Friday, 19 March 2010

'Gym? Your name is gym?'*

It's true that I don't much like gyms at the best of times – they smell funny and they play terrible music – but you can't tell me this isn't a little bit sinister:


I'm not sure if it's the steps descending into tomb-like oblivion, or how gothic the logo's typographical flourishes seem when rendered in white on black. Whichever, it smacks of infernal nightmares.

What happens inside? Are people being sacrificed on toning tables? (My use of the expression 'toning tables' is indicative of the last time I was in a gym.) Are people doing their combat training bare knuckle? Against snarling yellowed-eyed hounds?
Are lost souls wailing and crying and tearing at their own skin because there's no fluffy towels left and they're having to use their own scratchy ones from home?

The sun was shining, but my blood was chilled as I went on my way.


* You win a prize† if you can identify this film quotation. It utilises a pun on gym/Jim**.
You do not win a prize.
** I may not be quoting it entirely accurately.
Good luck!

5 comments:

ktuk said...

Is it something Star Trek-ish? It seems like it might be.

Though interestingly (or not) my mind went straight to Pretty in Pink:

"Blaine? His name is Blaine? That's not a name, that's a major appliance!"

Miss Jones said...

KTUK, you must always trust your instincts.

Andie is at the hateful first-date party with Blaine. She meets one of the bitches from school. Bitch says, 'Where do I know you from....?' Andie says, 'Gym.' Bitch says, 'Jim? Your name is Jim?' Andie explains that they know each other from gym class.

ktuk said...

So I accidentally got it entirely right. Always gratifying.

Simon said...

Is it My Name is Joe?

Anonymous said...

It is, also, the penultimate line from 'Star Trek III - The Search for Spock'.

But of course, there it's 'Jim' rather than 'Gym'...

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