Here’s the sign outside of the men’s locker room at the Park City Aquatic Center:
I can’t help but wonder – why did they say “children of the opposite gender”? Why didn’t they just say GIRLS? Are they afraid of being gender-specific? (Park City is, without a doubt, the most Californicated town in Utah). I hope that that’s not it – the existence of men’s and women’s locker rooms is already pretty gender specific.
I’m not even going to bother asking about the rest of the sign; if there is a family dressing room, then there must be some reason why “children of the opposite gender” can’t change in there with their parents. I’m sure that that all makes sense somehow.
(For some reason, my spell checker doesn’t like “men’s” but is okay with “women’s”. Is THAT gender specific?)
Don’t ask me; I have no dog under this porch. I no longer have any children of any opposite gender; Ethel and I have been empty-nesting it for a few years now. I think that Silas has been gone for three years now; what a strange thing to say. I went through two iterations of kids, and they are all gone. My eldest granddaughter should have her learner’s permit by now.
I’ve been going to the Park City Aquatic Center once a week for a Friday long swim. I’ve been working from home on Fridays, and it’s cheaper, quicker and easier to pay the four bucks and swim up here than it would be to drive the 18 miles to swim for free at my gym. Fact is, though, I’ll still be driving to the valley today – I have a 5:30 meeting down on Foothill Drive.
And I’ve been driving to the valley on Saturdays, as well, to run and bike; this weekend, I’m going down there to ride with a friend, but I’ll be doing a Sunday long run alone up here. Herr Doktor Hersey has me doing three long workouts this week, with no doubling up – my 90 minutes/3500 yards in the pool this morning, then a three-hour mountain ride tomorrow, then 90 minutes of canyon running on Sunday.
Two weeks from now, I’ll be in St. George, getting ready to race the next day. I’m supposed to do a short, easy open water swim in the reservoir there to get used to the idea of open water swimming.
I hope that they have a place for me to change, free of observation by any genders that might be opposite.