If you are high maintenance, weak-hearted, whiny or just a wuss, you should stop reading this immediately and go do something better with your time. Ok, now that there are just 100 of us left, I wanted you to know that there IS an 'unofficial' polar plunge again in Marina Park on January 1st at 1pm. I guess this means it's not really organized and nobody wants to be responsible, but bunches of us just show up cause we can and thankfully someone always has a timer and a bullhorn and the sheriff's rescue boats seem to magically show up anyway. There's a great video of this event from last year on Kirkland Views, and also to my dismay and grave embarrassment, a photo in my bathing suit but luckily it's a "Where's Waldo" shot so I'm pretty safe.
In 2010 a few of my kids decided to try the plunge with me. So I thought it would be fun to ask them if they are up for it again. Smartest to ask each privately to get a true reading. Funny-you can even tell by the photo whose response is whose. Here are the results:
Sydney (7 1/2 yr old, 1st time plunger last yr)- "Ummmmmmm." Eyes quickly dart around the room remembering, calculating, envisioning. Long long pause. "Maybe Mom. I'll think about it."
Riley (7 1/2 yr old, 1st time plunger last yr)- With no hesitation whatsoever, "No. That was so cold last year I could barely breathe. No." Walks away.
Brady (5 1/2 yr old, never plunged)- "Yeah Mom! I want to do the Polar Plunge with you! Yessssss!" Big smile.
Then Sydney strolls back in a few minutes later and says, "Mom, I might do the plunge with Brady." So- we'll have to see how many Rabuchins hit the icy waters of Lake Washington this balmy January 1st. Will we see you there???? ~j