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Aquatic observations

Just a few random thoughts and happenings from my swim today…

*  I was a lot happier with my wait times between laps today – MUCH reduced over even last week.  Go me!

*  There’s some sort of swimming clinic being put on for the first half of June, which has meant that all last week the normal 6 lanes of lap swimming have been cut down to 3.  Last week it was an annoyance which meant that I had to share lanes more than usual.  Today, wow, every available lane was being shared and by the time I was done and climbed out, there were at least 6-7 people waiting for a slot to open.  Ugh.

*  They apparently let the clinic kids out for a break right as I finished my shower.  So not only did I have to wait for the suit-dryer thingamabob while a couple of 4th-graders read the instructions at a snail’s pace, but I then had to get dressed in the middle of them.  You know, I’m no exhibitionist, but I don’t have a problem with nudity in a locker room.  Nudity in the midst of a bunch of grade-school boys, on the other hand, makes me feel like I should have a blinking red “PEDO” sign flashing over my head.  Hence I did the slide-the-boxers-under-the-towel-as-best-I-can move.  Deciding, after some debate, to take my chances and do so facing the doorway instead of facing the kids.  Eesh.  Awkward.

*  For the second time in as many visits, I caught the sight of a girl (the same girl) sunbathing by the pool.  Except the pool is INSIDE, and she was lying on a towel OUTSIDE THE BUILDING.  On Friday it was in a 1-piece, today it was in a bikini.  Amongst college dorms, not such a huge surprise I guess, but here?  No dorms in sight, just a bunch of office buildings and that sort of stuff?  Outside the natatorium, with swim-camp and soccer-camp kids going back and forth to the fast-food joint across the street?  (And no, she was NOT hot by any stretch of the imagination.  Or my imagination at least.)


4 Responses

  1. Haha, I know how you feel with the changing in front of fourth graders. I’m a camp counselor in the summer at a day camp for 5 to 12-year-olds and when we go to the beach it can get AWKWARD!

    My best friend from high school had that gig while we were undergrads. No thanks!

    Although I will say that I usually helped him plan and throw a party for all the counselors near the end of the summer, and that was always a good time. Most of the counselors were European and Australian folks, say 18-22, that the owner would hire in on the cheap because they wanted to get a little time in the States. This was usually their first time to really cut loose away from the campers, so WOOHOO!

  2. Argh, I hate having to share lanes. I can barely walk in a straight line, let alone swim in the a straight line so I’m a ball of nerves the whole time hoping not to have an underwater graze situation.

    I can do it, but I sure don’t like it. It’s like having to work in with someone on a weight bench – sure, I’ll do it whenever I’m asked and be polite about it, but let’s face it, doing it by yourself is much more pleasant.

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