Before we start, I need to get something out of the way. Piloerection* is nothing more than the scientific name for goosebumps. Don’t say that you never learned anything here at 1500 Days. You also have a fun new word to try out on your friends, family and coworkers.
A battle is brewing in my town and it’s starting to get nasty. The source of the conflict is the parking situation at the town’s gym. Now that New Year’s Resolutioners are in full swing, the gym gets really busy. This has caused people to have to park in the overflow lot which is an extra 100 steps or so. The horror. THE HORROR!!! The patrons of the gym are not happy. So that you have a better idea of the situation, here is a picture that I took from the indoor running track:
The amount of angst over the situation cracks me up. There are angry letters in the newspaper (yes, I still read newspapers). I even heard one upset gym patron complaining to the people working the front desk:
The parking situation is ridiculous! I had to park in the remote parking! By the time I got into the gym, I was so cold that my skin was covered in piloerections!
OK, she said goosebumps, not piloerections. The latter is a lot more fun to say though, isn’t it?
To my dismay, the town is discussing building a closer lot. This is completely ridiculous for many reasons.
First of all, you’re going to THE GYM to EXERCISE! You’re probably going to go up to the track and run a couple miles or hit the spin class. Now, you’re telling me that you can’t be bothered walking an extra hundred steps? What the heck is wrong with you?!?
However, what really bothers me is the idea of building another lot. This is a ridiculous solution because the parking problem, if you can even call it that, lasts for one month of the year. After January, the resolutions fizzle out and the gym attendance goes back to normal. Building an extra lot that will be used 1/12 of the year is just crazy.
All of this got me thinking about efficiency. I try to live as efficient as possible and here are a couple examples:
I heard someone once state they he needed his big V8 car for driving into the mountains. I drive in the mountains too with my 4 cylinder car. While it struggles in the steep passes (I’m the guy doing 45mph in the right lane), I make it to the top, just a couple minutes later. Having a 400hp car to make a small percentage of your driving more convenient is just ridiculous.
Our last home was a 4000+ square foot monster. We justified by telling ourselves that it would be great for visits from friends and families, ‘Everyone will have a room!’ However, those visits are minimal; usually less than a month per year. We soon realized that the house had vast amounts of unused space for the other 11 months. Since we lived around miserable people, the decision to move was easy. Our current home is less than 2000 square feet and suits us just fine.
An efficient life is a good life
Realizing what you need to get by comfortably and sticking to the plan is a good way to live. Forget the McMansion and the SUV that seats 7 for your family of 3. Do you really need a new phone with a 4 core processor when you can get by with a lower spec one? A 4K TV probably has an awesome picture, but I have a feeling you’ve been getting by just fine with the one you have now. Forget that stuff. Put your money to work for you instead of flushing it down the consumer crapper.
Back to the gym
The lady who had her piloerection tantrum disturbed me a bit. I wanted to say something, but kept my mouth shut. I thought about the situation during my workout and realized that I could use some improvement too.
Often, I drive to the gym, even if I don’t have my kids with me. This is a bit ridiculous because the gym is only a couple miles away. Whenever I’m not taking the children, I will ride my bike there from now on. As a bonus, the bikes get the best parking, right up front as it should be. I’ll just have to make sure to dress warm in the winter so I arrive free of a large piloerection problem. That would make for an uncomfortable situation.
*Hat tip to Poppa for bringing “piloerection” back to the forefront of my conscious. I had learned the word in my schooling, but had since forgotten it. As soon as I saw Poppa’s piloerection post (wow, that sounds dirty), I knew I had to find a way to use the word myself. I just didn’t know the opportunity would come this quickly**.
**After the post idea jumped into my head (on the gym running track), I enthusiastically told Mrs. 1500 that I had come up with a way to use the word. She rolled her eyes and sarcastically told me how thrilled she was about it. With any luck, I’ll be able to use this fine word again very soon. Maybe, I’ll even change my tagline:
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