XE has to confess that she has never been a good swimmer--if indeed she could swim at all. For many years, despite journeys to the family lake cottage every summer weekend from the time she was 9 or 10, she couldn't swim. She was terrified to go too deep for her to stand with her head above water. A good friend urged the age-50 XE to get a snorkel so she could breathe and relax (XE subsequently learned the two go together in swimming). XE then grew out of her long characteristic of being a sinker, even when she tried to float.
Wilson has changed their lane configuration, from always being long (50 meters), to half long and half short (25 yards)--to the satisfaction of what my swimming buddy calls "the nonathletes and rich housewives of Chevy Chase." Here's the DPR's report of the "survey" they conducted last year on this issue:
Of the 1,185 District residents who participated in the unscientific online survey, 66 respondents voted for the pool to be 25 yards at all times, 818 voted for 50 meters at all times and 166 thought it should be split equally with some days 25 yards and other days at 50 meters. 82 people said it should be split, but mostly 25 yards and 53 people thought it should be split, but mostly 50 meter. The ANC’s voted unanimously to have the pool configured in a 50-50 split.This is democracy? Here's the tally:
FOR 25 yards at all times N= 66FOR 50 meters at all times N=818
FOR a SPLIT--25 yards/50 meters N=166
[Mostly 25 yards N= 82]
[Mostly 50 meters N= 53]
Seems like some votes count way more than others: 871 swimmers (or 74% of those surveyed) wanted 50 meter lanes all (818) or most (53) of the time.
But whose happiness & satisfaction did the ANC decide, by unanimous vote, should be honored by the lane arrangement? 148 swimmers (or 12.5% of those surveyed) who wanted 25 yards all (66) or most (82) of the time.