As the weekend looms closer, more and more people are asking me questions about the Deep Freeze Dip for the Southwest Minnesota Honor Flight.
Here are a few, along with my answers.
Q. Where and when will the Deep Freeze Dip be?
A. The Deep Freeze Dip will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday, off the shore of Sunset Park on Lake Okabena.
Q. Are you really going to jump into a freezing cold lake? Really?
Q. Why are you doing this?
A. I get asked this a lot. For one thing, my grandfather fought in World War II and I’m quite proud of him. Second, many of these men got attacked with bombs, guns and sharp pointy things. Spending a minute and a half immersed in cold water doesn’t really seem that big of a deal compared to that, does it?
Q. Where is the money you raise going?
A. The money will pay for a World War II veteran to visit Washington, D.C., to see the World War II Memorial. None of it goes to me.
Q. How much money have you raised?
A. Is this a multiple choice question? Can I use a calculator?
Q. Are you going to wear a wetsuit?
A. No. That would be cheating. Besides, they’re expensive.
Q. What are you going to wear to jump into the lake, then?
A. A swimsuit.
Q. You should dress like Lady Gaga.
A. Unlike Lady Gaga, I believe in pants.
Q. You should dress in your swimsuit to get donations.
A. If I did that, they’d probably offer to pay me to wear a muumuu over the swimsuit; scream and run away; or die laughing.
Q. What about a hat?
A. Arr, but I don’t want to lose my pirate hat in the lake, matey.
Q. Are you going to put your head under the water?
A. I don’t have to, because I was trained as a lifeguard at one point and theoretically know how to jump into water without ducking my head. Also, I’m not sure how deep the water will be. Time is gonna have to tell on this one, folks.
Q. How much money do you need?
A. How much money do you have?
Q. You’re crazy.
Q. Where can I donate money to the Southwest Minnesota Honor Flight?
A. Stop by the Daily Globe office today before 5 p.m. We also have nifty Honor Flight buttons for sale here at the Globe office.