Tag Archives: swimming

Slamphibian

It’s a good thing that I’m not too squeamish. That thought occurred to me the other night as a frog leaped onto my bare chest while a bat swooped behind me. Every year I find myself chasing frogs away from … Continue reading

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The Case of the Chlorinated Croaker

How does a frog die in water? Every year I find dead frogs in my pool skimmer basket and I wonder about them. I assume that some of them drowned because they got caught in the pull of the skimmer’s … Continue reading

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Pool Queue

Opening and closing a swimming pool requires a certain amount of expertise.┬áSince moving to Tennessee, I’ve always had help opening my pool for the summer. Today, due to poor planning, I did a significant amount of the pool opening chores … Continue reading

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Cuisses de Grenouille

There was a squirrel on my pool cover yesterday. On Monday, I spotted a bird on the cover. Neither critter was a pool-cover regular in the past. I may have inadvertently created a new ecosystem on the pool cover. In … Continue reading

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Pump It Down

The frogs are going to be disappointed. Over the years I have attempted to discourage them from laying their eggs on my pool cover. This year I’m trying something new. When the crew from the pool company closed my pool … Continue reading

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The Name of the Power Is the Power of Two

Did synchronized swimming get any prime time coverage on NBC? I saw a bit of the event during the day on Monday. Last night as we sat in our own pool, my wife wondered if she had missed out. When … Continue reading

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Swimming Trunk

Over the seven years that I’ve been writing my blog, I’ve described all the various animals that like to share my swimming pool with me. None of the frogs, bats, mice, lizards, salamanders, turtles, chipmunks, rabbits, hawks or insects compare … Continue reading

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Gymnos Where His Towel Is

Watching the Olympics brings back some memories of a weekly exercise program at the New York Athletic Club. My father was a member of the NYAC. In the summer, our whole family would go to the salt-water pool at Travers … Continue reading

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London Bridge

When NBC’s prime-time broadcast of the Games of the XXX Olympiad is on the air, it’s already after midnight in London. The footage is several hours old when we see it on TV. A lot of sports fans have complained … Continue reading

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Chloral Arrangements

A variation on my favorite pomegranate-opening method proved useful while cleaning the pool yesterday. In the old days, chlorine tablets were sold in a 40-pound bucket. Now, each tablet is individually wrapped for inconvenience. I’m sure there are safety reasons … Continue reading

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Froggie Went A-Courtin

About a half-dozen frogs joined me for my late-night swim on Tuesday. Yet when I returned on Wednesday night, there were none. A series of circumstances conspired to delay my swim both days. Instead of hitting the pool before performing … Continue reading

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On Kilter

One more birthday gift arrived in the mail on Saturday. My mother sent me an Instakilt, the towel that looks like a kilt. The package said, “It’s not just a towel, it’s pure dead brilliant!” She remembered that I wrap … Continue reading

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66, Water Not Being Comfortable

Autumn leaves and cooler weather inspire many of my Facebook friends to write about how it is their favorite time of year. I don’t like the shorter days and chilly air. I much prefer the optimism of Spring and the … Continue reading

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Bats Incredible

It always seems to rain shortly after I vacuum the pool. I had it looking great on Wednesday afternoon. By Thursday morning, the pool was littered with leaves and debris from an overnight thunderstorm. I was working on the pool … Continue reading

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