The Staten Island Polar Bears take their Annual Super Bowl Sunday Swim to Benefit St. Jude Childrens' Research Hospital
So, this happened again, but this time the tide was dead low. Jilly-O had checked the tides ahead of time, and sure enough, it was really necessary to wear water shoes that day as she suggested. The waterfront beach at the Lemon Creek Fishing Pier was a little rocky - especially after Hurricane Sandy destroyed the berm there some more, but it left plenty of room for the dozens of spectators on hand to watch the swim, which has been scheduled every Super Bowl Sunday at 1pm since 2001. The drainage in the parking lot is worse than ever, and there was a lot of flooding as usual because all of the melting snow, but these polar bears like the icy water. The conditions were perfect.
It is traditional to go to B&E's Pub before and after; before to get a little false courage; afterward everyone dries off and goes back to the bar for a full spread and the game.
I was told that the table of food was accidentally knocked over before the swim even began. I'm not sure how they dealt with that disaster. It's not easy to clean up trays of baked ziti and chicken marsala from the floor, I'm sure.
This year was not quite as big as in the past. This year is the 15th annual swim, and each year the crowd seems to get smaller and smaller. Some people are not physically able to do it, some people have passed, some people have moved away, but nonetheless we had the swim because it's fun and because the proceeds go toSt. Jude Childrens' Research Hospital.
We also used to have our Annual Super Bowl Party and box pool at Anderson's Annex, but Hurricane Sandy was the storm of which memories were made - including the destruction of our beloved tavern. Things change, time marches on, and we must create new traditions while keeping the old ones alive.
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So Facebook made the magnanimous gesture to give us all a synopsis of our photo posts that have our friends tagged in them, and called it Friends Day today. It's just a ploy to get you to stay on Facebook all day today.Nope, sorry, can't do it. I've seen two or three, but I just can't do it all day, as hilarious as I'm sure some of them are.
However, since Facebook doesn't have my analog old-timey photos taken over the years, I decided to take out the boxes of photos that I just recently sorted out and make my *own* Friends Day video. It's really just a tease to those of you in here - and NOT in here - because there is SO much more than this!
My apologies to anyone left out - I had another pile aside I was going to use too, but they somehow did not make it into the pile you see here. I'll just have to make a follow-up another time. In the meantime, enjoy, and know I love every single one of you! Happy Forever Friends Day! Cathleen
Last month, The Staten Island Mall hosted an exhibition of landmarks made entirely of LEGO®. Since John was feeling well enough for me to drive him around on some errands, I asked him if he'd like to stop on the way home. Of course, both the history buff and the little kid in him wanted to go.
Isn't that what we've been told over and over? Here I am trying to figure out about what I should write, and so I suppose sometimes I will discuss what's happening #TodayOnTheScene, which is always something, or maybe I'll write about photo tips, or perhaps make some horrible listicles or something.
I had the fabulous opportunity to be the production photographer for The Late Night With Johnny P Show for their 99th show recorded on December 3 (see list of stations that carry Johnny P below). I had read on Johnny's Facebook page that the show being taped that night had scheduled a reunion of Johnny's band, None of Your Business (NYB), and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to go see the show being taped. I chatted up my friend Trisha, and she was in...
So, let the blogging begin. First off, let me say that I would like to thank the gentleman above with the marvelous pipes for encouraging me to blog. Thank you, Chief Running Bear #JohnnyHatz for your unconditional love, support and encouragement. He has not only supported all of the choices I have needed to make this year, but is also a patron of the arts who aspires to one day be a choreographer for Olivia Newton-John. JohnnyHatz is not only a fan of CathleensScene, but also the president. *Someone* has to do it. BTW, JHz doesn't always wear a hat.
Here at Cathleen's Scene, we strive to bring you the best in the days (and past days) spent galavanting about whilst attempting adult-type stuff. Welcome to our world; we hope you like photography and ramblings.
Now please learn some different songs to sing in the shower. Please.