Happy New Year, Current swim schedule and more . . .

Thirty-five swimmers braved the first swim of 2022 at Lucky’s Lake Swim. Although “braved” is not precisely the correct term to use, the water temperature was nearly 72 degrees. As a result, several of the folks wearing wet suits had to hop in the hot tub after the swim to cool down. Although there was a ponderance of black sausage swimmers, with the wonderful air and water temperatures, they were obviously making a fashion statement as wetsuits were not needed.

Five first time swimmers, Bud making 100K honors, Jim Sullivan makes his 1200 crossing milestone (all you get for that is to ring the big bell 12 times), and Seth Baetzold breaking his record (1st record-breaker for the year) with a time of 13:56 in the 25-29 age group. A busy morning for the lake swim.

We also saw the return of several swimmers that have been MIA for the last many months. New year’s resolutions and all. We shall see if those resolutions to start swimming again last until next Saturday.

Registrations for the Golden mile are now open! But, as the phoenix arises from ashes and fire, the Jay Madigan emerges from the lake muck on Golden Mile Registration opening day. You cannot vaccinate against a Jay Madigan. Your only hope is to register and register early. Otherwise, check beneath your bed every night, as, sooner or later, he will appear there with a sharpened quill pen, dripping with India Ink number 5, and a registration form. His discovery will be followed by his harsh cry of caw, caw … caw, caw all night long. Been there, done that, save yourself, register now.

We are now back to our regular swim schedule Mon-Fri 6:30 AM Saturday’s 7:45 AM.

2022 New Year Day’s at Lucky’s Lake Swim. Thirty-Five swimmers total. Seven haven’t gone to bed yet or stopped drinking, Five hungover hoping the cold water will kill the pain, and two tourists thought they were at Volcano Bay.

First new swimmers of the year. If you drink enough the night before, your alcohol levels may remain high enough that you come to believe swimming a lake in the morning is a good idea.

More newbie swimmers for 2022.

Bud becomes the first new 100K club member for 2022. He is so happy he is going to buy a new Lamborghini for his Lucky’s Lake Swim license plate holder.

Seth breaks his own record in the 25-29 age group. (13:56) His arm posturing is not a sign of joy in breaking the record. He has cramped up that way, but he is now useful for hanging things on. Seth is signed up to swim the English channel in July. We all hope your arms come down by then.

Golden Mile® 2022 Registration is now open! Follow your dreams, after you are done, and you find nothing has changed, sign up for the Golden Mile®.

Lucky’s Lake Swim Holiday Schedule

The water temp is 72.8, which is warmer than the springs. But, folks, this is why we live in Florida. Even Lucky is still swimming in the lake.I can’t explain what a great photo op this is for you to irritate all your friends and family up north completely. Picture yourself standing in the lake in a speedo, fanning yourself, as it’s just too hot. Of course, your winterized friends and family will hate you. You, however, will feel great as Schadenfreude is the next best feeling after love.

Holiday Lucky’s Lake Swim Schedule

7:45 AM Saturday 18th

No Swim Sunday 19th

7:45 AM Monday  20th

7:45 AM Tuesday 21st

7:45 AM Wednesday 22nd

7:45 AM Thursday 23rd

7:45 AM Christmas Eve

No Swim Christmas Day

No Swim Boxer Day Sunday 26th

7:45 AM Monday 27th

7:45 AM Tuesday 28th

7:45 AM Wednesday 29th

7:45 AM Thursday 30th

7:45 AM New Year’s Eve 31st

7:45 New Years Day 2022

No Swim Sunday 2nd

6:30 AM Monday January 3rd back to the normal swim schedule.


Flashback – New Year’s Day Swimmers Last year. There won’t be any Covid signs this year. Yay! Jay is still complaining that someone should have told him he didn’t have to wear his mask during the swim. Jay, it all worked out fine; remember, what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger. Plus, you didn’t get Covid, even with all the water you swallowed.

Congratulations to Orlando’s Underwater Hockey Team, which repeated as state champions this year. Over half the team is made up of Lucky’s Lake Swimmers. Tom can frequently be seen pushing a puck on the lake’s bottom as he does his morning swim.
We would love to have you join us, as anybody can learn to play. The fact we will take any living person on the team is clearly demonstrated by three of our players being over sixty, known as “Three Curmudgeon Amigos” (Tom, Lucky, and Jay).

Sorry, no Lucky’s lake swimming on Christmas Day. Santa should be resting that morning from all his  activities the previous evening.

