Anybody heard any good jokes lately?

Hi everybody!


You’ve got the pilot here. I hope this finds you well. I’m doing pretty good but of course I’ve noticed a little bit of discontent in your usually cheerful reading and I was hoping to talk to you guys and shed a little light on a couple things so you can focus once again on what you love – living happy and healthy lives.

Guys/girls, I don’t know if you know this or not, but my name’s Tom. I’m telling you this because history’s taught us that people with single syllable names have always been a reliable voice of reason. Stop thinking of names from history and just consider a little of what I have to say 🙂 I think you’ll find from reading this and past pilot posts (PPP’s) that I like all of you guys and that I’m genuinely humbled and thankful every time I get to talk to such a large group of intelligent, passionate folks. So no hard feelings about any of this stuff, right? Come’on – you wouldn’t be mad at a guy named Tom, would you? Stop thinking of Tom’s you don’t like and please, continue reading.

You all have probably got to know my wife Gina (a.k.a. the Fitnessista – fun fact: pronounced like “fashionista” in case you thought you had been reading fitness tips from your “sista” 😉 ). So you probably know she’s a loving and caring person that probably actually over thinks her postings so she doesn’t offend anyone. She takes so much pleasure in seeing you guys happy whether or not that’s a result of the tidbits she offers up on here. I can tell she’s extremely bothered by the fact that the whole April Fool’s day joke has turned a little nasty (and I’m trying to be a good hubby and clear the air so I can see her smiling again).

Here’s the deal, folks. Gina wrote her little post based on the fact that she would not normally eat a pulled pork sandwich and fries. You would be shocked if she did! Well, I know I would because that’s not how she eats on a regular basis. Ready for the cliché, “sitcom” caveat: NOT THAT THERE’S ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT 🙂 She doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat pulled pork if that works for you and it’s what you like. Before going pescatarian, it was one of her favorites. Is anybody really offended by that? Really…realllllly……realllllllllly? If anybody’s allowed to be offended, it should be me: IT WAS MY PULLED PORK SANDWICH!!! And guess what, I wasn’t embarrassed in the least. I love ‘em and while I know it’s important to eat most food types in moderation, this was way worth it…and delicious.

I know these issues mean a lot to you all and things might have just gotten a little out of hand but we’re all friends here. There’s no reason to get up in arms at each other. I mean, I wake up everyday and go to a job where me and my little 30,000lb aircraft fly 400mph at 100ft off the ground where only a tiny lapse in concentration or malfunction away from a very bad day and I don’t take daily life this serious. In fact, I’m able to be relatively sane thanks to the levity of my charming and often hilarious wife. So jokes are good, right guys?


Look, it’s all cool. I still love all you guys (and so does Gina, of course) and nobody has any grudges. So, let’s press from here and leave this misunderstanding in the past. If you still have any heartburn over it, come on down to visit and I will proudly share my Smokin’ Pig Bar-b-que with you while the Fitnessista breaks out the wine.

tom and i


The Pilot

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  1. AmyJoGo on April 2, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    There is nothing more sexy than a man standing up for the woman he loves. Way to go Tom!

    Seriously Gina. Your Tom and Rhodeygirls’ PB seem to be such great guys. Sabrina says PB has single cousins. Does Tom have single brothers??

    • Fitnessista on April 2, 2010 at 3:12 pm

      yeah they’re both great guys!!
      sadly, no. he has no make relatives his age. wasted genetics, right there

  2. Kelly on April 2, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Hilarious post.

    Also, can I just say that the pilot must be loving his life right now after having read all these comments where lovely ladies are swooning over him?? haha

  3. Kathie on April 2, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Horrah for the Pilot! I’m with some of the other gals…nothing is more sexy than a man that sticks up for his woman! ;o)

    All that aside, I do NOT see how ANY PERSON could have taken that particular post SERIOUSLY?! I mean, come on! We all know how you are Miss Gina and it was on April Fools. Sure, it you had us going there for a second but in the end, it all made sense w/what the day was and all. 😉

    Besides, I’m with the Pilot (btw Mr. Pilot, my hubby is a Tom too)…I could LOVE me a pulled pork BBQ sandwich once in a while. 😀

