And I finish that exercise and I stand up, so now most of me is above the waterline. The woman looks me up and down and then says "Have you been doing aquacize for long? Does it *work*?"
"I've been doing it on and off for about 15 years, yeah," I say, because it's true.
She looked skeptically at my belly and then seemed to eye my upper arms (which, yes, come equipped not only with significant biceps and triceps but also with HiHelens, the swag-like bits that keep on waving hello even after you've finished calling "Hi, Helen!" to your friend across the way).
"As for whether it works?" I continued, "I suppose that all depends on what you're looking for. You know how water animals, seals and walruses and whales and stuff, all have blubber?"
"Well, that's what this is really great for. Most people don't know this, but if you do a lot of swimming, the blubber comes on real nice and thick, exactly how it does for whales and seal lions. You should see how much more buoyant you get. It's great if you swim a lot."
Read the entire encounter here.