Saturday, August 19, 2017

Panini's 4th Swimiversary

Next Swims:
   Big Swell Swim - Sunday @ 8:30am (McKinley Beach)
   Klode Kru Swim - Sunday @ 1pm & Monday @ 6am/6pm

Last Swims:
   Friday 8/18 @ 6am
      Water Temp: 68
      Waves: Calm
      Clarity: Crystal Clear
      Crew: Diablo, Panini, Magic Mike, Handyman Hank

   Friday 8/18 @ 5:30pm
      Water Temp: 68.9 (per Itchometer)
      Waves: rippled surface
      Clarity: Crystal Clear
      Crew: Itch, Gumdrop, Nanook, Drangonfly, Erin (Quinoa salad?), Capt'n + Sir James sighting

   Saturday 8/19 @ 1pm
      Water Temp: 70+ (as measured by me toe-ometer)
      Waves: slight/moderate chop from south
      Clarity: Crystal Clear
      Crew: Diablo, Showgirl, Crash, Panini, Foxy Roxy, Handyman Hank, Liz, Mark, Mo, Catp'n + Scottsman sighting

Today was Panini's 4 year swimiversary.  While most may not remember the day, The Patriarch has been known to reminisce about the day before Panini's first swim.  The story would start..."Ahhhh, I remember when it used to be so peaceful on the beach.  In fact, let me tell you about the last day there was peace on the beach..."  Rarely would The Patriarch speak of the day after that day though...but get enough grog in The Patriarch and he'll rant with the best of them!

...but enough about The Patriarch.  This blog post is dedicated to Panini's 4th Swimiversary and the fond memories we all have Panini.  Like the first time she put on her wetsuit...backwards.  And the time she misspelled Dragonfly...a nickname that has stuck by the way!  ...and the other time she misspelled Gumdrop as Dogrump.  Still not sure why that one didn't stick....

While I could go on for at least a few more sentences...or maybe even a paragraph...about my fondest Panini moments I'd like to invite everyone to post a comment with your favorite Panini moment.  (...hopefully I haven't already spoiled yours with what I've already written...)  Many thanks to Panini for bringing her sensationally colorful personality to the Klode's to 4 more years, CHEERS!!!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Where are we going, and why am I in this handbasket?

Next Swims:
* Fri 5:30 PM
* Saturday 1pm
* Sunday 8:30am, Big Swell, McKinley Beach (in person registration at 7am-8am)
* Sunday 1pm

Last Swims:
   Wednesday 8/16 - 6am
      Water Temp: 70ish (per me Toe-meter)
      Waves: Calm
      Clarity: Clear
      Crew: Diablo, Showgirl, Molly, Capt'n
      Notes:  "Perfect!" ...and the swim conditions were nice too. :)

   Wednesday 8/16 - 6pm
      Water Temp: 75 (per the Techno Itchmometer)
      Waves: no report
      Clarity: no report
      Crew: Itch + 4 others + reports of Sir James sightings

   Thursday 8/17 - 6am  (storms / knucklehead swim)
      Water Temp: no report
      Waves: no report
      Clarity: no report
      Crew:  no report

   Thursday 8/17 - 6pm
      Water Temp: 71  (per the Techno Itchmometer)
      Waves: rippled surface
      Clarity: clear
      Crew: Itch, Ziggy, Blake, Mike, Kristin-with-an-E, Capt'n + 4 suits with pink barbies + 2 unidentified black capped swimmers + reports of Sir James sightings
      Notes: the storms passed an hour before the swim leaving dark clouds on the east horizon and a "potato" shaped rainbow....truly a Kodak Moment wasted.

My friends, Patriarch left town, and this whole operation has gone to hell in a handbasket.

The weekend swims are posted, so we can all calm down.

Many of us will be doing the  Big Swell Milwaukee on Sunday morning, and if you're feeling left out, there is still in-person registration Sunday morning at McKinley Beach.

See you at the beach.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Jack Frost, We Have Your Swim Trunks

Next Swims:
* Wed 6AM & 6PM
* Thu 6AM & 6 PM
* Fri 6AM & 5:30 PM
* Saturday 1pm

Last Swim: Tuesday 6PM
Water: High 60's with 1-2 foot waves
Clarity: nope
Crew: Kristen, Patriarch, Jack Frost, Liz, Showgirl, Panini, Itch
Shore Support: We'Taco

The big waves and warm water of this morning continued this evening.  Panini had a breakthru swim accompanied by Barbie, and coaxed into the water by Itch. It was a fun, wavy swim.

So ends the month-long celebration of Itch's birth.  Happy birthday! We had a delightful post-swim celebration with a typically eclectic collection of treats: watermelon, Paydays, brownie bites, margaritas, and a Goldschlager chaser.

Final topic: I have gained possession of Jack Frost's swim trunks. Jack - I'm a bit worried that you won't have a thing to wear Sunday for the Big Swell. Let me know if you want to meet prior to the event for a trunk hand-off.
No junk in these trunks.

The Real McCoy

Next Swims:
* Tue 8/15 6PM
* Wed 6AM & 6PM
* Thu 6AM & 6 PM
* Fri 6AM & 5:30 PM

Last Swims:
Tue 6AM
Water: 69 clear - bottom visible, 1-2 foot waves only 2-3 seconds apart - very rough going
Crew: Mr. Anonymous, Scuba, Showgirl, Diana, Rosa, Mary, Super Hera, Showgirl, Diablo, Patriarch

Mon 6PM
Water: 70 choppy clear - bottom visible in most places
Crew: Kahuna, Scott, Nanook, Itch, Handyman Hank, North Shore Nancy, Drangonfly, Wet Taco, Lorraine, Moondawg on his SUP, Patriarch, and special guest Mark from Aberdeen.

