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Your pool story reminded me of my childhood years in Redlands and the pleasures of swimming at the Sylvan Plunge, the public pool in Redlands. I was curious if Jim ever swam there…

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Jim says, "Of course I swam there!" I have seen the pictures of Jim and his siblings at the pool to prove it!

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Deb - I have to share another pool story: this time, the wonderful three-lane pool at the Aspen Institute. This was some years ago... I love to swim first thing in the morning, and usually it's empty, except for one other woman who also showed up at the same time. But this time I had boyfriend along, and we still fit comfortably into the three lanes. Then Wes Clark showed up, so boyfriend and I share a lane, and Wes Clark took the middle. A few more laps, and I peeked up out of the water to hear the woman berating Wes for splashing too hard. I ducked underwater again; not my fight! But after another lap or too, I saw them still talking. Now Wes was showing her some new swimming stroke; she was watching enthusiastically, mimicking his movements. Brilliant, I thought, and resumed my laps. Later on, I ran into her in the locker room. "Who *was* that man?!!" she asked. "Well," I said, it's Wes Clark, and he's married! He's also running for president." "Ah," she sighed, "I would vote for him anytime!"

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Wes Clark: what a diplomat! That's a lesson in how to defuse escalating a situation.

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