Well, I think it’s official.
I won’t be on Oprah.
Being on Oprah was on my bucket list, my vision board, my astral projection star chart. Oh well.
Since Queen O will be leaving daytime TV and I’m pretty sure she’s got her guest list all worked out up to the last show, I’m thinkin’ I didn’t make the cut. I’da heard from her by now, right?
So I won’t be jumpin’ up and down on the Tom Cruise Couch. dang! And I was all prepared to declare my love for some unnamed mystery woman on “my” episode. sigh.
I admit it. I watch Oprah.
Every once in a while.
Well, certainly when Kate Beckinsale is on … or Jessica Biel … or Sandra Bullock … ummm, you get the idea.
Brad Pitt and George Cloney watch it too. Remember that scene in one of the “Ocean’s” movies where the two of them are watching it and getting all emotional? Funny stuff.
One show a few years ago was probably the most enlightening and eye opening television program I’ve ever seen.
The show started with a fake crime on the sidewalks outside Harpo Studios, where the show is filmed. The line of people to get into the studio stretched around the block. The Oprah staff staged a purse snatching and had the snatcher running by the crowd followed by the snatchee. Then they pretended to take official police statements from people who saw the “crime” to get their eye witness accounts.
The results were amazing and shocking. Fifty people interviewed saw vastly different things. Their accounts varied in just about every conceivable category. They disagreed on the clothing of the perp and the vic (that’s Law & Order talk). They disagreed on the description of the snatched purse and even on the ethnicity and age of the snatcher. Everything was jacked up.
The theme of the show was misconceptions, misunderstandings, prejudices, presumptions, and general misinterpretations of the world around us based on limited information. Racial profiling and gender profiling were a part of this show too.
They had women rate a man’s attractiveness based on a) the woman having knowledge of the man’s profession and annual income, and b) the woman NOT having any knowledge of those things. They altered the profession and income on the same picture of the same guy, but not the picture itself, to see if the profile would alter the man’s perceived attractiveness.
On a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being … well … TEN! The guy was rated 4.5 to 6 when there was no knowledge of the man’s profession or income. But when the same guy’s picture was shown on the streets of Chicago to random women, and the women were told of the guy’s profession and income, the results were … sad.
Dude, we’ll call him Bob, when portrayed, as a clerk at the Gap making $35K a year got no love. Bob was a 3 or 4. But when Bob was Robert, the investment banker who made close to 7 figures, BAM! Robert was a solid 8 or 9! (“You had me at ‘trust fund.’”)
And you women call us shallow when we’re attracted to … well … Kate Beckinsale, or Jessica Biel … or Sandy.
When I was on active duty in the Marine Corps I became a part of a drama that changed my life.
My roommate was accused of raping a 19 year old college student.
He and I were roommates, but not friends. You know what I mean? In fact, we didn’t really like one another. But because we lived in the barracks and he and I were both Non-Commissioned Officers, out-ranking the rest of the Marines who lived on our deck, we were forced to room together.
He was innocent of the crime. And I knew it. And I had to testify at his trial. The fact that he and I were not friends actually turned out to be part of his defense.
See, what happened was, I was busy kicking his ass when he was supposed to be out in town raping that girl. He and I got into an argument that escalated into a shoving match that escalated into a butt kickin’ event. I even had to take him to the clinic on base to get stitches because, according the official medical report, he “fell down.” Several times.
At his trial I had to testify to all of that. And don’t’ think I didn’t remind him that I had him by the … well … you know … I had his career in my hands and if he wanted to stay out of prison, he needed to quit being a pain … and other stuff. (Guess who ran my errands for the rest of the time we were roommates?)
He was found innocent of the rape and the girl actually recanted. Turns out that the two of them were in the same continuing education class at the college out in town and she had failed to get his attention in the usual ways, namely, cleavage. So, in her little crazy mind, accusing him of rape would get his attention. Yep. Sure did.
One of the witnesses for the prosecution was a woman who swore under oath that she saw my roommate that evening at the college with the girl who lied about the rape. The woman wasn’t a friend of either the alleged victim or my roommate, just another member of the same class. But she was sure!
