This comic strip is from the most recent batch I finished. Unlike the others, there are no words or sound effects made in this cartoon. It’s a light-hearted documentary of how lifeguards vacuum the pool….ok, sort of. Prepping to use a pool vacuum can take a little time, but it’s amazing what a few minutes of using it can do to clean the water, especially in the summer. Unfortunately, it has cost Arnold more time, reattaching the bag and the use of a towel. Kurt! Will you ever stop the mischief?
You guessed right! Arnold fell for Kurt's invented punishment. At least the lap swimmers are getting their money's worth!
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This is an old joke for people of a certain age. The two times you will most often hear this phrase quoted is one swimmer to another in which both share the same dry sense of humor, or a non-swimmer to a swimmer, and it rolls off the tongue accidentally.
One of the struggles of being involved in aquatics is that people don’t recognize you in regular everyday attire. The original phrase is, “We didn’t recognize you with your clothes on.” But I thought it would be laughable to twist it around. An older gentleman, who was a lifeguarding buddy of mine, would often tell me of going to venues outside of work and meeting people that swam at the pool where we worked. This line came right from one of his stories.
When I was on swim team many years ago, I would often recognize girls by their swim caps they wore. When there was an event or swim banquet, I would look at them with a puzzled look and say to myself, “Wait! That’s what she looks like?!” or “I never noticed that she had long hair.” Don’t worry! I don’t have any trouble remembering swimmer girls today.
Ian Johnson was born with a crazy cartoon character perspective on the real world. “Suits and Guarders” is loosely based on his life as a lifeguard and swim instructor at a local pool. Any resemblance of characters in this work to persons, drawn or imagined, is purely coincidental.