lockers in the gym

10 Jan

london 10.36pm 6C dry wednesday 2018

the daylight is getting longer by 2mins now instead of seconds like the time when we were near the solstice. i notice it is lighter now. my circuit class has started after the 2wk holiday break, and today is the first class of the new year. when i got out of the building at about 4.15pm, the sky was  light… with the setting sun throwing its red rays onto the underside of the clouds. before, on the last day of the circuit class last year when i came out, it was dark. so there is visual evidence that the days are lengthening now. its very uplifting, as it gives a hint that brighter days to come. though we still have the deep troughs of winter to go through, as jan , feb are always the deepest cold of the year, before we can get to the warmer uplands of summer.

during the holidays i found 3 old £1 coins in the flat. simon had dropped them on the floor. he seemed to be getting them given to him as change, or he is finding these old coins in his wallet but whatever the reason, i find them on the ground , mainly in the bedroom and in the watercloset (wc).

i had lost my token for the lockers.  i had found that token  and had been using it for the lockers before i lost it… so finding the old £1 coin is rather a happy thing for me…as i am able to use the lockers to put away my things and be able to lock them with that old £1 coin.

though one of the guys working out with me told me reception had told him they have changed the lockers to accept the new £ coins now. i thought he was mistaken, because the locker accepted my old coin , but later when i was leaving the place i saw a note taped to the locker sides, saying they accept the new £1 coin. so it looks like my old £1 coin is not needed after all. still i will continue to use them as it is quite easy to forget to retrieve them when the lockers return it when u have finished.

i am glad that they dont charge us to use the lockers.  in the past they used to charge for the use of the lockers. perhaps they realise that it makes thieves damage the locks to get at the money and the cost of repairs makes it all very unprofitable.

Life continues to be very pleasant for me. one of the guys in the circuit class that i was talking to told me he felt a bit bereft , trying to fill his days and having something to do. but since i am really happy not to have anything to do, nothing planned and no one to have appointments with, this life suits me very well.

the circuit class is for all ages, as long as they are men, as it is a men only class. but because it starts at 3pm, those who do go are those who are retired. so it seems to have self selected that age group, though our instructor has always maintained it is for all age groups. but it stands to reason that younger people will be at work at this time and wont be able to make the class. oh i have a thought, it will suit the young unemployed too… but perhaps no young guy will come as it kind of shows his unemployment status. 

the class is free, so i dont know who pays our instructor… i cannot imagine he is doing it out of being a volunteer, he got to earn a living surely;  maybe it comes out of the old people fund, because london is one city that seems to have a program of helping old people keep active. that makes london a very old- people friendly city.

it might well make it a good city to retire to, even though it sounds counter intuitive, as many consider it a very expensive city. but from my own experience, as long as u can find cheap accommodation… and i suppose to many that is a big IF, i can vouch that london can be very cheap to live in. 


5 Responses to “lockers in the gym”

  1. juliehcares Wednesday January 10, 2018 at 11:59 pm #

    I’m glad you get the money back at the gym. Ours you have to take your own lock to lock your stuff up.
    And I agree. Daytime is usually elderly people. I have so many old men looking at me when I’m at the gym during the day. 😀

    • alifesgayventure Thursday January 11, 2018 at 12:50 am #

      do the elderly get cheaper membership at your gym? as for providing own locks, there is the danger that people just use the locker permanently, and if the management tries to get back that locker by breaking the door in order to by pass the lock it means more repair bills for the door.

      • juliehcares Thursday January 11, 2018 at 12:52 am #

        Oh the locks we have are easy to cut off without hurting the door.
        Medicare (the elderly insurance in America) usually gives it to them free, at least where I go.

      • alifesgayventure Thursday January 11, 2018 at 1:02 am #

        here, people use very thick locks.i used to be a member of a private gym, and they have the same system as yours, we have to use our own locks. and we buy really thick locks. this is because if they are so easy to cut off, it would mean thieves would find it easy to do it too…
        i have heard of medicare. it is really a nhs for only the elderly, right? i have a friend who is british but went to usa ages ago, and he was worried about the cost of health care, but when he turned 65yrs old, he was delighted to find that he is covered by medicare. before it , he could get bankrupt if he have health issues, but after 65 yrs old he can be as poor health as he likes, haha.

      • juliehcares Thursday January 11, 2018 at 1:19 am #

        That’s true. If you’re broke, they help. Thick locks…I’ll have to look into those!

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