After recently watching HBO’s “Weight of a Nation”, I started thinking a lot about the epidemic of Childhood Obesity. As an obese child that grew into an even more obese adult, it’s hard to separate my own experience from that of the nation as a whole. Privileged and white, I never had to deal with McDonalds being the only available food option because of it’s cost. I have every opportunity to be healthy, but I wasn’t and that was rare in 1993. Looking back now I can only pinpoint one major factor as to why obesity was so rare when I was a child, and now, it is literally killing our nation’s youth.
The Skip-It was discontinued in 2009 and I don’t want to directly blame the childhood obesity epidemic on it’s halt in production, but I wouldn’t be surprised.
A staple of Nickelodeon broadcasting throughout the late 80s and 90s, the Skip-It was essentially a horizontal jump rope in which the excited child would swing around their leg and try to jump over the large ball attached on its end. And the greatest part of all…well…I’ll let the commercial tell you.
The greatest part of all, the COUNTER IS ON THE BALL.
If only the kids of the new millennium would know the joy of harshly knocking your ankle against a hard piece of plastic spinning around your 9 year old limbs as fast as possible. If only they knew the sheer glee of feeling the harsh, concrete ridden surface of the once-smooth skip-it ball counter scrape your fingers when you pick it up to check the counts.
This exercise themed toy culture has gone by the wayside and as a result our children have become less active.
The lack of physicality involved is damning.
Hemingway is one cool freakin’ dude. A renowned literary badass, he could literally wipe the floor clean with the likes of Nicholas Sparks and Janet Evanovich. That was a man who lived his writing. And when his life wasn’t interesting enough, he went out and threw himself head first into war zones and battlefields. But in recent years, Hemingway’s basassery has not fared as well in cinema and television. He’s basically been broken down into a series of costume choices and key phrases and actions. All of these things are essentially “Hemingwayian”, yet at the same time extremely trite and generic.
So I’m going to help you out if you ever find yourself in a situation wondering whether or not the person you are talking or if you yourself are in fact Ernest Hemingway.
Are you Ernest Hemingway Question List:
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may or may not be or be with Ernest Hemingway. I suggest you tread lightly as he is prone to comic and over-exaggerated outbursts.