Synchronized swimming is clearly a very difficult sport, but a somewhat strange-looking one. Impressive athleticism, precision, and breath-holding ability: all of that is amazing. But the forced smiles always seem hokey, even campy. They look like a throwback to Busby Berkeley movies from the 30’s and 40’s, which were very entertaining in their day, but don’t really hold up in today’s less innocent times, unless you’re trying to be cute or ironic. If you want to be taken seriously these days, a rictus isn’t going to help you.
I wondered aloud if some changes might help the sport become more popular. “Take out the smiles, and while they’re at it, take away the water so that they can breathe easily. That could give the sport a boost and make it safer. I know, we’ll call it ‘Synchronized Non-Swimming!'”
Lonnie said, “Sure, and there’s a name for that: dancing.”
“Oh,” I said.