Tuesday, July 01, 2008

At Least Ask Permission

I went to the pool Monday evening to see 2 of the 5 lanes taken up by the master swim class. I've always seen the signs advertising the masters swim but I had yet to actually see them in action.

I was intrigued.

I was let down.

There were only two people at masters swim and one of them was the instructor. But, they continued to occupy two lanes and spent a majority of their time standing and talking and laying all over the lane lines. If you're not going to swim, get out of the pool!

The three other lanes were occupied by me, the Splasher (he's famous), and some dude who would do 25 yards, stop and stretch, and then do it again. Because I was the most normal swimmer of the bunch, two different ladies decided to join me during my workout.

Problem is....they didn't ask permission.

I'm totally cool with sharing a lane, but at least ask permission to jump in and share. Maybe I wanted to do butterfly or maybe I was almost finished with my workout, maybe I didn't want you to join me, maybe I'm the meanest person on the planet (totally possible...y'all don't know me!). But instead, I hugged the lane line and just finished my workout.

Here's the kicker, pun totally intended....don't you dare jump in my lane without permission and then do the freakin' breaststroke! You know how many inches away you were from kicking me in the face?

So next time you're at the pool and you're thinking of sharing a lane, please ask permission and then let the person know you'd like to kick them in the face.

Thank you and have a nice day. :)


jeff said...

i am soooo with you on this. i'm a polite swimmer and i'll share with anyone as long as they have a little common courtesy.

i have stories upon stories from the pool. remind me to tell you about jimmy, my swimming buddy, sometime. or richard, the guy who always asks the lifeguard, "where are all the pretty ladies?".

Alili said...

Ugh, I HATE when people just jump in. I usually get the breatstroker and have to pretend that I'm in a tri, the blows to the head are good practice...:)