Nine PAX braved the freezing temperatures to partake in Area 51’s original indoor stretch-fest.

So, YHC doesn’t know if you guys remember Tweetsie. He used to be a Site Q at Gumby and pretty regular amongst the PAX of Area 51. Then he went on an Australian walkabout during the month of February.

Now, he’s back stateside and apparently is “sick” because “see, it’s summer in Australia and winter here, and between the sudden weather change and spending a lot of time in an airplane to come home, sickness happens,” so, YHC had to take his Q this morning. A likely story.

Don’t worry — Tweetsie’s newfound home land was there in spirit. More on that later.


YHC? Not a professional. YHC? Nursing a bum right leg. Do as I say, not as I do.


Tl;dr? Control your tongue. It’s a small, but potentially nasty thing we live with. James 3 spells it out for you.

Stretching stuff

Started off with corpse, then windshield wipers, then some strap/rope work. The idea is to get your leg(s) up to 90 degrees and use the strap/rope to hold there. Many of us were a few degrees short.

A really slow, loping Sun Salutation, holding the various stretch points. Then a couple OYO at regular pace.

Then a series of high lunges with a crescent addition. The idea is to sink your hips low and let that be catalyst for your leg stretches.

Then some tree.

Then some warrior interspersed with some leg stretches and ninja.

Then some pigeon.

Then a return to the strap/rope, seeing if we made any progress.

Then we were done.


Joe Davis Run is this Saturday.


Well, when Tweetsie asked me to take his Q because, again, he’s “sick” and not “waiting on his dual citizenship papers to kick in so he can go back and eat himself into a Vegemite coma,” I was game, and, as usual, I spent about 98% of my energy thinking about the playlist and 2% thinking about the #weinke.

  • “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Crowded House
  • “I Want You” by Savage Garden
  • “Down Under” by Men At Work
  • “Don’t Talk to Strangers” by Rick Springfield
  • “More Than a Woman” by The Bee Gees
  • “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia
  • “The Loco-Motion” by Kylie Minogue
  • “Physical” by Olivia Newton-John
  • “Somebody Like You” by Keith Urban
  • “Need You Tonight” by INXS
  • “Let There Be Rock” by AC/DC

Now, Geraldo was the first to figure out what was going on. All songs are by people/bands from Australia. Now, with my incredible, brain-clogging catalogue of minutae, I had about 90 percent of the songs pegged. I actually didn’t realize Crowded House and Rick Springfield were from down under.

As Geraldo noted, Midnight Oil is probably the biggest “notably absent” on the list. Some songs were chosen to get more visceral reactions from the PAX, and the PAX did not disappoint. Most were wistful that they did not have 80s style leg warmers when “Physical” came on.

Tweetsie did tell me that Vegemite actually tastes awful. Did you know that you can order Vegemite off Amazon dot com? I might take a chance next time I’m trying to finish off a gift card.

Anyway, it’s always good to lead at Gumby. It’s the one workout where you feel better at the end. Thanks to Swiss Miss and Crocodile Tweetsie for the opportunity.


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