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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Election Day OWS Voted "Best Swim of November 2010" -- So Far...!!

Election Day dawned bright and sunny, but the bright sunshine was not enough to lift the temperature out of the low 40's -- seemingly too cold for what we'd hoped would be the first open-water swim of November! An early reconnaissance at the beach was heartening, with a gentle breeze stirring the air, and the water sparkling in the sun so invitingly that I was tempted to ignore my common sense and go in despite the cold. 

There were no other takers, though, but when Carole later had a bout of swimmer's regret and said, "Maybe we should go anyway," I leapt at the chance, hastily dragging her off to the beach before she could change her mind.  She didn't, and we both had an amazing, invigorating, energizing swim to the sign and back.  We emerged from the cold-but-not-too-cold water giddy and giggling, high-fiving each other for an awesome swim and for having extended our open-water swimming season into yet another month (month "7" for me, having swum in May, June, July, August, September, October, and now, November!). 

The fact that we were swimming on Election Day gave the event added significance.  Mindful that the early suffragists endured jailings, beatings, forced feedings, and other tortures so that I could exercise my right to vote on this Election Day (which I proudly did, first thing this morning!), my swim today was in part an homage to those fearless foremothers....Happy Election Day!  See you in the Salt!


  1. waaaaaaaaaaaah!!!

    (I need gloves).


  2. Going in Sunday no matter what. Need to grab that Novemebr swim to keep up with the Jones's.

  3. "Neither rain nor sleet nor gloom of night..." says Postmaster Martell. See you in the Salt on Sunday! -- Carol Jones

  4. Tomorrow looks like a banner day.. going to carry my wetsuit in my car just incase I can escape tomorrow.

  5. Carol Jones! Hah!

    You're as witty as you are swim-crazy. :)

  6. I am so proud of you voting, swimming women!

    Next...a polar bear swim! Then, north to Canada, to the lake where I unwittingly did a polar bear swim to "save" my dog.

    Please be there to support Rob on November 7. He is needed at home for an important international celebration.


  7. Going for it on Sunday if the water is flat and Carol brings here spare full suit!