When Stupidity Works Out at the Gym

Whenever possible, authentic humans consider the impact their actions may have on others. Stupers (short, once again, for systematically stupid persons) do not. Stupidity’s Code of Misconduct prohibits this. Stupers won’t even consider taking an action unless it’s sure to annoy others.

Evenings at the local YMCA are generally tranquil and uncrowded. My younger son (Son) likes to use the treadmill during this time. He did so just the other night.

There are eight such machines, four of which are hit directly by a cool, circulating fan. Son used one of these four treadmills. He was sandwiched between a thirty-something-year-old guy enjoying a rigorous run, and a stuper; all three got the benefit of the refreshing breeze from the fan.

The stuper wasn’t running, but strolling on her treadmill, while talking to someone next to her. The stuper stepped off her machine, walked over to the fan and turned it off; then she returned to her treadmill.

Son looked at the guy next to him and smiled, thinking the situation quite comical. The fellow looked back at him and didn’t attempt to crack a grin. Instead he displayed the picture of complete and total exasperation. The man stepped off in the middle of his run; he told the lady that he’d like to turn the fan back on. She said no, curtly explaining that the fan was no good for her allergies, and that’s why she turned it off.

The fellow asked her to move just a space or two, to any of four, unoccupied, fanless machines, but the stuper refused, saying she preferred the one she was on. The man finally gave up and just asked her to please turn it back on once she was done. She frowned and shook her head at his audacity. The man went to the fan and turned it back on. The stuper moved over to an exact replica of her treadmill, a few feet away, where fan issues were nonexistent. Exactly what she should have done in the first place, if she’d exercised a bit of thought.

It’s important for authentic humans to gain control over a stupid situation. This doesn’t mean grabbing the stuper by the shoulders and giving the idiot a good shake until the brain is revived or a slight case of whiplash occurs. This does mean remaining in reasonable control of one’s emotions and thoughts rather than allowing them to control us, as stupers are accustomed to doing. 

Think for yourself.


9 Responses to “When Stupidity Works Out at the Gym”

  1. dawn says:

    I can just imagine how funny the situation must have looked to your son! Treadmill rage at the gym 🙂

  2. Mary says:

    Sometimes I think that it’s not really about what makes sense with some people. It’s about getting your own way – selfishness. Dumb!

  3. M.C. says:

    So this stuper had a reason to act stupidly, but even though her reason was a good one, she handled it pretty badly. I wonder if she learned anything from this? I doubt it!

  4. Aja says:

    I noticed a fair amount of stupers at my gym as well. I am surprised the man asked her if he could turn it back on, how polite. Did you ever notice that stupers are rude as well?

  5. Jillian says:

    People truly amaze me sometimes. How could she possibly think what she did was OK? was she the only one in the gym? Argh!

  6. damon says:

    Maybe you could tag these people somehow. Maybe one of those big yellow tags with the numbers on it that they put through cows ears. This way the rest of us can just walk around the idiots.

  7. Jennifer says:

    Maybe we could “mark” stupers like they did in the dark ages, with a permanent stigmata … then just like when people had to raise their right hand to take an oath so the judge could see if they were a repeat offender, we would know who the stupers were ahead of time and avoid them. Maybe the mark of the stuper could be applied to their person using an operational fan blade. Just a thought! As you were.

  8. Keli says:

    Now that’s something you seldom hear about: treadmill rage!
    Selfishness is stupid.
    Stupers seldom learn. But there’s always that rare one who can be reformed.
    Yes, stupers are well-known for their rudeness, especially while behind the wheel of a car!
    The key word is “Think” – there was none of that going on.

  9. Keli says:

    Brilliant suggestion. I have a memo going out to the Dept of Transportation on tagging idiot drivers who insist on driving in the fast lane at sluggish speeds. I’m all for tagging, but is it really necessary? Idiots are adept at revealing themselves.
    That would be ideal! Kind of like Zorro who left his Z wherever he went, stupers could leave an I for Complete and Utter Idiot. If only.

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