As readers of this blog would know, I’ve been attending chair yoga sessions at the Kampung Glam Community Club since early March. At $50 more or less per two months, I’ve invested $250 plus 100 hours of my time (including travelling time to and fro) to date.
Natch, i think the sessions are worth it right? Considering that generally I’m quite tight fisted about money and my time.
Thus when someone called me on the phone, first just be4 X’mas, and then again after X’mas, claiming to be doing a survey on behalf of the People’s Association — the organiser of the chair yoga classes — I thought all the questions would be on the quality of the lessons and the instructors.
Sure, there were one or two on what I thought of the instructors — 1 for lousy and 5 for excellent sort of format — and whether they explained the course at the start of each cycle.
More unexpectedly, I was asked a series of questions on subjects that I thought were wholly immaterial and irrelevant.
Did I make any friends at chair yoga? (A friend attending the class brought me in; she in turn is an old university mate of one of the instructors; she’s also an ex-colleague of the sister of the other instructor; that sister is a participant in the class and we were employed by the same organisation once, altho we never worked together; furthermore my friend has an ex-school mate and ex-university mate in the same yoga session: would any of these count as friends? Actually what the XXXX does the questioner mean by “friends”?)
How many friends did I make at chair yoga? (Again, it depends on what is meant by the word “friends”. At any one time, there are between 10 and 20 people attending the classes. Those who come regularly — but outside of the group I described above — have become nodding acquaintances, but not friends in the conventional sense. We’ve not exchanged cell numbers or addresses!)
I don’t know how the “friends” answers fitted into the 1 for lousy and 5 for excellent format and but that’s not my worry.
Lousier questions were to come.
Did the class have social get-togethers? I racked my brain and said yeah, there was a gathering.
Where? Who paid?
Actually, at one of the girls’ place. Oh yes, another participant had a business on the groundfloor of that condo. We used used the poolside BBQ and I’m not sure which of them signed the facility for us to use.
I’m also not sure who paid for the bulk of the food, I said, probably the two instructors. The rest of us contributed snacks and tidbits.
Did I interact with fellow chair yoga particpants after class? Was i satisfied with the number of friends I made?
Good grief! The penny dropped. It wasn’t so much about the usefulness of the yoga course as about whether it’s a good conduit to socialise!
Whoever designed that survey should have his/her head examined, assuming of cos whoever called me is the genuine article and not some fishing expedition.
Frankly, who would go to a yoga course to make friends? It’s as ridiculous as asking whether I go to Marina Bay Sands to make friends! Of course not! I go there to play the jackpot or slot machines, just as I go to a yoga class to exercise. In any case, I already have a friend and acquaintances at the class even be4 I began.
This latest “survey” episode merely reinforces my low opinion :( of surveys that aren’t fact and statistics based!