a swimmer’s definition:
Bathwater: an abnormally warm temperature of water at the pool
This morning, I was treated to a cocoonily warm pool. It was the kind of warm that made me want to stop swimming and take a nap with the whole pool as my blanket. That kind of warm. Mmmm. But as I cheerfully described the temperature of the pool to a fellow swimmer as bathwater, I began to wonder about that comparison. Temperature aside, pools do have other traits in common with a bath, namely that they are both bodies of water in which people immerse themselves and their dirt in for prolonged periods of time. Only in the pool, it is a shared immersion of dirt. And I thought about how I tend to swim with my mouth open, letting water slip in and out of my mouth, and I wondered what kind of dirt I had picked up today. Was the old guy swimming next to me, Don, really thorough about his pre-pool rinse? Maybe he had his mouth open in the water too. Would that mean we were essentially swapping spit? The hypochondriac in me was about to go into hyperdrive, considering the viruses that might be picked up until I remembering a core believe of mine:
Chlorine kills everything.
Sweet! Problem solved.