Lucky’s Lake Swim Holiday Hours, Poker and More

The water temp is still hanging in the low 70s, but the lake now appears to be one big school of black sausage swimmers. It is still okay to swim without a wetsuit, as we see Lucky out there without one. Lucky serves as our wimp gauge. If Lucky has not retreated into his balmy, temperature-controlled, indoor swimming treadmill, and you are wearing a black sausage suit, you are by definition a wimp. Suppose Lucky is nowhere to be seen, except for the hot tub. In that case, those that continue to choose to swim without a wetsuit are to be revered and honored as real men and women, and they will have seats reserved at the table of the gods in the halls of Valhalla for when they pass to the other side from extreme hypothermia. To those, I say, “feast with Odin for eternity, die cold with your fins on.” For those in wetsuits – no feast for you.

And speaking of feasts, the Holidays are upon us, and it’s time to think about the extreme gustatory pleasures that are rapidly approaching. Of course, for all our maniac calorie counting athletes, this means more exercise must be done to counter the evil consumptions that will occur on T- day. What better way to justify that extra helping of dressing than a lake swim? As with tradition, Lucky’s Lake Swim will be happening on T-day morning to help counteract the sinful gluttony that will occur later in the day. For those of you that choose instead to sit at home watching the Macy’s Day parade, stuffing down caramel-covered apples and slices of warm pumpkin pie, a pox on your conscience.

Holiday Swim Times Thanksgiving week.

Monday 6:30 AM

Tuesday 6:30 AM

Wednesday 7:45 AM

Thanksgiving Day 7:45 AM

Friday 7:45 AM (Poker Night at Lucky’s House for the Lake Cane Restoration Society 6:15 PM)

Saturday 7:45 AM


Black Friday has finally been renamed Poker Night at Lucky’s.

We only have a few seats left. So please let Jay Madigan or Lucky know ASAP if you want a chair at Poker Night which is always fun.

Key Points:

  1. You don’t need to know how to play poker to get a seat. We will have a beginners training session.
  2. The $20,000 buy-in per chair has been reduced to $40. Due to this announcement, Tobey Maguire has pulled out of the tournament, and he will also not be bringing his friend Leonardo.
  3. There will be food and drinks.
  4. $300.00 first prize, $200.00 second place, $100.00 third place, 4th place gets a pat on the back and two attaboys.
  5. No six-shooters or pearl-handled derringers.
  6. The beginner/learning table starts at 6:15 PM; the tournament begins at 7 PM. 

    We can’t guarantee this certificate will work when presented, but it is guaranteed to get eye rolls and snotty looks.

    Remember the last movie that you watched and left saying, “boy, I wish I had the last two hours of my life back”, well, this film is so much better that you will only wish for 3 minutes back. Lucky wrote and directed this film and it has been on the film festival circuit over the last year. He is now allowed to share the film with anyone he can con into watching. Sentient starred Maximus Meisenheimer with appearances by Doc Lucky and May Lin Meisenheimer. Sentient was written and directed by Lucky Meisenheimer, M.D., and Shawn Berg was the director of photography. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8H8u7U11xFw

Deadline tonight at Midnight!!!! And more.

Deadline 1 Deadline for the Rowdy-Lucky 1.5K swim is tonight at Midnight. We have about 100 swimmers signed up so far for this fantastic race on Sunday at 7:45 AM. The predicted water temperature is . . . perfect. Don’t miss your opportunity. The Rowdy-Lucky 1.5K open water swim is a chip-timed race, and we have age group awards for this swim. Register Here.

Deadline 2 If you want to be guaranteed a t-shirt for the 5K Night-Ops Frogman swim, you must register by this Sunday.  The price for the event registration goes up next week, and there is no shirt guarantee. Register Here.

Attention all volunteers for the Rowdy Lucky 1.5K swim: parking will be in the back of the house to the left of Lucky’s house as you look at the front.  Volunteers, please arrive no later than 6:15 AM


Rowdy and Lucky 1.5K swim next Sunday and more.

The Rowdy and Lucky 1.5 K swim is next Sunday, October 17th. Make sure you get your entry in now. Stop reading this blog, go to the link right now, and register (Sign up Link). Now, you may go back to reading … wait, what, you didn’t register! Okay, go back to the link and sign up. Good, your reward will be in heaven; thanks for signing up. Also, while your signing up you might as well sign up for the 5K Night Ops Frogman swim on Nov 6th

We have awards for 1st – 3rd in all age groups. Since this is the same racecourse as the Golden Mile, and we will have chip timing, there are opportunities to set individual age group records. The current age group course records are linked here.

Swim Course Records

We still get questions about the no vaccination no swimming rule. This rule ended October 1st; therefore, everyone can swim regardless of vaccination status.

Can’t swim but eager to help out? Or perhaps you are on Santa’s bad boy /girl list and need some extra feel-good points to get your name in the other column. Then, please click on this link to volunteer. Just a reminder, all the proceeds from this event go to charity, so you are helping your community by volunteering or preventing coal and switches from ending up in your Christmas stocking.

