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December 27, 2017

My oldest daughter combined four of the things I love in the world - swimming, maps, music and data-geekiness - into a most excellent Christmas gift - a musical, visual video of all the pools I've swum in:

She took a data analysis class this past semester, learned how t...

December 17, 2017

Probably the best airline frequent flyer benefit, at least for domestic travel, is Southwest Airlines' Companion Pass, which allows a companion to fly free with you for the following year.  To earn this, you have to accumulate 110,000 points over a calendar year.  Afte...

March 10, 2017

When one  thinks of sports in Nepal and India, swimming doesn't jump to the top of the list. Trekking and cricket are much more the sports of these countries, but I was determined to get in some pool time over a recent trip.  My wife and I spent about 9 days in Nepal v...

September 4, 2016

I really wanted to make this milestone - 25% of the way towards the goal - a special, if not iconic pool.  I got some really good suggestions for pools from my last post and have added them to my 'pool bucket list,' but my travels are not likely to take me to Missouri...

August 21, 2016

While my fitness level has suffered this summer due to a lot of travel, even by my standards, my pool list has burgeoned.  With this last week's trip that had me going Phoenix -> Calgary -> Lethbridge -> Toronto -> New Jersey -> Toronto -> Phoenix, I added three new po...

April 17, 2016

It would have been perfect had I been able, over my recent six day stay in Toronto, to notch up one new pool a day to make this post "Six from the Six," but there was too much fun to be had in this great city to swim every day.  When combined with my trip there in Octo...

March 30, 2016

Of course it all started with the big "4-0," that infamous mid-life crisis-inducing birthday.  I had 'aged up' in the Masters Swimming world, was still traveling quite a lot both domestically and internationally (mostly for business), and was looking for a little bit o...

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