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  1. On 5/31/2022 at 11:10 AM, SnowenOutThere said:

    Also summer swim starts today. For the swim parents in this forum what's it like? @mattie g and @H2O, it seems like a lot of work. 

    As a team rep, my job is a lot bigger than it is for other parents, so it's kind of hard to say. My co-rep and I have been meeting since January. Those were just preliminary meetings, but they started ramping up in March as we got the new website going and started general planning for the season. We see each other almost every day at the bus stop, so we always have a little chat about things, and of course we see each other at practices now. We're also always texting about plans, budget, etc. and coordinating on communications to the families. I'm fully expecting it to get even crazier in a couple weeks as we start real planning for the meets and coordinating with the coaches and data coordinators on getting the meet sheets squared away.

    My wife ran concessions last year, which was a huge job. People like Referee, Data Coordinator, Starter, and Chief Timer (among others) have a big part to play, but their jobs are generally "just" day of meets (Data Coordinator is more than just day of). I always mention that we're a small team, and that means that we need lots of families to get really involved. It's a decent amount of work for everyone, but we all generally like each other, so that's a huge help!

    On 5/31/2022 at 11:50 AM, H2O said:

    I’ve dialed back some from the height of what I used to do. 

    But it will be daily trips to the pool for practices starting today and until the end of July. Being Chief timer also means running that group for both our Saturday A meets and Monday B meets. I also get asked on occasion to do that job for divisional meets. 

    Beyond that it’s always working set up and clean up for meets and being involved with coaches and team reps for other things. Thankless jobs by many others so it’s not like it’s awful. 

    I started something last year with our last B meet to provide adult beverages for my timers for fun. Gonna try that again unless I get into trouble. Lol

    I mean...if you have nothing better to do, then you might as well get down to the pool to help! :lol:

    We have some folks on our team who get involved like you do. They sign up for official volunteer slots, but they end up doing a ton more before, during, and after meets. I'm already seeing how important these folks are for us, so we always let them know how appreciated they are!

    Adult beverages, you say? Tell me more...

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  2. 9 hours ago, WxUSAF said:

    Agreed. We just finished episode 2 and my wife exclaimed that it’s way better than Book of Boba Fett already.

    Not hard for a show to be better than Boba’s Book.

  3. 8 minutes ago, H2O said:

    Get ready to deal with parents that can be douchey at times tho.  I've heard horror stories.

    You've only heard? :lol:

    Oh...we know who those parents are already. I've already been called unprofessional by one. :clown:With a small team that pulls almost fully from our 500-home (townhomes and single-family homes) HOA, we mostly know each other really well, so most douchiness is held in check because they don't want to be dicks to their friends and neighbors. Sometimes people just cant help it though. We just roll with the punches when it does happen...

  4. 16 hours ago, [email protected] said:

    Must remember faxes and boosters were developed from earlier strains, not the current strain which seems to be easier to catch but *generally* has less severe effects. No one should be sorry about getting vaxxed even if u get the newer strain.

    Tested positive 8 days after second booster. Minimal impacts personally, almost  nothing symptoms-wise other than a brief headache and slight cough. 

    Exactly. My guess is that by this fall we could well see a more Omicron-focused shot, which would be helpful, though I agree about how it appears that the effects of these subvariants are much less harmful (but unfortunately still harmful enough for many). Follows the general trend of how novel viruses work though - incredibly potent, then new variants pop up, and eventually you get more variants that "like to" infect but not kill their hosts.

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  5. 2 minutes ago, H2O said:

    Look at who is getting sucked into summer swim team life

    Big time. Like...way big time.

    It's scratching that major competitive itch that's been bothering me since I last played soccer about eight years ago. As an athlete through college it's been tough to give up playing anything remotely competitively (due to an ankle injury), so getting involved in summer swim is a really good outlet for me. And I guess it's good to help the kids, too. :lol:

  6. 20 hours ago, SnowenOutThere said:

    I'm technically a CIT or coach in training, so I still am swimming on the team but I also get to coach an age group (9-10s) along with helping the coaches at meets.

    That's awesome! It's great that you're getting involved and (I assume) passing on your love of swimming to the younger kids!

    We have our interested teenage swimmers coach the Juniors (mostly 3-5 year-olds) with an adult overseeing the Juniors program as a whole. Some kids just jump in and help the 8&Unders, but in general our three coaches will handle everything.

    Despite having an even smaller team than normal (:(), I'm really excited for this season because we have a returning coach (swimmer at ODU who's planning to coach as a career) and a parent of 8&Us who was a 4-year D1 swimmer and who coached for years until taking a break. I have a feeling our young team will improve a LOT over the season!

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  7. 10 minutes ago, IronTy said:

    Yeah, triple-vaxxed my ass.  A lot of good that shit did.  But if you survived the fog ok then that give me hope it'll eventually end.  My wife is also stuck with it too, she's about 3 days behind me.  

    You never know...it may have helped. Most everyone I know who have been vaccinated (and most boosted) had few, if any, problems when they caught COVID recently. I also know one or two who weren't vaccinated and only got slightly sick, as well.

    Sorry to hear that though. Hope you fell better soon!

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  8. 51 minutes ago, SnowenOutThere said:

    Anyone going to the pool on Saturday? At this points its a tradition to go whatever the weather. Can't wait for my first day of coaching Tuesday. 

    Absolutely! I have to man the swim team table (bake sale and just general info for new families), but I'd have gone to hang out anyway.

    Who are you coaching? Aren't you still part of a summer team?

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  9. 2 hours ago, WxUSAF said:

    1.53” IMBY. That stratiform rain really overperformed.

    I feel like post-cell stratiform rain usually does well around these parts.

  10. On 5/17/2022 at 3:32 PM, Kay said:


    So this happened...


    We have a Mourning Dove nest on our covered propane heater that’s stored outside against our back wall. No pro allem for us because we won’t be using it for another five months, at least, but I love how these birds make the best of what we give them!

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  11. 35 minutes ago, mdhokie said:

    they closed school early and now its sunny.

    They didn't close school early here, but my daughter is home and it's definitely not sunny.

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