Monday, January 02, 2006

Haiku to a Naked Vancouver Polar Bear

Old man swimming nude
Out to sea and back again
Live for the moment

Hey, what’s with the unclad old-timer at the Polar Bear Swim? Has he no shame? With my wife and son, I watched a naked 60-something guy run into Vancouver’s English Bay and enthusiastically do about 50 breath strokes, before returning to terra firma and posing, in all his glory, for numerous photos.

DIAGNOSIS #1
He’s nuts.

DIAGNOSIS #2
He knows how to celebrate life, and doesn’t give a darn what anyone thinks.

In any event, I wish I were a little more like him - not much, just a little.


I'm pleased to report that our dog Shasta jumped in and was rightly awarded a Polar Bear pin.

TODAY’S VANCOUVER HEADLINES

Flying patio umbrella leaves windy West End in the dark

Vancouver -- Wild winds wreaked havoc on Vancouver Island and the South Coast yesterday as an intense low-pressure system moved across the province. In Vancouver's West End, a flying patio umbrella caused a power outage that affected an estimated 7,500 residents yesterday morning.

Test for sliding Canucks

ST. LOUIS -- The Blues should be the perfect holiday-hangover tonic for the Canucks.

The once-proud St. Louis franchise owns the worst record in the league, with just nine wins. And at the Savvis Centre, which draws about one-third-of-capacity crowds these days, the Blues are a miserable 4-12-3.

Overall, they've given up 46 more goals than they've scored. So, the Canucks should be licking their chops. Except the shame-faced Canucks enter tonight's game holding their heads no higher than any of the Blues.


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