Either you love the sunshine, or it shines from your… When the sun shines, people smile more. Outdoor sports teams have more participants.
Swimming pools get crowded, running tracks pounded by more feet than normal. The harbour is packed with boats. There are more beach volleyballers, tennis courts are packed, hockey players lather themselves with sunscreen and the soccer club has more than enough players for an extra team.
It is easy to understand why. The sun is addictive — its light on the pituitary gland wakes the body from winter’s slumber and winter’s grey and cold sludge. As the body rises earlier, the breeding season begins. Whatever does that mean in the gay community?
But why are the gyms suddenly full? There is no additional light there. Rather than being pleasantly warm and relaxing, it is hot and stuffy, or air conditioned to the comfort of an igloo. Here is where vanity is a positive motivator.
I’m not sure gym bunnies are there to enjoy the sweat and BO. The sheer terror of being seen in less-than-perfect shape, or the perfect shape of yesteryear’s body drives us to the bench, barbells and mats. The daily blood, sweat and tears ensure that shorts, very short shorts and budgie smugglers will again hug the corrected curves.
How quickly the sunshine becomes one’s first love again. Outdoor cafés overflowing, bikes the quickest way to work or the shops, walk rather than drive — all to bask in the life-giving energy flow.
What a bitch of a start the ‘summer of ’09’ has been. Less predictable than a drag queen’s next gutter-trawling opener, just when one gets into the swing of the warmer time of the year, one could be forgiven for thinking that Noah was right in building the ark after all.
Let’s not despair — at least the heavenly deluge is warm, allowing a better flow of sharks into the harbour and inlets, ensuring the dogs are crazy when they get a chance to get out to play, leaving mud on friend, foe, front seat and furniture alike.
The best-laid picnic blankets and outdoor events become a sodden mess with the only positive being that the sun which returns upon arrival at home quickly dries the blankets, cushions, accessories, furkids and funky hairstyles. Wouldn’t it be nice if the sun really shone out of your…?
info: Indoor and outdoor sports for all tastes: Team Sydney Clubs via the website: www.teamsydney.org.au