That’s right folks, I may not be a young man, or gay for that matter, but the Decatur YMCA is my jam.
I went on Tuesday evening around 6:30 and ended up staying until they closed at 10 p.m.! Now, I know what some of you might be asking yourselves, “is Sarah doing drugs? No one likes working out that much!” And my answer to that is no, I wasn’t on some crazy Ephedra cocktail (this isn’t 2003) I was simply enjoying myself. How is that possible? One word: volleyball.
After wandering aimlessly around the gym for a few minutes and doing some elliptical, I decided to see what classes were being offered that night. There were mad amounts of classes being offered in the aerobics rooms, but when I looked at the gym schedule and saw “Volleyball 7:30 p.m.” — Look at the clock, 7:26 p.m. –Shit! I wonder if there is still time to sign up?
I went over to the mildly mentally handicapped man at the front desk and asked. I was in luck, you didn’t even have to sign up. So I made my way to the west gym where a few younger girls were starting to warm up.
[A brief background on volleyball and myself:
I tried out for volleyball in high school and having never really played before, making not the Freshmen team, but the JV team, I was pretty stoked. Because I didn’t play club like a lot of the Varsity girls, I didn’t make Varsity Sophomore year and was stuck playing JV again. There was way too much drama on the team, so I ended up quitting. But I still totally love the game, obviously.]
After warming up for an hour and a half (a little excessive? I thought so too), we finally started playing. It was so nice playing with people who know how to play the game (i.e. making use of the setter, rotating correctly, etc.) it was fantastic! It’s the little things in life, I guess.
But fuck all that, here’s the real reason I like volleyball: the faces . . .
There are tons of other activities at the facility, like a pool, gymnastics area, weight machines, cardio machines, a track, and lots of group exercise classes.
So that’s about it. Oh and I found this, too: