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Swimming in the River

Swimming in the River

Date: Aug 08 2008

Themes: Hobbies, Weather


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On a hot, summer day, you’ll find a lot of major cities deserted. Where did everyone go? They went swimming.

Of course, there isn’t a pool big enough for a whole town. So people go to the nearest river, lake or coast.

It’s fun to swim with the fish and be out in the wild. Listen to Marni and Mason talk about why they like to swim at the river.


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Marni:  It is so hot out. Do you want to go down to the river?

Mason:  And go swimming?

Marni:  Yes.

Mason:  Yes!

Marni:  Oh my God, let’s get out of here. It’s so hot.

Mason:  Swimming in rivers and the ocean is so much better than jumping in a pool or whatever.

Marni:  Absolutely. Absolutely.

Mason:  Now, why do you think so? Because not everyone would agree with you.

Marni:  Well, I like the whole natural environment. I like non-chlorinated, as long as it’s clean.

Mason:  Yeah? I mean, on a hot day like this, I love how cold it is.

Marni:  There’s something about it. You know, there’s a nice little current going and you bring a floating device. You’ve got yourself good times.

Mason:  I kind of love how exhausted I am afterwards. You’re fighting against that current and the cold really takes it out of you, but you feel…I feel really drained, but in a good way.

Marni:  And, best part about the river, if the two of us just go, we’re definitely going to make…

Mason:  We’ll walk away knowing like 10 people…

Marni:  Yeah, river friends.

Mason:  ...because really only crazy people in our modern society swim in rivers, so you’re automatically bonded.

Marni:  Absolutely. Yeah, totally. They usually have beer, so, you know…

Mason:  Excellent way to make friends.

Marni:  Yeah, exactly.



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It’s hot so Marni and Mason decide to go swim in the river. Mason asks Marni why she likes to swim in the river because, he says, many people prefer to swim in swimming pools. She says that she likes the environment and that the water isn’t chlorinated.

Mason likes how cold the water is. Since most rivers come from snow, the water in them is usually colder than a swimming pool.

Another good reason to go to the river is to make new friends. There are always friendly people there with beer to share!

Where do you like to swim on a hot day?



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I never swam in any river so have no idea what it feels like


05:30 AM Aug 08 2008 |




I like swimming in the river or ocean more than in the swimming pool  on the hot day .haha.I like swimming very much.

03:47 AM Aug 08 2008 |




I like swimming in the river or ocean more than in the swimming pool  on the hot day .haha.I like swimming very much.

03:47 AM Aug 08 2008 |



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I used to swim in a river or lake when i was a kid and just at that tiime i learnt how to swim. It was really fun and surely, i met many new friends.

But it seems that swimming in rivers or lakes is kinda dangerious. Anyway, I choose the swimming pool now 

03:24 AM Aug 08 2008 |



definitely ,swimming will make  alot of fun but ,occationally ,you should mind your body,i mean the hygine,or health!as the result of the chemical stuff,such as chlorinated element!anyway ,enjoy it ,but more self-care!

02:37 AM Aug 08 2008 |




good suggestion!

But find out a clear river to swimming is not easy.

go to the ocean is good way.

02:05 AM Aug 08 2008 |

ana p. dewiyana


I like swim on a hot day in water boom or waterfall.

01:51 AM Aug 08 2008 |

Lynne King

Lynne King


Swimming in the river or ocean is really attractive. Even one would feel drained after that, he will feel light-hearted inside.

prefer natural things to artifical things.

01:33 AM Aug 08 2008 |

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