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August 10, 2020

Over this past week, by availability (pools are open), by choice and by weather (thunderstorms), I spent more time swimming indoors in a pool than outdoors in a lake.  As the COVID lockdowns has made it such a long time since I've trained frequently in a pool, I decide...

August 6, 2020

It's been about 5 months, but this past Saturday night, August 1st, was the closest experience to the 'old reality' I've had since the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing lockdowns began in earnest back in mid-March.  Along with my family, I got to experience two events that...

July 24, 2020

Oh yeah!  I was back in the water at my local LA Fitness in Barrie at 0600 today.  The last time I swam here was the day before Ontario went into lockdown, March 16th, and I had done a piddly little 1,750 yard 'warmup workout' because I was feeling all tired ... had I...

July 20, 2020

When my wife and I decided in 2018, after a couple of decades of toying with the idea, to move to her homeland of Canada, we didn't quite think through all the implications of doing this move right around the New Year. 

Namely, the dogs ... our two big dogs, one of whom...

I think I learned everything I needed to survive the COVID-19 pandemic during my time in the Peace Corps in Swaziland in the early 1990s -

Vaccines are vital - When we arrived to start our three months of training at a compound near Sibebe Rock, we were prepared for Sis...

Ahh, this is a special set of 11 pools, as it encompasses my first few months settling into our new life in Canada.  We crossed the border on January 2nd, 2019 to start this grand adventure, and was already in my first pool by January 5th. 

Swimming-wise, I go...

April 26, 2020

These 10 pools cover a tight and important time - March and April of 2019 - when we were still brand-new to living in Canada and just as we were migrating from our temporary Airbnb home in Richmond Hill to our new community of Barrie, Ontario.  I was exploring pools on...

April 17, 2020

Had I known that my March 16th, 2020 swim of 1,750 yards was going to be my last for a while, I would have cranked out more.  The following day, Ontario declared its state of emergency and my access to pools was gone. 

It's been a month and I really miss the pool,...

April 11, 2020

I really should choose my next home to be near a university with a great pool that has community access. 

As I doubt I'll be living in Cambridge, MA near MIT anytime soon, maybe Halifax will be the next adventure, a city I quite fell in love with last summer when we vis...

April 5, 2020

I think it's actually good that I didn't keep up with my Pool Pics every time I added a new pool.  Going back and updating these in sets of 10 is great nostalgia, and really drives home the beauty in the wide variety of pools that are out there.  While every pool is sp...

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