It is often noted on this site that Nanny's rules, regulations and risk averse predilections have had a detrimental effect on the young.
This is true.
However, I would also venture to suggest that those over the age of 40 have also been weakened by Nanny as well.
Take this harmless example of what happened in my gym/leisure club the other day.
Having been brought up properly and having attended a sensible school (where you were made to brush your teeth with carbolic soap and use a Brillo pad to wash your armpits - only kidding folks:)) I happen to enjoy ice cold showers in between sessions in the sauna (it is actually very good for the immune system, as it raises the white cell count).
Therefore I adjust the thermostat accordingly (it's not difficult, one merely turns it clockwise).
I was therefore greatly gemused to enter the changing rooms post sauna the other day to hear one bloke (in his 50's) moaning that "someone keeps leaving the showers on cold".
I cheerily said "Oh that's me".
To which he replied "Would you mind in future return them to the hot setting".
Am I missing something here?
1 Do people not follow the advice taught to them by their mums, and learned from real life, that you never enter a bath or shower without first testing the temperature (lest you scald or shock yourself)?
2 Are people incapable of turning a thermostat counter clockwise?
3 Maybe I should ask this guy to please turn the shower to the cold setting, when he has finished, so that I don't have to waste 10 seconds of my life adjusting it?
This, by the way, is the same club where I have been asked by someone (in her 20's) how to turn the egg timer (in the sauna) over, where many people regularly leave showers running (without turning them off) because they are lazy/selfish and where one couple left the door to the sauna open whilst they were using it because it was too hot!
Nanny corrupts and weakens all ages, not just the young!
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