Names I Have Been Referred By at the Gym

by Joey deVilla on February 26, 2010

"Hans and Franz" from Saturday Night Live

Names at the Old Gym (Mostly people in their 20s – 30s)

From summer 2005 to the start of 2009, I was a member at a gym located a ten-minute walk away from home. The crowd is made up mostly of people in their 20s and 30s, presumably students, singles and the “yummy mummy” crowd, with students and homemakers making the lion’s share of attendees during business hours.

Here are the ways I was addressed at that gym:

  • Joey
  • Mr. deVilla
  • Jose
  • “Joe-zay” (an attempt to pronounce “Jose”)
  • Accordion Guy
  • Dude
  • Dogg
  • Yo
  • Sir

Names at the Current Gym (“Newly wed or nearly dead”)

I switched to the new gym not because there was anything wrong with the old gym, but because:

  • It’s only a block away from home, making it more likely that I’d go more often, especially when the weather’s bad. So far, it’s worked; on average, I’m there every other day.
  • It has a swimming pool.

Before and after business hours, the crowd is made up of people from their 20s through 40s. During business hours, it’s the retiree crowd.

Here are the ways in which I’ve been addressed or referred to by my fellow gym members:

  • Joey
  • Jerry
  • Jimmy
  • Johnny
  • Young Man
  • Young Feller
  • That Microsoft Guy
  • The Computer Guy
  • The Accordion Player
  • Young Chinese Fella
  • “That young guy who’s always here in the middle of the day…why doesn’t he have a job?”

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Mark Cidade February 26, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Do CDN MS blue badgers badgers badgers get free gym membership? Which one?

Joey deVilla February 26, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Mark Cidade: Canadian blue badges have one of two options:

  • Free membership at “Microfit” on-site gym at the Mississauga office. I live in High Park and as a mobile worker, go to the office about once a fortnight, so it’s no good for me.
  • Half your local gym membership fee paid for by The Empire.

I opted for the latter, and it’s a sweet deal! My blog advertising can easily cover both my web hosting costs and gym costs.

(By the way, for those of you not familiar with Microsoft parlance, “blue badge” is the term for “full-time employee”.)

Brent Morris February 26, 2010 at 3:03 pm

I’m glad I’m not the only one rakish enough to use the term “yummy mummy”.

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