Just in case some of you missed the remark awhile back about the gym at SECU. A commenter got a little hyper over a new executive gym which had just been installed in the basement of the SECU home office building on Salisbury Street in Raleigh.
But the point of his ire was a bit "hazy", so here's the rest of the story. You need to know that the SECU home office is located dead center among all the State museums, State Capitol, Governor's Mansion and the State Legislature - truly ground zero for every schoolkid's first road trip to Raleigh. Teachers bring kids by the thousands every year from all across the State. Madness reigns for weeks - a spectacle of blue jeans, braces, and beleaguered chaperones!
Well, SECU has a kids starter savings account called the "Fat Cat " account - 'cause at SECU the kids come first (they're the real "A"-paper members, even without a credit score!). At a bank if you've got a bunch of money you're a fatcat. At SECU, you just need to be 12 years old or less (because when you become a teenager you turn into a li-Zard member - don't worry your parents get it!)
When SECU built the building several years ago, it took the advice of several advisory board members who were teachers and added a Fat Cat room in the basement. The space encompassed a large area where school groups could sit to eat their bag lunches - and most importantly a whole host of bathrooms. Rainy days would pack the room to the great relief of all the road-trippers.
The Fat Cat haven is now gone. Replaced this year with exercise equipment for New Culture, New Direction senior executives!
Purr-dy sure what the commenter was upset about...aren't you?!