Today when I went swimming at the YMCA the music wasn’t on, at least for the first 20 or so minutes I was there.
For most people, that probably wouldn’t be a problem, but for me it caused a bit of concern.
I liked it, at first, because it was terribly peaceful just hearing the splish, sploosh, splish, sploosh as the 3-4 swimmers paddled, swam or bounced (I believe he’s doing physical therapy or else water aerobics) back and forth.
The problem is me, or more specifically, my defective, misshapen eyeballs.
As you all know, I can’t see the hands on the clocks at the Y without my glasses on, and of course I don’t swim with my glasses on. The music (some of which I like, some of which I really dislike) helps give me an idea of how long I’ve been swimming so that I don’t have to get out of the pool, retrieve the glasses and check the time.
Without the music, I felt like I could have gone on swimming forever, or at least until the Y kicked me out of the pool. Again, not really a problem, but I have to go back to work at some point or my boss will get really annoyed. Somehow I seriously doubt "But they didn’t have music on at the Y!" is a good excuse for missing work.
But then someone turned on the music (Bryan Adams’s "Everything I Do") and I squinted up at the clock to find out how long it had been, and guessed how long I had left, and finished out the song and got my chlorine and tangerine (shampoo) scented self back to work.
Also, I discovered today that I could adjust the nose strap on my goggles to make them fit better.
Yes, it took me that long, but don’t laugh too hard–remember that I don’t look at the goggles except when my glasses are off, and of course when my glasses are off I’m lucky if I can put the goggles on at all without hurting myself. Also, I lost my first pair of cheap goggles not that long ago, so I haven’t had these for very long.
So my face isn’t as incorrectly shaped as I had feared, and my goggles (slightly more expensive than the first pair, but vastly superior, purchased from Center Sports) are much better than I thought.