Mon 6AM
Water: 68 calm
Crew: Panini, Magic Mike, Mr. Anonymous, Forger, Diablo, Patriarch

Sunday's blog was about a cursing Scotsman, but not a real Scotsman, a wanna be, FAKE NEWS.   But speak of the devil, an honest-to-god real Scotsman shows up on the beach, Mark from Aberdeen.  By chance he was doing a training swim for his upcoming Chicago Tri.  Our fake Scotsman invites him over for our traditional post swim shot and he joins us, gotta love those Scots.  So if mentioning someone in the blog means they show up on the beach, here's to you, Susan Sarandon.

Matriarch and I are leaving for Tennessee early Wednesday, to visit our granddaughter and also for a total eclipse party.  By luck they live right in the middle of the path of totality.

So that means I will miss the Big Swell swim on Sunday.  But good luck to all those participating.  Gie it laldy!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Curse Like a Scotsman

Next Swims:
* Mon 8/13 - 6AM & 6PM
* Tue  8/14 - 6AM & 6PM

Last Swims:
Sun 1PM
Water: 71 murky and very choppy
Crew: Wet Taco, Beth, Handyman Hank, North Shore Nancy, Phoenix, Mo, Magic Mike, Itch, Forger, Lorraine, Diablo, Niche, Moondawg, Patriarch

Sat 1PM
Water: 70 1-2 foot swells, murky
Crew: Diablo, Mitch, Blake, Showgirl, Panini, Kahuna, Moondawg, Itch, Magic Mike, Scuba, Super Hera, Patriarch

Fri 5:30 PM
70 with chop on top of one foot swells, murky
Crew: Itch, Blake, Wet Taco, Handyman Hank, North Shore Nancy, Patriarch

Today was "Learn to Curse like a Scotsman" day on the beach.  Kahuna, garbed in his kilt, regaled us or I should say verbally assaulted us with foul mouthed glee.  He promised more to come.  Forger I suggest you steer clear as he seems to harbor especially vile opinions of Irishmen. I can't repeat his language here but it involved Jameson and enemas.  And I pity any Brits amongst us as they will not just have Panini to deal with but now Kahuna too. God save the Queen!

Friday, August 11, 2017

26 Days of Great Conditions

Next Swims:
* Fri 8/11, 5:30 PM
* Sat 8/12, 1PM
* Sun 8/13 1PM

Last Swims:
Fri 6am
Water: 68 clear and calm
Crew: Panini, Kahuna, Showgirl, Dave, Forger, Moondawg (on his SUP), Sir James, Big Show, Scuba, Super Hera, Diablo, Patriarch

Thu 6PM
Water:  70 murky, a little choppy
Crew: Itch, Kristen, Don Diego, Moondawg, Andrea, Amy, Chris, Deanna, Patriarch

Thu 6AM
Water: 68 choppy clear, light rain as we finished
Crew: Diablo, Capt'n, Ziggy, Moondawg, Magic Mike, Panini, Patriarch

Wed 6PM
Water:  71 clear choppy
Crew: Itch, Handyman Hank, Itch, Wet Taco, Lorraine, Patriarch

Sadly, no naked swimmers or other outrageous adventures to report.  Just excellent swimming.  If  I calculated correctly today was our 26th straight day with water temps in the mid-60s or higher.

A couple years ago, I believe it was 2014, we had a similar season with a solid month of warm water.  Hopefully we can meet or exceed that streak.

But of course the superstitious among you will say that I just jinxed us by bringing the subject up.  I know that Capt'n believes that she (the lake is female of course) would just as soon rip our hearts out and feed them to the fish.  Personally I believe the lake doesn't care about us one way or the other.  But I do have to admit we've seen some dramatic skies lately, full moons, bright crimson sunrises and towering cumulonimbus nimbus (according to Itch) clouds.  A portend of something or other.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Bare Naked Lady

Next Swims:
* Wed 6PM
* Thu 6AM & 6PM
* Fri 6AM & 5:30PM

Last Swims:
Tue 6PM
Water: 72 calm and improving clarity
Crew: Itch, Wet Taco, Lorraine, North Shore Nancy, Kristen, Sir James, Patriarch

Wed 6AM
Water: 68 smooth as glass, bottom visible in shallow water
Crew: Diablo, Kahuna, Super Hera, Capt'n, Showgirl, Patriarch

As Capt'n and me walked down the path this morning we spotted two ladies splashing about just beyond the rockpiles.  Capt'n exclaimed "I think they're skinny dipping".  Since only their heads were above the water I don't know how he came to that conclusion, so I dismissed it as another one of his many fantasies of how he wished things were as opposed to how they really are (most of these fantasies involve women).

We were joined on the beach by Showgirl.  The first lady emerged from the water naked and quickly wrapped herself in a towel.  At this point I have to clarify that I did not actually see the naked lady because I had taken my glasses off to swim, and I would not believe Capt'n further than I can throw him, however the lady's nakedness was confirmed by She Who Can Never Be Doubted (Showgirl).

I put my glasses back on in time to see the second lady emerge from the water fully clothed in what appeared to be street clothes no less.  So I didn't personally see any naked ladies, but it's not a bad idea.  Perhaps we can make Wednesday Swim Naked Day, and perhaps Thursday can be Kilipitsch for breakfast day, and I'll bet some of you have some other great idea for themed swim days