365 Challenge: Day 143 – Jumper

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Jumper: (a) a collarless sleeveless dress, typically worn over a blouse, (b) sweater, (c) person who moves suddenly and quickly in a specified way, or (d) to push oneself off a surface and into the air by using the muscles in one’s legs and feet.


As I put on my jumper to head out to dinner, a jumper dashed in front of me calling out to the jumper on the other side of the street wearing a jumper — and a romper. OK great, now it’s your job to figure out what the devil I’m talking about, ’cause I certainly don’t know. It’s 12:30 and I am wiped out from writing all day… now I need to write a 365 Daily Challenge post? Who made those rules up? Oh wait… I did… what a convef… wait that excuse has been used before… and I’m no plagiarist. But I am a procrastinator again.

What do I really mean by jumper, other than those very eccentric definitions above that I found on a few popular dictionary sites this evening. By the way, many thanks to Joanna from one of her earlier post’s today seen here, where Google gave her one of the worst definitions possible, which in turn gave me the idea for this post. And since I just told you in a recent award/tag that I’m always saying ‘Google That Sh*t’ — I now need a new catch phrase because that’s not gonna work anymore. Back to the word jumper…

I went to the gym this afternoon after six hours of writing. I was mentally drained more than usual for some reason. It was a weight day. I usually complete 2 exercises with 4 sets and 12 reps. Then I do 5 calisthenic-like exercises to get my heart rate higher before the next set of exercises. Repeat 4 times. Today included jumping jacks. I began adding them into the routine because I found it helped with stretching out my muscles and limbering up my body. {Keep your mind out of the gutter, please — another nod to Joanna!} I normally have the gym to myself around 5:00, as most of the building residents are eating dinner at that time. {Aside: does anyone know why they call in the blue plate special? I have my ideas, but I could be completely wrong}

Today, a woman about my age was also in the gym with her trainer. They kept switching back and forth in the same two general areas I was floating between. At one point, they were doing weights while I was on the other side doing my jumping jacks. 50 each session. I’m usually a tad out of breath when finished. As I come back to the weight area, they look at me and say, “we’re gonna call you Jumper from now on.”

I’m a friendly guy. I tend to be fairly curious. So I do the appropriate thing. Hit them both and leave. No! Just kidding. I asked what they meant. And I learned something today… the trainer says to me “You are awesome at jumping jacks. I’ve been training people all year and no one does them the right way and that speed. You’re a machine.” I nod. Of course I am. No. I’m not. What??? I smiled, laughed, thanked them, said I’d be so tired by the time I was done, my form would be awful. They laughed. I finished and left. Jumper. That was a new one for me. I’ve had a lot of nicknames in the past, but not that one.

Fast-forward to me getting out of the shower 20 minutes later. Mind you, I have done nothing all day but write and work-out. I pickup my phone to look at all the social media and blogging stuff I’d missed during the day. I met my promise and no one had to use a taser on me (see yesterday’s post if you are unsure what I’m talking about). 937 red notification dots all over the phone, basically flashing ‘read me’ signs. I’m throwing my clothes on, putting out food for Ryder, getting ready to meet friends for drinks and dinner — just dinner for me since I stopped drinking until I head to Fire Island for a long weekend in mid-August — basically jumping all around the apartment, trying to get everything done before I have to leave. I felt like one of those Olympic jumpers… all over the place, hopping over sleeping dogs, towels, shoes — WHY ARE THERE SHOES IN THE MIDDLE OF MY FLOOR (hint, I did not leave them there) — narrowly missed slipping onto my ass. Jumper. I am literally jumping around because I have too much to do and I can’t even slow down to walk.

And even right now, I’m jumping around from topic to topic. By the way, I am finally going bathing suit shopping tomorrow in between the eye doctor and getting my hair cut. It will not be the Matt Damon trunks I displayed a few weeks ago. Just forewarning you. I also refuse to spend more than 30 minute in the store searching for, trying on and purchasing said bathing suit. Maybe if there is an attractive salesman who insists on properly fitting me and assisting in the ‘try-things-on’ room (wink, wink). I’m TOTALLY joking! I will wear it for maybe 2 hours when I go to the beach in a couple of weeks. And I won’t go in the water, splashing and jumping around like a little kid. Not for me. I will read a book under an umbrella and ogle everyone walking by me — as one should do on a beach. Seriously? OK, enough jumping around in this post. Let’s get down to business…

What’s with these weird clothing names called jumpers and rompers. I read a few news articles in the last week indicating more men are wearing them. What is going on? You couldn’t pay me enough to wear something like this.



