A few weeks back, a friend sent me a link to yet another article about the hipness of germaphobia in U.S. culture. Listen up, all of you: I don’t mind your touchless toilets, faucets, and towel dispensers. I’ll put up with standing in long lines at the sink while you repeatedly wash your hands. I’ll buy all the antibacterial lotions my son’s school suggests I send in with him. However, my gym has made a move that is taking things one step too far. While it is customary to spray down and clean the cardio equipment (elliplitcals, treadmills, bikes, etc.) because people perspire heavily while using them, we now have individual towels and spray bottles at each weight machine. So, despite the fact that I place a towel on the seat before I use the machine, despite the fact that I’m not heavily perspiring when I lift weights, now I have to spray down and clean each machine, or get death stares from my prissy fellow patrons? I can’t imagine the lengths of cleanliness we’ll be reaching for in 10 years.