OK, friends, I need your feedback. Ed and I have joined a gym in our neighborhood; I’ve been going since November. It’s a well kept facility. I just spent a couple of hours there – cardio, weights, steam room. Until I changed for the steam room, I’d had my headphones in. As I was getting undressed, I realized the English rap music their were playing on the loud speakers throughout the gym was especially profane. It went on during my 15 minutes in the steam room, my shower, and while I was getting dressed.
As I was leaving I asked the two young women at the desk if they spoke English; they did. I said that I would like to talk to them about the music that had been playing. I said that I realize if it’s not your first language, it may not strike you this way (a Polish friend who does speak English told me she doesn’t understand English lyrics in songs), but the language in the songs is the height of profanity and vulgarity in English, and to come across it in a business setting where I am the customer was very offensive. They thanked me for pointing it out. I thanked them for listening and came home.
So, it remains to be seen if the music selection will become more socially acceptable, or if I will become known that that cranky, prudish American.