Some cool gym membership prices images:
McHugh Bluff Stairs for Fitness
Image by ocean.flynn
Do tax-incentives for fitness work? MLA claims they will.
May 14, 2008
Tory Calgary, AB MLA Dave Rodney is the first to propose legislation through the vehicle of a bill (2008-05-11) offering a maximum of 00 tax relief to those who purchase a limited number of eligible fitness-related services. Would a tax credit only push a few people to step away from their screens and go outdoors, the can-but-will-not?
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Purchasing a club, team or gym membership does not make the buyer physically fit. The same degree of fitness can be achieved on Calgary’s biking, walking and hiking paths and trails. People get fit by choosing to use stairs indoors or outdoors like those at McHugh Bluff. Others keep in shape through paid or unpaid work related activities. How do we monetize their contributions towards relieving Alberta’s ailing medical system? Do we have statistics on the demographics of health-care users specifically as related to income and fitness? Do we have evidence-based research that lack of physical fitness on the part of individual’s is a key component in weakening Alberta’s medical system? Who is driving this bill? Are community members concerned with individual well-being who are not linked to the sports industry (organizations and businesses who monetize fitness) actively engaged in promoting this bill? How will this bill facilitate fitness improvement as part of quality of life issues for city’s most vulnerable populations? Is there any evidence-based research that the the most vulnerable groups, the biggest consumers of public medical system resources, would benefit in any way from a tax-incentive? What percentage of the municipal population who have access to a disposable income required to access pay-per-use fitness activities would find themselves in the tax bracket where this would benefit them? What is the real saving? What are the real costs of this proposed tax-incentive, spread across the broad spectrum of the municipal community, to encourage those few people who have the buying power but not the will, to puchase fitness-related services? Once they have purchased them is their any monitoring device that they would use them? Is there evidence-based research to ensure that those best served by tax deductible fitness-related purchases (those who have disposable income) really require a tax-incentive? If the largest demographic group using health services is a specific income or age group, why not examine ways of reaching that group first by improving universal access to fitness-related courses or memberships by financially assisting those who would-but-cannot because of a price hurdle, then focus on the vague possibility that a tax-incentive might get some people away from their screens and outdoors, the can-but-will-not?
maps of lost places
Image by rachelyra
What is R?
(Maps of lost places, closed chapters, the past, destroyed places, forgotten ideas, dreams discarded and otherwise rendered obsolete.)
For most people, this is a basic variable in their life’s equations. A simple monthly payment made to a property owner, landlord, or managing company every month. The fixed monthly cost for a place to live is most people’s single biggest expense, and the privately held container of the home is a keystone in the way our society envisions and apportions the use of space.
Shifting economies (which, let’s recall, are an architecture of the imagination) leave populations marooned, adrift in pockets of the economic past while select groups, defended, advance into the wreckage of other people’s lives and deem it virgin territory.
The joyful lushness of living is squeezed through concrete viaducts into the form of gaunt skin stretched tight over bones, and regardless of right, or fault, the city chases implacably and becomes a place filled with gauntness, its lush life contained by gates, counters, and glass walls.
There is hope in destruction, wrought as inevitably by time as by forces resisting imbalance. All desires, apportionment, and regrets are composted in the churn of the city as new life wells ever upward from the cracks.
The paintings in this collection are priced using a variable based on your cost of living. R=rent.*
Rachel Lyra Hospodar
* Here, "rent" is equal to the amount of any recurring monthly payments you make towards living, work, and recreational spaces. This may include any parking space rental, boat slip rental, storage space, gym membership, coworking or studio rental, and any other monthly space-use payments. If you pay rent in part or full through work-trade, R is to be negotiated. If you share a bedroom, use a multiplication factor of 1.6 for your housing rental number. If you are intentionally homeless, location-less, a digital worker of the 21st century, R is to be negotiated. If you pay a mortgage, R is to be negotiated. If you are a master tenant or leaseholder and accept rent monies from others to offset your rental cost, R is to be negotiated. If you provide for dependents, their costs are to be included in your own but R can be negotiated. If you are a clown, a health worker, a musician, a poet, a dreamer and elbow-greaser, if you have chutzpah or ovejas or reasons, R can be negotiated. R can always be negotiated.
And another one bites the dust
Image by Ramones Karaoke
2 years and 5 months into the exercise kick, and I’m onto my fourth Steelbow.
As I keep saying, in some feeble justification, "it’s cheaper than a gym membership", but seriously, it’s a piece of exercise equipment, I’m 52 years old, in an office job, never any good at sports, one of life’s fat people, and the thing is made of f*cking steel. It even has f*cking steel in the f*cking name. TinBow, PlasticBow, SiliconeRubberBow, FeatherBow, SheepskinRugBow – these products’ names evoke softness, delicacy, a lack of structural integrity, an inherent breakiness. SteelBow – that’s a big, man’s name, full of testosterone and machismo. And I*R*O*N, the most stable atomic nucleus of all. Iron nuclei do not break. Ever. Forged in the hearts of exploding stars, able to survive the most ferocious explosions an angry universe can throw at it. SteelBow – it should not f*cking break.
One last time – it should not f*cking break.
And here I am, old and tired and useless and I’ve still ripped 3 of the damn things in half. WTF?! Let’s not distribute them to the national Decathlon squad, or the Iron Man Triathlon Summer Party. Or even the Pensioner’s Boxing Club. There will be laughing, weeping, a national outcry – "Look, these SteelBows are simultaneously awesome and yet useless – their built-in obsolescence is truly a thing to behold". A class action lawsuit would follow.
Fortunately I could tell it was close to expiration and ordered a new one from the US a couple of weeks back, and it arrived with 3 days to spare.
Maybe I need to get over it and consider the purchase price to be a subscription. It’s 9 months per SteelBow, £60 per unit, about £7 a month. Cheaper than a gym membership.
But – let me repeat – it should not f*cking break.