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Trade Winds
08-03-2014, 08:40 AM
Note: Meets will no longer be held at Hugh Smith in Arlington cuz they don't allow monofins anymore. Screw them. See here: http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?11119-Another-One-Bites-the-Dust-Best-Indoor-Pool-in-Arlington-TX-Bans-Tails

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Trade Winds
08-06-2014, 10:51 PM
No one has any interest whatsoever? Not even a bit? I am seconds away from giving up on ANY kind of meet with locals.

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SweeteSiren
08-09-2014, 01:06 AM
You can always come join the Houstonians.

Come to the dark side - we have cookies!

Trade Winds
08-09-2014, 08:42 AM
I would go anywhere as they as they are willing to meet. DFW is dead.

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MerDragon Arie
08-10-2014, 03:41 PM
There are 3 of us in Arlington that would LOVE to have monthly meet ups! We could do anything! I personally would love to meet fellow mersisters! :)

Blaze
08-11-2014, 10:45 AM
I would go anywhere as they as they are willing to meet. DFW is dead.

The problem I am seeing is people aren't willing to drive to meet other people & DFW is BIG. There is a 2 day event this weekend that I've been promoting for a while now but you've been saying you won't come unless you can get a ride? There will be at least three other Mers there from the area.

Trade Winds
08-11-2014, 12:56 PM
The problem I am seeing is people aren't willing to drive to meet other people & DFW is BIG. There is a 2 day event this weekend that I've been promoting for a while now but you've been saying you won't come unless you can get a ride?

I don't trust my car, is the thing. Otherwise I'd drive there with no prob.

Blaze
08-11-2014, 01:09 PM
I don't trust my car, is the thing. Otherwise I'd drive there with no prob.

So it probably wouldn't make it to Houston either. ;)

Have you hear of Uber? It's a pretty nifty transportation service; they can locate you by GPS via your phone and you can request one via an app. I usually use their 'UberX' which is an economy car and it's really reasonably priced. I've use Uber in many cities and multiple states & it's awesome!

https://www.uber.com/

As far as the monthly meetups go I can't commit to anything on a regular basis as my schedule changes so much but generally Sundays in early afternoon are best.

Trade Winds
08-11-2014, 01:29 PM
I'll pass. Carpooling is easier. Worked for the June meet!

Trade Winds
08-11-2014, 01:31 PM
There are 3 of us in Arlington that would LOVE to have monthly meet ups! We could do anything! I personally would love to meet fellow mersisters! :)

You should definitely figure when is best for a meet! We can always meet whenever if you want, doesn't have to be 'official'. Just message me if you ever want to hang.

Blaze
08-11-2014, 02:22 PM
I'll pass. Carpooling is easier. Worked for the June meet!

But alas it seems not every time. Was just trying to give you an option other than depending on someone else to bring you if the meet isn't nearby.

Trade Winds
08-12-2014, 01:44 PM
Missing little monthly meets is no big deal, anyway. It's bigger stuff like the statewide meet I'd be more concerned about.

Anyway, back on topic, who is up for doing this!!!!! :D

Mermaid Enora
08-15-2014, 12:03 AM
I'm in Dallas, but my work schedule is so crazy that I usually have no idea what days I'm working until the week ahead of time. The only time I can be somewhat sure of being somewhere is at most of the Ren Faires in Texas.

AmbrGlows
08-22-2014, 03:25 AM
I'd love to meet the other mers in DFW. I got to meet Blaze at the Lola fundraiser and it was so awesome to meet her and see her lovely new tail.

What statewide meet? I've not seen or heard anything about this.

Trade Winds
08-22-2014, 09:13 PM
The thread that says meet up 2014, or whatever. It was in June at Krausse Springs.

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MerDragon Arie
09-04-2014, 12:44 AM
You should definitely figure when is best for a meet! We can always meet whenever if you want, doesn't have to be 'official'. Just message me if you ever want to hang.

I will def ask my other mersisters when they are free next and we shall have a meet! :)

LauraLWatson
09-12-2014, 01:31 PM
I'd be interested in having a meet up. In fact, I have access to a heated indoor pool here in Arlington. Monthly is hard- I'm self employed/free lance, so my schedule is a bit wonky. However, quarterly meetups would def be an option!

