I get up now at the completely indecent hour of 5:00 so that I can work out before I go to work. (That might alter a little bit as I establish my new routine.) And yet I'm often not the first person into the exercise room.
Frequently there is this weird old man who sits there in the total darkness with just the TV on -- tuned to FOX News, of course -- using the weight machine in his bare feet. He sits on the bench and uses the lat bar with a 10 lb weight, and pulls it down over and over again for about half an hour. Then he goes away. The TV is usually on so loud that I can hear it outside the building.
I always ask him if I can turn on a light. I tried to indulge his preference once, but couldn't see well enough to manage the settings on the elliptical. But I only turn on the light I need.
I work out with my iPod. I don't really like TV much; I can't stand TV news or any of the other fluff that most people watch in there: "reality" shows, celebrity "news," blech. I find it highly distracting. (And depressing.) I prefer just to get absorbed in my music and let the rhythms set the tempo for my workouts.
Then there's this lady. She just has the sourest expression on her face. Now, as a proper Al Gore fan, I try to be always conscious of energy usage. I usually only turn on the light in the area of the room that I am using. She comes in and turns on everything.
She's also a FOX News watcher. Does she say, "Do you mind if I turn on the TV?" No. "Do you mind if I change the channel?" No. She just sweeps in and in the same brusque manner as she turns on every light in the room, she turns on FOX, cranks up the volume, then hops on a treadmill (where she goes 2.5 mph for about 20 minutes), turns on her iPod, and then reads a magazine.
She's not even watching the damn TV. It drives me insane.
She brings bottled water with her and when she's done, she throws the bottle in the trash and leaves the TV on. Global warming is entirely her fault.
Sure, I might work out to Götterdämmerung (which is not a heavy metal band), but that just makes me eccentric in a sophisticated way. These people are weird.