Monday, August 11, 2008


Greetings from Green Lake!

After a cloudy yet productive morning, the sky cleared and I found myself needing to get outside. So I came here to jog (3 days in a row!) and, afterwards, actually took my very first dip in Green Lake. Water was a bit cold but it was really refreshing, if not unnerving.

I guess I'm just not used to swimming in a lake. Must be because I grew up in Florida, a place where pools, oceans and gulfs are for swimming and lakes are decorations for golf courses and, more importantly, home to gators. That means lakes are usually the very last place somebody ever saw their pet poodle or little Timmy sitting on the dock before hearing a big splash.

A lifetime of hearing stories like that made it a bit hard for me to fully relax. Well, there was that, and the group of kids playing Marco Polo. For those of you who don't know, Marco Polo is a water game where one kid shuts his eyes and keeps yelling "MARCO!!" while his friends back away from him or her and reply loudly "POLO!!". The point of this game is to annoy adults.

It's very successful.

Actually, I'm starting to wish there were some gators out here. Or, at least, a rusty hook or two.

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