A cold plunge, but well worth the shivers

Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 04:36 PM.

On Friday afternoon, just one day before the plunge, I was still short 40 bucks. Having seen the weather forecast — high temperatures in the upper 30s with a brisk wind — I figured I had dodged a major bullet.

In steps my dad. Now, I’d like to think my dad loves me. Yet, when he found out I was $40 shy of the goal, he was in my office in five minutes giving me the donation that allowed me to reach that 100-buck level and securing my spot in the pool.

He told me he was going to make sure that I jumped, no matter how much money it was going to cost him.

So with my $100 donation in hand and confirmation that indeed the event would take place, I took off for the Havelock Walmart.

As I got out of my truck near a pair of Havelock police cars and a fire truck, someone asked me what was going on. I told the couple it was a polar plunge to raise money for the Special Olympics. I also asked if they wanted to participate. I think they laughed at me.

As the time for the plunge came, I positioned myself to take a few photos for the newspaper. As the first group jumped into the pool of 55-degree water, some of it splashed me.

It was cold, as I had suspected.

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