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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Updated American institutions

I think this town's equivalent of a nineteenth-century New England town hall or a twentieth-century Midwestern community center is the high-end gym with therapy pools and complimentary straightening irons in the women's locker room and fruit-infused water. It is the place to run into everyone. (Today we ran into the rabbi.) Granted, it is in the center of town, but otherwise in no way resembles its institutional predecessors.

4 comments:

Julia said...

One of the many reasons I never go to the gym: I hate running into people I know.

Julia said...

Let me rephrase: I hate running into people I know while I'm sweaty and gross. Other times, I don't mind it.

Miss Self-Important said...

I know! I don't understand why the center for sweaty grossness has been elevated to community meeting center. I guess it benefits some people - those who sweat little and look good in their exercise clothes. But everyone else, including those whose community status in terms of wealth or connections or political power is actually higher than the fit, lululemon-clad women with sprightly ponytails, is reduced by this choice.

Withywindle said...

It sets the real pecking order--which is (un)surprisingly like the high school one. Everyone wants to know where they really stand.