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Water is one of life's necessities. You need it to drink, shower, and for many other activities. The planet is made up mostly of water, so it is only natural that the last month's Quibbler focused on this essential substance. If you missed the last issue, you can find it here. Below are some questions for you to consider regarding your experiences and feelings about water:

Discussion Questions to Consider:
1. Do you have a favorite article from this issue? Why was it your favorite?
2. Do you have a favorite/worst memory involving water, such as a vacation to the beach or a lake? What was it that you liked most/least about the experience?
3. Do you know how to swim? If yes, do you enjoy it? If not, do you still travel to places where it's common for people to swim? If so, do you actually get in the water, or do you just admire it from afar?
4. What is your favorite body of water (oceans, lakes, ponds, streams, etc.) and why?
5. Experts recommend that we drink 8 glasses of water per day. Do you usually meet this goal? If so, how do you achieve it? Do you drink plain water, or do you prefer sparkling or flavored? If you don't drink water, what beverage do you prefer instead?
6. Some kids play in the water--do you have any fun memories related to water from your childhood, such as water balloon fights, playing on a slip-and-slide, or running around the sprinklers?


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I really enjoyed the “Devil’s Advocate” article. I too am a di-hydrogen monoxide user and will be until the day that I die. I find that post funny but I also know that somewhere out there, some moron might be reading this and actually believing that “di-hydrogen monoxide” is dangerous. And I don’t know if that is funny or sad. I also enjoyed the “Dear Snape” article, as I always do. I quite look forward to reading it every month. I love the sass. I don’t necessarily have a specific memory but I know that I have always loved the beach. Perhaps if I had to pick, my favorite memory would be from when I was nine or ten and my friend taught me how to boogie board. I do know how to swim. I live in California so of course the stereotype is that we are all blonde and tan and have surf boards attached to our arms at all times. I cannot surf; boogie boarding is good enough for me. I guess my favorite body of water is the Pacific Ocean. It is the closest and also the biggest and I do enjoy the beach. I normally do not meet the goal of drinking eight full glasses of water a day. I don’t know how much I do drink but I know it is far less than that.

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1. Do you have a favorite article from this issue? Why was it your favorite?
The Devil's Advocate. I loved the joke! I wonder if there were any who were fooled, but I've noticed how smart HEXians are and maybe none were.
2. Do you have a favorite/worst memory involving water, such as a vacation to the beach or a lake? What was it that you liked most/least about the experience?
I have many favorites:
The day I learned to swim. The first time I saw the ocean, The day Moansalot and I watched a seal surfing. But I think the best was the day we discovered Aplysia Californica and a Gumboot Chiten in the shallows of the pacific. I picked up the sea hare just to see what if felt like and when I put it down, my hands were covered with the most beautiful purple ink.

3. Do you know how to swim? If yes, do you enjoy it? If not, do you still travel to places where it's common for people to swim? If so, do you actually get in the water, or do you just admire it from afar?
I used to dream about breathing underwater. I loved swimming and one of the biggest joys of my life was the day I learned to swim.
4. What is your favorite body of water (oceans, lakes, ponds, streams, etc.) and why?
I like them all but the biggest ones really get my attention. I love the Ocean. I've seen both the Atlantic and the Pacific. Both are glorious.
5. Experts recommend that we drink 8 glasses of water per day. Do you usually meet this goal?
If so, how do you achieve it? Do you drink plain water, or do you prefer sparkling or flavored? If you don't drink water, what beverage do you prefer instead?
I try. I keep a pint bottle of water on my desk and keep filling it until I've had at least a quart. Often I drink more.
6. Some kids play in the water--do you have any fun memories related to water from your childhood, such as water balloon fights, playing on a slip-and-slide, or running around the sprinklers?
My first view of the ocean, the Atlantic in Maine. It was awesome and the smell! I could smell sea creatures before I could see the water.

 

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1. Do you have a favorite article from this issue? Why was it your favorite?
I try to read of them but I did find the ministry article very interesting. Here I was taught that dihydrogen monoxide is harmful to all, however I have been corrected (cough). I will give this some thought since he does mention the harm it does to water, food and how our own parents fed us this stuff. I am totally amazed on how the ministry think about our health in a negative way. Why should I be surprised?

2. Do you have a favorite/worst memory involving water, such as a vacation to the beach or a lake? What was it that you liked most/least about the experience?
My first memory of water is being bathe as a small child. My mom would make a fuss and make the experience fun. Like many children, I had a rubber ducky. The water was warm with bubbles, I must have been about two years old. I will say I did have Mommy and Me swimming classes when I was a baby but I don’t remember those memories.

I do swim and love it! It’s the best sport and healthy for you too! I’ve been swimming since I was a baby. When I travel to places, I enjoy swimming into the lakes, ocean, and swimming pools. I think it’s the one activity where you can explore another world under the sea.

