Daily Archives: February 13, 2009

Consider my Bubble Burst (02/13)

For the past six months I have been attempting to swim for exercise at a local pool. At first it was a challenge to swim even a half of a lap, but I have been going about 3 times a week and am slowly improving. In fact, I am proud to say that I have can now swim several laps. (Well, that is if I rest a little in between laps).

I wonder if I look this good swimming?

I wonder if I look this good swimming...

With my new found confidence, I decided to set up a new challenge for myself – like swimming a mile. Which after looking it up on google, I learned was 16 laps. I was so excited to see how close I could get. I decided to use the grate at the pool’s end and my flip flops to help me keep count and I was off –

like so...

like so...

When my time was up (I go during my lunch hour so time is limited), I had swam 12 laps. 4 laps short of a mile!

I was so excited that I called my sister after to tell her!

But then I started to think about it. I am no Olympic athlete (heck, I barely qualify as a swimmer) could I have really swim nearly a mile in 40 minutes? Wait – am I even swimming in an Olympic size pool? I didn’t know. So I set out to investigate the size of the pool today. It measured 101 of my feet – which translates to approximately 23 meters – about 27 meters short of an Olympic sized pool.

Those of you that are good at math have probably already figured this out, but my almost mile was a little bit closer to almost half of a mile.

I guess I still have some work to do.

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Ever heard of a Yurt? (02/12)

I was listening to NPR and they were interviewing a couple who decided to rent out their home to help pay for their kids’ college tuition while they continued to live on the back end of their property – in a yurt.

yurt |yoŏrt; yərt|
noun
a circular tent of felt or skins on a collapsible framework, used by nomads in Mongolia, Siberia, and Turkey.

modern yurt (in colorado)

modern yurt (in colorado)

There are other names for yurt such as ger (rhymes with “air”) or uy (oo-ee) and no one really knows where they originated , although the Buryat Mongols of Siberia claim their land as the birthplace of the Mongol tribes and also of the ger.

Doesn’t seem like too bad of a set up really. I could see my adventurous aunt and uncle (who lived on a sailboat from many years)  giving this a try.

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