Friday, July 05, 2013
We were at the home of a couple of people who attend the same church as we do. They're one of the couples we "connected" with fairly soon after we started attending All Saints'. They're fairly geeky, so we have that in common. (The church is in Richland, WA, home to Hanford, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the LIGO* facility; there are a LOT of geeks in our church ~ proof that faith and reason can cooperate!) Ann gave us the tour of their home and showed off their Endless Pool. She immediately said we were free to use it anytime.
I then told her about my goal of completing an Olympic distance triathlon to celebrate my 50th birthday. I figured I was going to join a gym in order to access a pool. I just may have to take her up on her offer!
I come from a family that only offers to do something if they really mean it. But I know a lot of people aren't like that. I would hate to accept the offer of the pool only to later find my doing so is an imposition. Both Ann & Mike seem like pretty straight-shooters, so I'm guessing they wouldn't make the offer as an empty gesture.
I figure I'll tell Ann what I just wrote above. If she really is willing to let me use their pool a couple times a week, awesome. If not, no worries, no hard feelings. But if get to use the pool, I will pay them with homemade bread and blackberry jam.
*LIGO: Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory. Uber-geeks. www.ligo-wa.caltech.edu