To Little Jonah

Butterfly

So swimming in the pool, I meet little 7-year old Jonah. 


He sort of made himself known to me when he decided he wanted to race me on the swim board.


I was going just a little faster–and I reminded him that I had a key competitive advantage, fins. 


He said, “Darn I should have brought mine!’


He asked how old I was, and I said a little older than you. 


Not satisfied, he pressed the question, saying “I can tell you are an adult.”


So I had to cave and admit that, and pointing to my heart, added that “I am young at heart.”


Jonah’s in 1st grade, and wanted to know what grade I was in. 


His guess was 4th grade, and I said “That’s about right.”


Jonah is from New Orleans visiting his grandmother for Passover. 


She was watching him in the pool and smiling with grandmotherly nachos, ear-to-ear.


I told Jonah to make sure to treat his grandmother nicely. 


But Jonah at this point had jumped into my swim lane and was in mock superhero fighting mode, and said “I want to punch you.”


I thought to myself, hmm it’s not only my wife that feels that way (LOL).


Anyway, it was clear that I had made a new friend with Jonah, who was off bobbing up and down in the water well over his head. 


Bye Jonah–have a good time visiting for Passover. 


(Source Photo: Dannielle Blumenthal)

Old Pool Out, New Pool In

Pool Makeover
So the pool is getting a major makeover. 



That’s what happens when it starts to get some cracks. 



It had to be drained a couple of weeks ago. 



Then they came in with drills and have been ripping up the pool and removing the floor and sides ever since. 



Next up a brand new coat of swimming pool — concrete and tiles. 



Followed by a top-to-bottom cleaning and shining up until it’s spick and span.



Right now it looks so gross, but when it’s done it will be awesome again.



Can’t wait–I need my laps and hydrotherapy. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Iced Pool BUT Hot Tub

Hot Tub
So I learned this vacation that some people really seem to enjoy temperature extremes.



These folks on the left are in the outdoor steaming hot tub.



However, see the pool next to them on the right–it’s nearly completely frozen over (and it would be except for a fireplace at the other end of the pool deck)!



The temperature outside a frosty 19 degrees fahrenheit.



Yes, for those who know me…I keep the air conditioner on in the Winter (true).



But even I didn’t bare it all in Santa Fe in December–at least not yet! 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Cool Cat

Cat
So yesterday I was coming home from the fitness center/pool.



I was wearing shorts and pool shoes even though it was only in the 30’s-40’s temperature out. 



This large man with a Texas accent stops me to ask how I can dress like that around Winter time.



And it’s particularly funny, because there is another man overhearing this conversation next to us wrapped up in no less than 2 coats/layers.



So I say in a lighthearted way “I guess that I just have warm blood, so the temperature doesn’t really bother me.”



He says, “Uh, in Florida, when it goes into the 60’s, people start shivering and bundling up down there.”



I smile, and say “Well maybe we’re just different people.”



Then he goes, “I like that–I like people that think different! You know why, [and he pauses and repeats again] you know why?”



I look at him sort of eyes wide open at this point waiting to hear his explanation to the build up. 



And he says, “Because it means they don’t give a sh*t what other people think!”



At that point we both started nodding and laughing. 



Maybe you had to be there, but I think you can probably envision this sort of nutty scene.  😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Don’t Swim Off Your Balcony

Amazing new dual 37 story residential towers in Mumbai, India called the Aquaria Grande.

And it features…glass balcony pools!

I doubt you can do laps in these things, but maybe nice just to cool off and enjoy your luxury living arrangements.

Wonder if this up to building code?

Also, if you don’t swim, can you use it as an aquarium or perhaps for catching the fish of the day? 😉

(Thanks to Dave Zeppieri, Sr. for the post on Facebook)

Crooked x 2

Crooked x 2

First, some beautiful flowers from Washington, D.C.

Thought these were awesome, even though the gardner did a little bit of a crooked job here.

And when it comes to crooked, I overheard a funny story in the locker room the other day.

These school students were talking about getting caught stealing something in a local store.

One says that he got spotted on the surveillance cameras and that they even have facial recognition now, but he’s okay on that because he was wearing a cap.

