Rosen Aquatic Center Natatorium named for Doc Lucky and much more…

If you haven’t ever been to the Rosen Aquatic Center on International Drive, you should, as it is one of the finest competition pools in the country, and its record board looks like a who’s who of swimming. Recently, they honored Lucky Meisenheimer by naming the main competition natatorium in his honor. This week, the CEO of Florida Special Olympics also notified him that he is being inducted into the Florida Special Olympics Hall of Fame in November. These honors have created a problem for Lucky as his head has gotten so big he can’t get it through his front door. He assures us that it will return to normal size soon as there is too much frontal drag when swimming, and it is too big a target for underwater hockey pucks.

The Lucky’s Lake Swim Paradox is now in full effect. You may ask yourself, “What is the Lucky’s Lake Swim Paradox?” The paradox is when the lake is unbearably hot in the summer, everyone bitches about how miserable and hot the water is, but when the water temperature drops into the fun, excellent swimming temperature range, the total number of swimmers drops. Some mornings look like January mornings when there is frost on the grass. This paradox happens every year, so go figure.

Harris Rosen of the Rosen Aquatic Center with Lucky Meisenheimer.  The Natatorium was recently named in Lucky’s honor.  Lucky says: ” This is a great honor even though I have problems spelling the word “Natatorium.” 

Sign up now! The inaugural Zombie Cause® Swim. 8pm Oct 14th.  There will be a zombie costume contest. Prizes for best zombie, most bizarre zombie and sexist zombie. Click here to see FAQs about the event, a video and sign up form.

Swim for Inclusion is Saturday Sept 30th at 9AM at Lucky’s Lake Swim. Sign up to be a part of the Lucky’s Lake Swimmers team. Over $17000 has been raised so far. Click here to Join the Lucky’s Lake Swimmers Team

Tickets are now available for the Zombie Cause® Swim

The inaugural Zombie Cause® Swim. 8pm Oct 14th. Ticket sales are now open!

Only two hundred spots are available and ticket sales opens tonight!

Buy your tickets HERE

(100% of the ticket price goes to the Step into Swim program for the Rosen Aquatic Center)

You must print out your ticket and bring it to the event to participate. There will be a best dressed zombie contest

Check out the Zombie Cause® Swim video here

Don’t forget to join us for the Special Olympics Swim for Inclusion on Sept 30th. You can sign up for the Lucky’s Lake Swimmers Team Here 

1st annual Zombie Swim, new milestone awards and more…

Editor’s note: I remain confused; we at Lucky’s Lake swim distinctly remember everyone complaining that the water was too cold to swim in January. With much effort, we had Shawn turn on all the lake heaters, and now everyone is complaining about the water being too hot (except, of course, the brain-eating amoebae, who are reportedly loving it). Which is it, too hot or too cold? Making matters more perplexing is the occasional wetsuit swimmer in 89-degree water. Are they suicidal? Are they on drugs? Are they suicidal and on drugs? Should we attempt to stop them or quietly film the next viral TikTok “Florida Man boils himself.” A moral dilemma for most, however, not for Lucky; you must have morals to have a moral dilemma. I see him setting up his video camera on the dock. Shawn, please turn off the lake heaters; thank you.

Here are some upcoming events:

 Monday September 4th Labor Day  7:45 AM

Saturday September 30th Special Olympics Swim for Inclusion. Come join our open-water Special Olympics athletes for a swim—more about signing up in a later post.

Saturday, October 14th 8 pm The 1st Annual Zombie Cause Swim (sign up will be announced on this blog in early September – 200swimmer limit)


Major Milestone update. Not since we dropped the word Aquatica from our milestone awards has there been such a shocking update to our award system. Here are our new milestone award swimming caps. White 25K, yellow 100K, orange 200K, silver 500K, gold 1000K, Red 2000K, 3000K, 5000K. You may ask why red is selected for 2000K and above. Well, we had a 2000K club cap which was black, and everyone one was calling them black head and making pimple jokes like “Oooh, there’s a black head; let me get my comedo extractor” (Ed note: only Lucky thought this was funny). With the color red, even if you call them redheads, there are no jokes about redheads, right? The caps remain free when you hit each milestone, but if you ruin, lose your cap, or get lice in your cap you now can get a replacement for a $10 donation to the Lake Cane Restoration Society. The new caps are all silicone, the old caps were latex, and people’s heads kept swelling up and exploding. (Ed Note: Lucky told me this fact, he’s a doctor, so it must be true.)

If you are looking for a restaurant that appreciates Lucky’s Lake Swimmers (and makes a fantastic Reuben sandwich) look no further than Stephie’s Pub and Irish eatery on OBT in Apopka. Legend has it if you eat or drink something sitting under the Lucky’s Lake Swim logo it will bring you luck. In reading the fine print it does not specify the type of luck you will receive.

