#21- The Polar Bear Dip

A New Years tradition that I just discovered this year (as I am from a city where water becomes ice this time of year). Hundreds of people run into the cold cold water usually to raise money for a cause (or cure a hangover).

1) The Family- Families will come together and take in this bonding experience together. Usually sported in family shirts saying “______ family polar bear dip (insert year), they run in together, run out together.

2) The First Timer- Usually The First Timer will have just heard about the dip most likely within the week. They think “it could be fun” so they do it. No preparation, so usually they won’t have a towel, or a change of clothes. OOPS

3) The Couple- “we can make it our thing” … (I saw a Just Married couple in onesies)

4) The Veteran- The Veteran is someone who has been participating in the dip for many years. The cold water feels good, and that facebook status saying “I have done the dip for my 10th year” feels even better.

It looks like Jesus decided to dip

5) The Tourist- (ME!) Stumbling upon this event, the tourist is amazed that people actually do this. Taking pictures and watching in awe, the Tourist is usually seen from a distance (because they didn’t bring a swim suit…(no excuse) ).

6) Theme- Sort of like the family, the Theme consists of a pair or a group who all come dressed the same. Not to be mistaken with t-shirts, the Theme is usually a costume of some sort such as “Thing 1 Thing 2”

7) From the Party- The people who are so dedicated, but party too hard. They usually come right from the party (as you can tell via suits, jackets, party accessories) and are still drunk that the cold is refreshing.

8) The Costume- “I am going to go to the Polar Bear Dip and make a statement.” ITS HALLOWEEN+WATER

Is that Rudolph?!

Since this was my first year I only was able to witness these types, any more?!? comment. complain. whatever


#7- Da Club

“Da” Club, or the Bar is another place where you will find some typical folk! Ha! Who am I kidding?

1) The Bachelorette Party- You will know it when you see it. Donned in sashes and crowns and boas, the Bachelorette Party is at Da Club for a one last hurrah… Cheering loudly (by cheering I mean loud high pitch screaming), sometimes in matching clothes… the members of the party will be seen buying multiple shots for the lucky lady. Later on you can see the lucky lady passed out, being escorted to the limo by her friends. WOO!

2) Dance Off Pants Off- The DOPO does not necessarily take their pants off, but they might as well. Seen in teen movies and at your local night club the DOPO is on the dance flo’ in the center, showing their moves… hoping for an opponent. Likely accompanied by a cliche song like “It’s Tricky” DOPO is only at Da Club to prove their dance status… because obviously there are scouts from the Janet Jackson tour at Da Club.

3) Mo Money- Mo Money is a type that can be seen either surrounded by bottle service, or buying everyone at Da Club, shots. Whether MM actually has lots of money or just came into a lot of money, when you’re with MM don’t expect anything less than Patron. “I’d like to order Jagers for EVERYONE in Da Club… because tonight I’m droppin hundy bills”

4) VIP- VIP can mean many things at Da Club. Usually its own private section or table, the people who have VIP for the night take on the VIP personality. Sipping champagne in their Club bests, the VIP looks down on the rest of Da Club, because VIP is Club “Royalty.”

5) 18th/21st Birthday- Depending on the country, the number can be interchangeable. You will know its the big birthday because they will have a large ribbon pin that says so. They will be taking Da Club in like its their first time (we all know they had fake ID’s in the past) and getting sloppy! Remember…. it’s not your 18th/21st birthday until you’ve puked!!

VIP room?! you be the judge!

6) Lust At First Dance Move- LAFDM is a staple in Da Club circuit. Whether you are watching or not, you know its happening. Person A finds Person B, Person A dances with Person B, Person A makes out with Person B…. What? You have a boyfriend/girlfriend that’s not with you tonight?! Shhh don’t tell, even though I’m at the center of the dance floor making out with the most amazing dancer (not mistaken with DOPO) EVER!!! (or the LAFDM can actually be a couple… you be the judge)

7) Sloppy Sally- The Sloppy Sally can be both female or male, and is just that, Sloppy. Spilling drinks left and right, tripping over themselves and hair messy, the Sloppy Sally had a good time, and they are not afraid to show it! Near the end of the night they can either be found a) over a toilet b) on a chair/couch with eyes fluttering c) being escorted to a taxi d) puking on the dance floor e) a LAFDM…. What?! They are just having a good time!

