There should be a caveat, though. It should also have been voted the most talkative membership.
Yesterday, I went to the gym to lift and swim. In the lockerroom, I ran into a woman I know from running, who told me all about her race at Oceanside (where she did quite well). It was slightly awkward, though, because 1. I had to be somewhere in an hour and a half and was in a rush, 2. when people talk to me in the lockerroom, in various states of undress, I’m never sure where exactly to look, and 3. I had just come in a from a run and was bright red and dripping sweat and out of it and I could not remember her name. All this led to me just staring blankly.
Then, I started warming up in the weight room. And one of the guys on staff came over to ask me if I was an athlete. OK, yeah, why, what’s up, I asked. No reason.
I went back to lunging and another (older) guy came over to tell me, “That was a good lunge. I used to do lunges like that; that’s a good one. Did a coach give you that lunge?”
Then, I was in the middle of a squat and the woman from the lockerroom (whose name is Shari, so there, I did know that, I just was tired!) wanted to know if I want to swim. Which is cool, because I like having people to swim with, but I was stuck in the middle of a squat, and not in the attractive part of the squatting motion.
So, we shared numbers.
Then, while I was kettleball swinging and hamstring curling, this other woman started talking about how the weights were too heavy and she already has a busted knee, which was goddamn Mary’s fault in the first place. I don’t think she was talking to me, but I was the only one around. And she got quite upset when I didn’t respond. There was a little bit of hostility at the drinking fountain.
Finally, I got out to the pool and the lifegaurd wanted to tell me about swimming etiquette and am I new here and what does it say on my swim cap?
It says, “I DON’T LIKE MAKING CONVERSATION!”
Steve says I should just be polite and continue what I’m doing, but I don’t know if it’s written anywhere that I have to be polite. If you interrupt someone to talk, then you have to talk on their terms. You, as the interruptee, have no right to civility.
But, I’ll probably just be polite.
I’ve already marked myself as a bright-red-faced, super-blond wierdo, doing crazy stuff, while everyone else enjoys a nice talk on the treadmill.