I’m starting to think that buying an elliptical machine was a mistake.
No, no — scratch that. It’s actually been a very effective aid in my mission to stop being so flabby. I’ve lost a fair amount of poundage already, which is good; I can actually fit into pants that have been in that sad sort of storage, the hide it in a drawer as an admission of fatness kind of storage, since 2005. That the beginning of what historians now refer to “the great expansion,” or what my girlfriend refers to as “you turned 30, so what do you expect.” They don’t fit comfortably, at least not yet, but I’m almost there. So that’s good.
But man, I wish I hadn’t bought a Schwinn. It is a company with some terrible quality assurance. Bad enough that I had to wait a month after buying the stupid thing to be able to assemble it since they didn’t bother including half the screws and bolts and washers I needed; worse that once I assembled it the whole thing very nearly broke because the instruction manual forgot to mention that, oh, by the way, those half-inch-thick aluminum tubes that weren’t included anywhere in the instructions? Yeah, those are supposed to reinforce the load-bearing joints. But today we entered true “you’ve got to be kidding” territory: the welds broke. Yeah, the joined metal portions at the base of the mast section, fused with intense heat and theoretically one of the strongest points on the machine, just kinda popped loose, rendering the entire thing useless. Awesome. Luckily the frame is warranted for 30 years, but at this point I’m fairly certain that the bulk of those 30 years are going to be spent with the stupid thing half-assembled as I wait for replacement parts.
So I guess what I’m saying is, don’t buy Schwinn stuff.
Meanwhile, I do recommend you download the latest Retronauts. Admittedly, it’s not warranted — but then, it’s also free, so there’s nothing to lose.
Also: I’ve temporarily shut off new registrations for Talking Time due to a massive influx of porn spam this morning. Seriously, it was at least a dozen spambots in the course of a few hours. If for some reason you desperately want to communicate on the forums and have never gotten around to registering, drop me an email and I can add you manually. (This offer not valid for porn-linking spambots.)