Thursday, August 06, 2009

From the archives

Posted today on Best of:

I read this great essay by an American woman who went to a public pool in Paris. I can’t remember her name, which is unfortunate, because I would like to give proper attribution. Anyhow, she takes her little boy to the pool. It’s total chaos: lap swimmers are dodging volleyball players and little kids jumping in from the sides. There is no order. When the woman asks the lifeguard why there aren’t lane lines to separate the lap swimmers from the recreational swimmers, the lifeguard responds in horror, “But madame! That would violate the right of people to swim where they want!”

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