Shaken Not Stirred

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Borrow What?

Does anyone else think this is weird?

The other day at the gym, one of the guys that works out the same time I do asked if he could borrow my work-out gloves. Let me set the stage first. I was using one of the machines and wearing these gloves. He walks up to me and then says, "I'm going to lift with some free weights, can I borrow your gloves"?

I had no idea what to say. First of all, buddy can you not see that I'm using them. I may be using machines instead of free weights, but who does that? Seriously, who would walk up to a semi-stranger while they are wearing something and say, "Can I use that now"?

I made up some stupid excuse, so dumb I can't even remember. I think he may have caught on to the absurdity of his question because as soon as the excuse rolled off my tongue and he saw the expression on my face, he goes, "Oh, okay" and walked away.

I'm not a selfish person. I've loaned my undergrad roommates shirts, ties, belts and even scarves before. My best friend has even used my tennis shoes. On occasion my girlfriends have used my toothbrush. All throughout first year of medical school, since my roommate and I had separate laboratory times and shared a locker, we basically used the same lab coat. But why would you ask someone to borrow their workout gloves while they are wearing them?

Seriously, any answers?


  • Yeah, that's weird, though sharing toothbrushes, even with girlfriends... Ehh...

    By Blogger [eric], at 6:01 PM  

  • do you think he was into you?
    liked your gloves, and wanted to steal them?
    was a loner, and looking for any excuse to strike up a conversation with you?

    i don't blame you.

    By Blogger brookem, at 10:28 PM  

  • I do think that is a bit strange. I was once in the bathroom at a night club touching up my makeup and some complete stranger (girl) asked me if she could borrow my mascara. Talk about strange, I said, "oh sorry, but I am in a big hurry" and walked out really quick.
    I thought that was quite bold.
    I can definitely see how you thought that was weird.

    By Blogger Lee Ann, at 10:40 PM  

  • I don't even like it when my friends ask for a sip of my drink! That guys is CRAZY!

    By Blogger rawbean, at 12:07 AM  

  • I hope that doesn't happen to me.

    By Blogger Drywall Mom, at 12:13 AM  

  • Very strange, if you ask me. Maybe he wanted to swap sweat ... eewwwww !!
    Sharing toothbrushes ?!?!
    Hope all is well in your world, Angel.
    Take care, Meow

    By Blogger Meow, at 6:14 AM  

  • Maybe that guy plays for the other team and that was just a really lame icebreaker.

    By Anonymous whatigotsofar, at 8:18 AM  

  • I'm with whatigotsofar. You were about to get hit on. :D

    By Blogger Aaron, at 9:12 AM  

  • lol I liked brookem's answer about "do you think he was into you?" LOL

    By Blogger Nutz On A Roll, at 9:25 AM  

  • I definitely think that is my opinion...he lacks boundaries (& maybe common sense).

    By Blogger Chick, at 9:31 AM  

  • Could he have been "hitting" on you? But look at the bright side, imagine how more uncomfortable it would have been if he had asked, "Hey, I'm about to use the free weights, could I borrow your athletic supporter?"

    By Blogger Walter, at 10:30 AM  

  • That kind of reminds me of the time I asked my best friend if we could swap parents.

    By Blogger Gyrobo, at 10:52 AM  

  • thats weird, its like sharing underwear.

    By Blogger mollymcmo, at 12:14 PM  

  • uhhh..Hey Angel...Can I borrow your Jockstrap? I mean I know you have it on and all, but damn it I need some SUPPORT!

    By Blogger twolf1920, at 1:29 PM  

  • I have no good answer. It's odd any way you look at it. Brooke has as good guesses as anyone.

    -- david

    By Blogger David Amulet, at 2:15 PM  

  • 1. He wanted a piece of your ass
    2. He likes other peoples' sweat
    3. He has a glove fetish

    Whatever the reason, you did the right thing.

    By Blogger Dr Vegas, at 3:23 PM  

  • That is more than very odd. I can't even imagine. I would have asked him if he was kidding.

    Stay away from that human.

    By Blogger Rocketstar, at 10:09 PM  

  • you go to like the weirdest gym in the world. yep.

    By Blogger The Duck, at 2:29 PM  

  • Eww that is weird, if he was just looking to strike up a conversation then he went about it the wrong way...

    By Blogger Pixie, at 2:30 PM  

  • Weird!

    Was it a come-on????

    By Blogger Trixie, at 8:26 PM  

  • I dunno, if it's something you're sweating in, it seems rather an odd request. Maybe it was a conversation starter?

    Although I rarely strike up conversations while at the gym. Mostly everybody is happy in their own little world of pain. :)

    I don't blame you for not wanting to share.

    By Blogger Spider Girl, at 12:00 AM  

  • Take it from me, he has spent hours thinking up that line as an excuse to get talking to you, but he didn't think it through. He never imagined you might be wearing them. Empathy-challenged. Unlike yours truly.

    By Blogger rob, at 4:42 AM  

  • It's always hard to answer when someone puts you on the spot with a completely inappropriate response. I'm glad you said no.

    By Blogger Ally, at 12:53 PM  

  • I'm not a gym rat, so that really won't happen to me.

    I won't go so far as to say he was hitting on you (though that isn't beyond the realm), maybe he was just trying to be friendly in a very awkward way.

    And (should this happen again) it is perfectly akll right to explain you go to medical school and have a kind of bacteria-phobia--don't say germ, they might take it the wrong way.

    I love these gym stories, they crack me up. Keep 'em coming.

    By Blogger blackcrag, at 1:25 PM  

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