I used to sit on my grandparents' sailboat on Pier 6 at the City Yacht Basin as a kid, watching a dog take flight off the dock at the launch ramp, soaring after a toy thrown by his owner.
On Saturday, I'll be the dog.
In virtually the same spot the dog used to plunge into the refreshing summer water, I'll be joining a couple dozen dedicated lunatics in taking the plunge—or dunk, rather—for charity.
Patch is one of the sponsors of the event, too. Look for our logo on the shirts they'll be giving to dunkers and selling to spectators.
Shyla is determined not to get her hair wet. Probably a good plan, considering the temperatures are probably going to be in the high-30s at best.
The public is welcome to the pre-dunk party Friday night and to the dunk itself. Spectators are welcome, though we may make fun of you for not joining in—because, after all, we're not crazy.
I've been in the water on the flats, around Garrett Island and the sand islands a few miles south of Havre de Grace. I've even been in the shallow water on the south side of the Tydings Park island, where a long sand bar makes for a decent summer swimming spot.
However, I've never been in the water at the Yacht Basin, itself.
I'm just wondering what my mindset will be in the moments leading up to the dunk. And I'm still not sure exactly what I'll wear for this frigid wake-up.
I have ruled out some options.
I won't be in a Speedo—not the Ravens purple Speedo that Susquehanna Hose Company Chief Scott Hurst is rumored to be wearing, nor the Speedo that Mayor Wayne Dougherty's wife reportedly begged him not to wear in public.
And I'll also be wearing more than that dog I used to watch from Pier 6.
Nobody wants to see that.
Are you participating in Saturday's Duck Dunk? What's your strategy? Tell us in the comments.