Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Playground for Adults

playground for adults highland park

Officially known as Sycamore Grove Park (4600 Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, 90042),
I call it a Playground for Adults.  



This weekend I was over in Highland Park with a friend. We went on a tour of historical homes in the area. There were some really cool homes that I immediately wanted as mine. Typical!

To be honest, the tour was VERY LONG, and kind of boring, or maybe it was just me. I think I am probably better at exploring on my own, as I am really not so great on the "group tour" kind of thing.

About 30 people showed up for the tour, and it was difficult to hear the leader.  Plus, the tour kind of started off on the wrong foot when we each had to introduce ourselves and say where we lived. HELLO!?!? Are we in kindergarten?! 

There was one knucklehead in the group (ISN'T THERE ALWAYS ONE OF THESE ON EVERY TOUR, IN EVERY CLASSROOM, AND AT EVERY JOB?!) that kept interrupting because she was SO SMART and SO INFORMED that she just had to enlighten us with her knowledge every five minutes. I wanted to clock her.

BUT, it was a gorgeous day out, and I took 14 scrillion pictures while the tour leader droned on and on. I thought I was going to be scolded for wandering off, for lagging behind, and for not paying attention. Kind of reminds me issues I had in my younger years and that really have never gone away. 

The BEST part of the tour was when we spotted this exercise equipment in a park on Figueroa.  A playground for adults! What a radical idea! We were so excited to check it out, so we returned the next day and took my friend's massive wolf-dog for a walk in the park, and then we tried out all of this exercise equipment. FOR FREE. NO LINES! And we each got a super work out! YAY! More parks should have this sort of equipment!

The next day I was SO SORE. So unbelievably sore, as I guess I worked out muscles that don't normally get taxed with my regular routines. I have been sore a lot lately, so I wasn't sure if it was from the workout, from the cold weather, or from being O-L-D. So anyways, I was super super sore (and a big complainer) on Monday. I was at work with my older co-worker (he's in his 50's), and I thought he might have some insight since he is older. So I said, "I am so sore today! Argh! I keep having this problem and it seems to get worse and worse as I get older, and it is especially bad in the mornings. Are you stiff in the morning?" There was a gigantic pause and then he said, "EXCUSE ME??????" And then he laughed. And then I realized that I should have phrased the question a bit differently. BAH!!!!


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33 comments:

Vivienne said...

Oh holy cats! You crack me up! I think you speak a split second before your mind goes in the gutter.
(That happens to me alllllll the time!)

On Friday mornings I hike Signal Hill (in, well, Signal Hill) and they have little "stations" like that throughout.

TERI REES WANG said...

Use it or lose it Baby!

...try swimming and muscles you never knew you owned will show up for all the fun, and then you'll start eating enough for three Hungarian weight lifters...and there girlfriends.

Get on it.

Caroline said...

We have one by us...very cool! But I have yet to step foot near it ;). Do post some pics from the tour!!!

Kimbirdy said...

woah, that's awesome!! and not too far from where i live. i need to check that out, especially now while i'm unemployed and can't afford a gym. do you have a good bed? maybe that's why you're sore every morning?

Jo said...

How did I not know about this park?? Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing!!
P.S. Hot bath and Advil?

Char said...

hahahaha, man - that is funny!

this free bird said...

2 words: sake bath

men are pervs!

Heidi said...

haha, hilarious :) And that playground looks fun!

bananas. said...

bahahaahahhahahahahaha!!!

it's a good thing he had a sense of humor. or maybe he's just a pervbrain like me. i would've been dying!

what i love more than that though is the fact that you wrote you wanted to "clock her." lol. clock. LOLOLOLOL!!!

SabinePsynopsis said...

It's different for guys - the morning stiffness... I do love the idea of an adult playground. I think it would do all us looking-way-too-much-into-screens bloggers good. But groups... No, thank you!

mermaid gallery said...

you said it perfectly! Our town just put in equipment like that but I have been too self conscious to try it out. Tours are terrible and so are workshops or any place that people like that woman congregate. I HATE that type... if they ask stupid questions...ARGGH

Mandy said...

I cannot stand the "faux teacher." In any form.

And also, that park is pretty danged amazing. What a smart idea!

Lorena said...

Drollie you crack me up !
I saw something similar in a park in Colombia last year but could not try them as I was with my boss :(

tulpen said...

Wicked fun, cool idea...

Love the foot in mouth stiffy comment. Gold.

blueviolet said...

That's the trick! They make that exercise equipment look like fun playground equipment, and then you work out harder than ever. Sore is good!

Missy said...

Very cool...

Farah said...

Wow...that looks like so much fun! The playground for adults, I mean.

Asking your somewhat elderly male coworker if he gets stiff in the morning..not so much! LOL

Dancing Branflake said...

Haha! Well, I wonder what exercises you guys did. And tour sounds so fun! Such a fun thing to do.

Katie said...

Oh my god I'm always accidently insulting people. It just comes out and I don't mean to at all. Argh.

Marisa said...

Bahahaha I think your phrased it beautifully :) So jealous of a playground for adults! I would totally be there every single day if we had one.

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

They need to have more playgrounds for adults - fun!

Cheryl said...

Hahaha! Innocent slip of the tongue.

I've seen one of those playgrounds, a mini version, in the Marina here in SF. They should have more of them!

cerebral e said...

Early morning stiffness (EMS) is one of the symptoms of inflammatory arthritis and when I was doing a Rheumatology job I was always putting my foot in it and asking guys (often around my age) whether they're stiff in the mornings.

I want to go to that park!

Georgina Dollface said...

LOL! Funny faux-pas with the co-worker!
Those work-out toys in the park look weird and wonderful. And kinda kinky. Or maybe it's just me. Yeah, it's probably just me. - G

十十f十 said...

oh drollgirl this has to be the best post ever.

good on you to work your bod a bit, old or not. i've yet to get started (it's been years). i really should get started.

Isabel said...

they have these adult playgrounds in south korea, in parks and along hiking tails. love them!

Kathryn said...

LMAO at the comment to your co-worker.

It is cool that some places offer a playground for adults for free. Wish they had one in my area.

Kitty Stampede said...

I hate tours too...I just get lost in my own little world like you...always have, always will. wandering minds lol

i have never been to an adult playground but have seen them before. would LOVE to check out.

you are too funny.

p.s.- my brain is fried, my comments suck but I love your blog and love catching up. I always get laughs which helps when you're in a crummy mood like me. thanks for being awesome. :D

Christi said...

That playground looks swwweeeeeettttt.

jenna ♥ a little blue said...

oh my gosh. this looks soooo fun. i would totally go play there

haha it'd be way more awesome if there was a merry go round, but whatev can't have everything i guess

Alisa said...

Ha! Sometimes the words come out sounding differently than you intended.

I agree, I am not a tour type of person. I am go alone, at my own pace, sort of person.

anotherfishinthesea said...

hahah awesome response from the coworker! hehe... and that playground is awesome - we have one in my old town but the equipment was way less exciting visually than what you took pictures of. all drab greens and greys. not enticing.

God's Favorite Shoes! said...

*dead*

Stiff. LOL! BWAAAHHAHAA!!!

*flatline________________*