Tuesday, February 07, 2012

I must diasgree...

I love The Oatmeal but today's comic is not me, and it's not my Husband. I know because we talk at length about how we behave in the gym. Husband and I are not very alike in personality even though we like a lot of the same things; he tones down my more brashness and I lift him out of his insular nature and force him to play and make friends.

Today's Oatmeal was about people looking at each other in the gym and making assumptions about them, all the while those people are looking at the next guy and thinking their lives would be better if...and so on. I'm not going to say that doesn't happen - of course it does! But not like depicted in the cartoon. I'll see a really fit person and think  "Wow! They put a lot of work into looking like that, I wonder what thier routine is." If I'm on the treadmill I will look at the display panel of the people around me and compete with them. I will say shit like "They're running at 9kmph? I'll run 9.5." "Tjhey quit at half a mile?! Wow that's weak, I'm running a mile just to show them." Completely disrespectful of the fact they may have been in there for an hour already and this is a finish.

I have thought to myself that if so and so wants to lose weight they should up their cardio and stop swinging those tiny half kilo weights around. I have looked in utter despair as some women contort themselves into yoga positions I'd dislocate a hip if I tried them. For me they gym is competition and pushing myself. To be better than I was the week before, and to be better than the person jogging beside me for that short time they are beside me. Not a better person. I mean a better runner, biker, weight lifter whatever. Just for that set. I could care less about their lives at that moment. After workouts, then I'll chat with them and all that competitiveness disappears. In fact I'm thankful to them for being there to help me challenge myself. I've been humbled and humiliated many times too by those who are slick gym masters. That challenges me more. I love those people, not envy their physiques in a way that I pine and moan over, but wonder if I push myself could I get that too? Then I tell myself they probably only eat egg whites and oatmeal so no.

Then again I've not been to a gym in six months so...

Saturday, February 04, 2012

I'm probably alone in this, but...

I'm often confused by people who speak of cities and locations by saying "Down in" or "Up in" and then geographically get the location wrong from where they are at that point in time. I recently had a conversation with someone who lives far north of Scotland and we were just talking weather, when someone else said "We've got snow up in Manchester!" and My mind has to think; where? Because Manchester is south of Scotland. She should say "Down in Manchester". The other person knew she was speaking to northerners (OK, I'm not northern but the person leadin the conversation was), but deferred to "Up in"

I Live pretty far south globally, really any more south is Tasmania and then the Antarctic. I would say "Up in" for most places "Up in Brisbane they have floods" "Up in Darwin they have too many crocs" "Up in Japan they love fish" that kind of thing. I can pretty much defer to to "Up in" all the time, but I still say "Over in Perth"
"Over in New Zealand," I even get the rare ability to say "Back in America" because I'm originally from there. I can do that. I can even say "Back in Scotland," but not "Back in France," because I don't feel I have the right to as I've only had a brief holiday there once.

Locally I would place myself as center and then say other locations as up from, over in and down in in relation to where I am. I know that must mean I know roughly where I am in location to these other places but for me it's important to differentiate. Not just say "Up in" when the place you're talking about is south of you. I think "Over in" is a good get out phrase if you don't know where the place you're describing is in relation to where you are at the time of the conversation. It's not like we'd ever say "Under in," now is it?

Yes, I have the compass app on my phone. Yes I've used it for this purpose.

I'm just saying, as I swig my first cup of coffee before a Sunday laden with chores before a busy week, people who say "Up in" when they're really "Down in" should stop acting all superior. OK... Maybe it's not superior - that's a grumpy morning, pre-coffee, stretch perhaps. I suppose the real superior take would be "We in." Doesn't that make an unctuously smug comment? "We are not amused" the speaking for all thing is the exclusive to the Queen. As Thatcher found out.

It's one of those things that bugs me that I can't tell others about because they'll think I'm a crazy person!!