I am in receipt of an email from my gym, urging me to vote for it in the City Paper's annual Best of DC contest. I like my gym. But unfortunately, this is not my only consideration. After all, if my gym gets ranked "Best in DC", presumably more people will join. Then it will be more crowded. That will make me worse off.
On the other hand, presumably they'll also have money for fancy new equipment, which would make me better off. And don't I have an obligation to my fellow citizens of DC? Don't I want a stronger, healthier America?
My current solution is to vote to one of the gyms that my friends belong to and enthusiastically recommend. But I'm afraid that then I won't have any friends who will recommend gyms to me. So I'm open to other ideas.
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