Everyone gets their alternate news somewhere. I get it at the gym.
I go to a “ladies” gym every morning. I’m one of the younger ones (the average age is near 80) and they make me feel good. They think I’m gorgeous! Truthfully, they need new glasses but I bask in it anyway.
The jaws are exercised more than any body part. I prefer the equipment. I can do that and listen. They don’t need me to respond. Most of the time no one stops talking long enough to get a word in.
The women are a little crazy. (Ok, a lot!) There is an opinion for everything and anything they read or heard is considered “the gospel.” On one level it’s scary. On another, it’s funny. A bit of Americana!
The owner is retiring. It’s time. She has multiple health issues and is prone to closing up at a moment’s notice because of them.
Closing the gym is no surprise. She told us five years ago when she renewed her building lease that she would close in August of 2017. Here it is.
There are many times when I am frustrated with the place. The equipment is old and hasn’t been updated in over a decade, maybe two and somethings don’t get taken care of. The lights in the changing area have been out for over two years. The stepladder is too short so the burned out bulbs were never replaced.
Sometimes I drive there in the morning and it is closed. It taught me how to “go with the flow” and not allow my frustration to build. Not going to the gym is not the end of the world. (In fact, it’s what a kid would consider a snow day!)
If the gym is closed, I head right over to Starbucks and reward myself anyway. (It is the thought that counts, isn’t it?)
On the other hand, she graciously allows anyone to put up a sign if they are selling things. Right now a former member who has chickens sells organic free-range eggs at a good price and another member is selling homemade jams.
Over the years, people have started pet sitting businesses, jewelry making and some other ventures and advertised freely there.
It was also a place to get doctor referrals for joint replacements, nursing home reviews and easy recipes.
There was a “library” of sorts, now disbanded. Members contributed books they didn’t want anymore. You could take and give as you wished. No one took names or counted days.
Some of the women will stop using a gym and resort to more walking. Others are looking around. I’ll investigate other alternatives and decide what I want to do. There are a lot of options including swimming.
In the meantime I have a month to think about it. I will miss those crazy old ladies.