I understand, but I don’t get it.


When I left the gym yesterday it was member appreciation night. In addition to free chair massages and a few booths set up advertising healthy lifestyle choices, the gym had purchased several pizzas and was serving slices free to members. Granted, pizza is truly not that bad for you, considering many of the other temptations available to us, but it’s also not generally a snack recommended for maintaining a healthy weight.

A dentist doesn’t give you a Snickers when you leave, a counselor won’t tell you to hang out with people who have caused you pain and a teacher won’t tell you to go spend endless hours watching cartoons. In general, people don’t facilitate the demise of what they have worked to correct or prevent.

I was discussing the irony of the situation with Jen as I drove home and she noted that her gym does the same thing but gives out hot dogs and steak on their version of member appreciation night. My first thought was that my gym is lame because they don’t distribute fillet. My second thought was what on earth is wrong with these places throwing high calorie foods at members struggling to shed pounds.

As Jen put it, she could understand that pizza is cheap, and that people like free stuff, so the gym probably put those two facts together to generate the idea for free pizza night. That said, we can’t get how this actually happens. Are carrot sticks and granola bars that much more money than hot dogs?

Phrase coined: “I understand, but I don’t get it.”

The more you think about it, the more this sentence explains every battle of head verses heart. You can often times logically understand why something has occurred when viewing it in black and white, but once you progress to think of it in a gray area, it can be difficult to fully grasp the reasoning behind something.

Even dictionary.com seems confused here. To understand: to have a systematic interpretation or rationale, as in a field or area of knowledge. To get: to acquire a mental grasp or command of; learn.

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One thought on “I understand, but I don’t get it.

  1. They want to keep you from getting fit enough that you no longer need to pay them money each month.The make you feel appreciated while simultaneously increasing your need for their services. It’s actually kind of brilliant.

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