Men's Grand Stand Short Sleeve JumpsuitRompers like this understated number have been available for years, but the trend is hitting the mainstream hard.  shjh.png


And yes, those are all called jumpers per the sites I looked up. Which is the real one? And once again, Google failed by directing me to pornographic sites of what a jumper meant in that world. Feel free to look it up in that sick Urban dictionary again. This time you can find the link. I’m afraid to copy/paste it in fear it will keep sending me these tawdry definitions. Seriously? Why is this word so peculiar AND why has it popped up so much today. There had to be a reason… maybe it was meant to be the 365 Daily Challenge word. And that’s why, my dear online friends, your word today is ‘jumper.’ Pick any of those definitions, as none worked for me. Maybe you’ll have better luck next time.



  • Today’s 365 Daily Challenge recommended blogger to know is Pirate Patty @ Books, Books & More Books. She’s been blogging for about two years from and her site is organized quite well — with over a 100 categories to choose from, including book reviews, author discussions, sports, life musings, eye-sight, humor, gardening and politics. We’ve shared several conversations on flowers, kidney stones and other semi-humorous topics, always finding something in common in each other’s posts. Down-to-earth. Interactive. Open-Minded. Friendly. Witty. Sarcastic (in the good way). All the attributes I enjoy seeing in fellow bloggers. Plus the books she reads are always entertaining, including unusual titles and crazy covers. I enjoy reading posts from her site each week, and so might you… go take a short trip over there by clicking the link in her name above and meet a new friend.


About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.


52 thoughts on “365 Challenge: Day 143 – Jumper

    MoJo said:
    August 2, 2017 at 12:07 AM

    Where do I even begin… I guess I should go with the obvious – you MUST buy the one piece striped man jumper / romper outfit. After that, you MUST post a pic of you in it. At that point, we will all be able to respond with our own “involuntary peeing” blog posts we have been asking you to write (other readers – please see his previous post because he started that idea).

    Next – The gutter? Moi??? One little chicken comment and I’m totally plucked (bah-dum-pum). Yes. I do jump in the gutter at times. It’s a funny place to visit. (You know that you agree!).

    And last of all – I suck at jumping jacks. I thought everyone did. No one likes a showoff JC4, but hey – now I can also call you Jumpin’ Jay Flash, so it’s not all bad! (Teasing!) (About the showoff part.) (My list of Jay nicknames will continue to grow.)

    Thanks for the shout out, the giggles, and your general awesomeness. 😉 Joanna

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 2, 2017 at 7:17 AM

      I will consider buying the jumper if it’s under $25 and it is returnable. Then I can wear it, post a picture, send it to the company who made it and tell them they owe me my money back for making me look so silly. Maybe it will go viral on social media.

      Yes, the gutter. Takes one to know one, (s)he said.

      Nicknames are endless. I might forget from time to time who I am if this keeps up.

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        MoJo said:
        August 2, 2017 at 7:33 AM

        1. I will send you an Amazon gift card. Problem solved for you. Worth every penny for me.
        2. (Immature giggles) (more of the same)
        3. I was also thinking of adding J2C4. It would make for a great future Star Wars robot name as well. (Note to Disney – You may credit me for that. Also I like royalties.)

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        August 2, 2017 at 7:38 AM

        you’re very well organized this morning with these comments. humorous too. but the organization seemed more worthy of a comment.

        Liked by 2 people

        MoJo said:
        August 2, 2017 at 7:40 AM


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        MoJo said:
        August 2, 2017 at 7:42 AM

        Yeah. I am quite listy at the moment. Your observations always make me laugh because they are spot on every time. This is what I mean about your intuition. You pick up on the funny stuff that may seem little but is actually quite significant. So clever. 😊

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        August 2, 2017 at 7:47 AM

        🙂 thank you! good morning!!!


    cwhiteweb said:
    August 2, 2017 at 12:29 AM

    Boy, so you jump around from topic to topic! It’s a fitting, multi-faceted name for you 😀👏🏽

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    declutteringmylifeweb said:
    August 2, 2017 at 12:46 AM

    What about last week meeting with the publisher?

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    coffeelovingbookoholic said:
    August 2, 2017 at 5:03 AM

    please get the blue/white/red one! 😀 would be a great halloween costume too 😛

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    Roda said:
    August 2, 2017 at 6:28 AM

    A jumper would be a smashing idea for the beach!

