Yesterday at boat ramp in Johnny Appleseed Park, the 71st Annual Polar Bear Plunge was enacted. Â Below is video from the event which if you watch, you will see what I mean when I rant a bit.Â
It’s really not cool to walk in front of other’s cameras/video recorders people. Â What made me laugh was the Firefighter who walked in front of my camera, which was on a tripod, spoke to the cameraman who was not sticking out any further than I was, turned and almost ran into my camera. Â Then proceeded, but not in a rude way, to counsel me that I should watch my camera because the plungers would come rushing down the ramp. Â I had no problems with the plungers. Â It continually amazes me – especially when one certain newspaper, who’s not very friendly to bloggers, seems to want to walk, step, stand in front of other’s cameras at every chance. Â The paper goes by the initials JG and while I certainly understand the need to capture excellent photos, that’s what God gave us a zoom lens and the JG all that expensive camera gear they have. Â Anyway, enough of that. Â End of rant.
The other thing I’ll say about this video – and it’s not a rant – is that this was my first experience at the Polar Bear Plunge. Â I wasn’t sure where to set up. Â I had the camera leveled, ready to go when I followed the plungers into the water. Â When I did this, I decided to move the camera and forgot it would change the angle of the picture. Â I think I recovered nicely. Â You’ll also see City Councilman Mitch Harper run up to the camera and ask if I at least dipped my toe into the water. Â I answered that I was going to dip a finger in instead – which I did not. Â Are you kidding me, Mitch? Â LOL Â After he emerged from his dip, he then comments on the value of Vaseline as an insulator – and it seemed to work for him. Â In fact, we talked to another convert in the parking lot who thanked Mitch for the tip.
By the way – there is another Polar Bear Plunge scheduled for Saturday, February 14th, 2009. Â This will be held at Mirror Lake on the St. Francis University Campus at noon. Â For details about this worthwhile event, visit this webpage.
Lots of fun and hopefully, I will be there next year to capture the event again. Â I might even join in the fun if I can find a speedo in my size – NOT!!!