Last night, we decided to drive down to Belmar, N.J., to grab some slices at Santoro’s Pizza on Ocean Avenue – and then take a walk on the boardwalk and get the kids some ice cream. Because of the not-so-great weather earlier in the day, it was not crowded at all down there in the early evening. It was funny, walking around down there…seeing some familiar sights brought me back to 1987-1990 when I used to go down to Belmar very often and spend the weekend, etc.
Back in those days, I was a bit of a gym rat. And, I could be found in the World Gym by my home at least four days a week. Of course, also back in that day, I used to read Muscle and Fitness magazine each month – looking for new training tips, etc. And, many times, during the summer, I would grab the latest edition of “M&F” at the 7-Eleven down on Ocean Avenue in Belmar, on a Friday, and read it over the weekend in between hitting the beach and the bars, etc. Of course, back in those days, every so often…actually more times than not…there would be something in the magazine about Arnold Schwarzenegger – especially if he had a new movie coming out. (And, between 1987 and 1990, he had at least a half-dozen movies in theaters during that time.)
It’s funny, about a week and a half ago, I heard somebody…I think it was the weather guy on Channel 2 in the morning…doing birthdays and they mentioned that it was Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 62nd birthday. Sixty-second birthday?
Anywho, between hearing about his birthday the other day and making that Belmar/Muscle and Fitness/Arnold connection last night, I was in the mood to watch an “Arnold” movie this evening and I popped in “Total Recall.” It was interesting to watch it again – after not seeing it in many years…the then-award-winning effects are now dated, and, the acting perhaps somewhat more cheesy in retrospect, but, the story, score and action still kept me very entertained. A young, high-haired, Sharon Stone in aerobics gear didn’t hurt it none either…
And, for the record, I laughed out loud towards the end when Arnold said “See ya at the party Richter!” If you haven’t seen “Total Recall” in a while, and you were into the whole Commando, Raw Deal, Predator, The Running Man, Red Heat, Total Recall run that Arnold had going in the mid-80′s to 1990, I suggest checking it out again…for some nice “recall” in the viewing.