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  The Polar Bear Club
by Mr. Ed
Tuesday, December 28, 2004
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-->                                        An Invitation for our friend,

Britiku Champion Andy Turner,

Who Thought Chicago was located

On a tiny river in the middle of America.




The Polar Bear Club Swim will soon be here,

Please join us to ring in the Happy New Year!


Why not start 2005 on an adventurous note?

You really donít even have to know how to float.


Just show up at Noon on New Yearís Day,

Itís tons of fun Ė what else can I say?


I missed last year because of a nasty cold,

But I canít miss this year since Iím getting old.


This is my invitation to a British chap named Little Andy,

One dip into this 35 degree lake, and youíll feel dandy!


 This event takes place every year in Chicago,

Now matter how hard the Arctic wind blows.


Here are the details:
New Yearís Day Swim
What:  Polar Bear Swim in Lake Michigan on New Year's Day
When:  New Year's Day at Noon
Where:  North Avenue Beach, near the boat house

How Much $:  FREE!

Why:  Carpe Diem!

Ring in the New Year with a splash and set an adventurous tone for the upcoming year.

Polar Bears meet at North Avenue Beach near the north end of the beach house at Noon.


Wear your swimsuit under your warm clothing.  We'll all disrobe together; then we'll run into the water together; get wet; run back out; and get dressed VERY quickly.


You'll be extremely cold for about 5 minutes total, probably spending less than 30 seconds actually in the water, unless you really want more!


Spectators welcome.


1.  Swimsuits only, no nudity (it's a family event) and no wetsuits (that's cheating).
2.  Swimmers must go all the way under the water before coming out to be Ďofficial.í 
3.  No whining! 

Once youíre dressed, you can head home to your cozy warm shower. (No warm showers available at the boat house.)

Fine Print:  While some participants or spectators are medical professionals, there is no official medical support on site.  Participate only if you are willing and able.  Like anything, there is probably some risk, so if you have medical considerations please check with your doctor before participating. 

No need to sign up, just show up at Noon on New Year's Day.


Lake Michigan Facts


Lake Michigan, the second largest Great Lake by volume, with just under 1,180 cubic miles of water, is the only Great Lake entirely within the United States.


Approximately 118 miles wide and 307 miles long, Lake Michigan has more than 1,600 miles of shoreline.


Averaging 279 feet in depth, the lake reaches 925 feet at its deepest point.


The lake's northern tier is in the colder, less developed upper Great Lakes region, while its more temperate southern basin contains the Milwaukee and Chicago metropolitan areas.


The drainage basin, approximately twice as large as the 22,300 square miles of surface water, includes portions of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.


Water Temperature ranges from 67-68 Degrees in July to a balmy 34-35 Degrees in January.


Andy, hope to see you on New Yearís Day!


And Anyone Else Who Wants to Take The Plunge!

 I really canít stay (Baby, itís cold outside)
Iíve got to go Ďway (Baby, itís cold outside)
The evening has been (Iíve been hopiní that youíd drop in)
So very nice (Iíll hold your hand, theyíre just like ice) 


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Reviewed by Katy Walsvik 12/30/2004
No shot of whiskey as you emerge from the water? ($1.00 each)
No hot chocolate stands for the chilled spectators? ($.50 a mug)
Not even a helpful vendor with a traveling oven to keep clothes warm? ($1.00 per shirt, pants, shoes, coat... socks are warmed free) hehe

Aha!! I could make a killing on that beach! (grin) Wheeeeeee!
Thank you for the invitation... I'll stick with the sauna method... katy xox.
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 12/29/2004
tbanks for the write, Ed, but i'll carpe diem here in our long-awaited warming trend down South...
Reviewed by Bob Holt (Reader) 12/28/2004
You guys are brave, Edward. I might consider it if you'd loosen up that one rule and allow whining.

Bob H
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 12/28/2004

BRRRRRRRRRRRRR! i'd be seizing more than the day BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

you're much braver than i...have fun, my thoughts will be with you!

cute poem and invitation

((((HUGS)))) and love, karla. :)
Reviewed by Karen Chalfant (Reader) 12/28/2004
Sounds interesting but too cold! It's an interesting tradition though. Enjoyed the write...
Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader) 12/28/2004
To paraphrase a famous writer:
"Every once in awhile (like once a century),
I get the urge to dive into Lake Michigan...
but then I lie down in front of my fireplace...
and the urge passes."
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 12/28/2004
They are freakin' NUTz! BRRRR!!

fun write, though; enjoyed! Thanks for sharing! Also loved the artwork! Well done!

Happy New Knees to you too, as my second older sister, Kitty, used to say! LOL May 2005 be your best year EVER!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Theresa Koch 12/28/2004

Reviewed by E T Waldron 12/28/2004
I see it every year... on tv;-) and every year I shiver...
you are brave Ed, but I love this info/write which you always
share so much. Though I lived near the lake at one time, i didn't
remember the statistics. thanks for the info! Happy New Year!Eileen
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 12/28/2004
What's there to whinge about - it's like that UK ALL the year round!! I thought it was just mad dogs and Englishmen who did this kind of thing - oh?! It is?! Of course, Ed, it's you... that explains a lot! You rock and rule the waves, Big Guy! Don't go gettin exposure now - as you said, it is a family event...!! And, BTW - thanx but no thanx: no hard feelings, eh?! LOL Karibbean Kate xx
Reviewed by Sue Hess 12/28/2004
great idea but i'm a sissy
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 12/28/2004
Cool idea and package Eddie!!

Happy New year Buddy!!

Love Tinky
Reviewed by George Carroll 12/28/2004
Got a cold just thinking about it. Have fun you polar nuts.
Reviewed by Evelyn Simon 12/28/2004
I guess a cold dip with a polar bear is a lot more fun, than
taking a cold shower. LOL! Excellent write, Ed, and thanks
for the encouragement. Evelyn
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 12/28/2004
Enjoy you frigid dip, Ed! You are one live wire!
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 12/28/2004
LOL, Ed, How could he refuse such an enticing invitation and challenge. I watch "the event" from the comfort of my living room where I am warm and dry and ponder the question...WHY??
Take care,
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 12/28/2004
When I was about twenty I might have joined them. Come to think of it I did fall in the River on New Year's in Richmond. I think I will observe who would feed my babies if I die of pnemonia? Sounds interesting though.
Reviewed by ~Indigo~ Elga 12/28/2004
Dear Ed,

Thanks for the lovely invite, sounds so very promising... but on second thoughts... I think I'll give it a miss.

warm hugs
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 12/28/2004
HUH you blighter, it's taken two years for that card.

Needle naddle noo, that waters warm, I thank you through and through..

I never knew Chicargo had a lake. Just wind, and a film.

I thought it was near New Mexico, not so north..(Thinks..Am I stupid.Nope he's moved it, blighter. clever trick.)
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 12/28/2004
Enjoyed this Ed, I actually watched this event on TV last year and almost froze in the warmth of my home!!
Reviewed by D May (Reader) 12/28/2004
What a brave person to join in this swim!!! Being a freeze baby, I will pass. :) But, I love to watch this.

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