Thursday, December 26, 2013

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,
    according to your word;
30 for my eyes have seen your salvation
31     that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
    and for glory to your people Israel.”
33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed 35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

44 degrees ...

That was the lowest temperature reading in the lake.  With milder temperatures, it has settled in at 46F (7.8C).  Since the temperature stabilized, I reduced the number of swims to 4 times a week.  Surprisingly, it is mentally easier to do the cold swims if you do them every day.  This morning I did a mile before work.  The "warm up" still takes me about a quarter mile, and after a half mile the cold is only noticeable in the hands.  The other peculiarity of cold water swimming is that the most difficult time is just after you get out.  Since you aren't exercising, the body heat is no longer being generated and the blood circulation starts getting back into the arms and legs, drawing all the cold into the rest of your body.  This is the time when the body really starts feeling cold.

The San Francisco Bay has been running about 51F (10.5C).  Thus, I expect the New Year's swim to feel like a warm bath.

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Hypothermia and Church

This morning started with a lake swim at 7:00am, followed by a church meeting at 9:00am.  That didn't leave too much time between getting out of the lake and the next commitment, but I was on time.  We had a cold wind blowing last night so this made for a few waves along with a temperature drop.  One of our swimming party brought a thermometer and let us know that the water temperature was 50F (10C).  This is the limit where swimmers officially consider the water to be "cold", although some in our group felt that a modifier that I won't repeat was needed to express the particular category of "cold".  Likely it was related to the heavy frost and frozen beach.  My car thermometer reported 30F (-1C) for the air temperature, which was warmer than it has been.  The cold blast that is affecting America is also cooling the left coast, so we have been continuously much below normal and it will stay that way for the next several days.  This is going to test my determination, since I abandoned swimming last year the first Saturday of the new year when the water temperature dropped to 48F (9C).

I always need something to meditate on while I am swimming.  Today's puzzle for me is why people can't get to church on time.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Fatherhood.gov

I was treated to the government sponsored commercial below while warming up at a restaurant after my cold lake swim this morning.  Yes, the US government is giving lessons on what it means to be a father.

Back in the time, we didn't have these videos.  A father would grab himself a woman, and take care of her and their offspring for life.  When they were hungry, he would go out and kill a wooly mammoth or wrestle a crocodile.  He would also need to offer protection from the neighboring troglodytes.  The children would initially be mostly in the care of their loving mother, and only later come to admire the determination of their father and his example of tireless caring in spite of the hardship.

We have a different model today.  The dad's role is to do constructive baby sitting for someone else's kid while her mom is off to the grocery store with a load of food stamps.  Protection is provided by lawyers who get judges to issue cease and desist orders against roving corporate preditors.  My how times have changed.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013