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Posted on May 17 at 3:50 p.m.
Oh yeah... equus_posteriori, don't forget the socio-economic reality of swimming. If you live in an large inner city anywhere other than sunny southern California chances are you don't have a pool in your backyard, nor does your neighbor or theirs. The local public pool is probably less than appealing and hanging on the beach is something they only do on vacation if that ever occurs in their lifetime. I witnessed in Marine Bootcamp during swim qualifications this grim reality first hand. The military, if nothing else, is fully integrated racially. Sinking instead of swimming was clearly divided along racial lines in my experience. Though a small sample, it was very telling for me and truly opened my eyes to a world that wasn't mine.
Posted on May 17 at 3:22 p.m.
My wife forwarded this article to me; apparently for my enjoyment as I'm the one performing the task. Hilarious, thanks so much! Unlike Analog8 I simply took the whole last part for granted and never considered the "half-naked" factor. Being the dense male that I am I guess I never realized why I didn't think of it as a chore. Thanks for the enlightenment!