Monday, January 10, 2011
Being the stellar marketer that I am, simply cutting up the fruit and selling it over the counter wasn't enough for me. No.... I needed a CROWD. I would leave my co-worker to cut up the goods while I entertained the public by making the bears do tricks. This particular day I approached the railing, armed with a bright red apple. I raised the apple high into the air, putting my hands together over my head. In return, the bear would stand up on his hind legs and put his giant paws into the "praying" position. People took notice and stopped to watch the free show. Next I would hold the apple in the air and wave it from left to right. Then the bear would wave at me in return. The zoo patrons loved the show - especially the children. And honestly, I loved the attention. I was the Master of the Bears. After a few tricks, it was time to reward the impatient beast. I had around 50 people standing behind me and I raised the apple in the air. The bear stood at full stance- all 10 feet of him. His mouth was wide open, anticipating his well-deserved treat. I drew my hand back and threw the apple as hard as I could and watched in horror as the apple sailed directly into the bear's mouth and lodged straight into the back of his throat.
The bear stood there for about 15 seconds that felt like an eternity.
People gasped and screamed.
Mothers shielded their childrens' eyes.
I believe most of the blood ran out of my head.
After struggling for a moment, the polar bear finally puked up carrots and apples, all over the ground. The show was over & I never used an apple for my antics again. (Not to mention the fact that I didn't volunteer at the zoo much longer... there were snakes involved... but that's another story.)
What does this have to do with health and fitness? Not much- it's just a good story. However I got on the elliptical today for the first time in a couple of months and I thought I was going to die. And I didn't.