I am very excited about my new project – Doug’s Gym. I discovered it during an aimless walk downtown one day. I climbed the rickety steps to the gym on the second floor of an old building to see an amazing sight – the very embodiment of the term “old school.” The gym’s decor is decidedly sparse. Peeling paint, sunken rough-hewn wooden floors, and a few cobwebs distinguish the gym from every other one in Dallas, and maybe the universe. Doug’s Gym has been owned and operated by Doug Eidd for 55 years. Doug, who is well into his eighties, stays in the gym six days a week, training newbies like myself and overseeing the workouts of the musclebound weight lifters who make it a habit to visit several times a week. True, the physical appearance of the gym makes for interesting photos, but there are many more interesting stories going on here. There are no modern machines, only free weights and basic devices for body building. The clientele, in marked contrast to Doug, are mostly young men and women of varying backgrounds, who love the no frills honesty of the place. They clearly cherish and respect Doug, who is friendly in a no-nonsense way and knows a lot about body building. To delve into the project, I knew I had to join the gym. I hope you follow along with me on this interesting look at a one-of-a-kind place, whose longevity is tied to Doug’s.