Trade Winds
09-22-2014, 08:25 PM
Anyone up to making some very loose plans for a meet in a couple months (Novemberish). Unless we can meet somewhere cool like the aquarium, we can shoot for a cafe or somewhere we can sit and chat.

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Mermaid Enora
09-23-2014, 12:13 AM
I'd be interested, but I can only meet on mondays, tuesdays, and wednesdays during the day.
Sorry its not a great schedule of availability. My work times make my schedule kinda crazy.

Trade Winds
10-03-2014, 04:40 PM
I can get any day off so we could work something out

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LauraLWatson
10-05-2014, 06:27 PM
I can Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays during the day. Evenings and weekends are hit or miss.

AmbrGlows
10-05-2014, 06:32 PM
I'm only off Friday thru Sunday unless I trade with other auditor which isn't off. I can meet in the early evenings Monday thru Thursday so long as I have time to get to work by 9pm.

deletedaccount
10-08-2014, 05:01 AM
I'm down if there's something going on in Houston!

Mary Marine
10-12-2014, 01:01 PM
I just got a second job so I am unsure what my availability will be, but for locations I know of a few indoor pools with public swimming hours:

1. Heritage Senior Center in Irving http://www.cityofirving.org/Facilities/Facility/Details/Heritage-Aquatic-Center-61
At it's deepest the pool is only 5 ft deep, but it has a wheel chair ramp that is very mermaid friendly and it's only $1.50 to get in.

2. North Lake College in Irving http://www.northlakecollege.edu/services-and-resources/health-and-wellness/Pages/pool.aspx
More than twice the size of the Heritage pool and much deeper at the diving end. Also $1.50 to swim.

3. Bachman Indoor Pool in Dallas http://www.dallasaquatics.org/100/Bachman-Indoor-Pool
Haven't swam here, but it looks very nice! Downside is you have to buy a City of Dallas Recreation Pass to use the pool ($15 for residents, $25 for non residents, good for a year) PLUS the $3 day pass.

All of these locations have crazy hours because they have classes and other things going on.

Sherielle
10-13-2014, 01:45 PM
I'm down if there's something going on in Houston!Me too!

Lotus the Mermaid
11-07-2014, 03:53 PM
I would love to get in on this! I can mostly do weekends, but I'm free Monday and Wednesday early afternoons and Tuesday and Thursday evenings! :)

Trade Winds
11-07-2014, 04:01 PM
I will go over the days everyone is free soon and figure out we can meet.

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FemFenrir27
01-29-2015, 04:53 PM
I'm new to the world of Forum's I have no idea what I'm doing but I do know that I would absolutely love to meet other mer's like myself. I am always off on weekends.

LauraLWatson
01-29-2015, 07:31 PM
There is a state wide meet up planned for June 6 and 7 in the Corpus Christi area. That is in a thread entitled Coastal Mermaid meet up. I'd still love to host a meet up in Arlington, maybe March? How does Arlington work for you guys? Indoor pool. Cost would be $5/mer and I could rent the pool fairly cheap so we'd have it to ourselves on a weekend evening (Friday, Saturday or Sunday after 5.)

Mermaid Enora
01-29-2015, 10:30 PM
ooooohh.........Arlington would be great for me!
I could only do a Sunday after 5pm. I work all day Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Aysun_the_Mermaid
01-29-2015, 10:59 PM
If I have my personal tail by then, that sounds like it could be fun

AmbrGlows
01-29-2015, 11:35 PM
If I have my personal tail by then, that sounds like it could be fun
I don't think you should let that hold you back. You should join the group gathering with or without your tail.

Mermaid Meara
01-29-2015, 11:44 PM
March sounds great for me.

Fun123joker
01-30-2015, 12:12 AM
I don't think you should let that hold you back. You should join the group gathering with or without your tail.


Not in the pod but I've been to meet ups where people who don't have a cosplay still show up.

FemFenrir27
01-30-2015, 09:35 AM
March works for me I am already taking time off in June for another event so the Corpus Christi thing wont work for me, but I could probably do Arlington in March.

AmbrGlows
01-30-2015, 09:55 AM
March 6th is my birthday...just putting it out there.

FemFenrir27
01-30-2015, 09:57 AM
So a big party? lol I can make food!!

