I received the most intriguing e-mail this morning. I’m wondering if this may just be the unveiling of something great.
From: Mr. Zhang Yong <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Undisclosed recipients
Mailed by: insightbb.com
Important mainly because of the people in the conversation.
I have a proposal of mutual benefit for you.
So many questions arise.
First, just who is this Mr. Zhang Yong (and why does he still go by “Mr.”)
Well, according to this youtube video, Zhang Yong established the world weightlifting record of 218 kg in Israel in 1998. I’m thinking, with that kind of strength, if he wants me to call him “Mr.”, I will gladly oblige.
Next, what is this “Boot Camp Challenge” he represents? I googled this and the first result linked me to a Facebook page that offered this description –
Wake up to the Challenge!
On September 29, 2012 the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego will host the 10th Annual BootCamp Challenge, a 3-mile obstacle run. This unique race features obstacles used only by Marine Corps Recruits, plus over 60 USMC Drill Instructors that “encourage” participants along the race course. The BootCamp Challenge is a part of the annual schedule of events during San Diego’s Fleet Week.
I don’t know about you, but as a 48-year old man who is almost 50 pounds overweight and whose idea of physical training is to walk from the recliner to the refrigerator to get a snack (which is usually not fruit), the idea of 60 USMC Drill Instructors “encouraging” me along a race course is not exactly what I would call a “mutually beneficial proposal”.
So, while I thank you very much, Mr. Zhang Yong, and appreciate your service to this great nation of ours by reaching out to flabby, middle-aged balding men like me with this opportunity of a lifetime, I’m afraid I’m going to have to pass.
Sayonara. And Semper Fi.