That experience really shook me to the core. The prosecution tried to portray ME as a good friend of the accused. Poppy cock! The prosecutor took small insignificant details of my “relationship” with this guy to make it look like we were good friends and that I’d lie for my buddy under oath to keep him out of prison.
It was the first time I’d ever been exposed to something I call the “10/90 Rule of Misinterpretation.” It’s where we have 10% of the available data and our minds construct and fabricate the other 90% based on our personal feelings about the person or thing in question. If we like the person in question, we fabricate a sympathetic 90%. If we don’t, we do just the opposite.
Ever been the victim of the 10/90 Rule of Misinterpretation?
Is there anything more annoying, frustrating, or just downright wrong?!
I hope that today you’ll reserve judgment. In fact, I hope that today, you’ll retire judgment all together and be a little more tolerant and a lot more open minded. “Things aren’t always as they seem,” said my magician friend Ray.
Amen, Brother. Amen.
WEEKEND WARRIOR WORKOUT!
The WWW has been moved to June 5th. Please make a note of it. Come hell er high water, we’re going for it then!! More details to follow.
The following are items that have been generously donated by Boot Campers and Friends of Boot Camp. Some items already have been sold. This list is on the USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP website on the Sergeant Tony’s Blog page.
Each item, once bid on, will be active for 5 days. At the end of the fifth day, the bidding on THAT item, and that item only, will close. Thank you so very very much.
To make a bid, go to the website blog page and check out “Silent Auction” and then email me with your bid. I’ll post it ASAP.
Email me at TonyLudlow@aol.com
Thanks everyone for participating in this!
HAVE YOU BEEN A BOOT CAMPER IN GOOD STANDING FROM October 2009 to now?
(Good standing means that you were paid up for those months … and hopefully you attended regularly, though attendance is not part of this question.)
TUESDAY & THURSDAY EVENING CLASS
The Tuesday and Thursday evening classes meet at St. Agnes’ track. These are cardio (walking/jogging/running) workouts and they begin at 5:45 PM.
St. Agnes is at the corner of Walnut Grove and Mendenhall.
Should the St. Agnes track be occupied or the field being used, making the track unavailable to us, we’ll go to St. Mary’s track, at Walnut Grove and Perkins.
RAMPED AND AMP’ED!
USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP is out of hibernation ramped up! Several new workouts (The Shamrock, The Jack Bauer Workout Hour, The M-16 Rifle Workout, BOGA, and Bo-Metrix, to name a few) have been added and some of you are wanting YOUR new favorite to be the workout EVERY DAY! hahahaha That’s awesome!
This month we’ll be returning to the U of M for “Mt. Fuji” workouts at 0530 tomorrow morning May 20 and on May 27th.
The Mt. Fuji workout is done on the campus of the U of M at the parking garage on Zach Curlin. If it’s raining, we’ll use the ground level of the parking garage.
(Turn on to Zach Curlin off of Central, the first light on Central east of Goodlett. The parking garage is all the way down on the right hand side of the street before the big right hand turn.)
GET SOME Y’ALL!!
BOOT CAMP DISCOUNTS AND FACEBOOK EXPERIMENT!
So far this experiment has been pretty amazing!
Here’s how it works!
Make a Facebook status update and get a discount!
For every status update that you make that references:
“USMC Fitness Boot Camp,”
“Sgt. Tony’s Boot Camp,”
“Tony’s Boot Camp,”
or something similar, you can take $2.50 off your reenlistment fee!
Up to $20 off for any given month!
Your status update has to be a specific reference to USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP or to me specifically by name.
“Great Boot Camp workout with Sgt. Tony this morning!” is good!
“I love USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP!” is good!
“I love Sgt. Tony and his Boot Camp ROCKS!!” is REALLY good!
You get the idea! Use your own wording and personality, just include the specifics.
Restrict yourself to just one of these status updates per day. You don’t want 8 status updates in a row going out on the same day!
So log on and get started now!
If you’d like to lose weight. Go to www.combatchallenge.tsfl.com
What would you do if money were not an issue, fear were not a factor, and failure were not an option?
To your optimum health and fitness!
Sergeant Major Tony Ludlow
USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, Commanding
Mailing address: 4888 Southern Ave., Memphis, TN 38117
Cell Phone: 901-644-0145