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Why won't the trainers at the gym leave me alone? The guy I'd been working with a couple months ago is not the primary perpetrator. He's usually just supportive and friendly. Yet, I have had at least 4 other gym staff and trainers try to "help me" in the last two weeks.

Yesterday I was standing there looking for a place to do some clean and press, and I was descended on by not one, but two trainers who wanted to help me come up with something other than clean and press because "those are really tough." Look, I pay my dues and I've signed the damn waiver. Kindly go away and let me lift heavy things now.

Looking around at how few women are in there using free weights, I am inclined to come to the uncomfortable conclusion that there's some sexist element at work here, either conscious or unconscious. I'd love to hear alternate explanations, though.

While I'm complaining, lemme also complain about the lack of Halloweenage this year. I swear, only a few years ago many popular magazines put out issues wholly or in part dedicated to Halloween celebrations. This year I've only seen a half-hearted attempt by the usually reliable Martha Stewart (who could forget that issue in… 2000, was it? where she was made up just like Siouxsie. Good times.)

And I'm pretty sure bookstores used to have displays of Halloween books and trinkets, but not so much this year. Do malls still have big temporary stores open up for the month of October? I haven't been in one in ages.

Well, as my small attempt to bring the creepy, I will keep on posting a potpourri of appropriate links between now and the day. Try and stop me.

I may have posted this last year, but either way, it's a nifty site: Victorian Halloween

And while we're on the topic of vintage, this blog is a good place for a dose of Halloween nostalgia of the past century.

Bleah. Have much work to do. More tomorrow, perhaps.


Oct. 20th, 2005 07:47 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty much ignored by the staff at Gold's so maybe they just think you're cute?
Oct. 20th, 2005 08:01 pm (UTC)
More likely, they are intimidated by your Amazonian height. (Have I mentioned that I envy that lately? (whimper... I'm big enough, I'm scary enough, and gosh darn it, people fear me!)
Oct. 20th, 2005 08:42 pm (UTC)
Aren't you like 5'10" or something?
Oct. 21st, 2005 01:42 pm (UTC)
Alas, no. I am 5'8". Or that's my story. It's possible that I'm a centimeter or two shorter than that. Which makes me weep bitter tears.
Oct. 20th, 2005 07:53 pm (UTC)
I'm rather surprised by all of the Xmas crap that is already out. I was in Lowes last weekend and there was a whole aisle dedicated to stockings, tree ornaments and other Christmas fluff.

I agree, bring on the scary!
Oct. 20th, 2005 08:06 pm (UTC)
they're pushing Xmas before people get their first home heating bills and suddenly realize there can be either Christmas or heat.

we have plenty of halloweenage around here. perhaps it's just the Republicans there, keeping it away? not martha's got good 'Ween coverage.
Oct. 21st, 2005 01:45 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I love not martha. Thanks for the reminder. I haven't stopped by in months.
Oct. 20th, 2005 08:05 pm (UTC)
As in floor to shoulder, shoulder to over head?
How much do you clean and press? Do you have a belt and more importantly, do you use it?
Could be sexist, could be they dont want to see something to bend the wrong way, not sure how much your pushing around there.

I remember that issue with martha as the witch. A how to on how to crackle stain eggs with tea.
Oct. 21st, 2005 01:49 pm (UTC)
Yep, that's the exercise. But I'm not lifting much at all right now. Maybe 40 or 45 pounds at most. And I'm going super slow and attending carefully to form. So I'm not terribly worried I'll hurt myself. A belt is a good idea, but I'm not going to go shopping for one until after the holidays. I figure I'm going to go to a two-day split and get much more serious about training some time in January, so I'll want to take more precautions then.
Oct. 20th, 2005 08:24 pm (UTC)
Sexism? Among athletes? NEVER!
Oct. 20th, 2005 09:04 pm (UTC)
If it's sexism, it's practiced by women. I'm utterly sick of women who whine that they don't want muscles, don't want to get too big, don't want bulk blah blah...I've never heard men discouraging female lifting. I will say most girls that lift suck, but that just makes the ones that do so much hotter. Guys friggin gawk (w/o trying to be noticed or otherwise be rude) when girls lift real weights. Shoulders are dead sexah.

I've heard people complain about stares and whatnot in the gym, but not experienced it 2nd hand. I just get the "wanna fuck me maybe?" gay man eyes, but I don't mind the quick "no-glance" and it's over.
Oct. 20th, 2005 09:35 pm (UTC)
BTW, am I coming over to your place the night of the 28th in order to help you with things? Let me know. Also, do you want to task me with some stuff?

You rock; give them the Beth Stare (TM) and they'll scurry off with tails between their legs and leave you to do your clean and press.
Oct. 21st, 2005 01:51 pm (UTC)
Was great to see you last night, hon. Yes, I'd love to see you next Friday. Had some inspirations in the shower this morning about the ritual, so I think that'll go well. IF you're able to speak to Chris F. please let me know, OK?

Oct. 21st, 2005 02:21 pm (UTC)
Will do - I'll call him over the weekend!

*smoochies back*
Oct. 21st, 2005 01:02 am (UTC)
i wonder if the media and retail avoidance of Halloween has anything to do with all the disasters in recent months. what with all the real horror we've been inundated with lately, maybe the PR and ad types assume we're not in the mood for the pretend stuff as well. *shrug* just a guess.

i don't have a lot of Halloween spirit this year myself, actually. not that i ever have a LOT, but... i remember being more excited about it all last year, making baskets for the neighbor kids and actually planning a real costume for once, etc.
Oct. 21st, 2005 01:51 pm (UTC)
Ooh! Love the icon!!
Oct. 21st, 2005 11:31 pm (UTC)
Ororo rules. i'm so glad they found someone better than Halle Berry to play her for X3.
Oct. 22nd, 2005 12:09 am (UTC)
Did they? Please tell, because everything I've read says it's still gonna be Halle. Oh, gods, she is so ill prepared for that role... "Madam, I know Ororo Monroe, and you are no Ororo Monroe."

*points at Angela icon*
Oct. 22nd, 2005 12:16 am (UTC)
well, hell. i somehow got the impression it was going to be Nona Gaye; i know Halle originally refused the script because it didn't give Storm enough screen time. apparently they re-wrote it, since a travesty of an Oscar-winning actress was more important than someone who actually worked for the role. :-\ *is sad now*

i lust for Angela Bassett.