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Another January 1, another Polar Bear Plunge at Alki Beach.  This one was particularly crisp — 33 degrees outside with four inches of snow about four miles away.  45 degrees in the water — it was a quick in and out.

A few photos:

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This morning the Jenkins fam ventured to Alki Beach for our sixth straight Polar Bear Plunge.   It was the second consecutive year the kids took the plunge and, as per usual, the morning was glorious.

Afterwards we grabbed breakfast at Christo’s on Alki, played some kush ball and finished off what always ends up a family photo shoot:

 

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This morning the Jenkins fam joined the Swapps and 500 or so other of our closet friends in West Seattle for the Upteenth Annual Alki Polar Bear Plunge.   This was my fifth straight APBP but this one came with a few firsts.

First, Reese and Finn took their first plunges.  Finn went first with me then, after much cajoling, Charlotte and Reese joined George and me for a second dunk a few minutes after our first one.

This was also the first time I took multiple plunges.  In addition to the aforementioned two I took a third plunge around noon when I ran into Johnny Smith, little bro’ of my old friend Gary.  Johnny and I leaped off the stairs (see photos below).

I’ll say this: I hope my boat never goes down in Puget Sound.

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This morning, between what amounted to two Jenkins family photo shoots, I took another Polar Bear Plunge.  It was my fourth straight plunge at Alki Beach (search), my old stomping grounds.  Was a tad chillier than years’ past.  A few pics:

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Another New Years Eve, another party. A few pics:

A tasty spread.

A tasty spread.

I was going to dress down this time, but Carrie's fancy black dress forced me to re-attire.

I was going to dress down this time, but Carrie’s fancy black dress forced me to re-attire.

The highlight of the night was a co-ed putting contest ...

The highlight of the night was a co-ed putting contest …

that Reese (shown here with her partner Tom) starred in ...

that Reese (shown here with her partner Tom) starred in …

and Mommy and Norman won.

and Mommy and Norman won.

The Cheuks.

The Cheuks.

The Joffes, sans Aaron.

The Joffes, sans Aaron.

Jeffrey, Jeff, Colleen and Lilly -- new friends from Chicago.

Jeffrey, Jeff, Colleen and Lilly — new friends from Chicago.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

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This morning the family Jenkins made it over to Alki Beach for my second straight Polar Bear Plunge. The weather was as spectacular as it was for PBP ’11, and if I’m not mistaken there were about double the number of “plungers.”

A few pics:

A little 'before' picture.

And 'after.'

Next year at least one of them may be old enough to take the plunge.

For the second straight year we ate our first meal of the year at Christo's on Alki.

Pretty sure she didn't get mixed up at the hospital.

I must have taken thirty pictures of these three and this was the only one where they were ALL looking at the camera.

Scanning for Discovery Park through one of Santa's best gifts.

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Last night we have a few close friends over to celebrate the new year. Missing were Eli and Veronica, who’ve moved on to sunnier pastures in La Jolla. Still we had a great group of friends.

The downside of Eli and Veronica’s absence was that there was no one to keep us going ’til midnight. The host (me) sure didn’t have midnight in him. By 10:30 we were all in bed — the price of being forty-plus.

A few pics:

The host family, Finn protesting.

Carrie's mom Janet joined us from Corvallis.

The next generation.

Unfortunately Finn's look is getting familiar.

What Ollie said ...

In the evening's most memorable moment, Mo LITERALLY laid one on Isabel later that night.

Gettin' ready to call it a night.

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