Friday, August 16, 2019

Color Misstep


So today I put on my turquoise exercise shirt. Big mistake.
Twenty minutes later, it was that shirt that propelled me to the front of our low-impact aerobic class with three other women who’d also had the bad judgment to choose that color.

          Our group’s teacher does that from time to time – scan the room and drag a crew wearing the same color tee to face the crowd along with her. And it is a crowd. Today’s attendance was down a bit due to summer vacations, but we still numbered 48.

          After years of facing grumpy, judgmental teenagers as a teacher, I’m pretty much immune to being in front of a group, but I would have preferred to stay in the crowd and just enjoy (?) my workout.

          As I tried not to lose count of things and make a fool of myself, I scanned the room. Crabbily, I thought why didn’t she pick that row of three guys at the back? It was as if they’d sent out a memo – they each had on khaki shorts and black shirts.

          Then I looked around the gym. There wasn’t a man in the group I’d have asked to dance. Arms were waving, feet were stepping, with a complete disregard for the music or what anyone else was doing. Put them in front of the room and it could all turn to chaos.

10 comments:

  1. next time pick gray so you'll blend in with the shadows.

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  2. Ha! That is a HUGE workout group. I'm sure you did a good job and probably got a good workout, too. :-)

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  3. Smiling.
    I don't like being the centre of attention - and cannot dance, so perhaps I would be safe...

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  4. You're right to let that group be.

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  5. I don't like facing the crowd either, put me at the back where I can look foolish without being seen please.

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  6. I would hate to be in the front. My coordination is so bad on some days!!

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  7. Ha! If you had gay guys in the group, THEY could keep time. (I'm allowed to say that, LOL!)

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  8. Could you wear a tshirt with your own first name emblazoned on it? Would that work? I mean, how many Marty's are there in that group...
    And that was nice of you not to embarass the miscoordinated men: although Im sure they would have put more effort into what they were doing, maybe.

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  9. I notice this too. Generally speaking, women seem to have better rhythm and poise.

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