I think that my favorite body of water would have to be the ocean and lakes. It’s a place where you can relax on the shore and then jump in the water to cool off.
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1. Do you have a favorite article from this issue? Why was it your favorite?



I liked the Devi's Advocate article. I have to laugh at its tongue-in-cheek humor.

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2. Do you have a favorite/worst memory involving water, such as a vacation to the beach or a lake? What was it that you liked most/least about the experience?



One of my favorite memories involving water happened one summer when I was about ten. My best friend and I received snorkels and goggles and we spent all summer exploring a crystal cool creek, pretending we were mermaids!

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3. Do you know how to swim? If yes, do you enjoy it? If not, do you still travel to places where it's common for people to swim? If so, do you actually get in the water, or do you just admire it from afar?



I am a pretty good swimmer. I was on my college swim team and was a lifeguard in high school.

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4. What is your favorite body of water (oceans, lakes, ponds, streams, etc.) and why?



I prefer when a river opens into a rock rimmed pool. It is always so beautiful and has the added bonus of no sharks and jelly fish.


5. Experts recommend that we drink 8 glasses of water per day. Do you usually meet this goal? If so, how do you achieve it? Do you drink plain water, or do you prefer sparkling or flavored? If you don't drink water, what beverage do you prefer instead?

I am very conscientious about drinking lots of water per day. I have an almost three hundred foot deep artisan well and the water is superb. I do also like Mineral water in small doses.

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6. Some kids play in the water--do you have any fun memories related to water from your childhood, such as water balloon fights, playing on a slip-and-slide, or running around the sprinklers?



Oh my goodness yes! One of my childhood neighbors had a slip-n-slide and it was the bomb! All the neighborhood kids (and some of the adults) had so much fun on it! We also made good use of squirt guns!
 

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1. Do you have a favorite article from this issue? Why was it your favorite?
Oh my goodness, my absolute favorite was The Devil's advocate! XD it was so funny.

2. Do you have a favorite/worst memory involving water, such as a vacation to the beach or a lake? What was it that you liked most/least about the experience?
I spent a whole hour in a lake and it was the most fun I had ever had.

3. Do you know how to swim? If yes, do you enjoy it? If not, do you still travel to places where it's common for people to swim? If so, do you actually get in the water, or do you just admire it from afar?
Oh yes, I am a literal merperson.

4. What is your favorite body of water (oceans, lakes, ponds, streams, etc.) and why?
I live in Michigan, I am surrounded by lakes XD still I prefer pools.

5. Experts recommend that we drink 8 glasses of water per day. Do you usually meet this goal? If so, how do you achieve it? Do you drink plain water, or do you prefer sparkling or flavored? If you don't drink water, what beverage do you prefer instead?
I drink plain water and I just drank like 6 glasses while at an 8hour shift.

6. Some kids play in the water--do you have any fun memories related to water from your childhood, such as water balloon fights, playing on a slip-and-slide, or running around the sprinklers?
Oh yeah, I love everything to do with water
 

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1. Do you have a favorite article from this issue? Why was it your favorite?
-I have a casual interest in Pokemon, but I enjoyed the dangerous beast section, which highlighted one of the water creatures from Pokemon. It's a Pokemon that took a while to have enough candy to evolve, but it's a strong Pokemon to have at one's side.

2. Do you have a favorite/worst memory involving water, such as a vacation to the beach or a lake? What was it that you liked most/least about the experience?
-A favorite memory was when I went on a camping trip when younger that I went canoeing down the river. We were going under a lower branch, and I tried to steer us around, but ended up bring us perpendicular to the flow, which led to us capsizing. Haha. It was an interesting experience.

3. Do you know how to swim? If yes, do you enjoy it? If not, do you still travel to places where it's common for people to swim? If so, do you actually get in the water, or do you just admire it from afar?
-I do enjoy swimming, and know how to swim. It's a great activity.

4. What is your favorite body of water (oceans, lakes, ponds, streams, etc.) and why?
-My favorite body of water would be rivers, due to the rushing water, and the effect it can have on the surrounding area. The rocks can be worn away, which is a neat effect.

5. Experts recommend that we drink 8 glasses of water per day. Do you usually meet this goal? If so, how do you achieve it? Do you drink plain water, or do you prefer sparkling or flavored? If you don't drink water, what beverage do you prefer instead?
-I don't believe I meet that goal, but I do my best to drink what water I can. I bring a bottle of water to work, and drink it as often as I can. We have water coolers around the building to refill with. I prefer cold water, and the water can be ice water.

