October 15th, 2011

autumn

[swimming] fin-ish

I spent about 20min in the hotel pool last Saturday. I've gotten used to Blodgett with its Olympic-sized-ness and lane markers. I wasn't quite sure how to handle a hotel-sized pool.

I practiced exhaling and letting myself sink to sit down at the bottom of the pool.
I practiced propelling myself through the water, putting my face in the water and exhaling through my nose and then bringing my face up and inhaling through my mouth.
I practiced backstroke (except without actual armstrokes, mostly).

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Shoshana thinks my swim class is Fail because it didn't teach me to stay afloat with a minimum of effort for 5 minutes. She is not necessarily wrong in this, but I feel like that would have taken me 6 weeks to learn, and I'd rather use the time I have with an instructor (which I am paying for) to get beginning instruction on a whole assortment of things I can practice on my own time.

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We were in a 5ft lane today, and I feel like we must have been a slightly shallower lane in previous weeks because I definitely had a panicky feeling at not being able to stand up and have my head above water (after some time I did figure out that I could stand on tiptoes and be okay)

My shoulders got really tired partway through class, I suspect because I had my face above water for everything. I could definitely feel that it would be easier to keep my hips etc. near the surface of the water if I had my face in the water, but I didn't trust myself to be able to coordinate breathing and also work on strokes at the same time.

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Due to being away last weekend, I still haven't experienced the MAC. At some point, I'll investigate further how I would go about getting access to either of the Harvard pools.

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In other news, there were yellow leaves on the ground (and on the trees). We're getting at least a little autumn.
dragons

I feel sad that I don't have a zebra icon.

So, some zebras got loose at the Franklin Park Zoo today.  (I heard about this first because my housemate follows @Occupy_Boston.  Yes, seriously.)

Gawker mentioned that zebras' favorite food is human meat.  Cite your sources, yo.  (Unsurprisingly, Wikipedia does not support this assertion.)
Zebroid is the generic name for all zebra hybrids. The different hybrids are generally named using the portmanteau convention of sire's name + dam's name.
"Sire!"  I was on the phone with Ari and made a comment about fandom portmanteau and animal AUs.

In reading aloud the section on zebra hybrids, I commented that I kept almost wanting to say "Zamboni." 

Ari said, "That's the offspring of a zebra and an ice-skater."

I was like, "I did read a Johnny Weir mermaid AU..."

I couldn't remember the name of the ~French guy in the fic, and search terms like "Johnny Weir figure skating mermaid AU" took me a remarkably long time to achieve success.

Finally successful Google hit was: http://archiveofourown.org/tags/mermaids/bookmarks

That's a bookmark list, so using the Merperson AU tag gets some additional fics (including Inception -- which I have read a number of fics for, because hackthis used to post massive recs lists, and while I have yet to see the movie and probably wouldn't be interested in a male-male 'ship in it if I did, I would have thoughts like, "they're art students? I would read a story about art students" -- and bandom, which has ALL the AUs, right?), including an American Idol mermaid hooker AU, in which not only is Adam Lambert not the hooker but, if I'm reading correctly, there isn't even any sex.  How does this happen in fandom?

(I also clicked on the Fake News RPF tag because I wasn't sure I was correctly parsing it.  Returning to the wrong tab means I had a moment of thinking there was a Stephen Colbert & Chuck Norris mermaid AU.  Rule 34?)