Please contact Jay Madigan if you can volunteer for this event. We especially need kayakers.  Contact: jay.madigan@lakecane.com 

Sign up now for the 5K Night Ops Frogman Swim – supporting the Navy Seal Foundation. Click here to register or find out more information. Saturday Nov. 6th

This video was part of our presentation to the Florida Lake Management Society Conference last month. If you want to catch up on all the environmental projects that are ongoing here at Lake Cane check it out.

Missing Lake Swim Bumper sticker found! No vaccine No Swim rule terminated and more…

We are happy to report that the missing bumper sticker stolen from Lucky’s driveway about a month ago has been returned, with the truck attached. We appreciate all those folks that have been keeping their eyes open for the missing bumper sticker. The attached truck was in relatively good shape with nothing missing, Including the truck bed full of yard waste. The borrower has not been identified, but the truck was towed from a nearby apartment complex. Lucky has not taken back the mojo he placed on the dude as he is still mad that this slacker drove around showing off the Lucky’s Lake Swim bumper sticker, like he had earned it, for about 200 miles. Thanks to the mojo, the guy is more miserable than someone skiing down a moguled course with a mouth packed full of rusty heroin needles.  The moral of the story is, “don’t display a Lucky’s Lake Swim bumper sticker unless you have earned it, or you will get a mojo put on your ass, and they are tougher to remove than a purple tattoo.”

The no vaccine no swimming rule is no more as of October 1st (Friday).  The surge is well past its peak locally, and we appreciate those that have been respectful of our rule and look forward to having them return to the lake swim. Mask wearing and social distancing remain a personal choice at the lake swim (although we always recommend social distancing from Heff).

Please sign up now for the Rowdy and Lucky 1.5K open water swim on Sunday, October 17th. That is right around the corner. The local weathermen are estimating the water temp cone of probability will be between 55 and 95 degrees for the race, which is perfect. While you are at it, don’t forget to sign up for the Navy Seal Foundation 5K night ops Frogman swim on November 6th.

You would think if someone takes your truck and drives it 200 miles they would at least of the courtesy of filling up the gas tank and taking the trash to the dump (they had plenty of money out of Shawn’s wallet to do those simple tasks). Very happy to have the bumper sticker back.  Thanks to everyone who had their eyes open looking for the missing bumper sticker.

The awards are in for the Rowdy and Lucky 1.5K Race to be held on Sunday Oct 17. There will be age groups and a great chance to pick up some of this cool hardware. Sign up now. Proceeds from the event go to the Rosen Aquatic Center and the Lake Cane Restoration Society.  Sign up Here

Take part in history tomorrow morning!

The Special Olympics Swim for Inclusion is tomorrow morning at Lucky’s Lake Swim at 7:45 AM. The regular Lake swim will still be going on, so please come and join the 15 Special Olympic Athletes participating in our swim. In addition, we will be filming a short documentary on the swim as this is the first swim to be a part of the Special Olympics Race for Inclusion. Mainstreaming Special Olympics athletes is an important mission of Special Olympics, so let’s give them all a big Lucky’s Lake Swim welcome. This inaugural swim for inclusion is your opportunity to take part in a historic first. Someday there will be swims for inclusion worldwide, and you can say you took part in the original one. Be a part of history in the making.

Please join Gregg Dedic tomorrow morning at Lucky’s Lake Swim.  Gregg is our local Special Olympics superstar.  He has swam over 1000 miles at Lucky’s Lake Swim, conquered Alcatraz and participated in multiple other open water races.  Gregg will be joined by 14 other Special Olympians tomorrow at Lucky’s Lake swim for the first ever “Swim for Inclusion”.  Don’t miss being a part of history, join us for the swim.

$10,000 Reward for missing bumper sticker, Swim for Inclusion 9/11, Labor Day Swim start time and more…

Lucky’s Labor Day Swim start time is at 7:45am

Saturday 9/ll, we have the Special Olympics Race “Swim” for Inclusion during our Saturday Lake Swim. Again, there will be cameras and media. Lucky’s Lake swim will be on as usual, and you don’t have to be a part of the “Swim for Inclusion” to swim, but it will be taking place simultaneously. We will have about 10 Special Olympians doing the swim that morning. If you want to be involved, you can sign up for Team Lucky’s Lake Swimmers here. If you sign up and swim that day and make a small donation to Special Olympics, you will receive a cool patch. If you make a big donation of $100 or more, Special Olympics will send you a Race for Inclusion T-shirt.  Sign up here.

A Lucky’s Lake Swim bumper sticker was stolen from Lucky’s driveway, and he wants it back. Please view the video below.

