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I am an American who enjoys going to the gym. I work out several times a week and have been doing so on a very regular basis. I am what most would consider to be a large guy (I'm 2 meters or 6'6" at 100kg) but not freakishly tall.

So at the gym, there are these people that always stare at me. Not only women, but men as well. I don't know if it's my socks (I wear white socks to the gym), my shirts, my shorts...I have no clue what they are staring at.

And this isn't just a compulsion either. It's as soon as I look at them they immediately turn away from me blatantly. I am very peeved by this because I try to tune them out but it's hard to do when they are ALWAYS doing it. Always.
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Re: The Gym

You're different, enjoy the difference.
After a while you might get used to it. How many tall Americans do you see around ? (except for here, we all seem to be here)
Just ignore them and smile

Here they just stare, in other countries it could be worse. I remember a story of a really tall family friend we had when I was a child. He had to travel around Southern Europe for business, and people used to follow him in the street and point. He always had to reserve a double bed in hotels so that he could sleep.. diagonally across the bed.
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You're different, enjoy the difference.
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Here they just stare...
Yep! Staring as an organised sport
Its been a discussion point here often.
http://www.englishforum.ch/complaint...t-staring.html

Start to worry when they dont stare (!)
It means you no longer make an impression
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Re: The Gym

Yup, in a nutshell
They do stare a lot at any person who happens to be out of the ordinary Swiss standard.
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(I wear white socks to the gym)
That'll be your problem, there, you see. They think you're from Aargau, and can't understand why you'd travel all the way to Wadenswil just to go to the gym.

I bet you're the talk of the town!
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.... They think you're from Aargau...
He probably speaks too fast...

But yes, the white sox are a dead give away. Didnt you know that in Zurich the regulations clearly stipulate that wearing any colour other than black is a punishable crime?

Fashion days in Zurich:
Black black black black, oh.. and black!

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That'll be your problem, there, you see. They think you're from Aargau, and can't understand why you'd travel all the way to Wadenswil just to go to the gym.

I bet you're the talk of the town!
Can't we wear white socks to go to the gym? Why? I always do that. In fact, I seldom wear deep color socks except in very formal circumstances.
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Can't we wear white socks to go to the gym? Why?
It's the rules, that's why. Only Aargauers are exempt from the rules for historical reasons, dating back to the time of the Sonderbundskrieg in 1847.

I'll try to dig up the story later, if I have a minute.
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Old 30.01.2011, 21:21
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I am what most would consider to be a large guy (I'm 2 meters or 6'6" at 100kg) but not freakishly tall....

I have no clue what they are staring at
do you really have no clue what they can stare at ?


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And this isn't just a compulsion either. It's as soon as I look at them they immediately turn away from me blatantly. I am very peeved by this because I try to tune them out but it's hard to do when they are ALWAYS doing it. Always.
I would do the same, with a bit of jealousy..... You're probably quite impressive for a normal guy....
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Old 30.01.2011, 21:25
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It's the rules, that's why. Only Aargauers are exempt from the rules for historical reasons, dating back to the time of the Sonderbundskrieg in 1847.

I'll try to dig up the story later, if I have a minute.
That would be most appreciated and help me understand the strange but very friendly people that I have met in Baden.
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It's the rules, that's why. Only Aargauers are exempt from the rules for historical reasons, dating back to the time of the Sonderbundskrieg in 1847.

I'll try to dig up the story later, if I have a minute.
Strange!
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http://www.englishforum.ch/complaint...t-staring.html
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do you really have no clue what they can stare at ?

Ok, I can't miss such opportunity.....

you shouldn't come with your costume



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Re: The Gym

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It's the rules, that's why. Only Aargauers are exempt from the rules for historical reasons, dating back to the time of the Sonderbundskrieg in 1847.

I'll try to dig up the story later, if I have a minute.
Hint: Carrots

Little known facts: The canton of Aargau owns a Major-League-Baseball-Team in Chicago.
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It was during the Battle of the Three Cows, on the banks of the River Sihl, that the brave Protestant soldiers of Aargau proved their mettle and attained an almost iconic status in the military hagiography of the new Swiss Confederation that was established in 1848, after the benighted Ur-Schweizers had been taught the vanity of resisting the inexorable advance of modernity and progress.