6. Some kids play in the water--do you have any fun memories related to water from your childhood, such as water balloon fights, playing on a slip-and-slide, or running around the sprinklers?
-I remember my family setting up sprinklers for my siblings and I as well as a slip and slide. The tough part for us was that a slip and slide needs a flat enough surface. In lieu of the flat surface, we would use an inflatable to slide across on.

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Discussion Questions to Consider:
1. Do you have a favorite article from this issue? Why was it your favorite?
I loved "You didn't hear it from us" because it is about our Slytherin mud-slinging that I always enjoy very much when there are elections around.

2. Do you have a favorite/worst memory involving water, such as a vacation to the beach or a lake? What was it that you liked most/least about the experience?
What I love the most are the times when I swam in the sea. I do not do that much because the water should be warm enough, but I enjoyed the times I did. Especially when there were huge waves to jump in and just to be in a wave for a short moment. It is dangerous as well, so my mother did not like it much. But I enjoyed those moments very much.

3. Do you know how to swim? If yes, do you enjoy it? If not, do you still travel to places where it's common for people to swim? If so, do you actually get in the water, or do you just admire it from afar?
Yes, I learned it at school. We went to swimming lessons from when we were around 5 years old. It was mandatory. I can swim quite ok, and I try to do it once every week because I was told that is very healthy. I also learned how to swim under water, which is a bit more difficult for me. At first I was afraid to dive into the deep water of the swimming pool.

4. What is your favorite body of water (oceans, lakes, ponds, streams, etc.) and why?
I love the sea very much and I hope to visit many beaches in my life. That is a goal I have. It is just so nice to watch the horizon and see only the sea.

5. Experts recommend that we drink 8 glasses of water per day. Do you usually meet this goal? If so, how do you achieve it? Do you drink plain water, or do you prefer sparkling or flavored? If you don't drink water, what beverage do you prefer instead?
I drink water a lot and I try to drink two glasses of water before breakfast. Since I started doing that I really need a glass of water when I wake up. Else I do not feel awake enough.

6. Some kids play in the water--do you have any fun memories related to water from your childhood, such as water balloon fights, playing on a slip-and-slide, or running around the sprinklers?
Oh yes! We had sprinklers in the garden for the grass and me and my sisters enjoyed it so much to jump in them. I have very good memories!
 

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1. Do you have a favorite article from this issue? Why was it your favorite?
As always I run to read Dear Snape! That’s my favorite article and I laugh over Prof. Snape responses! Whoever thought of using Professor Snape as the person for advice was a genius!!!

2. Do you have a favorite/worst memory involving water, such as a vacation to the beach or a lake? What was it that you liked most/least about the experience?
I actually like water. My favorite memory is playing water polo when I was ten. I scored my first goal and from then on I was hooked on the sport. We went on vacation to Hawaii and since I can swim I don’t actually scuba dive but explore the coral reef far lower than using the equipment. It’s wonderful to be able to hold my breath and not worrying about using the tube to breathe.

3. Do you know how to swim? If yes, do you enjoy it? If not, do you still travel to places where it's common for people to swim? If so, do you actually get in the water, or do you just admire it from afar?
I do know how to swim, it’s a part of my life and I enjoy it a lot! Where ever I go on vacation, I always get in the water which is so much fun. I went to Cancun and there’s a water place that you get in the water as much as you want. It was great, the only down part was, that you had to wear a life jacket which was a bummer.

4. What is your favorite body of water (oceans, lakes, ponds, streams, etc.) and why?
I don’t have a favorite body of water, since I can swim in all types.

5. Experts recommend that we drink 8 glasses of water per day. Do you usually meet this goal? If so, how do you achieve it? Do you drink plain water, or do you prefer sparkling or flavored? If you don't drink water, what beverage do you prefer instead?
Yes I do drink water and probably exceed the 8 glasses. I tend to drink water more next to milk. I this large water bottle that holds one gallon of water and I drink that and refill it two to three times a day.

6. Some kids play in the water--do you have any fun memories related to water from your childhood, such as water balloon fights, playing on a slip-and-slide, or running around the sprinklers?
I have lots of memories playing with water. I learned to swim which was fun moving up in levels, then joining a club and later competing! Then learning a new sport like Water Polo. I feel very lucky to go further in learning such as scuba diving, body surf, surf and not feel afraid of the water. Don’t get me wrong, I’m on the lookout for sharks but I do enjoy my time when I’m in the water.