It has come to our attention that folks are arriving after our start time of 6:30 am on weekdays and 7:45 pm on Saturdays. There are no other start times from Lucky’s dock. They swim from other docks if you see other people in the water before Lucky’s start time. We have very few rules associated with the swim, but one of them is you are expected to arrive by the start time. You don’t have to start swimming the moment the group begins, but you are expected to be present at the start. Please respect the start time.

Anika (age 70) did her first crossing today. Lucky may look 70, but she doesn’t.

Lucky and his sons John and Jake had a significant publication in the Cureus Journal of Medical Science titled “Measured Submersion Times in Underwater Hockey Are Inconsistent With Its Classification as an Extreme Apneic Sport. This is the first major scientific publication on the sport of underwater hockey. Please click on the article, give it 5-star reviews, and then if you want, read it, but don’t change your five-star reviews after you are done reading. Congratulations to Pete Gold for trying out Underwater Hockey and not dying. He will get his man card stamped if he comes to another practice. You might be thinking, “If Pete can do it, so can I,” and you would be correct. We are always recruiting new members, and we are coed. Join us at the Rosen Aquatic Center Mondays and Wednesdays at 7 pm. Is it better than sex? No, but it is better than sitting at home watching reruns of Gilligan’s Island. If we don’t see you at the pool, we will assume you are at home having sex.

Fourth of July swim time

July 4th swim is at 7:45 AM.  There is no midnight swim this year.  The midnight swim is being replaced by the Zombie Cause Night Swim to be held at 8pm on October 14th.  More on that swim, and the registration in future blog posts. Everyone have a wonderful 4th.

We have been asked if at the temperature of 87 degrees is Lucky’s Lake Swim wetsuit legal. Yes it is, and it may also be wetsuit lethal, you decide.

Save the date. The inaugural Zombie Cause® Swim. 8pm Oct 14th. Swim in the dark. We start with one zombie in the water. How many will be zombified and how many survive the 1K swim? Not a timed race, a stealth survival swim. More details to follow.  200 swimmer limit.

Please don’t park your vehicles in Lucky’s backyard. The towing company has been called, however this particular vehicle requires a special Hasbro tow truck, so you know that’s going to get expensive.

Golden Mile Saturday! Beattie Lake Swim June 3rd and more

Still not too late to sign up for the Golden Mile®, but time is rapidly running out (sign up here).  There is a virtual swim option too so please take part. Yes, it’s this Saturday!!!!

Volunteers Sign up Here 


Do you find you have never been invited to the academy awards or any presidential inauguration? Never fear, you are invited to the Golden Mile® and we all know that surviving the Golden Mile® is double the achievement of attending those two events combined. So, you have a choice, sit by the mailbox and wait for that academy awards invite that will never come, or sign up for the Golden Mile® and dine with the gods in Valhalla when your time comes.  I choose to dine with the gods.  Sign up here for the Golden Mile and immortality. 

The Jack Beattie Memorial Lake swim and pancake breakfast  is Saturday, June 3rd this year. The swim is aways a blast. Swim starts at 10:30 AM,  561 Via Lugano. Carrot Top, Lucky and Jack Beattie at one of Jack’s annual lake/swim pancake breakfasts.

The Lake Cane Restoration Society silent auction is going on now, however there was one error. The yo-yo basket was listed as a value of $95.  iI should have been listed as priceless. Check out all the auction items here.


A dad’s got to brag a bit. This was John VII at 8 years old signing the wall of fame . Thursday he graduated from USF med school with many honors, and became a married man two weeks before. Now if I could just get him to swim the lake again.

Golden Mile® ! Golden Mile® Golden Mile® one week away!!!!

Water temp is 81 degrees.  It’s time to register for the Golden Mile® it’s only one week away!!!!    For more information about the Golden Mile Click HERE.

Swimming the Golden Mile® for charity is a fantastic way to challenge yourself physically while positively impacting the world. Here are six reasons why swimming the Golden Mile® for charity is a great choice:

  1. Personal Achievement: Swimming the Golden Mile® is a significant accomplishment in itself. Your reward is being alive at the finish and receiving a really swell survivor medallion.
  2. Raising Awareness: Participating in this charity swim helps raise awareness about the Lake Cane Restoration Society, to which all the proceeds go. As you share your journey with family, friends, and the community, they will think you are insane, but it still raises awareness. 
  3. Pushing Your Limits: Swimming a mile is no small feat, requiring dedication, discipline, and mental toughness. By challenging yourself to swim the Golden Mile®, you’ll push your physical and mental limits, proving that you can accomplish remarkable things when you set your mind to it. Plus, it’s more fun than mowing the lawn or weeding, which you would likely be doing if you were not at the swim.
  4. Connecting with Nature: Swimming in open water can be a serene and meditative experience, allowing you to find peace and tranquility. This sereness is to be balanced with absolute terror should the lake cane monster decide to swallow you whole.
  5. Overcoming Fears: Open-water swimming can be intimidating for some very odd people. Taking part in the Golden Mile® for charity allows you to conquer fears or anxieties about swimming in natural bodies of water. Overcoming this challenge can empower and boost your self-confidence, so what if you don’t: nothing ventured, nothing gained. 
  6. Lasting Memories: Swimming the Golden Mile® will create lasting memories you’ll cherish for years, some of them, hopefully, most of them good. The sense of accomplishment, the people you meet, and the impact you make will be a source of pride and joy as you reflect on your experience in the future unless you get PTSD.