In those days, Swiss soldiers could wear socks of any colour. It was not uncommon to see young men in orange, blue and red socks out on parade and on the battlefield. Sometimes they would even wear a sock of a different colour on each foot! The brave men of Aargau, however, stood out with their insistence on wearing only clean, bleached white, knee-length socks, which presented a bright contrast to their pitch-black woollen pantaloons and jackets.

Little did they know that one day their insistence on wearing white socks would save their nation!

Picture a cold snowy morning in late July. The Aargauer and Zurcher battalions are gathered on the west bank of the Sihl, their Schwyzer and Urner enemies facing them on the east bank. There is low murmuring in the camps and frequent clinking noises as the troops eat breakfast and prepare their weapons. The Aargauer troops are busy polishing their boots, their white-stockinged feet almost invisible against the frozen snow upon which they rest.

Suddenly, in the hills behind the Protestant camp, there is a loud crash, followed by a very deep and very ominous rumble. The troops look up to see an enormous avalanche coming down the slopes of the Grosser Mythen, straight in the direction of their camp!

The Zurchers immediately gather up their belongings and scatter to the four winds in the hope of escaping their icy doom. The Aargauers, in contrast, stand firm and await the instructions of their commander, a man famed throughout the whole of Switzerland for his wisdom and clarity of thought, General Wilhelm von Wollishofen.

General von Wollishofen immediately orders his men to lie upon their backs, with their feet in the air. His men immediately obey. An instant later they are buried in a mountain of snow, only their stockinged feet sticking out, invisible to the naked eye.

Upon seeing this calamity, the Papist troops descend upon the Protestant camp with glee, with the intention of slaughtering their enemies where they lie. They quickly find and slaughter those Zurcher soldiers who were unable to run away from the avalanche quickly enough, but the bloodthirsty Sonderbundners are unable to see the Aargauers anywhere.

They scratch their heads in confusion. Surely the Aargauers were still in the camp when the avalanche came down? Hadn't they seen them lying on the icy ground with their feet in the air?

At that moment, there is an enormous cry, as the Aargauer battalion falls upon the surprised Papist enemy like a wolf on the fold! Every last Schwyzer and every last Urner is slaughtered in the ensuing melee. The Aargauers are triumphant! And all because they wore bright white socks.

They celebrated with their famous Aargauer carrot stew, and to this day only Aargauers are permitted to wear white socks, in honour of their brave forefathers on the banks of the Sihl.

It'd be a foolish man in Wadenswil who would think it acceptable to mock such a fine and ancient tradition by wearing white socks to the gym!
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I always do that.
Typical new guy. The phrase is 'I always used to do that... before I came here...'
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Can't we wear white socks to go to the gym? Why? I always do that. In fact, I seldom wear deep color socks except in very formal circumstances.
The cantonal law in Zürich says that you may only wear white socks in the gym if you are resident in the Canton of Aargau. Next time you go to the gym, bring your resident's permit and show it to the gym supervisor. If you don't live in Aargau, you will have to apply for a special permit. This permit is very difficult to obtain but for 200 Franks I can organise the necessary paperwork. The application may take up to two years to come through though and in he interim period you mist wear black socks.
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I am an American who enjoys going to the gym. I work out several times a week and have been doing so on a very regular basis. I am what most would consider to be a large guy (I'm 2 meters or 6'6" at 100kg) but not freakishly tall.
I'm also 6'6" and currently weigh in at around 120Kg (unforunately way too much of that is due to swiss cheese and wine...hence now going to the gym 3 times a week!) but other than the [completely natural and expected] marginally amused smiles from the super-fit locals when they see a rather fat foreigner huffing and puffing on the weights, they normally pay little attention... guess it's cos I wear dark socks! Don't take offence from the staring, try holding eye contact with them and say Hoi!
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Re: The Gym

What absolutely pisses me off are the gel hair people who tend to haunt gyms in groups of 3-4. You can spot them easily..the usually wear a tight muscle shirt with a gold chain hanging out, some flamboyant low cut sneakers that aren't really meant for sports but are still being sold at every sports store....and they weigh in at about 90kg (all together). They usually hog whatever machine/weights they are using, chit-chat way too much and feel each other's bicepts.
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Don't take offence from the staring, try holding eye contact with them and say Hoi!
I cant agree more!
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