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1. Do you have a favorite article from this issue? Why was it your favorite?
Dear Snape is a favorite. I love the way the questions are answered!!
2. Do you have a favorite/worst memory involving water, such as a vacation to the beach or a lake? What was it that you liked most/least about the experience?
A favorite memory was sitting on the beach in San Diego. It was a cool day, not many people on the beach so it was nice and relaxing. Worst memory...driving out of Florida in the pouring rain to get away from the hurricane coming in.
3. Do you know how to swim? If yes, do you enjoy it? If not, do you still travel to places where it's common for people to swim? If so, do you actually get in the water, or do you just admire it from afar?
Yes, I love to swim. I always have. I learned to swim at a young age and spent the every summer at the pool until I graduated from college.
4. What is your favorite body of water (oceans, lakes, ponds, streams, etc.) and why?
Streams. They tend to be more secluded. There are never any people around so I can sit back and enjoy the quite and the nature around me.
5. Experts recommend that we drink 8 glasses of water per day. Do you usually meet this goal? If so, how do you achieve it? Do you drink plain water, or do you prefer sparkling or flavored? If you don't drink water, what beverage do you prefer instead?
No. I rarely get that much water in a day. At least not by drinking it. There is water in some food so If I count that than maybe I do get enough. I prefer bottled water. There are only 3 brands I drink. The local tap water tastes awful and I don't drink it unless I have to. I also drink Cherry Coke or Pepsi.
6. Some kids play in the water--do you have any fun memories related to water from your childhood, such as water balloon fights, playing on a slip-and-slide, or running around the sprinklers?
I was always at the pool during the summer. We always got a game of blind man's bluff going in the pool at least once a day. That was always a lot of fun.
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1. Do you have a favorite article from this issue? Why was it your favorite?

It’s hard to choose, but I’m going to go with Dream Interpretations. I particularly liked the response to the last query: “There is absolutely nothing special about your dream.” And it’s true - it’s probably for the best that they weren’t able to completely fish-tank-ify their house! I haven’t had that exact dream where I was filling up my home with a hose, but I’ve definitely dreamt that my whole home was underwater. It’s very odd, keeping everything constant but replacing the air with water, and swimming through the hallway. And then there’s the added problem of how to breathe, although I wasn’t concerned with that at the time. Anyways, yes, I’m really interested in dreams, so this article was even more entertaining to read.

2. Do you have a favorite/worst memory involving water, such as a vacation to the beach or a lake? What was it that you liked most/least about the experience?

When I was younger I used to go to an outdoorsy camp where we would go on periodic canoe trips. As part of our canoe training, we had to practice how to recover from a capsize. We took turns rocking our canoes until they tipped over, and bobbing around in our life jackets and calling for help. (Which, of course, led to several dramatic reenactments of awful capsize scenes.) Then we’d line up another two of the canoes to flip the capsized canoe back over and help the people back on. It was all very fun, especially the intentionally capsizing part.
(Full disclosure: I was tempted to actually capsize my canoe during the actual trip, but it’s hard to do that without it being clear that you’re trying to turn the boat over, and I didn’t really want to be known as that person who intentionally capsized during the trip. Especially not since I was carrying the food bags!)

3. Do you know how to swim? If yes, do you enjoy it? If not, do you still travel to places where it's common for people to swim? If so, do you actually get in the water, or do you just admire it from afar?

I do know how to swim, but I have mixed emotions about swimming. I don’t like going to the beach because the ocean kind of freaks me out, and I’m not a fan of sand. I also don’t much like swimsuits, since I have yet to find one that’s actually comfortable. I do like swimming in lakes, but only when the lake isn’t too deep. And then there’s the matter of swimming pools. I love diving boards and I like that you can see exactly how deep the water is, but it’s hard to find pools that are more than 4 feet deep where I live, and in my opinion there’s really no point in swimming if it’s that shallow. In other words, sometimes I like swimming, sometimes I don’t. It really depends on...well, everything.
I don’t do much traveling in general. When I do travel, I don’t seek out swimming locations. I never go to the beach out of choice, and if my family drags me along I’ll just go for a long walk along the shore. It’s very pretty, but I won’t actually go into the water. If I find myself at a pool, I’ll probably just take out a book and start reading.

4. What is your favorite body of water (oceans, lakes, ponds, streams, etc.) and why?

I definitely prefer rivers. Deep water really freaks me out, so that rules out oceans, lakes, etc. I don’t like looking into a body of water and not being able to see the bottom. Just seeing the darkness and not being able to see what’s actually down there is a bit unnerving. Oceans can absolutely be gorgeous, but they’re so enormous and deep and I really don’t like to think about it. Rivers usually aren’t too gigantic or deep, so they don’t freak me out in the same way that oceans do. Also, they evoke a feeling of travelling, I guess because the whole point of a river is to let the water get from one place to another. It’s just interesting to think about how a drop of water might start upstream but soon enough end up in the middle of the ocean.

5. Experts recommend that we drink 8 glasses of water per day. Do you usually meet this goal? If so, how do you achieve it? Do you drink plain water, or do you prefer sparkling or flavored? If you don't drink water, what beverage do you prefer instead?

