Saturday, August 29, 2009

Two degrees of separation

In the film Six Degrees of Separation we are told that everyone on the planet is separated from each other by no more than six people. I was reflecting on this today while I watched coverasge of Senator Kennedy's funeral. During freshman week in college back in 1976, my roommate Daniel Smith and I decided that we should meet Caroline Kennedy. We would use the pretense that we were inviting classmates to a party that evening at our dorm. Anyway, it seemed like a good idea at the time. So we grabbed a shuttle bus to Radcliffe, located her dorm, and obtained her room number from a student working at the front desk. We knocked on her door, and it was opened by a casually dressed young woman wearing a pink shower cap. To her credit she was extremely polite, introducing herself and shaking our hands. She didn't attend the party, and our paths never crossed again. Nevertheless, I suppose that anyone who knows me (or Daniel) is separated from the late Senator by only two degrees.

Yesterday was pyramid Friday, a recovery day (100, 200, 300, 400, 400, 500, 600, 500, 400, 300, 200, 100). Swam at Nitro this morning with Steve, David, Greg, Kirk, and Tom. Clint coached.

Warmup was a "snake" (575 yards)
800 pull
5 x 100 kick @ 2:20
16 x 50s starting in the middle of the pool @ 1:00, 500 race pace, held :33 or better
10 x 50s stroke (back/fly) @ 1:00 starting in the middle of the pool
4 x 25 from a dive
200 easy


  1. Along those lines, my Mother tells a funny story of meeting Bobby Kennedy while she was in college. She was in a receiving line and when Kennedy came to her she forgot both her name and where she attended university (Vanderbilt). Between the two of we are very tightly connected to the Kennedys.

  2. I'll bet he wasn't wearing a pink shower cap. When she answered the door, I almost asked, "Where's Caroline Kennedy?"