Remember when I said that I hated New Years at the gym? Well here are two reasons why.
I was in the Basket ball court the other day doing half court lunges. There were some young guys playing basket ball on one side of the court which left the far hoop and the 2 side hoops open. I was lunging under one of the side ones. Two athletic, boyish looking girls walk in bouncing their b’ball and heading right for the basket that I was currently exercising under. I turn around and they are playing ball where I just passed them with out acknowledging that I even existed. I stood there in awe for at least 2 minutes contemplating if I should say something or just move to one of the other two open hoops.
I am standing there thinking, seriously, you don’t see me?
You don’t see the other two open hoops less than 10ft from here?
Your mommies never taught you that there are other people in the world besides you?
Do you expect me to move over?
Am I f-ing invisible?
Do you have any knowledge of what gym etiquette is?
Well, they must have felt my disturbing, I am going to cut you death stare and one of them says, “Can we help you?” Now, I know I am no match for these two, but this old chick still has some fight left in her, and well, I can run pretty fast if I need to, so I am like “Yeah, I was just trying to figure out how you can be so rude when there are two other hoops open?” One of them proceeded to want to brawl but the other just said, sorry, we didn’t mean to be rude, we just weren’t paying attention, and pulled her friend to the side. We all moved on without further incident, but it just makes me wonder. Are people really that oblivious to others around them?
Next, I am in the locker room changing into my workout clothes and I have to use the bathroom so I put all of my stuff in a locker except my shoes and they are at the end of one of the benches. Now, there is no one in the place while I am getting dressed and the locker room is pretty large. There are wooden benches that go the length of the room and when I come out, there are two women standing where my shoes were. All of their clothes and bags are now on the bench and my shoes are no where in site. So again, I stand there with a look of complete stupidity on my face and one of them notices. “Oh, are we in your way?” “No, I just thought I had put my shoes right there. “ She moves her bag and sure as shit, there are my shoes under a pile of her belongings. Now, these women were nice, but still I ask myself, how did you not notice a pair of tennis shoes sitting on the bench in a very empty locker room? Are people this unaware of others and there things?
I may not be able to teach my daughter everything in life, but here are some of the things that she will do or she will be confined to her room her whole life.
Hold doors open for anyone older than her.
Please, thank you and excuse me for everything. And I mean EV ER Y TH I NG!
A man will come to the door to get her and a man will hold the car door for her or she will NOT be going anywhere with them.
Let her seat go for anyone older than her.
Be aware of others and their things and space.
Be polite to people helping her. I.e. sales people, customer service people, teachers or just anyone that provides her with a service or help in general.
Anyone in a uniform, be it military, police, etc… shall always be greeted with Sir or ma’am and always be treated with respect no matter what.
Basically, be aware of others and their feelings.