New gym does not have as many stories as the old gym. Old ladies (perhaps I should say mature except that doesn’t really describe this group) trump old men for interest. No one is fighting over the thermostat or being judgy. There are no old shoes or free books in the changing area. I go to a normal gym now. Sort of.
Here are a few of the characters.
Am I being hit on? There is a youngish guy (that means below 60) who always works out on equipment near me. At first I thought it was coincidence (and it may be). I watch all the CSI programs and there is no such thing as coincidence (as far as crimes are concerned) so I took notice. I am not a beauty queen at my best and certainly not before coffee at the gym. Perhaps he’s friendly or is waiting for the equipment I’m on.
The gadfly – This is a middle-aged woman who is a talker. I avoid her because I’m there to exercise. Too much chatting gets in the way of my mocha latte. Sometimes there is no getting away. She has an interesting life. Recently she spent two months in Southeast Asia touring. She also eats things like hemp and chia seeds and I’m sure weird stuff on her vacation. If there wasn’t so much prattle, I’d listen up more. She could give me some great posts.
The showering folks – These are woman. (I haven’t ventured in the men’s locker room.) There is a young woman showering (and running around naked) when I get there. She’s going to work. She dresses casually but is young and has a natural beauty that doesn’t take much work. I envy her.
And the gadfly again – This person you don’t want to see naked. Like a lot of other people over 60, it just ain’t pretty!
The boob man – We have one of these. He’s over 60 and needs a full coverage bra.
We also have some normal people including a middle-aged beautiful Asian woman and an older woman (less than 5’ tall and weighs 90 lbs. soaking wet). Both are very fit. Even with my regular routine, they would best me at anything except drinking margaritas. Maybe not even that.
These are the “looking” stories. There isn’t as many interaction stories. Gadfly lady did bring me some hemp and chia seeds to try. I wasn’t there that day so she gave them to someone else. That someone else did not like them. Dampened my interest but maybe a positive comment by a reader could spark that up.
There are a few other unusual folks there but I’ll save them for another day. I wonder how people describe me.
“Crazy woman who rushes around, always checking for exits.”
“Woman who wears the same stuff all the time!” (I’m not into spending a lot for an exercise wardrobe.)
I’m pretty boring. I’m not sure if anyone really notices me.