LauraLWatson
01-30-2015, 05:24 PM
Looking at a Saturday after 6 or Sunday after 5 time in March, March 7, 8, 14, 15 or 28- what date can YOU come to Arlington for a DFW meet up?

$5/mer to swim. Tails not required. I'll have extra fabric tails for rent, $10/person. Adult and kid sizes. Lifeguards provided. Outside food and drink welcomed and encouraged. Free parking.

AmbrGlows
01-30-2015, 05:34 PM
At the moment I only have Fridays & Saturdays off but if I know far enough in advance I can switch my days.

Just pick a day that works for all and I'll request the day off.

Mermaid Enora
01-30-2015, 05:35 PM
I can do either 8th or 15th!
sundays only for me

AmbrGlows
01-30-2015, 05:44 PM
I can do either 8th or 15th!
sundays only for me
Off topic but I have some pics for you.

http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/01/30/85ab5a42b670e9f78e719d0f4df5d546.jpg

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Mermaid Enora
01-30-2015, 06:46 PM
Oh you found the street!!!
its perfect isn't it?

AmbrGlows
01-30-2015, 06:53 PM
Oh you found the street!!!
its perfect isn't it?
I found two. Drive is the one in Plano you told me about. Court is in Carrollton.

Mermaid Enora
01-30-2015, 09:28 PM
oh goodness I didn't even realize it was two different streets.
That's too awesome!

AmbrGlows
01-30-2015, 09:36 PM
oh goodness I didn't even realize it was two different streets.
That's too awesome!
I didn't either until I went to Google Maps to find the one in Plano.

Mermaid Enora
01-30-2015, 10:21 PM
haha great!

So now that we've derailed this thread......sorry........back to the original topic..... :)

Laura,
would you need an exact headcount before hand?
My sister and friend are interested in coming (no tails for them and I need help putting on my tail)
But i'm not sure how soon they would know for sure.

FemFenrir27
01-30-2015, 10:41 PM
I can do any Friday after 3 n any saturday but sunday I don't have a car

LauraLWatson
02-02-2015, 03:47 PM
I can do any Friday after 3 n any saturday but sunday I don't have a car

Where are you coming from?

Everyone: let me check the pool's availability for the 8th and 15th. They are scheduling SCUBA classes that month, so I'll slip us in. No clue on head count yet. My troup has 9, and I'm going to require it for them. ;-) Gotta get some group shots and footage soon! haha.

Mermaid Enora
02-02-2015, 03:48 PM
If we can pull this off its going to be so much fun!

Trade Winds
02-02-2015, 08:08 PM
I am in, any time on the weekend!

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FemFenrir27
02-03-2015, 12:04 AM
Im in Mesquite

LauraLWatson
02-04-2015, 01:08 PM
Im in Mesquite
We can carpool folks in.

FemFenrir27
02-04-2015, 03:14 PM
We can carpool folks in.


That would be nice, especially now that my car is in the shop and I don't know when I'm getting it back.

Mermaid Enora
02-06-2015, 04:14 PM
I'm trying to plan a ren faire trip and still make it to this.
Any idea when we might know the for sure date by?

LauraLWatson
02-06-2015, 06:54 PM
I'm trying to plan a ren faire trip and still make it to this.
Any idea when we might know the for sure date by?


I am waiting to hear back from the pool. I wanted a discount since I am bringing in a good press op for them. :-)

Mermaid Enora
02-06-2015, 10:29 PM
Totally understand about a discount. The only dates that I can go to Sherwood ren faire is March 7-8 or 14-15.
And I really want to come to the swim so whichever date the swim is then I'll go to Sherwood the other weekend. But since sherwood will be on Saturday and Sunday I have to ask off work. So kinda need to know more than just a week in advance so I can get my shift covered.

Mary Marine
02-10-2015, 09:41 PM
My temporary job for the holidays is over now so I'm available weekends again. Looks like it's going to be either Sunday the 8th or 15th? I'm definitely coming! Guess I have no excuse to not finish painting my tail and making my shell bra, huh?

Mermaid Enora
02-17-2015, 12:58 PM
Is there any one date for the swim that is more likely or that everyone is leaning towards?
I'd really love to come, but I've got to make some other decisions too.

Mary Marine
02-17-2015, 01:41 PM
I'm in south Irving and have a car if someone in the area needs a ride.

