Monday, September 3, 2012

I'm Doing My Best to Prepare

The Big Day on the Bay is approaching.  And as someone who had to take Swimming as a PE Course at PSU (I wasn't sure I could tread water for 10 minutes like the rest of you could back in the day!), I need all the help I can get.  Do they even have that requirement anymore at PSU?

To properly prepare for the ordeal I looked up the lyrics to Gilligan's Island.  I think that will do it.  I'm in the hands of Captain Tim, a skipper brave and sure, and  first mate Jim "The Professor".  They will take care of me in the case of weather starting to get rough.  We are way ahead of Gilligan's crew; I've got plenty of LED lights, a phone and besides, there aren't any uncharted desert isles on the Chesapeake...

The Ballad of Gilligan's Island

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale,
A tale of a fateful trip
That started from this tropic port
Aboard this tiny ship.

The mate was a mighty sailing man,
The skipper brave and sure.
Five passengers set sail that day
For a three hour tour, a three hour tour.

The weather started getting rough,
The tiny ship was tossed,
If not for the courage of the fearless crew
The minnow would be lost, the minnow would be lost.

The ship set ground on the shore of this uncharted desert isle
With Gilligan
The Skipper too,
The millionaire and his wife,
The movie star
The professor and Mary Ann,
Here on Gilligans Isle.

So this is the talel of the castways,
They're here for a long, long time,
They'll have to make the best of things,
It's an uphill climb.

The first mate and the Skipper too,
Will do their very best,
To make the others comfortable,
In the tropic island nest.

No phone, no lights no motor cars,
Not a single luxury,
Like Robinson Crusoe,
As primative as can be.

So join us here each week my freinds,
You're sure to get a smile,
From seven stranded castways,
Here on "Gilligan's Isle."




  1. They did away with the swimming test requirement in mid '80s as I recall. I took the PE course, as well. TWICE. During the WINTER trimester AT NIGHT after practice. (And the Nat is uphill from Pollock Quad.) I'd leave the Nat with a towel over wet hair and before I got half way to Shunk Hall the towel and my hair were frozen hard. In class, besides wearing the school-issued Ddolfin tightie, I was further embarassed by John from Kenya. He had never been in water out of fear of crocs or gators or whatever makes anyone run fast. His FIRST day jumped in the pool and started splashing like he needed saving, all while completing a lap, and doing so with the biggest smile on his face. Me, I, uh, well, like I said I took the course twice. KKOB

  2. I found out that I was a pretty good swimmer, although I could not float to save my life. (Pun intended) I had to paddle like heck the whole 10 minutes. I was also the first to volunteer to go off the 10 meter platform to get my "A" in the class.


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