Monday, July 11, 2011
I am now the proud owner of a twelve month family gym membership. How did I get suckered into such a thing you might wonder. Five words: free two week trial gimmick.
The first mistake was letting my husband get the mail. The second mistake was letting him make an appointment. The third mistake was attending the sports club.
After our tour, it was time to listen to the sales pitch. We were informed that a membership includes use of a pool, racquetball courts, a sauna, all exercise classes, cardio equipment, weights, locker room, and a kids club. All for one low monthly price.
I looked over at my husband who lost all sense of negotiation. He was sold the second he received the coupon in the mail. He wanted it bad and it was all over his face.
"Each time we've had a membership somewhere, we never use it," I stated our usual good intentions.
"I promise I'll come every day," he pleaded. "It will be fun! And this is something we can do together."
"Ugh..." I sighed. "This was supposed to be a free two weeks, not a year contract," I reminded.
"This can be my birthday present then," he suggested.
"Your birthday's not 'til October," I harked back.
He sat next to me and put his most pathetic face.
"Fine, Happy Birthday!"
I'll even the score when I take him car shopping.