One of my pet peeves reared its ugly head today.
Why do people stand on the walking/jogging track at the gym?
Actually, I do know why they do that:
- To talk to someone using a machine that is not on the track
- To talk to someone else who has stopped on the track
- To watch their friends playing basketball on the court below
- To have a loud conversation with their friends in the workout area below
Yeah, no justifiable reason there - at least not IMHO.
I do understand when an the elderly person needs to stop and stand for a few minutes to catch their breath. I sympathize, and even empathize, with them. I am tempted to do that myself, at times.
Why do people walk/jog in the wrong direction in the middle of the track?
Actually, I do know why they do that, too:
- To get to a machine along the outside of the track that is a few steps closer to them if they go opposite traffic
- To meet up with a friend who is a half lap behind them
It amazes me - and not in a good way.
This morning I had to stop on the track because there was this big guy running toward me, zig-zagging his way against traffic, to meet up with someone a bit behind me. I thought he was going to run right into me. He was wearing a big smile that I just wanted to slap right off his face.
Don't mess with me when I am making laps on the track to try to burn off some pent up frustrations.
Ok, I feel a little better now that I got that off my chest. Thanks for listening.