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Category Archives: Humor

Pictorial tour through my 20 Bridges

July 25, 2017 | 2017 Season, Humor, Iconic marathon swim | Permalink

I’ll have more pictures in the coming days, but for now, here’s a few from my attempt at 20 Bridges. We had to be there at 0500, so this is me sitting and waiting…and being nervous… I’ve already spoken elsewhere about how wonderful this marathon swimming community is. While I was sitting there, my right […]

In the “what a small world” department

February 24, 2017 | Humor | Permalink

Did another great (feeling) swim today. Still babying my elbow, so a calm 10 x 500 with a little 100 back/free cool down. Felt great, elbow didn’t hurt. Did the 5000m in 1:40, which is great for me. But the most amazing part of the swim today is when I showed up. My daughter’s coach […]

Happy birthday!

February 22, 2017 | 2017 Season, Humor | Permalink

(If you’re reading this on FB, please click the link over to my blog. It helps my stats!)   Today’s is my wife’s birthday. What does a marathon swimming husband do for his wife on her big 5-0? ¬†Swim 50 x 100, of course! Before you think I’m some kind of monster, rest easy, dear […]

Wear Sunscreen

July 8, 2016 | 2016 Season, Grand Plan, Humor | Permalink

You might have heard this song before. It’s based on a newspaper article written years ago by Mary Schmich, a commencement address she said she’d give if ever asked. The piece has lots of sound advice in it: Be kind to your knees; you’ll miss them when they’re gone. Floss Dance, even if you have […]

Aquagear Comes Through

April 13, 2016 | Humor, Swimming Equipment | Permalink

As promised in my previous post about Aquagear, “the neighborhood swim store,” I bought some items using my own money. Previously, Aquagear was good enough to supply me with a swim towel in exchange for a review, which I did on the blog. I also reviewed their shipping, which wasn’t totally fair since I’m stationed […]

I’ve been selected to represent the U.S. in a new event!

January 21, 2016 | Humor | Permalink

I’ve just learned that I’ve been selected to represent the United States in a new swimming event. This event will be a demonstration sport in the next Olympics, in 2016 in Rio. The hope is that if the event “brings in the crowds,” when 2020 comes around (Tokyo!), the event will become a full Olympic […]

With friends like this…

October 20, 2015 | Grand Plan, Humor | Permalink

One of the things I like about the marathon swimming community is the sense of humor in this group. From the memes created at the expense of one marathon swimmer (who is a good sport in this) to this beautiful one created for yours truly: I’ve said it once, I’ll say it a thousand times: […]

She rears her head again

October 15, 2015 | Humor | Permalink

Diana Nyad has been in the news again recently. She’s doing a speech in conjunction with the release of her new book, humorously and apparently not sarcastically entitled Find A Way. In the promotional materials for her speech is this wonderful line: Why, at age 64, was she able to achieve what she could not […]

You know that feeling?

September 19, 2015 | Humor | Permalink

That feeling you get when you jump into cold water? That shortening of breath, the waking up of your capillaries? The cold feeling on your skin that is almost burning hot? Well, there’s a word for that. And the word is curglaff. Yes, Mr. Computer, I see that squiggly red line under the word. I […]

Welcome home, cupcake!

August 11, 2015 | Humor | Permalink

We arrived home from Croatia on Sunday morning at around 11:00am. First thing I saw was an empty pool. Our gardener decided to wait until last Wednesday (the 5th) to drain the pool and clean it. You know, instead of doing that at anytime the previous three weeks since we left on 18 July. Doh! […]