TODAY

Embarassed

Due to a very tight schedule, I was obliged to report for work today to fix some problems being encountered by an SMS service that I worked on these past few months. I got to the office at around 2:30 in the afternoon, and worked straight till around 8pm. While the rest of the people prepared to shut the office down for the day, I decided that since I’ve brought gym stuff along with me, might as well work out till around 9:30.

So off I went to work out. I had wings on my feet, eager to sweat some on this cold, gloomy and rainy day. I breezed past the entrance, straight into the lockers, changed into a more plain shirt, chatted with this guy who seemed puzzled why I was changing into workout clothes and off I went to warm up on the bikes. Upone reaching the second floor, I thought, “Wow, I’ve got everything all to myself! Must be my lucky day!” When I got on a bike, I pressed some buttons and realized that it was off.

Everything was off. The treadmills, all the machines were off.

Then this maintenance guy, armed with a sheepish grin, stepped up to me to say…

“Sir, we close at eight on weekends. Weekdays are the only days we are open till ten.”

I should have noticed when I entered the door.

I should have noticed that the drink dispensers were being cleaned up.

I should have noticed that the second floor was utterly abandoned.

It was quite embarassing because I saw some smiles from the people I passed on the way in and on the way out. Natawa siguro dahil nagpunta ako ng gym para lang magbihis.

But that’s alright. I’m used to the embarassment and the humiliation and all that. It’s toughened me up and if there’s any good that came out of all those embarassing moments in life, it’s given me that ‘keep-your-head-down-and-push-don’t-mind-the-people-around-you’ attitude.

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