What pool in Arlington is the meet up at?

Mermaid Enora
02-18-2015, 01:03 AM
Ok so I had to make a decision and I'm going to be in Austin at Sherwood Forest Faire on March 7 and 8.
So my only date to make it to the swim meet up is now Sunday March 15th......fingers crossed.....I really wanna come.
My tail needs another outing in deeper water.
Any chance there will possibly be other meet ups in Arlington since this thread is labeled monthly DFW meets? :)

Mary Marine
02-18-2015, 01:30 AM
Enora, I work at North Lake College in Irving which has an indoor pool with public swim hours. I've swam there with my tail before so I'm going to ask about hosting a meet-up, maybe in April? It would be nice if the D/FW monthly meet up could rotate locations so everyone has a chance to go to one near them.

Mermaid Enora
02-18-2015, 07:39 PM
April sounds good. I'm less busy in April than in March.

LauraLWatson
02-19-2015, 01:50 AM
I do apologize- I thought I posted an update here. The Arlington pool won't give me a discount. If someone else can host one, I'll help out! My outdoor pool in Arlington is available starting in June.

Trade Winds
02-19-2015, 08:44 AM
So this isn't happening now? That might be better for me since I have a furry meet the 8th. Furry first, mermaid second lol

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Mermaid Enora
02-19-2015, 10:20 AM
I have a nice semi natural pool near me that we can use once it's warm outside

Mary Marine
02-20-2015, 12:09 AM
Should we still try to swim somewhere in March or just try again in April? I could ask about hosting us at North Lake in March, but it would have to be a Saturday as the pool is closed on Sunday.

Mermaid Enora
02-20-2015, 12:25 AM
aprils better for me but if its only saturday I can't come at all. I work every saturday.

LauraLWatson
02-20-2015, 06:36 PM
I vote for April.

FemFenrir27
02-22-2015, 04:47 AM
I have saturday's off and any month or week works for me

AmbrGlows
02-22-2015, 05:47 PM
What's the cost? Is it reasonable enough for all to split the cost and it not be more than say...going to see a movie?

Mermaid Enora
02-22-2015, 06:11 PM
If it is about the cost of a movie ticket I'm up for that

LauraLWatson
02-23-2015, 12:13 PM
It's free if we wait until June and swim outdoors in Arlington. :-p

Mermaid Enora
02-23-2015, 01:40 PM
Outdoors where?

LauraLWatson
02-24-2015, 12:31 PM
My apartment complex in Arlington has 4 resort style pools that have shallow and deep ends- great for hanging out, taking photos, and there's a HUGE courtyard with a picnic and BBQ area. Figured we could make a day of it some Saturday in June or July. The state-wide meet up is June 6-7 in Corpus.

Lotus the Mermaid
02-27-2015, 05:41 AM
My apartment complex in Arlington has 4 resort style pools that have shallow and deep ends- great for hanging out, taking photos, and there's a HUGE courtyard with a picnic and BBQ area. Figured we could make a day of it some Saturday in June or July. The state-wide meet up is June 6-7 in Corpus.

That sounds amazing and I would absolutely LOVE to go! If I have my tail by then, I am IN!! :)

Trade Winds
02-28-2015, 11:21 PM
Natural is nice, chlorine sux.

Lotus the Mermaid
03-01-2015, 04:07 AM
Seahorse Mystery, I've been wondering this for SO long! Did you get your name from that episode of Spongebob?? :)

Trade Winds
03-02-2015, 02:02 PM
You betcha!

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Lotus the Mermaid
03-02-2015, 02:48 PM
You betcha!

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YES!!! Awesome!!!!

Merman Delphis
03-12-2015, 01:39 AM
I'm up for it! Count me in!

Trade Winds
03-12-2015, 11:17 AM
So this is an April thing now?

Or would anyone be up for swimming at Hugh Smith pool during their free swim, sometime this month? I gots a baaad itching to do some swimming, but it's more fun with other mers. They didn't mind my monofin last year, so I doubt they'd mind a tail. Here's their info and schedule: https://naturallyfun.org/pools/hugh-smith-indoor-pool

It'd have to be a weekend for me to make it, or next Friday (3/20)

Mermaid Enora
03-12-2015, 11:43 AM
Can you check and see for sure if they will allow tails?
I'd hate to come all the way there and then be turned away.

