So as I was leaving the gym this morning, one of the ladies who works there says to me, “How are you doing?” I figured it was a polite gesture as is the norm in our society.
I was wrong – she got me good.
I answered, “Good. Thanks.” Then I grabbed for my keys and began to turn around and she says in that don’t think I haven’t noticed voice: “You haven’t been here in a while.”
This woman (who could easily be 20 years or more older than I am) had that look that your Mom or girlfriend gives you when she expects an explanation. Now, I have – in fact – been at the gym. Sure, due to the end of the summer being crazy and the beginning of the school semester being nuts, I’ve had to cut back to maybe going 3 out of the 7 days of the week, but I’m still getting to the gym and working out.
However, being a well-brought up young buck I had no choice but to bow my head and say, “Yeah, I’ve been really busy lately.” Almost as soon as I said those words I knew what was coming next.
“You have to make time to workout.” At this point a second woman behind the counter began “Mmmm Hmmm”-ing her in agreement.
My response was all I could say (staying honest): “Yeah, I’m trying to squeeze in gym times as much as I can, whenever I can. That’s why I came in here today at 7am.”
I think that satisfied their needs – the older woman said, “Well that’s good. I’m glad to see you’re trying to get in here more,” as the other woman chuckled in agreement to my assertion that I was trying to workout whenever I could.
I’m just glad to know that the $51 per month that I pay for my gym membership is at least being spent on people who appear to give a damn. I enjoy that. Good for them for taking an interest in their customers.