Sunday, January 1, 2012

Oh god, where are my balls?

It was one of the warmest New Year's Days in a while but it was still in the high 40s and breezy at the beach.

It is kinda a bizarre tradition for people to go for a dip on January 1.

Traffic was backed up as we approached the beach.  None of my passengers believed that anyone else was going for a dip.  But they were.  The center chunk of the beach was as crowded as any summer day.

I did everything but donate $


  • Participants must raise a minimum of $100 in pledges.
  • No Pushing! All participants must enter the water of their own volition. Please do not enter the water until asked to do so.
  • Participants will plunge their willing bodies into the water. The entire body must be submerged.
  • No dry suits or wetsuits. Participants may smear their body with a liberal coating of bear fat. Note: This may negatively impact your social standing.
  • No "endurance" contests will be permitted. Participants must jump in and get out. Yelling is optional.
  • Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers and costume contest winners.


  1. Congrats again! Why didn't you ask me to pledge?

  2. I did not ask nobody. Did not raise any money. The beach is free.

  3. Did you say that this on your
    bucket list? It's always great
    reading all about your adventures
    Keep it up... what is next ?

  4. "Bear fat" and "yelling is optional". I love it!
    My home city (Vancouver, British Columbia) has a New Year's Day Polar Bear Swim, but I've never tried it. My hometown (a Vancouver suburb) used to have a jump-off-the-pier thing on New Year's Day. I never tried that, either. Here in Alberta, the water is all frozen.
    Bravo, although I'm surprised at you not raising money. Under the gruff exterior, you are a community-minded kinda guy, as all your regular readers can tell.
    All the best to you and your family for 2012.

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel


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