I managed to go to the gym last night. It was fine until a group of Chinese men and a woman and six kids turned up. They treated the gym like a playground, yelling and chatting loudly and pounding on the machines. When I did my foot physio exercises in front of the mirror, they all surrounded me and watched. Then one of them started following me. Then they all did what I did. My each and every move. Suddenly, I was leading an exercise class.
I wanted them to go away, so I finished my sets and went to the weight machines and started doing some pull-downs. They came over and watched.
On a normal day, I might have been amused and lead them on a series of jumping jacks and push-ups. But after four days of being confined to a hotel for work, dealing with incompetent Chinese staff and having shit food, I really just wanted to be left alone thankyouverymuch.
The other night, I stood listening to this person who went on for about 20mins telling me how perfect her life is, how well-off her husband’s family is, how smart she is, how great her marriage is, etc. I’ve never heard anyone brag so much about their life. If there’s a reason to avoid work evening events, this is it. She was like some over-the-top TVB character, except that she’s real. At no point did she ask about me or the other person standing there. Might as well because I’m afraid I might have let slip: “Yeah, my life is kinda shit right now coz I have to listen to people like you.” I thought I was going to pour my glass of wine over my head. Maybe looking like Carrie might shock her into shutting up already.
I know I’m complaining a lot, but give me a break. I’ve been in work mode since I got here and I’m craving some real people to talk to. I actually enjoy being somewhere different, I like staying in fancy hotels (not having to clean and tidy up is a nice change), and I like knowing that all my expenses are paid for. Some of the workshops are useful, I’ve met lots of people I’ve been wanting to meet, and I’ve learnt a lot more of the ins and outs of the company. Even better news is, alcohol the past two nights have been free-flowing, and my boss and I won a plaque (good) and a cash award (awesome) for some stuff we did over the past few months, so I’m plotting on what I’ll spend it on. (A plane ticket comes to mind!) And we’re going home this arvo! Woohoo!