Since Mother Nature decided that we needed more days below freezing, I decided to head to the gym yesterday to walk aimlessly around the track. As usual, I gave little thought and began walking in the direction of those who arrived before me, but something was off.
Today was clockwise day, and this lady was boldly walking counter-clockwise. That is not allowed. Gym anarchy!
Then I began doubting myself; maybe she was walking clockwise after all. I hesitated, but continued on in her chosen direction. Finally, I could not take it anymore. I must conform to the rules, they are in place for a reason I am sure. I already have one leg shorter than the other, I do not want to make it any worse by taking uneven turns on a track.
I kept trying to picture a clock in my head and which way the hands go but my brain was so occupied with the whole walking stuff that I could not get it right. Finally I stopped, turned toward the center of the gym, closed my eyes and tried to imagine a clock. Then I opened my eyes and looked at the giant clock on the wall. Still, I had to use my hands to demonstrate to myself which way was clockwise and then transfer that to the track. I was right; this lady was whack.
But knowing this did not eliminate my problem. Do I say something to her? Am I the track police? What if she doesn’t care about such rules? Do I just start walking in the proper direction and try not to crash into her as our paths cross? Should I just walk the incorrect way until she is done? So many questions!
She was walking toward me and I had decided I was going to mention her directional folly, when she suddenly veered left exited the gym. I did a little happy dance in my brain, woohoo, all is right in the gym track world! I began slowly walking in the proper clockwise direction, relieved of the stress of lawlessness I drifted off in thought as to what I might do to amuse myself for the rest of the day.
Soon, another dude showed up to walk, looked around and began following me. I wanted to turn around and tell him, “you’re welcome, I solved today’s directional challenge,” but I thought that was be a bit weird and I just hate being weird.