I usually exceed 8 glasses by quite a bit. I think I’ve trained my body to expect at least double that, so I get very dehydrated if I don’t have quite a bit more than is recommended. I’ve actually been trying to back off on the water because it’s really quite a pain to lug a full bottle or two around everywhere I go, but it’s a whole lot harder to decrease water consumption than to increase it. And then on days when I run or work out, I go through even more.
I drink plain water only. I think sparkling water is one of the most awful inventions known to mankind. It’s certainly the root of some of my most scarring memories. So many times I have poured myself a glass of water and gone to drink it, expecting a nice cool mouthful of real water, and found myself spluttering with a mouthful of pure fizzing evil! If all the bad in the world were concentrated in a single cup, it would taste like sparkling water. Sparkling water is a disgrace. It tastes almost sour, as if the liquid has somehow gone bad or started to get moldy. I now inspect every glass of water before I drink it to make sure it’s not sparkly.
I like tea, too.

6. Some kids play in the water--do you have any fun memories related to water from your childhood, such as water balloon fights, playing on a slip-and-slide, or running around the sprinklers?

Ooh, yes. There was a playground near my house where the sprinklers were kind of broken, so you could move the nozzle a bit to direct the spray of water. It was a pretty tall jet, too, so you could cover a lot of ground with it. Every time I went to the playground I would go straight to the sprinkler and target unsuspecting people in the area. One time I accidentally pointed it at this old lady sitting on the bench with her bags, and she got super mad. She couldn’t get any closer to me without entering the sprinkler zone (and she clearly didn’t want to get wet), so she just shouted at me across the playground. I suppose I should have felt bad, but I just ran back to my parents without moving the sprinkler. In retrospect I definitely understand why she was mad; all of her stuff must have gotten soaked.
 

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1. Do you have a favorite article from this issue? Why was it your favorite?
I liked the Dangerous Beasts article! It was a cute idea to write about Pokemon, and I particularly like gyarados.

2. Do you have a favorite/worst memory involving water, such as a vacation to the beach or a lake? What was it that you liked most/least about the experience?
I have tons of wonderful memories about the water. One of my favourites was four years ago, when we were body-boarding at the beach and discovered that an inflatable mattress makes the most amazing surfboard ever.

3. Do you know how to swim? If yes, do you enjoy it? If not, do you still travel to places where it's common for people to swim? If so, do you actually get in the water, or do you just admire it from afar?
I know how to swim, though I'm not particularly good at it. When I was little people said I looked like a little fish in the water, but it wasn't a sport I took seriously and so I don't have the fitness or muscle memory to do it well for long. I do like being in the water a lot though.

4. What is your favorite body of water (oceans, lakes, ponds, streams, etc.) and why?
I love clear mountain streams or crystal lagoons. I hate not being able to see the bottom, as I have a crippling fear of sharks and other ocean creatures. I can't go in the sea past my waist.

5. Experts recommend that we drink 8 glasses of water per day. Do you usually meet this goal? If so, how do you achieve it? Do you drink plain water, or do you prefer sparkling or flavored? If you don't drink water, what beverage do you prefer instead?
It's actually a falsehood that we're supposed to drink 8 glasses of water a day - the real recommendation is to ingest that amount including through the fruit and veggies we eat. I drink a fair amount, from the chilled water bottles we keep in our fridge.

6. Some kids play in the water--do you have any fun memories related to water from your childhood, such as water balloon fights, playing on a slip-and-slide, or running around the sprinklers?
I used to loooove playing on slip n slides! Backyard inflatable pools, sprinklers, I am all over that! Just don't force me to be in a water balloon fight. I'm scared of water balloons and I have plenty of traumatic memories of my family forcing me to not be a 'party pooper' and play along.
 

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1. Do you have a favorite article from this issue? Why was it your favorite?
I loved Minister Moore's piece on Dihydrogen monoxide. Be very careful. lol. I enjoyed it because it reminded me of my times working in the lab and how we would make light of sometimes cumbersome government regulations - like having an MSDS sheet for everything in the lab. Including water.

2. Do you have a favorite/worst memory involving water, such as a vacation to the beach or a lake? What was it that you liked most/least about the experience?
My worst memory involving water happened as recently as last June. We got home from vacation and found that our trusty 41 year old well pump had died. We called the well people and they took out the old, put in the new. End of story. Except . . .the old pump had leaked PCBs into our well water. We have no idea for how long. We do know that our water was now oily. Then hubby's sister decided to visit us for a week, having not come here in 25 years. Then when we're trying to fix the well and show her around the state, the neighbor calls to say he also has oil in his water. Dread! Panic! We tried everything in our power, including reporting to DEQ as required by law. Bizarrely, our state does not have a protocol for how to remove PCBs from a well, so hubby was on the phone to other states' DEQs and finally obtained a protocol. He did all the work himself - long, long hours, many different attempts and failures. Finally the re-testing of the water - PCBs were now at 'safe' levels to drink according to the state of Oregon. Bleh! Fortunately our neighbor never got PCBs, just the mineral oil. We forked out about 10k in our clean up efforts, none of it was covered by our home owners policy. We have been told that the water will get cleaner over time. We have filters on our taps and on our neighbor's house. Time will tell.