Trade Winds
03-12-2015, 12:29 PM
Can you check and see for sure if they will allow tails?
I'd hate to come all the way there and then be turned away.

If anyone wants to call them, go for it. I have a bit of a phobia thing about calling unknown people. I just asked on their facebook page last yr.

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Mary Marine
03-12-2015, 03:14 PM
I just called. The head lifeguard is going to call me back, but the guy I spoke to said he'd seen some people "do the mermaid thing" before, so it would probably be okay. I was sure to stress that we have swam in tails before and know how to do it safely. :) If everything is good to go, I'd be up for March 20th!

Mermaid Enora
03-12-2015, 03:41 PM
That's good news let us know what you find out.
i can only go Sunday evenings for weekend times

Mary Marine
03-12-2015, 04:01 PM
I just got off the phone with the head lifeguard and tail swimming is allowed! Now we just need to decide when to go.

It looks like Fridays are family night, so we probably don't want to go then because we will be mobbed by children. Saturday they are open 1-5pm and Sunday from 3-5pm. Admission is $6.00 unless you have a facility card.

Did we want to try for the weekend of the 21st/22nd or is that too soon? For me the sooner the better, I have literally been dreaming about tail swimming with other mers!

Mermaid Enora
03-12-2015, 04:12 PM
Right now I see no problem with the 22nd and 3-5 works great for me!
anyone else?

@marymarine do you have a tail or just the monofin in your avatar?

Trade Winds
03-12-2015, 06:56 PM
I dig any day. 21st is my bday so I can't do that. Would have to be Sunday for me.

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AmbrGlows
03-13-2015, 06:25 PM
I can ask my co-wprker if she can trade me her Friday for my Sunday if we are doing that. Though isn't the kids part of the reason we're mermaids?

Trade Winds
03-13-2015, 06:32 PM
I can ask my co-wprker if she can trade me her Friday for my Sunday if we are doing that. Though isn't the kids part of the reason we're mermaids?

I am definitely not a mermaid or fursuiter for kids. I don't mind entertaining them as a mermaid, but I am not at all doing it for them.

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AmbrGlows
03-13-2015, 06:37 PM
Okay, so maybe it's more just for ourselves. Doesn't really matter.

I need to call about the use of tails and monofins at Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center in Plano.

Mermaid Enora
03-13-2015, 06:37 PM
I do love entertaining kids, but for our first meet up I think we should focus on getting to know each other.

Mermaid Enora
03-13-2015, 06:39 PM
Don't bother I've already tried the muehlenbeck they threw me out

LauraLWatson
03-13-2015, 10:50 PM
Hugh Smith in Arlington is where my mers and I swim every week. We did a photoshoot there once, too. Very mer-friendly and a good deep end. I'm not available much in March, but plenty of time in April. It varies. Seems everyone wants a Saturday in April?

(psst. Mercademy starts in Plano in April on Sunday afternoons... www.mercademy.com Official location is going to be announced this week with price. There will be a class for adults and another for children. There is also a discount if you have your own tail, or the price listed includes a fabric tail if you want. eek! I've been crazy busy! You are all of course welcome to drop in on a class if you want to work on any mermaid skills. It's really geared towards beginners and as a unique fitness trend.)

AmbrGlows
03-14-2015, 10:04 AM
Hugh Smith in Arlington is where my mers and I swim every week. We did a photoshoot there once, too. Very mer-friendly and a good deep end. I'm not available much in March, but plenty of time in April. It varies. Seems everyone wants a Saturday in April?

(psst. Mercademy starts in Plano in April on Sunday afternoons... www.mercademy.com Official location is going to be announced this week with price. There will be a class for adults and another for children. There is also a discount if you have your own tail, or the price listed includes a fabric tail if you want. eek! I've been crazy busy! You are all of course welcome to drop in on a class if you want to work on any mermaid skills. It's really geared towards beginners and as a unique fitness trend.)
Says the web link doesn't exist.

Mercademy sounds so fun. I could never afford such a thing. I'll have to learn as I go. I can't really do underwater swimming anyways since I have to keep my glasses on in order to able to see. And Sundays are terrible for me right now until my schedule changes back to 3 days off anyways.

I seriously need to start getting back in the water before summer though.

