True Hollywood Story
that remarkable phenomenon that disguises itself as everyday life,
is presenting twin Command Performances this week at the Bomber
Space Theater. Two years ago some ogish comedian from the Canary
Islands infiltrated the IronOnline discussion group and suggested
we all have a party at our gym in Santa Cruz. Sure, I said, I've
got nothing else to do. I'll invite Laree. Seven months ago E! TV
contacted me and said, "Let's do a True Hollywood Story." Sure,
I said, I've got nothing else to do.
did I know they were serious? Sunday night Laree and I are unwinding
from all the last minute preparation for a seminar, barbecue, "Don't
Make Waves" and "Beverly Hillbillies" showing at the town's favorite
movie spot (The Nickelodeon) and a night out at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk
(California-style IronOnline party) when a peculiar sight is before
our eyes on our seldom-watched TV screen. A guy about a hundred
is sitting on a bench in a gym talking like a dern fool about lifting
weights instead of getting a real job.
the night was over we had 200 email messages. The east coast showing
was three hours prior to the west coast and they, in inimitable
east coast fashion, could not wait to drop a line. One was more
special than the next. An eager guy said, "Dave, I really enjoyed
E! TV's special on you. I've been training for two years. Could
you tell me how to build big arms?"
I'll try to say thanks to everyone, invite them to dd.com and offer
them the newsletter. This could take some time as I'm marinating
steak, chicken and fish these days. Gotta make salads and pick up
the bread from Gayle's Bakery... don't forget the wood for the fire.
I recall I was writing a... er... book about the plight of over-fed,
overweight mankind. Here I am in the midst of contributing to it.
Laree and I are surrounded by food, food preparation and the recruitment
of volunteers to peel, skin, trim, stack, wash, mix, fix, deliver,
pick up and eat everything.
Sentinel, the Santa Cruz County newspaper, is doing a story (photographer
and all) on the whole bash. Aren't you sorry you're not going to
be here, Bombers?
truth is we're pretty excited. Last count, seventy-two IronOnliners
will be here for two, three or more days to celebrate, plus a gang
of good old World Gym members. They're arriving by plane, car and
Greyhound from as far away as Alaska (this one's bringing salmon
from local waters), Denmark, Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas and New
York. Plus, of course, that character from the Canary Islands who
started it all.
long in the making are upon us as if suddenly. Don't let them slip
through your hands, we fret, or they are lost forever. And, then,
there are the memories thin moments that last and
last like brothers and sisters, iron and steel.
many of us have known each other through email for over two years
and have shared unusual occasions, some more meaningful and forthright
than those with our friends with whom we walk and talk. Had to re-read
that last line to make sure I didn't set us up for being a sorry
bunch of lost souls. Not this hardy band. No, sir. I'm beginning
to get nervous. I don't want to be discovered for the imposter I
am. Too late now. The curtain falls Thursday as the first bombers
make their descent.
Television adds 25 years to one's appearance due to the distortion
of light as it is refracted through the lenses of the camera and
then delivered to the TV screen where it is further distorted to
present a crotchety character that in no way represents the true
youthful and muscular image. (TV FAQs of America)
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