3. Do you know how to swim? If yes, do you enjoy it? If not, do you still travel to places where it's common for people to swim? If so, do you actually get in the water, or do you just admire it from afar? I used to swim a ton when I was younger, even had many of the Red Cross certifications. Now the thought of getting into a bathing suit is repulsive and maybe a little frightening to others? lol I don't mind swimming in the lake in shorts and shirt - especially over the underwater heat vents. That is interesting - swimming in the caldera of a volcano.

4. What is your favorite body of water (oceans, lakes, ponds, streams, etc.) and why?
Hands down, my favorite body of water is in the caldera of a volcano. It is a high (6400 ft.) mountain lake. Aside from the beauty of the water (300 ft deep, 7.5 miles circumference), it is loaded with Rainbow and Brown trout as well as Kokanee. I have gone fishing here every spring for the past 25 years. I love this lake for the variety of activities one can engage in. In addition to canoeing and fishing, there is hiking, soaking in hot springs, and learning about geology.

5. Experts recommend that we drink 8 glasses of water per day. Do you usually meet this goal? If so, how do you achieve it? Do you drink plain water, or do you prefer sparkling or flavored? If you don't drink water, what beverage do you prefer instead?
I try to drink when I am thirsty, but I don't think I make it to 8 glasses per day. I do enjoy the sparkling Tangerine flavored water - the carbonated non-sugar kind. Our local brand is called Talking Rain.

6. Some kids play in the water--do you have any fun memories related to water from your childhood, such as water balloon fights, playing on a slip-and-slide, or running around the sprinklers?
We had a public pool a few blocks from home and spent most of our summer days there. I remember my blonde hair turned green. I would have tea parties on the bottom of the pool with my sister. We tried to see who could stay under the longest. There was also a diving board and we tried various kinds of diving - mainly trying to avoid belly flops. Cannon balling was forbidden. I also remember how much our lungs hurt by the end of each day though, due to the smog. This was Los Angeles in the 70s.
 

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1. Do you have a favorite article from this issue? I liked the Devil's Advocate.

Why was it your favorite? good humor - made me smile.


2. Do you have a favorite/worst memory involving water, such as a vacation to the beach or a lake? I used to surf, for about 20 years, and then, in the shorebreak, looked down the throat of a huge shark.

What was it that you liked most/least about the experience? Jaws had come out, but I was still immortal. My son and his friend were jumping in the shorebreak - about 4 feet from me. A knee was bleeding, so i was checking it, when that mouth opened up and had my son or his friend been there, they would have bit bitten in half. no more surfing for me after than.

3. Do you know how to swim? Love to swim, in lakes where there are no alligators or sharks or water moccasins. If yes, do you enjoy it? I haven't been to the beach in 24 years and i live 3 miles from the Atlantic.
If not, do you still travel to places where it's common for people to swim? I did scuba on grand Cayman. It was after a hurricane and the coral reefs were white and looked destroyed. If so, do you actually get in the water, or do you just admire it from afar?If I get the chance, I might scuba again. i do love the sound of the waves.

4. What is your favorite body of water (oceans, lakes, ponds, streams, etc.) and why?My favorite places now are waterfalls ( another good article in the magazine!) and streams . There is just powerful ions near waterfalls and i can walk away in peace.

5. Experts recommend that we drink 8 glasses of water per day. Do you usually meet this goal?
If so, how do you achieve it?
Do you drink plain water, or do you prefer sparkling or flavored? I drink water or water with a slice of lemon in it. I grow lemons so that makes it easy.

If you don't drink water, what beverage do you prefer instead? I DO have to have my two cups of coffee before I transfigure into a human being and am able to talk to anyone.

6. Some kids play in the water--do you have any fun memories related to water from your childhood, such as water balloon fights, playing on a slip-and-slide, or running around the sprinklers? We played in a little kiddie pool, played in sprinklers, and took swimming lessons at a public pool. We were usually at the beach though and i used to lie in the shorebreak and take a nap.
 

