Thursday, November 18, 2010

a case of the cranks

Do you ever have one of those days where everyone is driving you crazy? My day didn't start out that way. I woke up early, after not sleeping well - but was in a good mood. I dropped my friends off at the airport, and headed to the gym. I was still feeling dandy. I did my warm-up,and my weights - and was still like a damn ray of sunshine!

Then I moved to the treadmill for my 30 minutes of walking. I was on it for about 5 minutes when the guy a couple of treadmills away from me started coughing. Not just coughing, however. It sounded like fake coughing - really forced, and he made like a gagging sound every time he did it. I finally looked over at him, and realized a few disturbing things: he was making no effort what-so-ever to cover his mouth, he was probably in his early 20's and a total rail, he was moving at about .3 miles per hour (I am not a super-fast walker - but this guy was barely moving), and when he would fake cough...repeatedly...he looked like he was gagging! Like full blown looking like he was going to yack on the treadmill.  Disgusting. I have a new gym rule. If you can't go 5 minutes without coughing - real or fake - stay home. Don't come an infect, or annoy, the other people who use that facility. Thank you. Love, Natalie.

I was grossed out, but went back to SportsCenter, and tried not to pay attention. But I kept hearing him....repeatedly. And he seriously looked like he was going to throw up every time he did it. I started to calculate my chances of kicking him in the back, and getting away before he could figure out it was me. Seriously. So irritating! A lady hopped on the treadmill next to me, between the two of us - and it only took her about 3 minutes, and a short discussion with me, to move to the other end of the gym. I felt somewhat better that it wasn't just me. I should have just moved - but thought I could "tough it out". But my irritation started to grow.... Luckily he left after 15 minutes, so I finished my walk in peace.

After the gym I ran to Sam's Club. The trip itself - not bad. Even the fact that I forgot two things on my first trip, and ended up having to go back in, didn't break my stride. Then I come back out, get in my car, throw it in "R" for race (or reverse), and see a lady in her car, sitting in the middle of the aisle, blocking me in. She was waiting for a car that was 3 spots closer to the store than I was. She was also blocking in 2 other cars that were ready to leave, and had 3 cars behind her. Dear Laziest Lady - It is still above 40 degrees. There is no reason for you to be holding up this many people for you to save walking 20 feet. Grrrr. It made me cranky.
These things were probably not helped by the fact that it was 2:45pm, and I hadn't had lunch. Natalie needs her food! =) I got home, and was completely relaxed by the time I got here. The rational part of my brain (yes! there is a tiny portion of my brain that is still rational - I think?) knows it is not worth being crabby about, but sometimes people just piss me off.

Do you ever have irrational crankiness? How do you deal with it?

1 comment:

  1. Natalie,
    this is exactly why I use my Ipod whenever I work out on the treadmill in a gym! Sounds like you had a horrific experience with Mr. Wannavomitbutcan'tquitegetitout! Eww! :)


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