Mermaid Enora
03-14-2015, 04:03 PM
Hey amber maybe you and I could go another non weekend time?
what days do you have off?

Trade Winds
03-14-2015, 06:18 PM
Me and Mary will be at Hugh Smith March 22nd during open swim. Join us if you want. We also swam at Northlake College pool today in our tails.

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Mermaid Enora
03-14-2015, 06:27 PM
Count me in!
What time will yall be arriving at? I
just don't want to end up swimming by myself at 3pm only to discover that yall are coming at 4. :)

Trade Winds
03-15-2015, 12:11 AM
Count me in!
What time will yall be arriving at? I
just don't want to end up swimming by myself at 3pm only to discover that yall are coming at 4. :)

I will have to check the times again, but Mary thinks 3 is good.

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Mermaid Enora
03-15-2015, 12:34 AM
3 is good with me I just don't want to be one lone mermaid all alone. :)

Mermaid Enora
03-15-2015, 11:43 AM
I'll be bringing my two fairy friends along since they are my mertenders to help me get into my tail.

edit....not sure that the fairy friends can come after all, maybe end up taking my youngest sister along instead. idk

AmbrGlows
03-17-2015, 10:35 AM
I'll be at the meet up on Sunday.

I'll also be at the FREE La Boheme simulcast at AT&T Satdium on Saturday. PM for my number if you're going and wanna sit together.

LauraLWatson
03-18-2015, 01:18 PM
I probably won't make it Sunday the 22, I have an award show with red carpet that night and the getting ready is a long process. (I'd rather swim.) But the next one, maybe April, count me in.

And sorry about the webpage, www.TheMercademy.com (http://www.TheMercademy.com). Brain fart.

Mary Marine
03-18-2015, 11:12 PM
Just so everyone is on the same page for the March meet-up...

Where: Hugh Smith Indoor Pool (1815 New York Ave., Arlington, TX 76010)
When: Sun. March 22nd @ 3pm-5pm
How Much: $6 Admission

Looking forward to seeing everyone! :yay: I'll try to remember to bring my underwater camera so we can get pics/video.

Mermaid Enora
03-19-2015, 01:02 AM
I'll be there!
so excited!!

FemFenrir27
03-21-2015, 12:29 PM
I have larp practice on Sundays, so I can't make it.

Mermaid Enora
03-21-2015, 12:36 PM
Can't wait to see everyone who comes! We'll miss those who can't and hopefully see you another time.
so excited!!

Trade Winds
03-22-2015, 08:41 AM
I may or may not show up, depending on stuff. Everyone still go even tho it was my idea.

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AmbrGlows
03-22-2015, 09:40 AM
Woke up crazy early and decided to get my water bag packed. I have 3 tail skins to choose from, my underwater camera, a towel & dry clothes. I so can't wait!!

Seriously gotta try for son more sleep though or I won't last long.
Sessilee Starfish
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Mary Marine
03-24-2015, 01:26 AM
The first unofficial D/FW monthly mermaid meet up was a success! AmbrGlows, Enora, and myself swam and took some pictures on Sunday. The pool was nice and warm and not too crowded, though can I say Enora's fluke is even bigger in person?! Seriously, she wins the biggest fluke contest. And AmbrGlows' new FinFun monofin is much better than the old polycarbonate ones that were so floppy. So awesome swimming with my mer-sisters! :group hug:

Anyway, I wanted to suggest the pool at North Lake College in Irving as the location of our April meet. The pool is VERY large with a nice deep end and not crowded, plus admission is only $1.50. Seahorse Mystery and I have swam there so they are mer friendly. Anyone else have location suggestions?

Trade Winds
03-24-2015, 08:32 AM
I am cool with Northlake. Only thing is those swim lanes.

I had some ahem, business to attend to Sunday so obviously I wasn't there.

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FemFenrir27
03-24-2015, 11:31 AM
I hope that you all can do something on a Saturday at some point, I would love to meet you all.

LauraLWatson
03-25-2015, 04:55 AM
I could do Sunday April 19 (all others are booked already.) And I'd love to try this pool in Irving.

For May, I am offering up the AquaFit pool in Plano. It's a heated, salt based pool and admission would be... FREE. It's the new home of The Mercademy, and I'd love to have you guys come swim with me before or after class. Any Sunday in May!