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    Books,BooksAndMoreBooks said:
    August 2, 2017 at 7:33 AM

    You are awesome 😊 And we call those rompers and don’t ever wear them 😂😂 You have to take all your clothes off to go to the bathroom!!!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 2, 2017 at 7:37 AM

      That would not be a fun nor easy experience. LOL

      Hope everyone checks out your site today!

      Liked by 2 people

    wakinguponthewrongsideof50 said:
    August 2, 2017 at 8:24 AM

    There is so much I could say about this post, but all I can think about is how much trouble I would get into if I started responding to innuendo in you and Mojo’s posts…….

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    Nel said:
    August 2, 2017 at 11:00 AM

    Lol.. all I can think of to say is you’d probably pull off a romper well, hahahaha. Also, that Jumper movie was terrible. Don’t watch it.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 2, 2017 at 11:02 AM

      lol i will skip it! didn’t even know that’s where it was from, lol

      and let’s start with the bathing suit today, maybe i’ll graduate to a romper

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    Run Wright said:
    August 2, 2017 at 11:35 AM

    Britons call a sweater, a jumper.
    Nothing against the male romper idea but it looks juvenile to me and I would have a hard time taking a man serious if he showed up for a even wearing one.

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    BrizzleLass said:
    August 2, 2017 at 3:14 PM

    So we call sweaters, jumpers as standard here. Unless they are a hoodie, then they are hoodies! 😉

    And are you good at everything?! I thought everyone sucked at jumping jacks! It’s an unwritten rule! When I do them at circuits class they are accompanied by the air turning blue as I screech obscenities at the trainer! I’m a very dignified lady! 😊

    I love the stripey romper I think that would be quite fetching on the beach, you’d be sure to catch the eye of all the young men in that one! 😉

    And…can we call you Jumper from now on? I kind of like it! 😂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 2, 2017 at 3:46 PM

      I’m not good at everything. My secret is that I only talk about the things I’m good at, then no one knows what I’m bad at! 🙂

      I’d like you to record those jumping jacks as blackmail for the future, please.

      Jumper says sure.

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        BrizzleLass said:
        August 3, 2017 at 3:19 AM

        You are rather sneaky there with that plan Jumper! 😉

        I have no intention of recording my jumping jacks, however my trainer has a sneaky habit of recording us training and posting it on Facebook so it will probably happen anyway! 😂

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        August 3, 2017 at 6:22 AM

        That is awesome!!! I hope (s)he tags you so I can see it.


        BrizzleLass said:
        August 3, 2017 at 7:05 AM

        You are mean! 😣

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        August 3, 2017 at 7:10 AM

        Yup! But in a fun way, of course.


    RhapsodyBoheme said:
    August 2, 2017 at 3:40 PM

    Haha, really enjoyed reading this, but forgive me about wondering how your muscle enjoyed the stretching. Joke aside….awesome post.

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    Kip Walkin said:
    August 2, 2017 at 6:03 PM

    Hey Jay, this is one interesting and funny post I’ve read in a while. You bet I can’t possibly be caught in one of those jumpers. And I can’t really say I blame you for not being a fan of these outfits. The stripes will make me feel so stretched. I’ll probably be walking around all stiff and uncomfortable. It’s painful really. 😉😉

    And sorry about the pornographic definitions. In this age and times, these things can’t be helped. 😉😉

    All in all, it was a great post. Thanks.👍

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 2, 2017 at 6:20 PM

      Hi. I’m glad it made you laugh. Excellent. Those rompers and jumpers are not for us. I don’t even think I could try it on without laughing. 🙂

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    Rae Longest said:
    August 4, 2017 at 6:44 AM

    Definitely a fun post.

    Liked by 1 person

    twogalsandabook said:
    August 4, 2017 at 6:49 AM

    What I think is weird is the rappers I seen wearing those things! The remind me of what I used to put on my toddlers 20 years ago. LOL

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 4, 2017 at 6:50 AM

      Maybe they’re more popular than we thought. Every fashion trend makes it way back at some point. You might know what’s coming next!

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        twogalsandabook said:
        August 4, 2017 at 9:45 AM

        LOL I am probably the least person on the planet concerned with fashion. To me though, it seems designers must be getting desperate if they are now turning to infant wear for inspiration to clothe grown men. Just sayin…….

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        August 4, 2017 at 11:10 AM

        sayin’ the truth


        twogalsandabook said:
        August 4, 2017 at 3:01 PM

        : )

        Liked by 1 person

    shalini said:
    August 7, 2017 at 8:11 AM

    What a sweet post on jumper hehehe

    Liked by 1 person

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