I was a little surprised to be the only woman in the small and shabby hotel gym today in Auckland. I was also a little perplexed as to why the Jacuzzi was so full of men who all obviously knew each other.
Had I mistaken the men's changing room for the gym? I stepped outside to check. No. It definitely said "hotel gym and pool". Odd.
So I decided to ignore them and set myself to running and crying along with sob stories on CNN.
Afterwards I thought again how unusual it is for people to know each other in a business hotel. Seriously, when last did you go with your colleagues or clients to the basement hotel gym?
So I asked Reception what the story was with all these sporty guests. He paused and blinked for a moment and said,
"Have you heard of the All Blacks?"