If you change in a men’s locker room after working out on a regular basis, there are certain immutable laws of human nature that you observe, the first of which is that old guys don’t care about nudity. This is a fact and it’s just the way it is. No big deal, really. Like Adam Sandler said to his girlfriend who left him for an old man in Big Daddy, and I’m paraphrasing here, but, “Enjoy the loose skin and old balls.”
The second thing you might observe is that most old guys refuse to wear flip-flops or shower sandals or any kind of foot-covering gear whatsoever. This decision is questionable for health issues, but again, I get it. Most of the guys in this age group are 80+. If you stormed the beaches at Normandy and liberated the free world, then you probably don’t give a crap about a small case of athlete’s foot or plantar’s wart now and again.
This last observation though… The one where these guys sit bare-assed on a bench with a towel on their shoulder is baffling. Pre-shower, post-shower, it doesn’t matter. Forget that a towel is readily available, or that their buddy just sat on the same bench bare-assed after lounging in the sauna for twenty minutes, and forget that a young kid tied his basketball shoes in that spot five minutes ago, or that someone made a protein shake and sprinkled whey on the bench, or that the Gold Bond that didn’t stay on someone else’s under carriage fell softly to the bench, or that used towels and the bottom of gym bags that are put on the ground next to urinals sit on that bench… None of these things matter. It’s ass to bench come hell or high water.
I’m not sure if I’ll be one those guys before I decide to ask one of those guys how they do it, but I’ll keep you posted.