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Monday, May 21 2001

Old swimming holes

David Caldwell's entry for yesterday about his backyard swimming pool and describing his preference for the old-time strip mine pits, farm ponds, or tree-lined streams inspired similar reflections on my part. Though I supported the Nanty Glo Park and Pool project when it was in the blueprint stage, when I think back on my swimming memories the afternoons and evenings at White Mill or Adam's Crossing greatly eclipse the ones at the Ebensburg or Portage pools we visited now and then. David said the streams are maintained by mother nature; but I think their appeal has to do with nature in another sense as well. It's probably similar to the pull of ocean bathing or swimming at lakes like Shawnee Lake near Bedford (where I got a Fourth of July sunburn circa 1954 that still smarts).

Swimming is in itself sensual, so it seems enhanced by a natural locale rather than the artificiality of concrete, plastic, and painted pools. We had a pool at one of our homes in California and, as David suggests, such pools are more of a hastle than a boon, at least for nonteenagers. We lived there for two years in my 30's and I was never in the pool. Our second child, Michael, was a toddler, so despite the heroic fencing I installed there was always a strong fear that he would get to the pool and fall in. I instilled into his mind such a fear of it that he remembered it for years afterward. Oh, and my present residence park has two pools, which I've never been in after 15 years here, and I go to a fitness club almost daily with a pool which, also, I've never been in. (The whirlpool spa pool, yes, but not swimming.)

I haven't heard whether the Nanty Glo Borough Park Pool is going to be open this summer. It wasn't last summer, because of budgetary considerations, and I found it fitting and somewhat satisfying that when I drove by Adam's Crossing on the north branch of the Blacklick, the first week of August, it was obviously "open" for business much as it was generations ago.

This is probably a male thing. Backyard pools and town chlorinated pools are probably preferred by women for guessable reasons. They're "safer" in a lot of ways, for starters. And because the girls used to prefer the Ebensburg pool, we sometimes did also. The hunting was definitely more fruitful there.

Procedural notes:

First, thanks to all who responded to Friday's request for feedback on the previous day's emailed Jonal entry. The email seems to have been bothersome to virtually no one, though several responses among the couple of dozen received were a bit ambigious.

Just after saying that apparently Yahoo Groups was not going to work for us, I received that day's Jonal mailing and even though it was 12 hours late, I decided to try it again. It was better the second time (I believe it got delivered by noon the next day). So the third-time charmer was perfect; I got my test mailings within an hour of mailing the master for Sunday. Incidentally—or not—the first example was mailed using a return address of one of the service's biggest competitors in the field of webmail. And the second mailing still contained instructions for contacting our previous email forum host, another Yahoo competitor. It may be that those were factors in Yahoo intentionally delaying the delivery of those first two emails. We've discontinued both practices now and now we'll see.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy


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