LauraLWatson
03-25-2015, 04:55 AM
And did you guys post your pictures anywhere- like Facebook or here?

Mermaid Enora
03-25-2015, 10:56 AM
The first unofficial D/FW monthly mermaid meet up was a success! AmbrGlows, Enora, and myself swam and took some pictures on Sunday. The pool was nice and warm and not too crowded, though can I say Enora's fluke is even bigger in person?! Seriously, she wins the biggest fluke contest. And AmbrGlows' new FinFun monofin is much better than the old polycarbonate ones that were so floppy. So awesome swimming with my mer-sisters! :group hug:

Anyway, I wanted to suggest the pool at North Lake College in Irving as the location of our April meet. The pool is VERY large with a nice deep end and not crowded, plus admission is only $1.50. Seahorse Mystery and I have swam there so they are mer friendly. Anyone else have location suggestions?

Loved meeting both of you Mary and Amberglows.
Hope to do it all again sometime soon. Hopefully at a closer location.
check out this twitter for some pics!
https://twitter.com/JourneyandSpace
This is my merhandlers (as she calls herself) twitter.

Trade Winds
03-25-2015, 03:00 PM
April 19 sounds like a good day. I'm not free the weekend before.

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Mary Marine
03-30-2015, 10:55 PM
If we meet April 19 it would have to be somewhere else as the North Lake pool is not open on Sundays. Maybe the pool in Plano?

LauraLWatson
04-01-2015, 04:18 PM
If we meet April 19 it would have to be somewhere else as the North Lake pool is not open on Sundays. Maybe the pool in Plano?

I won't have access to the pool in Plano until May. If we do May 31, 5:30-8:30pm, my students will be wrapping up their first round of classes, and I am having a professional photographer take publicity photos of them. You guys could join in! $25 gets you pool time with the students (you'll just join our class activities and/or swim around as we work and individual photography sessions happen poolside) plus 1 edited digital image and the option to buy more photos if you want them.

My April just got swamped, but I can def offer and participate Sunday May 31 in Plano.

The Mercademy just opened registration for our ongoing classes AND our professional workshop June 15-20. Hope you guys can join us! www.TheMercademy.com (http://www.themercademy.com). Oh, and we soft-launched our online store, The Merket today too. www.TheMerketOnline.com (http://www.themerketonline.com) Once product is in our hands, the photos of the items will be worn by our troupe members, but for now, it's just the designs and such.

Mary Marine
04-01-2015, 11:39 PM
Laura, it sounds like you have some awesome stuff going on! Congrats to you and your company!

Gosh darn it, I am determined to get the April meet up and swimming somehow. Unless anyone has other pools to suggest, the 3 mer-friendly pools I know of are Hugh Smith in Arlington, North Lake College in north Irving, and the Heritage Aquatic Center in south Irving.

Hugh Smith: PRO: Open Saturdays 1-5pm and Sundays 3-5pm. CON: Cost 6$
North Lake: PRO: Open Saturdays 1-6pm, huge pool, costs $1.50. CON: Not open Sundays.
Heritage: PRO: Open Sundays and Saturdays 1-7pm, costs $1.50. CON: Only 5' deep.

Place your votes and say what weekend it best/worst for you. I know whatever day we decide there is always going to be someone who can't make it, but my hope is that if we keep doing this once a month eventually everyone will get the chance to come. I'd really like to see this become a regular thing.

LauraLWatson
04-02-2015, 03:08 AM
Just... keep... swimming... :-D

Right now, I could do a Saturday April 18 meet up. POSSIBLY Sunday the 19th, but we would need to decide in the next day or 2 so I can block that day off from pending requests.

Mermaid Enora
04-02-2015, 11:43 AM
I can't make any Saturday's but maybe in the future saturdays will look better. I'm trying to get Wednesday to Friday as my regular shift. We'll see what happens.

Trade Winds
04-02-2015, 12:07 PM
Saturday or Sunday is fine for me, just not next weekend.

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Mermaid_Katyah
04-08-2015, 01:57 AM
Hi there!
I just recently joined the network and found this pod, so I figured I'd say "hello"! I'm brand new to mermaiding, so I'll be the one in a fabric tail for a while.
I don't think I'll be making a meet this month, but next month looks promising.

