes are f21781458 and f22069484.

LA Fitness. What I want:

No membership billing after August for more than two of us. Also, turn off your bill collectors. NO need to apologize.  That's all. That's fair. That's what I signed up for and arranged and have been speaking to your people about. I've logged about 3 hours of phone time, letter writing, and visits to your facilities to get this done.  It's amazing that you would keep fighting for the right to bill use more than that. Stupid mean petty company.

If I don't get it solved this next weeks. I'll start using social media on a uch larger scale. I might hire a pair of interns and give them a few hundred dollar budget to see how much of shitstorm of other angry customers they can find.  I'll figure out which government agency or lawyers might like to take this on.  It would amuse me to put an ad next to LA Fitness on Facebook and get everyone who goes to your page to see an ad for a website dedicated to "LA Fitness Billing Horror Stories" ....