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1. Do you have a favorite article from this issue? Why was it your favorite?
I liked "Dangerous Beasts". It was light and fun to read. Since I play Pokemon Go and watched the earlier seasons of Pokemon as a kid I know a bit about the described pokemon. I also liked the comparison to Luna's Nargles and wether or not they exist

2. Do you have a favorite/worst memory involving water, such as a vacation to the beach or a lake? What was it that you liked most/least about the experience?
I don't know if this is my favorite memory. But the first thing that came to my mind was a vacation trip I did with my family when I was younger. We traveled to Finland and as you might know the land is known for its many lakes. So this one day we were driving with the car to our next destination. It was a beautiful day - sunny and warm, with beautiful clouds on the otherwise blue sky. We were driving through some woods and the typical landscape when we spotted a nice place to take pictures next to a lake. We got out of the car and walked to the lake and enjoyed the view and silence. I heard a rustling and then out of the bushed a duck approached me. We brought something to eat with us for a small picnic so I took some bread and put small pieces on my palm and offered it to the duck. And it was eating from my hands! That was so nice. I still remember how its beak felt on my skin and how nice it was to see the animal that close.

3. Do you know how to swim? If yes, do you enjoy it?
I know how to swim, yes. I think I was 6 or so when I learned it. I do enjoy it though I don't have the opportunity to swim that often anymore. But whenever I have the chance I like to swim.

4. What is your favorite body of water (oceans, lakes, ponds, streams, etc.) and why?
That's a hard question. I like the ocean because of its colors and the calming sound. Streams because it's so nice to take a walk next to them and listening to the sound of the water. But I think I like lakes best. Depending on where you are the landscape surrounding it is beautiful. And I like to explore and see if I find anything interesting in/by/near the water. Plants or animals. There's a lake not too far away from where I live and I like to go there in the spring and summer time. I can see fishes and frogs there but also snakes. Last year I was standing still at this one spot in the middle of reed waiting to see if a snake shows up (they are the harmless kind). And indeed one snake showed up to take a sunbath. And soon after 3 baby snakes came too! So cute. I think I stood there for half an hour just watching them.

5. Experts recommend that we drink 8 glasses of water per day. Do you usually meet this goal? If so, how do you achieve it? Do you drink plain water, or do you prefer sparkling or flavored?
I don't count how much glasses of water I drink. But I would say I don't meet that goal. During the wintertime I drink a lot of tea so then I think I drink 8 glasses. But it's not pure water so I don't know if that counts. I prefer plain water though recently I started drinking a special sparkling water because it has a lot of calcium and other minerals in it that I lack. I don't usually drink flavored water or juice. If so then it's mostly when I go out.

6. Some kids play in the water--do you have any fun memories related to water from your childhood, such as water balloon fights, playing on a slip-and-slide, or running around the sprinklers?
Oh yes, my brother and I were running around the sprinklers a lot in the summer time We also had water balloon fights though I didn't liked those because I was loosing a lot. And we had one of those inflatable mini-pool things for young kids. I liked playing in that with balls and my one barbie doll which changed the hair color when it got wet.
 

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As a Pisces, of course I love water!

Plus, I am from Michigan, which means that, growing up, I was never far from a beach. We used to spend every 4th of July on the shores of Lake Michigan, building sand castles, taking long beach walks, having picnics an eating ice cream.

The best days were always windy days, when you could stand at the water line and let the giant waves crash over you. We used to jump in the air as they hit, but half the time, we got knocked off our feet anyway.

Years later, on a 98-degree August day, my family spent the whole day in a waterpark. The rides were OK, but the wave pool was spectacular. I floated, with my 4-year-old in my arms (both wearing life vests, of course!) and again, we jumped up and up and up every time the waves washed over us.

And of course, afterward, we ate ice cream, and then the kids fell sound asleep in the car on the way home. It is a fond memory—one of the best days I have ever spent with my lovely children, and one that isn’t likely to get repeated any time soon now that we are in England, where 90-degree days are as rare as hen’s teeth!





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1. Do you have a favorite article from this issue? Why was it your favorite?
I thought the article about the Slytherin elections and the "mudslinging" to be funny. I don't suppose that's actually why they run on a different schedule? But it was a nice, witty explanation.


3. Do you know how to swim? If yes, do you enjoy it? If not, do you still travel to places where it's common for people to swim? If so, do you actually get in the water, or do you just admire it from afar?
I know how to swim. It's not one of my favorite activities, but it's okay. And if I have goggles, I enjoy swimming underwater. As in, trying to see how far I can travel on a single breath without surfacing, mainly using a modified version of the breast stroke.


5. Experts recommend that we drink 8 glasses of water per day. Do you usually meet this goal? If so, how do you achieve it? Do you drink plain water, or do you prefer sparkling or flavored? If you don't drink water, what beverage do you prefer instead?
I don't know. Mainly because I do not know how to convert seconds at a water fountain to glasses of water. (If anyone knows the conversion factor, based on an average drinking rate, and can include a variance or standard deviation with that, I would be very grateful). I did for a time drink a pint of water before bed at night, although I don't anymore because I no longer have the 1-pint mug that I used for that.
Plain water or sparkling water are equally fine, but I don't drink flavored water. Unless if you count juice and soda in that latter category, in which case I do drink it. I tend to dilute those with water though, because they don't need to be as sweet as they are.

