Mar 12, 2007

1000 words

They say "a picture is worth a thousand words."

How true it is.

I got to the gym this morning around 6:15, about 5 minutes earlier than I usually do. The walk in was pleasant. The weather was cold, but hovering around 25 degrees: 20 degrees warmer than last week. I grabbed by bag of gym clothes they provide for me (yeah I like that) and headed into the locker room.

Quick note: The men's locker room is one of the worst locker rooms I've ever been in. Not for cleanliness or possible grossness that is around, but just because the space is laid out so horribly. Helen Newman used to be a women's building. As such, the women have a sauna and in general more room. Some would call this payback since most of the time, in my experience, the women's locker room is the first to be lacking in amenities if there is to be a locker room without something. The small spaces make for intimate changing accommodations.

I go work out and then head back to the cubicle locker room to shower and get ready for the day. As I'm getting ready, a guy who works in the same building as me walks in. He looks at me and begins to greet me, but then he pauses. He nods and walks past, staring a hole through my head. I was a bit stunned. Why did he stop? He just walked right past without completing his greeting...what happened?

Then I looked in the mirror: I was shirtless. Now for most people that wouldn't be a big deal, but you see there's something about me that's different: I have rings through my nips. My rings were right there, all shiny and clean after showering and he saw them. I couldn't help but laugh. The thought of my Piercings causing someone to skip and go off course during a general greeting tickled me. He probably didn't know what to think. Did I just see that? Were those actually there???

Shortly after as I was putting on my coat he came by again. This time, for a quick second, he looked around trying to find a focus point obviously trying to avoid looking to see if the rings were visible through the shirt. He shuffle-stepped and just said two words before walking past:


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