Totally Frenched Out

From the blogger formerly known as Samdebretagne

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Every once in a while, C and I will go out to the suburbs to do some major grocery shopping. Of course by the time we actually drive out there, the cheaper prices might actually be negated by the amount of gas used, but it's still nice to have a bit more choice and to go to a "real" store from time to time.

So off we went yesterday. Everything went fine, and we got our groceries and headed home. But C has this funny little quirk. He always thinks he can improve on everything. Be it a recipe, instructions, or the GPS - he always thinks there is a better way. 99% of the time, this leads to disaster.

As it did last night on the way back. At one point, there was a fork in the road. The left way was the normal route, the right, unknown. Both the GPS and I were saying "Go left! Go left!". But my dear C choose to go right.

Which meant that instead of driving back to Paris on the freeway, we drove back through every little suburb town along the way. On top of it, most of them were under construction for another tramway, bringing a four-lane road down to a two-lane road. In rush hour. But oh well, it was a chance to visit another part of IdF. Who cares about the frozen food in the trunk, right?

Eventually we came upon this, and I had to do a double-take:A Ronald Gym Club? Since when does MacDo do gyms?

I had a hard time finding any information about them, but finally found a small press clip on their EU site: A balanced, healthy lifestyle involves more than what you eat. It’s finding the right balance between calories you consume and physical activity. We encourage customers to build more movement in their lives, through both large-scale programs and grassroots endeavors, to support physical activity, especially among children. Ronald Gym Clubs are an example of this endeavor.

I'm curious if any of you out there have ever seen one, or been in one? Are they free? Or payant? I'm not the biggest fan of McDonald's, so I wonder if this is just a publicity stunt or a real attempt to encourage physical activity? (or both)....



Blogger Crystal said...

A Ronald McDonald gym is like an oxymoron.

And the only thing Max likes to improve upon is his physique - hence the 4 litres of egg whites in my fridge that one time or the giant tub of protein powder taking up the whole damn living room table.

May 31, 2011 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger Linds said...

I can't believe the sign...McDonald's and exercise just don't go together!

May 31, 2011 at 6:41 PM  
Blogger Mallory said...

Ronald looks wonky. I highly doubt it's associated with Mcdonalds.

Maybe just a ploy to remind the fatties that eat at Mcdo to hit the hit once in a while.

BTW I had Mcdo for breakfast ;)

May 31, 2011 at 10:02 PM  
Blogger wcs said...

A tip (from Walt's many years of experience): when you go on these period shopping excursions, put a cooler in the car and, if you have one, one of those frozen thingies or even a bottle of frozen water to keep things cool on the way home.

We do this when we go shopping to places a little farther afield. Works great! No worries! :)

June 1, 2011 at 8:08 AM  
Blogger Sara Louise said...

I like to exercise while I'm eating a Big Mac (joking of course but I'm sure if I went to that gym I would)

June 7, 2011 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger Doc said...

There's one in Troyes, and while I've only seen it through the glass, it looks a bit like a themed playground for the kids.

June 10, 2011 at 6:44 AM  

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