6. Some kids play in the water--do you have any fun memories related to water, such as water balloon fights, playing on a slip-and-slide, or running around the sprinklers?
Water parks are the greatest invention in the history of mankind. Okay, maybe that is a slight exaggeration. But it would not be hyperbole to say that I love the water slides at places like Disney's Blizzard and Typhoon Lagoon.
Besides for that, water gun fights at sleep away camp were good. And water guns are definitely better than water balloons, which require too much in the way of clean up and do not add anything to a water fight.
 

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1. Do you have a favorite article from this issue? Why was it your favorite?
Probably Muggle Mania, I was cracking up at it while reading it.
2. Do you have a favorite/worst memory involving water, such as a vacation to the beach or a lake? What was it that you liked most/least about the experience?
Oh man, I love the water so it's hard to say, but probably when I got certified in scuba. It's like visiting another world. We went to the Bahamas where I was able to get out for the first time after my test, and it was absolutely beautiful. We toured several small reefs and wrecks, saw hundreds of different fish and plants.
3. Do you know how to swim? If yes, do you enjoy it? If not, do you still travel to places where it's common for people to swim? If so, do you actually get in the water, or do you just admire it from afar?
I definitely swim, a lot lol. One of my favorite things to do where I live is visit the different natural springs. The water is always cool and it's perfect for summer outings
4. What is your favorite body of water (oceans, lakes, ponds, streams, etc.) and why?
It depends. For fishing and scuba diving, I definitely prefer the ocean, but for swimming I enjoy springs and lakes.
5. Experts recommend that we drink 8 glasses of water per day. Do you usually meet this goal? If so, how do you achieve it? Do you drink plain water, or do you prefer sparkling or flavored? If you don't drink water, what beverage do you prefer instead?
I actually drink a lot of water, and usually meet the 8 glasses no problem. If I'm not drinking water, it's usually tea
6. Some kids play in the water--do you have any fun memories related to water from your childhood, such as water balloon fights, playing on a slip-and-slide, or running around the sprinklers?
I think my favorite water fun when my brothers and I were little, would have to be when we would put the sprinkler under the trampoline or when we would move the trampoline next to the pool and launch ourselves in 😂 I don't know how we survived our adolescent years with the stupid and dangerous stuff we used to do

 

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oooh I love water!! I live in a country that has the sea always close by, and growing up I'd go to the beach with my family pretty often. In the summer we sometimes go every Saturday!
My favorite memory involving water could easily be a day just like that, in which my family all went to the beach together, and the water was just perfect - I could lay on my back and just float, letting the waves move me around a bit but they didn't break so I just foated over a calm sea.

As for my worst memory involving water, I'd say it would be one of those rainy days... I hate getting wet when it's raining and I'm cold, but there was a day last winter when the rain was so strong and the wind was moving it against me, so that even though I walked with an umbrella, my pants got soaked with rain down to my feet. My shoes and socks were wet... And then I had a full day of work ahead of me with no change of clothes. I literally took off my shoes and socks just to try and get warmer >.>

You asked about swimming - yes, I do know how to swim. I even enjoy getting into the water and feeling it resist as I move around. But I am a slowwww swimmer for sure, I do swim for fun and such but never became good at gaining speed or even learning some of the proper forms of swimming. I know one and it's good enough for me XD

My favorite body of water is the sea I grew up going to, because it's familliar. I know exactly what animals might be in it so I don't need to fear the unknown. The temperature usually gets warmer in the summer, since it's smaller than the ocean, so you can count on the water being nice. The bottom of the sea is sandy, at least where I usually go in, which is way nicer than rocks and pebbles just nice soft sand that's easy to walk barefoot on. Also I think that because it's a sea and not an ocean, it does get calmer on days when it isn't windy ^^

Experts recommend that we drink 8 glasses of water per day?? I think I drink like 3 or 4 >.> I mean, I know I don't drink enough anyway - I often only drink during meals, because I forget to drink most of the day and only during meals it comes naturally to me. I am working on getting to drink more water during the day, and specifically water because it's healthier than juice and I'm working hard to try and be healthy. But it will probably takeme a long time to actually reach 8 glassesa day...

I have a wonderful memory of playing with water, back when I was a kid. My mom was washing the house floors, and of course me and my siblings weren't a lot of help. So she made us theses water balloons that we could roll on the floor to each other, getting the water all over the place and on ourselves as well while she cleaned XD
It was super fun, though the balloons didn't really get to participate in a fight so they actually didn't explode at any point. I think we moved to play outside afterwards just to give the balloons the proper use and throw them around 😂
 

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