Monday, April 6, 2015

Pirates Pre-Season Pub Night

Friday April 10th 6PM Three Lions Pub (Oakland at Kensington in Shorewood)

I'm not expecting a big crowd, I made reservations for ten.  So if you're not part of the group that already RSVPed via email, please email or call or leave a comment on this blog, so that I can let them know more people are coming.

Although my last blog post about a pre-season outing garnered a tepid response, I got a much more enthusiastic reaction on email and it seems Friday is good.

Unfortunately I made a major mistake when I scheduled this.  As Gelaney will tell you, husbands never learn.  As it happens Friday is our 44th wedding anniversary and we usually go out for a nice dinner.  Believe it or not, in Gelaney's eyes a fish fry with the swim group is not a romantic evening.  I suggested that we could celebrate our anniversary on Saturday instead of Friday, however in Gelaney's eyes she is now playing second fiddle to the swim group.  I tried to backtrack and told her I would try to find a different day for the swim group, but it's too late, the damage has been done, I am dog meat, burnt toast, shark bait.  I'm telling you all this not because I think the husbands among you will learn anything from it, but just so you know why I will be crying in my beer on Friday.

I should have known better.
With my tail between my legs,
Humbled Patriarch

Friday, April 3, 2015

Pre-Season Pizza Night?

Even though it's barely spring I am anxious to get the season started.  I've been swimming frequently at the Y and it feels great.  I got so carried away the other day that I stopped by Emery's and bought a new wetsuit.  Fired up and ready to go!   Well OK, maybe not so fired up that I'm going to challenge the current thirty-something degree water but maybe the next best thing.

How about a pre-season pizza night?  I'm pretty flexible on date/place.  We could return to one of our favorites like Lisa's or Pizza Kitchen or try something new like Sprecher's in Bayshore (I've been there, it's pretty good and great beer).

Anyhow, it would be fun to see the gang again, especially before they start smelling like dying alewives. If you're interested please comment, and feel free to suggest date and place.  I don't know if anyone reads this blog this time of year, so I'll send out an email too, at least to the few whose email addresses I have.

Ready to Plunge.  Ho Ho Ho

Saturday, March 21, 2015


Waiting for Swimmers
(Yes, that's ice on the rock pile)
Sadly, cross country ski season is over.  It's the waiting season.  Waiting for ice to melt.  Waiting for daffodils, waiting for the geese to start their egg laying on the island in the pond in Estabrook Park, waiting for the beer garden to open, waiting for those lazy hazy crazy days of soda and pretzels and beer.  Most of all waiting for the lake to warm up.  In the meantime swimming in the pool (better than nothing I guess) and day dreaming about gliding over the sun dappled bottom of rocks and sand.  

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Pirates Pizza Night Thursday Nov 13th 6:30PM at Lisa's

Come and celebrate the end of the swim season with us.  Reserve your spot by texting Capt'n or leaving a comment on this blog.  Hope to see you there!

Lisa's Pizzeria is at 2961 N Oakland Ave, a half block north of Locust

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Pirates Pizza Night

Sadly, the Lake Michigan swim season is over for most of us, although there are a few hearty souls who still welcome the challenge.  But even if we've stopped swimming, we haven't stopped eating and drinking.  So how about a Pirates Pizza night this Thursday (Nov 6) or next Thursday (Nov 13).  If interested please comment with your date preference.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Bonus Days

Next Swim:  Monday September 29th 6PM

Last Swim: Sunday September 28th 10AM
Water Temp: 60
Waves: Calm
Water Clarity:  Crystal Clear
Crew:  Steve, Kate, Zoom Zoom, Diablo, Mr. Anonymous, Capt'n, Patriarch
Wetsuit/Skin:  2/5
Pitsch Count: 7

Whoddathunk some of the best swimming days of the year would come at the end of September?  Normally the lake should be cooling but instead a string of warm calm sunny days is warming it up. What a treat to be swimming along side a lake bluff that is lit up with the reds yellows and oranges of autumn.  It can't last long though, come and enjoy it while you can.

P.S.  In other news, it is rumored that Showgirl is in Venice.  In today's paper I saw that George Clooney got married in Venice yesterday.  Coincidence?  I think not!  After all, if you were George Clooney wouldn't you want Miss America 2006 at your wedding?  

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Exceptional late season conditions!

Next Swim:
   Sunday September 28th @ 10am

Last Swim
   Saturday September 17th @ 1pm
      Air Temp:  low 70's & sunny
      Water Temp:  61+
      Water Clarity: Crystal Clear
      Waves: slight current from south
      Crew:  The Patriarch, Diablo, Kahuna, Gumdrop, Panini, Zoom Zoom, Capt'n
      Skin / Suit Count:  7 / 0
      Pitsch Count:  7

By far the swim conditions today were the best we've had for September!  The water temp measured 61 from the shore but without wetsuits today there was no mistaking the pleasant pockets of warmer water that were encountered.  All Kru members present today ditched their wetsuits and swam skin...including Panini!  Also notable was the fact that everyone swam for at least 30 minutes with most making south to the Silver Spring down spout before turning back.

Here are a few pictures from today's adventure compliments of Panini...