I have come to the conclusion that all people in my gym are either socially retarded, self obsessed yuppies, or mentally unstable. I had an interesting experience this morning which still baffles me.
I was on the elliptical trainer when an older woman got up on the one next to me. She had another woman on her right who was using a fan in front of her. Older woman then looks at me.
Older woman: Never mess with a woman's fan.
Older woman: See we like our fans and get highly temperamental when they're messed with.
Me: I see.
Older woman: The fan keeps us cool while we work out.
Me: Yes fans have a tendency to do that.
Older woman: That's why we get angry when someone tries to move them or turn them off.
Me: Well you gotta keep cool.
Older woman: Yes. So keep that in mind when you move a fan.
Me: I can honestly say I've never messed with a fan without permission.
Older woman: It's just best not to ask. You see a woman working out in front of a fan just leave it be.
Now this is interesting. If I see a fan on I ask if there's anyone using it. If yes I leave it alone, if no I turn it off. Now this woman is claiming I shouldn't ask at all.
Me: Why shouldn't I ask if someone's using it? A lot of times that I do people say they aren't. They just ignore it, cause the one who turned it on in the first place was to lazy to switch it off.
Older woman: That's wrong. Most of them will say no just because they're being nice and don't want conflict.
Me: Yes they have your social graces.
Older woman: Huh?
Me: Never mind. I'll leave the fans alone.
Older woman: Good, cause you see the fans blah blah blah....
I tuned her out from then on. I should just make it a habit of not responding at all to people.
"Can God go to the gym to work out for you? God helps those that help themselves. You have to do it! God or some omnipotent power or whatever you want to believe in gives you the energy, the will to do it, but you have to do it yourself." - Jack LaLanne