Jumping Into Lake Okabena In January

I went temporarily insane Tuesday evening and agreed to take most of my clothes off and jump into Lake Okabena in January.

That’s most of my clothes, not all, because even insanity will only take you so far.

I am participating in the Deep Freeze Dip for the Southwest Minnesota Honor Flight, and along with 15 other people, I will jump into Lake Okabena at 3 p.m. Jan. 23 at Sunset Park.

We’re trying to raise money to send veterans of World War II to Washington D.C. to see the World War II monument, and I am asking everyone I know, as well as people I don’t know, to donate money to the cause. It’s a good cause. Our World War II vets are disappearing at an alarming rate, and we are losing living history every day.

Many of them were willing to sacrifice their lives.

I am only sacrificing a few minutes of freezing my bunnies off (as my grandmother likes to say) and you, if you donate, are only sacrificing a few dollars. In exchange, you will get to laugh your head off as I scream my head off like a little girl or gasp like a beached flounder. (I’m planning to do both.)

Best of all, however, one of my Daily Globe colleagues will videotape my Deep Freeze Dip, so you’ll be able to watch me embarass myself over and over again, while telling yourself you’re watching it for a great cause.

Currently I’m pondering my wardrobe choice for the event, which will begin with a swimming suit. Should I wear a swimming cap and goggles, like I do when I swim at the YMCA? Would a Hawaiian shirt be a festive addition to the swimming suit? Is there any possibility of getting my pirate hat to stay on in the water?

If you would like to contribute to my Deep Freeze Dip, drop by at the Daily Globe’s office at 300 11th St. in downtown Worthington. Checks can be made out to Honor Flight SW MN, and remember, every single cent goes to send the veterans to D.C. to see the monument built for them. It is also tax deductable.

I will receive absolutely no benefit from the Deep Freeze Dip, other than the warm, fuzzy feeling you get when you do a good deed.

And something tells me I’m going to need all the warmth I can get!

2 Responses

  1. Chilly

    I had a friend who made one of those monkey jumps. I still tell people that memorial service was the most moving and beautiful of any I ever saw.

  2. shiny

    Well, if I gotta go at least it’ll be in a good cause.

    Although I’m fairly certain there will be plenty of emergency personnel and a water rescue team at the scene.

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