8 ) Frat Pack- Oh yes, the Frat Pack! Coming to Da Club in either their signature collared shirts or plaid (I hear it’s in style), the Frat Pack rides together… that is until they become one of the other types listed above (which they all WILL except the DD). Ordering beers and whiskey, the Frat Pack can mostly be seen at the beginning in a big huddle, not dancing… or finding their prey for the evening!

9) The Underager Rager (via my sis) You know who you are! The Underager Rager wears a lot of makeup and borrows their friends ID or passport (or if they are special… their friends older siblings ID/Passport). The UR memorizes all of their details and takes on their persona for the night so they can bump n’grind with the big kids. “Oh You’re from Illinois?” “Yeah I study Liberal Arts at UIllinois… I’m a senior” …yes, yes they are!

If you have anymore, comment.. and maybe I will add it in… I know there is more.

#3- The Gym

The gym has many types that you can easily spot within five minutes of attendance

1 )   The Beefcake- The Beefcake is a common attender at the gym. Donned in Muscle Shirts and carrying protein shakes, the Beefcake can most likely be found in the weight section of the gym, for hours on end.

2 )   Fitness Model- The Fitness Model is the female version of the Beefcake. Donned in Sports Bras and tight shorts, the fitness model is just trying to win a bikini competition, so don’t even think about striking a conversation, or you will get a death stare in return.

3 )   Last minute Lacey- “I just really need to lose 5 pounds in a week.” The LML is someone who is going on a vacation and is on a cleanse. They can be seen most likely running on a treadmill or elipticaling on an elliptical…. You will only see the LML for about a month.

4 )   New Years Skinny- The New Years Skinny is a person who has resolved to lose weight in the new year. Common to the LML you will only see the NYS for about a month, most likely in January. The gym will be filled with NYS for the month of January, but don’t fret… February it will be back to normal.

5 )   First Timer- The First Timer, another common type, is someone who is new to the gym scene. The longevity at this point is uncertain, yet their determination is key. Often found wandering aimlessly, the First Timer can be seen using every machine for approximately 5 minutes.

6 )   Stay at home Mom- The Stay At Home Mom (SAHM) can mostly be found during the school hours at the gym. Maybe they are with a personal trainer, or taking the local group aerobic class, but you can bet your bottom dollar they are in top-notch exercise wear (mostly LuLu Lemon). The gym is just merely another activity during the day, so they will barely break a sweat

7 )   Look At Me!- Constantly seeking attention, the Look At Me, will as well be in top notch exercise wear, along with makeup and perfect hair. LAM will come to the gym for long enough to be seen.

8 ) The Socializer- Similar to the “Look At Me!” The Socializer goes to the gym to strike up conversations. Whether with friends of their own, or trying to make new ones, you will see the Socializer with a buddy throughout the whole workout, talking the whole time. Going to the gym alone is awkward, right?

9 )  The Saucy Sweater (via diminutiveglamazon)– Almost everyone breaks into a sweat during a workout. But there are some people who seem to love walking around covered/soaked in sweat, even when you know its burning their eyes. They never carry a towel or wipe down the machines after using them. If you’re really unlucky (and I have been) they will use the treadmill next to you and shower their pore juice all over you!

The Stay At Home Mom

The Stay At Home Mom

and then you will find the people who are actually at the gym to work-out for legitimate reasons… but that is no fun to write about!

Did I forget an important stereotype that you would find at the gym?! If so, leave in the comments and I will add (and credit you!)

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