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Plunging X

Started off the New Year with our traditional romp at Del Mar.  It was their 30th annual Penguin Plunge, and our tenth.  Had a great time (plus cocoa and donuts).


We have plunged. #2016is now underway. #penguinplunge

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Hope y’all are starting 2016 as well as we are.

Chuck posted this on Friday, January 1, 2016 at  4:40 pm.   Comments Off on Plunging X 

Happy New Year!

We had a great time at the Penguin Plunge, and I made this today from the GoPro footage we shot there.   Even if you don’t enjoy video of people having a good time starting 2015 at the beach, I really liked this arrangement of Auld Lang Syne, so just close your eyes and take it in.  Happy New Year to all our friends.

NEW YEARS PENGUIN PLUNGE 2015 from Chuck Hartley on Vimeo.

Chuck posted this on Thursday, January 1, 2015 at  9:30 pm.   Comments Off on Happy New Year! 

Needing a Swim

December isn’t really when I should be whining about swimming, but between travel and something bouncing around my respiratory system I’ve been out of the pool for two weeks now, and it’s making me cranky.  I’ve been very fortunate since switching gyms last spring, and the schedule and facility of our local Y got me into some good habits.  Both the fitness and the stress relief were going well.

But now I’m cranky and stiff, and I’ve got less than a month to look good for Penguin Plunge.   Hope the new meds work on this cough quickly,

Chuck posted this on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at  5:15 pm.   Comments Off on Needing a Swim 

Happy 2014

Chuck posted this on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at  9:47 pm.   Comments Off on Happy 2014 

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.

Mmmm…donuts.  Mmmm…lifeguards.

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.

Chuck posted this on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at  8:17 am.   Comments Off on Lifeguards and Donuts 

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.

Chuck posted this on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at  9:23 pm.   2 comments have been made. Join them. 

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:

1st day of 2012 from Benjamin Dowie on Vimeo.

Chuck posted this on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at  8:54 am.   Comments Off on It’s A New Year 

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.

Chuck posted this on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at  8:25 am.   Comments Off on Back For A New Year 

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.

New Year in a speedoMaybe 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 KonaCrew 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.

Chuck posted this on Friday, December 31, 2010 at  9:21 am.   2 comments have been made. Join them. 

Childish Focus

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.

Chuck posted this on Thursday, December 16, 2010 at  6:49 pm.   Comments Off on Childish Focus 

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