Lifeguards and Donuts
Christmas may be dominating the news, the mail, the calendar, the living room, and, well, everything, but as a Public Service Announcement I’d like to remind you that we’re now only thirteen days away from the 28th annual Penguin Plunge at Del Mar.
We’re planning to make this year our eighth start for a new year with a “refreshed mind and a slightly numb body,” to quote the stylish certificate that comes with the donuts and coffee.
Photos from previous years are posted under the tag ‘Penguin Plunge‘, and a video we made from the 2013 event is hosted at YouTube.
2013 Is Here
It’s not that I think 2012 was a particularly bad year, but 2013 has gotten off to such a great start that I’m not that sorry to see it heading out the door.
First New Year’s resolution: I need a better tan at this point next year.
It’s A New Year
We welcomed in 2012 with a wonderful jolt of refreshing coldness at our sixth Penguin Plunge, and the year has gotten off to a great start. Nothing like this though:
Back For A New Year
2011 started nice with a great time at the Penguin Plunge, but has been pretty much work and escrow frustration ever since, with a big touch of something-I-ate wiping me out. At least the something-I-ate is helping me get started on the gym goals I set after seeing the Penguin Plunge photos, without the bother of actually going to the gym.
2010 Through Blog-Colored Glasses
Given the last two months, it would be easy to just say 2010 sucked and be done with it. Gout, diverticulitis and the never-ending escrow have taken their emotional toll. Fortunately though I do have this website and was able to read back through the year, and after doing that have say that overall it wasn’t bad.
Maybe the bar was set a little low by starting the year with a post about clean undies and a photo of me freezing my bits off at the Penguin Plunge. The year progressed well though. My fifth Valentine’s Day with Spinner. Roadtrips to Palm Springs and through the Central Coast, and a vacation in Kona. Crew Classic and Comic-Con were fun as always.
The San Diego County Fair in July was particularly nice what with taking home an Honorable Mention ribbon for this photo and all. The party for Spinner’s 50th birthday came off without a hitch, with many thanks to the wonderful people at The Linkery.
Sure the year wasn’t perfect, and I’m certainly feeling no better about the economy on December 31 than I was on January 1. Too many people I know are still out of work, and too many small businesses are still failing, while too many bankers still walk free. It was a good year for us though, and on that note I’ll shake Father Time’s hand a midnight a bid him adieu rather than kicking him out the door, even while I’m hoping the New Year baby can bring us something better for 2011.
Weather permitting we’ll be starting the New Year tomorrow morning at the same beach, making this our fifth Penguin Plunge. As the certificate says, nothing like starting off the year with a “refreshed mind and a slightly numb body.” Free coffee doesn’t hurt either.
Lalalalalalala. Fifteen more days until Penguin Plunge. Lalalalalalalala. Other issues? I see your lips moving but I can’t hear what you’re saying. Lalalalalalalalala.
Big Bowl O’ Christmas Eye Candy
Yeah, I know some of you a freezing your bits off under tons of snow that are collapsing your buildings. Not really my problem, but I do have other issues that I need to take my mind off of, so here’s a bit of Christmas eye candy for ya [via Kenneth in the 212].
Remember, Christmas is only for bundling up if you’re in badly stereotyped movies. Otherwise the secular aspects of the holiday season are all about Speedo Santa Runs and prepping for the Penguin Plunge.
Back To The Water
Made it back to the pool this morning for the first post-Christmas-gluttony swim. Minor panic attack when I pulled into the parking lot, but fortunately all the New Year’s Resolutionists were staying in the dry areas of the gym. Either they’re committed non-swimmers or they haven’t resolved enough of their body issues to be seen in swimwear yet. Either way I won – I had a lane to myself for the entire workout.
We’ll see if the effort pays off on Friday. Weather permitting, at 11ish we’ll plunge into the ocean like little penguins with 300 or so of our closest friends to celebrate the New Year. Most of our friends normally wince at the thought of going, with the imagery of icebergs and hypothermia shivering up their private bits just as surely as the cold water itself would. Still fun though, and free coffee, doughnuts and certificates always make for excellent motivators. See you there? This will be the 24th annual plunge, and our fourth together.
Like A Horse Out Of The Starting Gate
2009 started off with a bang with the Penguin Plunge and then three nights up in Pismo Beach enjoying the central coast. But I’m back at work now, alternating some briefing with some de-Christmasing of the Casa and a bit of gym strategizing that became necessary after seeing the Penguin Plunge pictures. Going to have to look at coordinated plungewear next year, like these gentlemen on the Central Coast [gallery] . The Chippendale look might give the New Years event just the formality it deserves. Laundry and dishes and accounts receivable are rounding out the agenda here at the end of the extended holiday. Then I can try and post the weekend’s photos.
So far the busboys’ teachings have proven correct and the bannister slide into 2009 has been splinterless. Enjoyed the Rose Parade, had a great Penguin Plunge, and as soon as we finish loading the car we’re heading up to the Central Coast for a few days.