Another kid in the group says “why didn’t you just tell them you didn’t know you couldn’t take it!”

Some very sophisticated crooks we got here. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Swim ~ Splash ~ Swim

Swim ~ Splash ~ Swim

At the pool this morning, the fresh clean water was pouring in.

Swimming in the hot sun, I headed straight for the cool splash.

The water was frothing white against the blue background.

As it hit the pool, it created this amazing bubbling beneath the surface.

I swam under it a number of times and came up through the bubbling fresh water.

Sort of felt like I was swimming in a waterfall in the Amazon or something exotic like that.

Hey, I can imagine…but it really was amazing with the water, the sun, the air–felt so alive!

I am thankful to G-d for allowing me this wonderful moment today to feel his beauty in the world.

(Source Photo: Dannielle Blumenthal)

Which Part of “Men’s Room” Don’t You Understand?

So after my swim, I’m in the men’s locker room.

There are dozens of folks showering and changing.

All of a sudden in strolls a lady.

First she walks one way through the locker room–looking up and down the aisles.

Then she walks the other way through again–glancing this way and that way.

The men are looking at each other like what in G-d’s name is she doing.

Some of the men start yelling at her to get out (maybe the others are sort of glad she’s there)!

She sort of nods at them, turns unapologetically and strolls back out.

The men are bantering back and forth now–like what was that all about? Is she nuts or something?

On the way out of the facility, I stop by the front desk and ask innocently, “Do you know that their is a women walking around the men’s locker room?”

One supervisor goes, “Oh, that happens. The men do that too–going into the lady’s locker room.”

Oh really–is this a professional swim club or a Roman orgy?

The other supervisor, a little more reasonable here, says if someone can point her out, he’ll have a talk with her.

The kid behind the desk says, “Thanks for letting us know.”

The funny thing is there is a sign in the locker room that prohibits photos and videos–but, I guess in-person viewing is permissible–good to know. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

It Can Happen To Anyone

It Can Happen To Anyone

Life is unpredictable.

Today, at the pool, someone collapsed.

Looks like a heart attack or something serious.

Most of the people at the pool are in amazing physical condition.

The young folks on the swim team are fast as hell.

The older people, many seem like they never aged and can do still perform adroitly.

I find the whole crew generally quite competitive and if you can’t keep up…you may even get shove to the side.

When I heard the whistle blow this morning, it was unlike the usual stop running or horsing around–this time is was long and shrill.

Everyone stopped and pulled to the ends.

Instead of splashing water, you could hear a pin drop.

Lifeguards started running. One ran back to the control center and I could see him through the glass window dialing quickly on the phone for help.

Another young women was getting help from the pool supervisor–the young one ran, the older one strode sternly to ascertain the situation.

People started swimming in the main pool again, while the collapsed man was out of sight around the corner in another pool area.

The floating lady water runners were kibbutzing about what happened and is he going to be okay.

Eventually the swimming continued, but even then, people were looking around and had those worried faces on.

There was a realization that even with the dozens of people there, this person could’ve been anyone–any of us.

The ambulance and fire truck rescue came, the stretcher was brought in.

I asked the lifeguard with concern what had happened to the man and he said in a monotone, almost practiced voice, “The ambulance is here; everything is okay.”

It sort of sounded like don’t anyone panic and shut the heck up.

Anyway, it was upsetting to see someone up early, getting themselves to the pool, trying to stay healthy and fit, and struck down at the scene, while trying their best.

I’m a little shaken and am still hearing the whistle in my head. :-0

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Naked And Yelled At

Naked And Yelled At

So true story…I’m in the changing room at the pool.

There is a guy there, just a few feet away, naked.

The pool supervisor comes over and says, “Hey, where’s your brother?”

The guy says, “Why?”

The pool supervisor says, “He asked for a change in schedule, and I told him he can work on Mondays, and he’s not here.”

The guy annoyed, says, “I’ll tell him.”

The pool supervisor, shakes his head, and walks away.

The guy turns to me and says, “You know this is the only job where your boss can come up to you when you’re stark naked and start yelling at you!”

I say, “Yeah, and you can’t even say it’s sexual harassment.” 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)