The swim is Saturday 9/11 during our regular lake swim. The lake swim goes off as usual at 7:45am We would though, love to have you as part of team Lucky’s Lake Swimmers in support of this event.

A $1000.00 swim to the first buoy bet, Race for Inclusion, and more happenings at Lucky’s Lake Swim

So, Lucky came home over lunch the other day to find a swimmer struggling in the water, but he was slowly moving toward the first buoy. Aiden, Curtis, and Shawn were on the dock, watching with smiles of schadenfreude on their faces. It turns out the swim was a thousand-dollar bet made by the next-door neighbor, Aiden, who rents the house from Lucky.  He bet his friend Fernando $1000.00 that he couldn’t swim to the first buoy and back. Lucky stayed to watch because he wanted Fernando to finish, as Lucky didn’t want to have to go searching for the body in all that bottom muck (plus Lucky is a bit of a sadist too). Fernando survived and won the thousand dollars, which was a win for Aiden as the lawsuit that would have indeed followed when Fernando drowned would have cost Aiden much more. Lucky asked Aiden if he would make the same bet with him, and Lucky would give 100 to 1 odds that he could swim to the first buoy and back, but Aiden declined. The moral of the story is that if someone is offering a thousand-dollar bet to swim to the first buoy and back, be the first in line. The follow-up moral is, people drown in lakes because they do stupid things. We can only hope they do this before reproducing, so it strengthens the gene pool. As far as encouraging non-swimmers to take life-threatening risks with swims they are not capable of, Lucky gives his full support, as long as they do it on Lake Hiawassee.

Yes, it remains hot at the lake swim, and Tom’s suggestion to build a bonfire to cool off after the swim is seriously considered. However, lucky has now responded to the question, “with the temperature so high, when will swimsuits become optional?”  “In the water, suits are always optional, but those who the carp have ever bitten know that this would be a terrible idea, especially if one grabbed your naughty bits, plus it would require a lot of explaining in the emergency room.”

We have some events coming up, which we hope everyone will participate in.

Saturday, September 11th, we will host the Race for inclusion, a Special Olympic event in which Lucky’s Lake swim is the site for the event.  Races for inclusion are being held all over the state, but there is only one swim race for inclusion in the entire world, and it is here.

Technically it is not a race; we are swimming one kilometer with several Special Olympians. There is no timing or awards, except if you sign up for the Lucky’s Lake Swimmers team and make any donation to Special Olympics Florida, you will get a nice patch (only if you complete the swim). Anyone that raises or donates more than $100 Special Olympics will send them a nice race for inclusion T-Shirt.  Can you still swim on that Saturday if you don’t want to register for the Race for inclusion?  Absolutely.

We hope you will sign up for Lucky’s Lake Swimmer’s Team.  Here is the link to sign up.

Don’t forget to sign up for the Rowdy and Lucky 1.5 K swim on Oct 17th  Register Here.

Don’t forget to sign up for the Night Ops 5K Frogman Swim on Nov 6th Register Here.

We have one clarification on the no vaccine no swim rule currently in effect at Lucky’s Lake Swim.  If you have had covid and still have antibody titers, you fall under the “natural vaccination” category and can join us.  If you are not sure, ask your physician for guidance.  Do not ask Lucky, as he will only mumble something about the zombie animation virus and then try to slice a mole off you.

Join Team Lucky’s Lake Swimmers and support Florida Special Olympics! Join our team Here

Hydrilla the Carp Solution. If you ever wanted to understand why we have carp in the lake, this short video explains it all. Jay used this video in one of his many water management conferences presentations. Rotten Tomatoes rates this 95% Click on the hydrilla to view the video.

This is what you look like when you win a $1000 bet but nearly died doing it. You can read the details above.

One day Jay left the motor running on the pontoon boat “Saint Jacquie” not to be out done Shawn , last week, not only left the motor running but also didn’t tie it to the dock. This is what an abandoned pontoon boat looks like driving around the lake on its own. Neighbors were complaining to Lucky that he needs to tie up his boat it was coming over to their docks and trying to breed with their boats.  Apparently, Lucky’s boat is not purebred, and we may see a bunch of little pontoon jet ski boats skipping around on the lake later in the year.

Congratulation to Steve Wright’s entry into the 100K club (not the comedian – that Steve Wright thought Lucky’s Lake Swim was a Joke} Steve is holding up some extremely cool wood burning artwork of Randy Driggers. How Randy burned green into the wood is a trade secret. Ed Note. The writer who made the Steve Wright joke has been fired and executed.

Congrats to Denise Ward our newest 100 K club member. It only took her ten years to make it. She is now shooting for the 1000 K club. See you at the wall of Fame in 3011.

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