The staff at the Xi-Men California has been really cool to me. Towel-room guy is really friendly and bald counter-guy is nice. Also, the girl who renewed my membership has always been really sweet.
The new staff are usually the d1ckheads, but that's just cause they're new and you just have to shake em off on the stairmaster.
I think Cali's fine. I like the music, too. I've never thought of it as a meat-market. Then again, I always :wanker: before I go. Just kidding. :uhhuh:
One time I had the problem of one of the staff at California being too helpful. I started to get that "old-lady-on-the-bus" feeling ("I don't need yer help, young man!") but that was only one time.
If people bother you, just do what curly-hair-stud-guy does (he's a regular foreigner at Cali - are you a Forumosan, Mr. Curly-hair?). He wears these headphones while he's working out. Just get a Nike fanny-pack or whatever and put a little MP3 in it and no turtle-heads will poke you in the butt-eye.
And if you ever plan on traveling to another Asian country:
California has branches in Hong Kong and Singapore.
Gold's has branches in Japan.
Alexander's in in Shanghai.