Remember, when choosing to swim the Golden Mile® for charity, ensure you have the necessary training to undertake the swim successfully; plus, our water safety volunteers are lazy and don’t want to expend the effort to drag you out of the water.

Here are five acceptable reasons that Lucky will not argue with for not swimming the Golden Mile®

  1. You have recently been diagnosed with the Ebola virus.
  2. You never learned to swim, and you get aquagenic urticaria.
  3. You are over 8cm dilated, and the contractions are strong and 30 seconds apart, one minute before race time.
  4. You are celebrating your 100th birthday (please weigh this with the fact that this Golden Mile® record is still unclaimed.)
  5. You are in jail, being held without bond.

There you have it. Everyone else should be signed up already. If you are a procrastinator, please sign up now.

I want to register for the Golden Mile® Because I am a good person, and I don’t want everyone giving me the Stink Eye. Register Here Now



More Lake Swim records broken, Humongous Estate Sale and more…

Well, open water swimming season has undoubtedly begun.  We had over 160 swimmers last Saturday, and just when you think the lake swim records can’t get any faster three more are broken.
Congratulations to Sara McLarty, who broke the 40-44 record with a time of 13:21.4. Not only does she hold the record for three different age groups, her time is faster than her two previous younger age group records. I’ll have some of whatever she’s drinking.
The men’s 15-16 record which had been broken only a week before, was lowered again to 11:23.3 by local superstar Ryan Erisman. Ryan swam the 3rd fastest time recorded for the lake swim setting his age group record.  Lilliana Krstolic, who already holds the 10 and under women’s record returned to break the 13-14 age group record with a time of 12:51.8, which I might add that this is faster than the boys 13-14 record.

Lucky’s father passed early this year, and Lucky is having a giant estate sale not only is it including a lifetime of his father’s stuff, but Lucky is getting rid of all his collectibles as well (not his yo-yos he hasn’t gone crazy).  In addition to the household goods and furnishings, there are many antiques, tools, Toys, Comic books (gold and silver age), Baseball cards from the 60’s, Star Wars collectibles, Star Trek, Stamps, old records, muzzleloading rifles, original Nightmare before Xmas on cards, Olympic pins, musical instruments including a drum set, two pianos, antique music sheets and more items too many to mention.  The sale starts Friday from 9am-2pm, Saturday 9am-2pm, Sunday 9am-2pm  The estate sale is at 7478 Lake Marsha Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
  (This is not at Lucky’s House)  Come early as it will be a feeding frenzy. For Photos of estate sale items  click Here

The Easter Eat-Pray-Swim was a huge success, as always.  Thanks to preacher Tom for his wonderful sermon (Tom would like to apologize for forgetting to make a call to the man upstairs requesting a beautiful sunrise) and the countless volunteers who made the event possible.  Many congratulations to Mi Hoshino for being the 2023 Wendy May Andrew award winner for volunteerism. A well-deserved honor.  And for those who never volunteer but would like to be considered for the award, the nominating committee accepts bribes until the end of the year (cryptocurrency only, please).

Just a small sampling of some of the cool collectibles at Lucky’s father’s estate sale  For Photos of more estate sale items  click Here  The sale start tomorrow (Friday at 9am) The estate sale is not at Lucky’s House it is at his father’s house 7478 Lake Marsha Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
The sale goes through the weekend. Prices are dropped every day.

Famous lake swimmer returns on Easter. Although the famous swimmer digger the dog did not swim, Ron drank three coffees and counted that as three crossings for himself.

Mi Hoshino (foreground) was awarded the Wendy May Andrew award for volunteerism. Many thanks to all the volunteers that made Eat-Pray-Swim happen.  This is what happens at 5:30 AM the day of the Easter swim when everyone else is asleep. At 5am we provided I.V. coffee for all the volunteers.

Eat Pray Swim this Sunday!!!!

Eat-Pray-Swim this Sunday 7:07AM  Bring your own chairs or blankets to sit on.  You don’t have to swim to take part.  Family and friends are welcome.

Okay, okay, it should be called Pray-Swim-Eat; we don’t call school recess “Recess School.” It gives the wrong impression. So, for all the folks with Sheldon Cooper-like tendencies, who have pointed out the misplaced word order, we agree, you are correct. However, we have no plans to change the name. I realize this may require an extra dose of Xanax, or perhaps you can calm yourself by watching an episode of Fun with Flags or Doc Lucky’s Yo-Yo Talk. The references will not be understood by those who are not fans of The Big Bang Theory (the TV show, not the astronomical event), but those folks are dead to me anyway.

Don’t forget to sign up for the Golden Mile®  Registration Fees increase Monday!!!


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