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Let's go for a swim

I saw this and thought of zenicurean: Good for what ails you: Finns go ice swimming. A world championship of ice swimming was recently held in Oulu, Finland, in fact.

I'm sure my friends would think that I'd like bouncing off ice cubes while wearing swim trunks, but I think I'll stick with sauna instead.

In local winter news, we're predicted to get 1-3 inches of snow Thursday and Thursday night, with higher amounts closer to the Ohio border. Hope you didn't put your snow shovels away yet.

Edit 10:45 a.m. March 16: The chance of snow is diminishing, according to the National Weather Service. Snow shovels should be able to stay comfortable.

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hellmutt
Mar. 15th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
*gets an I'm-closely-examining-a-mental-image expression*
songdogmi
Mar. 15th, 2006 05:15 pm (UTC)
It doesn't have anything to do with bouncing off ice cubes, does it?
hellmutt
Mar. 15th, 2006 05:21 pm (UTC)
*isn't telling!*
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hellmutt
Mar. 15th, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC)
Coolies. Braver than I.
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songdogmi
Mar. 16th, 2006 06:16 am (UTC)
I'm sure it's refreshing, once you get past the cardiac arrest. :) Although I guess I can't say that, given that your grandmother seems to take well to it.

I went swimming in Lake Superior in October or November a couple of times. There was no ice, but it didn't feel like ice was that far away. I didn't stay in terribly long. I was young then, so maybe I'm tougher now and should try again.

They have "polar bear swims" here in winter sometimes. Usually the purpose is to either raise money for charity or to be nutty around New Year's Day. I wonder if this tradition has the same roots as ice swimming.
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