|Old School Gym|
There is a social community within a fitness center. I go there to workout. I go alone - maybe once every 2 weeks,my husband joins me and even then, we split up. I am a people watcher. When I am on the treadmill, what keeps me going is the social drama going on, with the same people. At the time, I go, there is a lot of seniors. Young seniors, new seniors, old seniors, ones with canes - white hair, no hair, blue hair, purple hair. Fat ones, skinny ones, boney ones - and the ones that look pretty dog-gone-good.
It doesn't matter, how old you get - the male/female attraction, is still there. A new old guy joins - and a few of the resident senior cougars are there to greet him. Sometimes, the guy really is there to work out. I feel for him. Then you have the old guys, that still think they have it. They walk down the aisle, checking out the ladies. I get this look on my face when I don't want to be bugged, so I don't have much problems, plus I wear my wedding ring.
There is this one woman, who I have never seen use a machine or workout. The GYM is her social world. Here everyone is huffing and puffing and sweating, and she comes up and talks to you while you are in the middle of it all. She goes from person to person.
Then there are the women, who won't go to the gym, unless they are in a bunch - 2-3 friends together. I don't know...what's UP with THAT? and they are loud. Talking so loud, I can hear them through my ear buds. Can't really get on their case - they are hard of hearing.
Then there are the ones, who don't spray down the equipment when they are done. So I spray every time _ before and after. I'm usually there for about an hour and I do enjoy it. Watching people is way more amusing than watching the TV.
The gym is like shopping to me. I don't like to talk or socialize. I am there to do business. I like to get in and get out. Come to think of it, I am like that PERIOD, all the time. Whether I am shopping, at the gym, walking the neighborhood. I mean, I don't dislike people, I just hate small talk. I never know what to say, after, "Hi."