Gym Encounter and Speaking Up for Myself
Monday, December 22, 2014
When I went to my small storefront gym today, we had a new manager. Hey, this is a great opportunity to speak up about how frustrating it is that only one of the tuners on the TV's transmits signals to our radio/MP3 players, so the sound often gets turned on for the whole area to hear. Some things I would really not be subjected to - politics, slanted news, downer news in particular. Manager was all receptive - yeah! Then AJ Guy comes in - when he started working out on the elliptical in the center of the cardio equipment, it was so loud I couldn't hear my MP3 player that was tuned in to the other TV. He was right in front of the TV. I was on the recumbent bike behind him. After awhile of trying to manage anyway, I told myself 'Nothing ventured, nothing gained", and got up to ask him if I could please turn down his TV a bit since I couldn't my hear my radio/MP3 player. He said that he wouldn't be able to hear the TV. I was surprised he wouldn't even turn it down a bit. I switched to a treadmill machine three to AJ Guy's left, in hopes that putting me closer to the other TV would make it easier to hear over the radio/MP3 player. During a break, I told the manager nicely what had happened - and I asked him how to turn on the closed captioning since I was still getting the loud sound from the other TV whose speaker was to my right. He said he would speak to AJ Guy. I studiously avoided any eye contact with AJ Guy, I know the manager spoke to him, and I tried to focus on the show. I dislike confrontation. I was polite. And now I am a little afraid to go back to the gym as AJ Guy and I are frequently there at the same time. I'm not really afraid for my physical safety. I really don't like confrontation - and I don't know if he'll express anger at me. I have a right to use that gym - I pay my fees. I just need to make sure that I am not alone the next few times I go, until I get over the hurdle of seeing AJ Guy again. And hopefully the manager will make arrangements for the tuners to get fixed or replaced so people can workout in peace and quiet.