A different kind of arm wave
Monday, May 11, 2015
In some of the public restrooms here, there are the old-fashioned towel dispensers. In others, gentle air dryers which are so weak that I usually end up wiping my hands on my pants. And then there are the ones with jet-powered blowers, that blast all moisture away within seconds.
Today I had the pleasure of drying my hands under one of those turbo-blasting dryers, and was mesmerized by the way the air blast depressed the skin on the back of my hand. And then for fun, I moved my arm to allow the blasting air to hit my wrist, then travel up the length of my forearm. At some point the air reached the perfect position on my arm that my skin vibrated at its resonance frequency, and waves of ripples undulated from the focus of the air blast outward. I looked up in absurd wonder and made my daughter laugh - she then used her phone to video my arm skin vibrating so we could show the male members of our family. Who, for some perplexing reason, didn't think this was anywhere as fascinating as we did.
Later, in the back seat of the car, my daughter and I compared our forearm skin with pinch tests - my skin pinches much more easily, and gives a stretchier thinner pinch, than my daughter's does. Part of this is the glorious structure of youthful skin (hers!), and part of it is because my skin is a little stretched *everywhere* due to my recent weight loss. I have already noticed I am saggy in many other places, but hadn't thought about my forearm at all! So - how do I tone my forearm? Time to google....