Looking down, I noticed the carpet was cleaner. If I was able to tell the difference it must have been pretty dirty before. They must have taken the opportunity to put those heavy machines—with their seats, bars, and stacks of weights—in a formation that made more sense. For me, it was like a bad Helen Keller joke. I spent a few minutes after using each one I needed to slowly spin around, looking for the one I needed next.
It made me feel a little self-conscious until I saw that I wasn’t the only one. A few people even said stuff like, “I can’t find anything either.” If misery loves company, so do blind folks. I decided I would give myself some extra time each time I went until I memorized where everything was.
I really like the health club that I use. It’s been at the current location two years. The building was once a six-screen cinema. I’ve lived in a former printing building, a former Catholic church, and a former carriage house. I like old buildings that are remade into something different than their original function. This one was originally a two-screen cinema when it was built in the 1970s. The first movie I ever saw there was Star Wars. Looking at in now, you would never guess what it had been before.
A week after the rearrangement, I was using a machine to work out my legs. I hate working out my legs and I take unusually long breaks between sets. Looking around, I finally realized the system they’d used when they moved everything. There was a long, wide aisle running the length of the room.
Sometimes when we bother to look up at the bigger picture, we notice things are more orderly than we thought.