Sunday afternoon the Pod convened at Carol and Carole's in Huntington for the second annual end-of-season swimmers' gathering. The gathering provided a rare opportunity for Pod members to see one another with clothes on, to meet one anothers' spouses/significant others and children, to talk about something other than swimming (well, we did a little bit!), and to see aspects of one another not usually seen in the pool or in the open water! (also to have one's photo taken in the maw of a lemon-shark...)
Nancy Lipira (whose homemade linzer tarts were a big hit!) summed the afternoon up best: "GREAT WEATHER, GREAT FOOD, GREAT FRIENDS = AWESOME DAY!" Those who couldn't make the party were missed, but there's always next year!
Tonight (11:13 p.m.!) marks the Equinox, the official end of Summer and beginning of Fall, but the open-water season continues...Yesterday's swim was indescribably perfect, and although the southwesterly wind quashed this morning's planned swim, we're hoping for a return to perfection for the First Swim of Autumn 2010 tomorrow at 6:30! See you in the Salt!
DISCLAIMER: Open-water swimming is inherently dangerous. Open-water swimmers risk drowning, hypothermia, hyperthermia, heart attacks, panic attacks, cramping, jelly fish stings, fish bites, boat or jet-ski collisions, collisions with floating or submerged objects (including other swimmers), and other calamities that can be injurious, disabling or fatal! The "West Neck Pod" is an informal association of open-water swimmers who swim "outside the lines" with no lifeguard protection, it has no formal membership, organizational structure or legal identity, and its participants, including the author of this blog, make no representations and assume no liability with respect to its group open-water swims. All swimmers who participate in West Neck Pod group open-water swims do so at their own risk. Be careful out there!