Brickercise
Jeannine Hisel
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

It was the summer of 1988. Some remember it as The Great Drought. For me, it was the summer of a very interesting road trip. My friend Sue asked me if I would fly out to Anaheim, California where she was living and help her drive her car (and lots of stuff) back to Madison, Wisconsin where she would be relocating. Of course I accepted — it would be an adventure!
    About two or three days into to the journey, serious boredom set in along with what I call "the blobboes." That's when you watch your thighs expand and muscles shrink from lack of physical activity and too much car food.
    At the next pit stop as I made my way to the restrooms I came upon a pile of bricks. Who would miss two little bricks? Needless to say, Sue gave me a strange look as I took my passenger seat, clutching the two red bricks.
    "Check it out! It's Brickercise." Sue rolled her eyes in in disbelief as I demonstrated how to work each muscle group. By the time it was my time to drive I had mastered a fine program of muscle work and stretching using my two red bricks. I felt refreshed as I took my place behind the wheel. How resourceful I am! is what I thought.
    My friend Sue, now in the passenger spot, picked up the bricks and begrudgingly said, "So what's this Brickecise all about anyway." I talked her through some tecniques and she really began to get into it, adding some of her own finesse.
    "Hey, we may have something here," she said. That statement no sooner came out of her mouth when something terrible happened. As she stretched her legs out on the dash in front of her, she put a little too much pressure on the windshield.
    CRACK! Oops. She was not happy with me for quite a few (hundred) miles. Of course we laughed about it later. I haven't seen my friend Sue for many years but when we do meet up again. I'll plant two red bricks in her vehical.


Jeannine and her husband have 3 children ages 3, 5, and 7. An avid outdoor enthusiast, she also teaches rope climbing in the Experiential Education field. When time allows, she can be found rapelling off her house chimney.


 

By the time it was my time to drive I had mastered a fine program of muscle work and stretching using my two red bricks.