An EARTHY Anniversary

Hey! Hey! We're the Monkees!

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning, you can find me in a high-impact aerobic dance class taught by Killer Kathe.  Now, Kathe is no Young-Think-in-Spandex; she is, though, THE Poster Child for Fitness-Over-50.  Kathe is in her early 50s, she's fit, she's active, she's creative, and she's a little bit crazy (actually, once the endorphins kick in, she's a LOT crazy).  It's a very fun class - a full hour of high impact cardio complete with jumps, spins, and kicks.

The rest of the people in my class are an eclectic mix.  Mostly, it's women - about my age, but there are a surprising number of men.  Lots of my classmates are retired; some work in health care-related fields, so have flexible hours; but a lot of us are stay-at-home-moms who just never quite found full time employment as our kids grew up.  We've all been dancing together for a long time, so we tend to be a pretty fit group.  We have fun together, we care about each other, and we laugh a lot -- AFTER working up quite a sweat.

Today, during the cool down portion of the class, Kathe had us do something she does every now and again.  She had us all line up at the back of the room to do the "Monkee Walk."  Now, I know that many of you who read this blog will know EXACTLY what that is. . .  but, just in case you don't, here's a quick tutorial:

(Hint: The "Monkee walk" happens at :05 of the video clip.)

Anyway, Kathe has us do this every once in a while, and we all know what she wants us to do.  Today, though, one of my fellow class members - Beth - turned to me afterward and said, "I don't think that's really how monkeys walk, do you?"

My jaw dropped.  She had never heard of the Monkees.  She thought it was the "monkey walk."  She is 35.

We're the young generation. . .and we've got something to say!!!!!


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I forgot all about the "Monkey walk". It must be a hoot to do it with a bunch of friends!


I feel so old! :)

Diana Troldahl

I was singing that song to Oscar just the other day!
I was a huge huge fan of them, especially Davy Jones. I think I've gotten over my knee-jerk reaction to a British accent. Maybe.


Those were the days (not so long ago) -- Do I remember correctly -- watching the Monkees after American Bandstand? Davy Jones all the way! (Though not as wonderful as David Cassidy) On my parents RCA color tv set, which was a significant piece of furniture.


Laughing at Pam's comment about the "significant piece of furniture" that was her parents' TV. Console TVs -- and stereos, too! Crazy (and, oh, so heavy)!

Lori on Little Traverse Bay

I know the Monkees' Walk! I'd suggest it as a warm-down to my core-conditioning instructor (it would be fun!), but I think he and I (and maybe one other) would be the only ones that knew what it was. (It's a college class, and my classmates are all "babies," ha! ha!, but don't tell them I said so!)


Just goes to show you can't trust anyone under 40. ;^)

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