May 7, 2010

That kind of gym

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 1:20 pm

Looks like I’ve developed a body parts theme recently…   This puts me in mind of a confrontation I had a few weeks ago at the Gym.  While I acknowledge that I tend to go to the gym at off-peak times, and the thing has to be cleaned sometime or another, I had some conflict with the cleaning staff.  I have noticed several occasions when female cleaning staff have walked right in to the men’s changing area. 

In most of these cases, it has been the same person.  One morning, I was using the changing area for its intended purpose, when I saw her walk in.  As it happened, I was clothed enough at that particular moment not to qualify as a unicyclist, but that was a matter of timing more than anything else.  I decided to confront her, but the language barrier proved to be too much.

Probably in a desire to resolve the problem, she met me at the front desk and asked the attendant there to translate.  This was quite a long-shot because she didn’t speak much English either.  In a rather animated fashion (I was a smidge upset) I explained what was going on.  The clerk claimed to understanding and started to relay it to the cleaning lady.  I was already headed out the door, when I heard her ask in a startled tone: “Why?”

Since I don’t really know what message made it through that weird game of communications barriers, I have no idea what the dispute was, but it is consistent with her behavior.  Still, I wonder why she would think it was OK to decide to clean the men’s locker room while it was being used, and why objecting to that should be a mystery to her.

I don’t have any objection to a clothing option gym in principle, but that wasn’t what I signed up for, and I’m not entirely sure that I would.  What are your thoughts?  Was my objection warranted, or should I be an enlightened FKK practitioner?


  1. Ok granted I can see how this could make you uncomfortable. But I guess I’m a little surprised by your what I perceive from your writing, as being a little hung up on the whole nudity thing.
    I mean it was just the cleaning lady after all. And maybe she just wanted to see if the rumor was true about us American men.

    Comment by Paul W — May 10, 2010 @ 1:23 am

  2. I would be upset. Particularly with teh fact that you had already complained about it. I also can’t see why it would be hard to understand that you being in the process of dressing is not the time to clean the room…that kind of body language is pretty universal.

    Comment by Terra — May 10, 2010 @ 5:53 am

  3. @Terra Maybe your right. (your favorite words ) I mean its not like he made her believe anything that wasn’t true. By word and action.
    Or just simply lie for some kind of warped mind game with her, for his own satisfaction.
    I mean he was very straight forward from the very beginning didn’t lead her on, hummm maybe you are right.
    Open communication its an amazing thing.

    Comment by Paul W — May 11, 2010 @ 12:56 am

  4. Generally speaking, I wonder what the reaction would have been if this was a male custodian deliberately walking into the women’s changing room while my wife was in there…

    Comment by Matthew — May 11, 2010 @ 12:33 pm

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