Four of the last five years I have taken a plunge into the icy waters of the George Lane Beach (“New” Beach to the locals) in North Weymouth on New Year’s day. The original organizer and driving force behind the “Wessagussett Eskimo Club” plunge moved away (Hey Marc: not far enough away to come back to take a dip) a couple years ago so things sort of fizzled out. In our glory days we had T-Shirts and everything! We were the cool kids doing the New Year’s swim just because it was something stupid to do.
Sure there are bigger and more established groups out there. But they are all about the hype, we did it knowing we wouldn’t be on TV, nobody would care, and even those driving past the beach would just shake their heads and keep driving. Oh, sure some of these New Year swim groups raise money for charities. But again I say; we are in it for the pure stupidity of it all. And there is something to be said for pure stupidity. I am not sure what it is, but there is something to be said.
So as our head Eskimo bowed out things fell asunder and and last year there was no swim.
Or so I though!
Turns out that there is still a small group that makes the effort to play chicken with hypothermia each New Year’s.
I will make my triumphant return to the water in 2008! I invite anyone with in driving distance to join me. Details to follow.