The plunge, the thrift store | Letters to the Editor

Jan 13, 2019
Photo by: Brian Soergel Polar Bear Plunge Jan. 1, 2019, in Edmonds.

Polar Bear Plunge: A drink may have helped in the old days

Regarding the Polar Bear Plunge (“Dip, duck, plunge, smile,” Jan. 3): This way to welcome in the new year had been a long–time event for some Edmonds old timers.

Only, it happened usually without publicity and with less than a handful of kids. Although, there was one man who did it, usually alone, for many years – in fact, until he was quite old.

He was mentioned in the newspapers. As a dumb kid, I did it myself in the late 1930s and early 1940s.

It didn’t take me long to decide I had enough.

Puget Sound is very cold, even in the summer, let alone in January. Maybe it would have been more enjoyable if I had indulged in a pre-plunge drink.

Also, a crowd probably makes it easier.

Betty Lou Gaeng
Lynnwood

 

See you at the new thrift store

A shout out to the Edmonds Senior Center.

So many of us so enjoyed our thrift store visits with such a nice and fun staff. Your volunteering made it all passable during the years we Edmonds shoppers stopped in for cards, clothes, or just for a peek at the great view.

You are missed already. See you at the new temporary store up the hill at Westgate.

Linda Danielson
Edmonds

 

Editors’ note: The senior center thrift store has an open house Saturday, Jan. 19, at its temporary location in the QFC Shopping Center.

 

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