So, here we are…
Pools closed, social “distancing”, shelter-in-place, s*&*’s getting weird!
We hope all you CalM’ers (and the ones who are also SCAB’ers) are reasonably safe, healthy, and…well…coping!!
We’re all wondering-I’m sure-what’s going to happen next. Where will we be when we get to the other side of this? Will we even get to the other side of this?
Your editor is social distancing (to be honest, it’s not an entirely un-natural state for him) in the bucolic setting of Inverness near Point Reyes Station in West Marin (along with at least one other CalM member)—see picture above for the view I’m enjoying at as I type these paragraphs. We are—so far—well and feeling very fortunate in our lot at this disturbing time.
Of course we all miss the pool—and miss it in all its aspects: physical, social and emotional! Predictably, many of your CalM teammates have risen to the challenge of these isolating times in determined and creative ways. Some are even continuing to swim…in the waters of S.F. Bay—but really, they’re whackos!
Your editor has once again taken up jogging after several decades, and the results have been humbling, painful and not pretty—also, socially and emotionally a poor substitute for regular workouts with the team. Fortunately, your coaches are putting together on-line live dry land training sessions, which should debut soon.
Most significantly, however, in this time of social isolation, CalM members have found ways to continue to communicate with one another—via Facebook, email, Zoom, FaceTime, etc. There’s even a virtual birthday party for Coach Tryn coming up tomorrow you have no doubt heard of, and rumor has it there is a weekly Happy Hour via Zoom (stand by for more on this, but be warned: it involves alcohol, so mum’s the word!).
Also, watch this space for Coronavirus updates submitted by individual members reporting from their own shelter-in-place situations. Your editor may even indulge in some on-going personal rumination from his own Coronavirus hide-away under the rubric above (with apology to Daniel Defoe).
In the meantime, wishing you all good health, and keep in touch!