naked man in the shower

Naked Man in the shower:  “Are you local?”

I open my eyes.  A middle-aged, bald soapy guy is standing next to me.

“Yeah, yeah just around the corner,” I say.

“I’ve seen you in here a couple of times.  Do you mostly go to the gym?”

“Yeah mostly…that’s where I spend all of my time.  And you?  Are you local?” I really want to ask if he makes a habit of talking to strangers in the shower, but I let it slide.

“No.  I’m from Harbury.  I cycle in and then swim.”

“I generally avoid the pool.  That’s a good workout, cycling in Harbury, then swimming and cycling back.”

“It’s the cycle back that’s hard.”

I’m sure it is.