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get your own pool!

went swimming on monday evening and it was quite busy and so my husband and i slotted into the lane with the largest gap. after a couple of lengths the old man to our right had a go at us in german, and then english when he realised he wasn't getting anywhere, about us taking up all his space - which we were not! However to make it easier my husband moved to his other side. Anyway after another couple of lengths the same man then had a go at me. i was so annoyed as we had all paid to swim in that pool and we were all having to share space but it seemed like he thought the pool was his and he was entitled to a whole lane on his own - get real! i then noticed about 10 minutes later that whilst doing backstroke he swam right into another lane and onto 2 guys swimming front crawl and he had the ncredulity to have a go at them. Fortunately they were swiss too and gave back as good as they got. That still didn't shut him up though can you believe it!? what a miserable old man living up to all swiss stereotypes. he needs to take a chill pill and build his own pool!
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Old 20.06.2012, 14:33
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went swimming on monday evening and it was quite busy and so my husband and i slotted into the lane with the largest gap. after a couple of lengths the old man to our right had a go at us in german, and then english when he realised he wasn't getting anywhere, about us taking up all his space - which we were not! However to make it easier my husband moved to his other side. Anyway after another couple of lengths the same man then had a go at me. i was so annoyed as we had all paid to swim in that pool and we were all having to share space but it seemed like he thought the pool was his and he was entitled to a whole lane on his own - get real! i then noticed about 10 minutes later that whilst doing backstroke he swam right into another lane and onto 2 guys swimming front crawl and he had the ncredulity to have a go at them. Fortunately they were swiss too and gave back as good as they got. That still didn't shut him up though can you believe it!? what a miserable old man living up to all swiss stereotypes. he needs to take a chill pill and build his own pool!
Yeah, everything in this country is associated with hassles. I used to go swiming regularly until I got annoyed.....as usual, right before and after work it was packed...and they didn't open early/later enough for it to have less people.The other issue is, that people don't respect the lanes; swim next to each other in a group of 4 and thus hugging half of the pool...and of course the annoying kids, who have nothing better to do, than balancing on the lane dividing rope. Needless to say, I gave up on that activity as well.
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Re: get your own pool!

i shuold have asked him to get out a tape measure and tell me which was my bit of the pool to swim in!
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what a miserable old man living up to all swiss stereotypes.
Huh? He directly confronted you in the pool! That's very un-swiss.

Swiss stereotype would be to say nothing but to give you angry looks and mumble something about the "huere Uslšnder"!

Possibly even put a note on your locker if he knew which one it was...

Otherwise I totally agree, what a miserable old ****!
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yes that's very true. they love leaving notes! wimps! i love a good argument in actual fact!

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Huh? He directly confronted you in the pool! That's very un-swiss.

Swiss stereotype would be to say nothing but to give you angry looks and mumble something about the "huere Uslšnder"!

Possibly even put a note on your locker if he knew which one it was...

Otherwise I totally agree, what a miserable old ****!
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yes that's very true. they love leaving notes! wimps! i love a good argument in actual fact!
Ya, until you argue with the wrong person and it escalates into something undesired. Rather ignorant approach IMO.
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Re: get your own pool!

Here's a thought. It may be the _old_ rather than the Swiss! I just moved from Virginia, and in Virginia there was a wonderful pool where all the local people went. The injured runners would be doing "pool running" at 5:30am and hardly ever took any space. The local convention was, you can actually get 6-8 runners in a single lane, as compared to 1-2 people in a swimming lane.

But there was always one old man (who swims -- I kid you not - with a mask and a snorkel) and he is VERY upset when the pool runners claim his lane or even come close to it. And he will confront you in the pool. And he will even break into the runners if he thinks they are in "his" lane". It is an ongoing source of conversation with the runners and the pool administration has even been asked about it.

Their response was, "He's old. He's grumpy. He's only there for less than an hour. Just accept it."

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Re: get your own pool!

Lane swimming seems to be brimming with pent up anger here. I had one woman complaining that I'd got her hair wet as I was swimming crawl next to her. It took every ounce of restraint not to point out to her that she was actually neck-deep in a public swimming pool FFS!

