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Big balls

The thing I love about Wipe Out (besides how much fun all the contestants have) is that they consistently mix up their obstacle course. They throw in new challenges but keep some of the more difficult ones (big balls). And all the while, it manages to stay hilarious. There was actually a contestant this week who basically didn’t do ANY of the obstacles. It wouldn’t have been so strange except that in the pre-obstacle taping she was super gung ho. Then she tiptoed around the course and gingerly lowered herself into the mud rather than attempt the challenge. Why show up?

I still maintain that I would totally do this show. Probably I would also fall down, get covered in mud, be punched in the face by a wall, and bounce off the big balls. But I bet it would be hella fun.

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That’s a big part of what makes Wipe Out so entertaining. It’s just funny to see people falling in mud, or water, or tripping over inflatable sea animals. The other part (the part that keeps me from feeling terrible about watching it) is that the contestants look like they’re having FUN. And if I had 10 acres of land, I’d build a Wipe Out Zone of my very own, because those obstacle courses look like a blast. It’s something I could see doing with a group of my friends, so if someone told me I had a chance at $50,000 to play I’d probably do it.

Tonight I attempted to pick up a cookie sheet of falafel barehanded. It wasn’t really ‘picking up’ so much as ‘lifting the corner to move it out of the way.’ Unfortunately the pan was still about 375 degrees. I don’t recommend trying this at home and suspect the thumb, index, and middle finger on my left hand are all going to blister nicely.

Flipping Out took a turn for the dramatic tonight! I mean, I knew there would be nanny-cam fallout but WHOA. What’s consistently funny to me is that Jeff is clearly just screwing with the people he knows, but he’s so deadpan (and so crazy much of the time) that I don’t think they can see it. It’s hilarious.

Tonight I also put together a couple of class cd mixes. A 65 minute Hip Hop blend (pretty close to the one I posted on imeem.com) and a 63 minute 70s Soul Mix. Hip Hop is challenging because it can be work finding songs that are entirely free of potentially offensive language. It’s not just profanity, but derogatory lyrics about women, use of the N word, or generally non-positive lyrics. You don’t realize how prevalent it is until you start wading through the songs you may not listen to so carefully. When you practice, you’re digging the beat and doing your own thing.

Classes are different. The last thing you want is for students to be in a nice strong Warrior II pose and have something like “99 Problems but a Bitch Ain’t One” to crank on up.

P.S. There are NO YOGA-SAFE Wu Tang songs. FYI.

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I just watched her on Wipe Out tonight and she was fantastic. She was funny and competitive. She made it across all the big balls (a first in the show) and didn’t give up even when her time was certainly going to put her out of the running. It was really cool to see someone have fun with what they were doing and stay positive the whole time.

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