    Keep on being yourself, Gina!!! We love you for who you are and post about — not what commentors opinions say about you & your posts. 😉

  4. kat on April 2, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    I think you and your hubby are just beautiful together. You guys rock.:)

  5. Kristin on April 2, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Hurray for that darling husband of yours! The two of you must be a blast to hang out with! 🙂 I just recently found your blog….not even one week ago and I LOVE it by the way! 🙂 So I am new here…don’t “know” you well…and haven’t read back through all your history. Yet even I could tell that your post was all in fun and not at all negative or judgemental. Not that you aren’t entitled to YOUR opinion on YOUR blog…but I won’t go into that. This blog world is an interesting phenomenon and I’m sorry you were hit with the negative side of it. Enjoy your Spring Break!

  6. RED on April 2, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Geez, people need to lighten up! Some people just can’t take a joke I guess.

  7. Gillian on April 2, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    I cannot honestly believe people were offended by that – cra-hazy! I wouldn’t worry about it too much because you and your blog are fabulous and if those people don’t want to read your blog anymore because of it then there will still be lots here who will – just stay true to who you are!!

  8. lux on April 2, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    I honestly cannot believe that people would get so worked up over and april fool’s joke.

    You have to have some sort of humor/joking/etc in your life or you’ll go crazy.

  9. stephanie on April 2, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    way to go, tom! well said! it’s always nice to hear from the lovely fitnessista’s other half.

  10. Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary on April 2, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Nice post pilot! 🙂

  11. Betsy Kleiger on April 2, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    People need to lighten up a little. I look forward to your postings everyday because of your levity and the fact that you are a real person, with a sense of humor. Any haters out there can suck it.

  12. Rika on April 2, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    what a great guy 😀

  13. ann on April 2, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Tom, you are a gem.

  14. ered on April 2, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    You two are the loveliest couple–both hilarious as far as I can tell and its so nice the way you take care of each other. Thank you for sharing your lives and thoughts with readers–if the blog were to suddenly disappear I’m sure I’m not the only one who would be a little sad…so keep on keeping on, I say, jokes and all. 🙂

  15. Kristal (from Moody Zumba) on April 2, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    yep ill go with the crowd and say way to go tom… this lil piggy went to market… my april fools day joke went sour as well…. sucks when ppl cant take the joke. but gina. i think its hilarious. please smile… it uses more muscles. lol love you G!

  16. Katherine on April 3, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    This whole debate is like my sorority sisters arguing over tanning beds and skin cancer on our chapter-wide distribution list. feisty!

  17. Karen M. on April 3, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    I’m so sad that the negative comments left you with yucky feelings, Gina. Life without humor would be no fun, but I guess you never know what’s going to rub somebody the wrong way. Some people also just like to stir the pot.

    I always enjoy your blog, and I liked the pork post. (I admit it didn’t fool me for a second. My six-year-old started trying April Fool’s jokes at 6:43am, so by the time I read your post I was really jaded.) I hope the comments don’t make you hesitant about being yourself in your posts. Being you is what’s gotten you all these loyal readers in the first place!

    Sending good vibes,
    Karen M.

  18. Emily J on April 4, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Good Lord, some people take some stuff so personally. It’s like, if you have a problem with how she eats, then DON’T EAT LIKE HER. She’s not telling you NOT to eat a pulled pork sandwich, she is poking fun at the fact that SHE does not eat pulled pork sandwiches. Freaks.
    But seriously, Gina, every girl should be so lucky as to have a guy as wonderful as your pilot. 🙂

  19. Carrie on April 5, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Bravo, husband extraordinaire.

    Tell ’em to build a bridge and get over it… I love Gina’s humor. It’s one of the 200 or so reasons I am a loyal reader! Much love. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on April 5, 2010 at 10:27 pm

      thank you, carrie!

  20. Racheal on April 9, 2010 at 12:01 am

    Really? Really? People are really upset about a joke? I love you both so much and I am truly thankful for your posts. You bring so much positivity into my life. Thank you both!!!!

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