If you want to dribble along with some breaststroke/doggy-paddle moves, keeping your shampoo and set out of the spray, don't do it in a marked lane where people are zipping along doing training lengths.
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Lane swimming seems to be brimming with pent up anger here. I had one woman complaining that I'd got her hair wet as I was swimming crawl next to her. It took every ounce of restraint not to point out to her that she was actually neck-deep in a public swimming pool FFS!

If you want to dribble along with some breaststroke/doggy-paddle moves, keeping your shampoo and set out of the spray, don't do it in a marked lane where people are zipping along doing training lengths.
Generally agree....but could you please refrain from putting breaststroke on the same level as doggy-paddle?!
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Re: get your own pool!

Is this really a "Swiss thing"?

I used to swim (I can't anymore as the chlorine really messes up my eyes. ) But the same thing happens in a crowded pool else where too. There is always at least one "king/queen of the pool".

Crowded pools are bad for stress levels!


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Here's a thought. It may be the _old_ rather than the Swiss! I just moved from Virginia,....
Haha. I was actually thinking of my experience in the pools of DC/Virginia! Maybe he was from Virginia!
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Sometimes I wonder if expats living in other countries also connect any bad behaviour or weird situation automatically with the nation they live in.
How do you call that? reverse racism?
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I used to swim (I can't anymore as the chlorine really messes up my eyes. )
Not all pools use chlorine anymore. You may want to check with your local pool operator.
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Maybe he should meet Mr. Snorkel! They can form their "grumpy old men swimming club" ...
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Generally agree....but could you please refrain from putting breaststroke on the same level as doggy-paddle?!
Sorry! I was referring to the fragrant Ms Hairdo's swimming technique, not breaststroke-ists in general.

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Goggles?
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Not all pools use chlorine anymore. You may want to check with your local pool operator.
You are right. I should look into it. I should also look into getting prescription goggles since I can't wear my contacts and will definitely bump people if I don't have them in!

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Goggles?
Regular goggles don't work. It's the contacts and the chlorine and the water. I'm going to look into prescription goggles. Although this thread isn't really giving me good vibes!

The only good thing is not working 9-5 I could go when the pool is less full.
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Re: get your own pool!

thats when you need to know how to be diplomatic and when to pick your arguments oh and have a sense of humour!

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Ya, until you argue with the wrong person and it escalates into something undesired. Rather ignorant approach IMO.
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Re: get your own pool!

he is the man in the pool here! he must have swam all the way from virginia!

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Here's a thought. It may be the _old_ rather than the Swiss! I just moved from Virginia, and in Virginia there was a wonderful pool where all the local people went. The injured runners would be doing "pool running" at 5:30am and hardly ever took any space. The local convention was, you can actually get 6-8 runners in a single lane, as compared to 1-2 people in a swimming lane.

But there was always one old man (who swims -- I kid you not - with a mask and a snorkel) and he is VERY upset when the pool runners claim his lane or even come close to it. And he will confront you in the pool. And he will even break into the runners if he thinks they are in "his" lane". It is an ongoing source of conversation with the runners and the pool administration has even been asked about it.

Their response was, "He's old. He's grumpy. He's only there for less than an hour. Just accept it."

In the worlds of one of my former mentors, "We are where we are."
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totally agreed!

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Lane swimming seems to be brimming with pent up anger here. I had one woman complaining that I'd got her hair wet as I was swimming crawl next to her. It took every ounce of restraint not to point out to her that she was actually neck-deep in a public swimming pool FFS!

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until I got annoyed.....as usual,
What does that say about you LiB...?

Love ya' really...

Only been half a dozen times to do lane swimming. Never really had a problem.
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What does that say about you LiB...?

Love ya' really...

Only been half a dozen times to do lane swimming. Never really had a problem.
Well don't make me burst your inflatible wings there Carlos...but I'm kind of a big deal in the pool. They don't call me the SeaPoolbiscuit for no reason.
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