Friday, December 26, 2008

Free Clothes!


Add ImageJustify FullI workout at Women's Workout World. One day, a very casual and brief, announcement was made stating that they were going to film a commercial for the club. They asked if anyone was interested in being in it. One of the group fitness instructors encouraged me to sign up. So I did.

Realizing that marketing is expensive and my time is valuable, I thought it would be fun to try to get a clothing donation for the commercial shoot. I only had 3 days to get the clothing! Yikes. I called all the big names (Nike, Puma, Adidas, Oprah) explaining that I'm going to be in a commercial to be distributed throughout the Midwest and would they consider sending over a couple outfits: one for me and another for friend, to wear during the shoot. I figured their logos were so commonplace I wouldn't be asked to change clothing.

Let me remind you that my main job is that of Mom for two young kids - kids who don't allow me to talk on the phone! At least not without a whiny, screaming or sobbing interruption. Or my favorite "Mom! Wipe me!".

Getting this donation is a huge stroke of luck for me. And a rare occurrence, indeed. I've learned that my only gift in life is courage (I can also burp the alphabet after a swig of Dr. Pepper). I'm not talented, lucky (like Rob and Roxanne, or Rob's Grandpa Ryan). I'm not gorgeous, naturally thin or charming. I'm not a guy magnet or impressive at parties. But I've got guts. Can't buy that. So I'm learning to use my 'gift'. Trust me I wish there were days when I had a better gift; like being able to draw, speak another language, play an instrument, smoking legs, no cellulite, etc... but I digress. This is a positive post!

There is some sad disappointment in this story which I will spare you - but really just huge doses of humility from celebrity-hungry athletic apparel companies (Puma LA - you are snobby!).

The little guy always gets ignored -- but I'm used to this as a middle child - and a twin to boot.

The happy ending is that our friends over at Turbokick (for which I am a certified instructor) sent over two outfits immediately! They rock! Their workout shorts and capris are really good. Very comfortable, lasting and funky looking. Although not cheap. The tops were kinda tight but nice and lightweight. They feel like they will move with you and not against you. Very important. Oh, and they look good. I'm so proud of Turbowear for stepping up.

I didn't doll up for this photo, nor did I put on my shoes (which will NOT be Puma - uppity west-coasters). The shoot date got rescheduled at the last minute to January. I'll give you a full report after the shoot date (hopefully I'll be able to make it after all this hustling). Next time I'm planning the photo better (spray tan, put on make-up, do hair, do push ups right before the photo and will suck it in! - I'm sucking it in the entire time during the commercial - I've decided right now!).

So what do you all think of the socks? Do they take 10 years off of me - just out of sheer daring?

8 explorers in an expanding universe:

Scott said...

I dig the tube socks on you. You wear them so ironically -- something mannish to show off your feminine calves.

Very 1980s...and where have I seen that outfit before?

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Beck said...

ScotO -
What you couldn't see on the side of the tube socks is the logo "Turbo" That would have been fun.

My calves are so big, how can you call them feminine? They're more like renaissance faire turkey legs

Scott said...
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Scott said...

Birdy-legged women wear six-inch radio pumps to try and get their calves to look like yours look in flats.

I think we are forearm and calf people. Must come from great-uncle Popeye.

(bell-bottoms fit me like boot-cut)

Roxanne said...

Beck- You rock- great job!!! You also look great, no fake tan needed :) I think you haev many other gifts like creativity, giving spirit, etc but courage is one of the ones I admire most about you :) Shake what yo' mama gave you!

Lola said...

Good job! If I was famous I would want you to be my agent. You are a gal who knows what she wants and goes after it!

Anonymous said...

Beck- you are so cool! I love your courage and guts - I wish I had more of it. Great job scoring the outfits - I can't wait to see the comercial!
Kim Wheaton

Anonymous said...

P.S. I forgot to mention, that was so nice that you asked for an outfit for your friend too.

Also...are you gonna tell what happened with PUMA??!!!!
Kim Wheaton