Weekly Eye Roll

Another Weekly Eye Roll

At my gym, we have a nice and big, quite posh locker room.  There are several "bays" with lockers and mirrors surrounding big benches.  And because there are several "bays" - each looking pretty much exactly like the others - people tend to gravitate to the same spot each time they come in.  So as to help us remember where we "parked," so to speak.


You get to know the women you see regularly in your "bay."  Y'know?

There is one woman I see 3 times a week, but we tend not to speak to each other.  Because she is a pool-walker.  And I am a lap-swimmer.  And there is always (and especially earlier in the mornings) a bit of, well . . . let's just call it tension . . . between the two pool user-groups.  And this woman happens to be a General in the Pool-Walker Army.  (I tend to just keep my head down and swim.)  (Although I have been known to cause a fuss.)  (But that's usually in January.  And only when things get Really Bad.)

Still.  I try to be nice.  (In and out of the pool.)

One day last week, as I was getting dressed in the locker room, I happened to notice The General had a pair of well-worn hand knitted socks stuffed into her shoes under the bench.  So I decided to be friendly; to reach out; to comment . . . 

Did you knit your socks? I asked.

Yes.  She said.

I'm a knitter, too.  I said.

And then she unloaded.  Well.  These are Jaywalkers.  But not from the original pattern.  I use a modified version to knit toe-up because that's the ONLY way to knit socks.  I also ONLY knit using the new Magic Loop method because that is the ONLY way to knit socks.  And I ALWAYS reinforce my heels and toes with nylon.  You'll notice MY socks never wear out in the heels.  It's the ONLY way to knit socks.  And I ONLY knit with Opal sock yarn.  It is the ONLY yarn to knit socks with.  

And on and on and on, pretty much without pause for breathing . . . 

I just pulled on my hand knit sweater and proceeded to dry my hair.

Really, lady?


To that, I say . . . 


I won't make THAT mistake again!

(Eye roll for emphasis.)







The Weekly Eye Roll

Last Tuesday, my schedule got a little messed up.  I ended up going to the gym at a completely different time of day from normal -- several hours past my usual Pilates class.  So I worked on the weight floor for a while.

It was there . . . that the idea for a new blog feature was born!

Yes.  Let me introduce you to . . . The Weekly Eye Roll.*



Last Tuesday, I was using the weight machines at my gym for an upper body strength workout.  The gym was pretty quiet - it being early afternoon and all.  But there are always Those Guys in the weight area.  And, if you spend any time at the gym, you probably know just who I'm talking about.

The Meathead Guys.  (And the Meathead Wannabes.)  (And sometimes their Groupies.)


I was working my way through the machines, and listening to an audiobook on my iPod.  Targeting my deltoids . . . and lats . . . and biceps-triceps-chest.  Doing shoulder presses and rows and curls. (Even pull ups.)  When I noticed two guys . . . about my age . . . looking, well, a little too into themselves (if you know what I mean) using the same machines as me, but a little frenetically.  As in . . . talking broadcasting to each other while quickly moving from machine to machine.

I mean, I could hear these guys broadcasting OVER the audiobook I was listening to.  (They were so distracting I actually had to give up on listening to my book.)

Then, I noticed that one of the guys was a "Grunter." Yeah.  One of those.  He grunted - loud and ostentatiously - with EVERY movement.  Every. Single. Movement.

Bicep curl . . . UHHHHHH.

Bicep curl . . . UHHHHHHHH.

Bicep curl . . . UHHHHHHHHHHH.

And then, he would throw down the grip portion of the weight machine, with his weights crashing (to loud and dramatic effect) and pace around . . . like it was some sort of Olympic effort.  A total show.

Over and over and over again.

So tiresome.

So tedious.

So stupid.


Really, guy?


What is that even about?????

(What I really, truly wanted to do?  Go over and tell the guy, "If it's that hard for you, maybe you should use lighter weights.  And do fewer reps.")

(But I didn't.)

(I'm hoping he noticed my eye rolls, though.)

Happy Friday!  Have a great weekend!


* Which probably won't actually be weekly.  Just sayin.