AmbrGlows
04-08-2015, 02:36 AM
Nothing wrong with fabric tails. I have 3 and 2 more in the works.

AmbrGlows
04-08-2015, 02:37 AM
Oh, and welcome to the pod.

What part of DFW are you in?

Mermaid_Katyah
04-08-2015, 02:43 AM
Oh, and welcome to the pod.

What part of DFW are you in?

Thanks! I'm in Fort Worth, but I plan on moving to either Grapevine or Coppell to be closer to future work opportunities.

AmbrGlows
04-08-2015, 02:44 AM
Both are good towns. I wish you the best and look forward to seeing you at a meet.

Mermaid Enora
04-08-2015, 08:24 AM
welcome to the DFW pod!

Mermaid_Katyah
04-08-2015, 07:15 PM
welcome to the DFW pod!

Thank you! Some many friend mers around here, I love it!


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Mermaid_Katyah
04-08-2015, 07:15 PM
Both are good towns. I wish you the best and look forward to seeing you at a meet.

Thank you, I hope to meet everyone soon!


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Trade Winds
04-08-2015, 07:31 PM
I am not sure if I can make the April meet (is a date set?). I am piercing my tits today and water is not friendly. If I go I won't be able to tailswim.

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SweeteSiren
04-08-2015, 09:53 PM
:jawdrop: Ouch! Mine want to retreat into my chest cavity at the very thought. :biting nails:
Have fun though!

Mermaid_Katyah
04-08-2015, 11:59 PM
Is there a way to update the first post to the next meet up? I think that might help others in the future, so their not having to dig through posts for news.

I also wanted to ask if it would be ok to bring my camera to the next meet? I'm getting an underwater housing for it since I plan to do more pool and beach costuming at upcoming conventions. I'll be sure to ask all each mer if it's alright for me to take their picture, of course.

Mermaid Enora
04-09-2015, 12:37 AM
Is there a way to update the first post to the next meet up? I think that might help others in the future, so their not having to dig through posts for news.

I also wanted to ask if it would be ok to bring my camera to the next meet? I'm getting an underwater housing for it since I plan to do more pool and beach costuming at upcoming conventions. I'll be sure to ask all each mer if it's alright for me to take their picture, of course.

not sure about the first, but cameras are totally fine!!
We all had cameras at the last meet.

Trade Winds
04-09-2015, 11:52 AM
Ahhh, it wasn't that bad getting them pierced. They don't even hurt a day after! Besides, when I go as a topless mermaid, I can wear these: http://www.bodyartforms.com/productdetails.asp?jewelry=nipple&ProductID=15811&index=20

@Katyah, I can edit the original post, but it will have to be later when I'm not on a mermaid site while at work.

SweeteSiren
04-09-2015, 10:28 PM
OK, admittedly, those are awesome!
...still not joining you though. :eye twitch:

LauraLWatson
04-10-2015, 05:19 PM
I never put April's meet up on my calendar, and now I'm booked up. Bummer! Y'all have fun!

Did we want to officially set the meet in Plano on May 31, to coincide with The Mercademy and their photoshoot? Salt Based pool!

Trade Winds
04-11-2015, 10:51 AM
Laura, I am okay with that time. I could come to do a dry photoshoot. Just depends how well my piercings are healed. I can get waterproof patches to cover them, but I have to try that out first. Then I could swim!

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Trade Winds
04-11-2015, 10:55 AM
I have editted the original post with info.

However, is there a meet set this month??? april 19th? Where?

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AmbrGlows
04-13-2015, 05:43 AM
@MermaidEnora @MaryMarine

Sorry it's taken me so long to post the pics I took at the meet-up but I couldn't find my USB adapter for my SD Card. I tried sending them to you ladies in Private Messages but I was unable to and it seems I'm unable to post them here as well. I've posted them on my website and you should be able to view & save them from there. If not email me & I'll email the the pics directly to you.

Pics are here.... www.mermaidsessilee.com/mermaids-meet.html

LauraLWatson
04-13-2015, 06:25 PM
Great photos! Thanks for sharing!

Mermaid Enora
04-13-2015, 11:57 PM
loved the photos!!!
Mine all turned out terrible. :|

AmbrGlows
04-14-2015, 01:21 AM
That was the first using the camera underwater. As long as I'm at the meets I'll have my camera and we can use it for taking all the photos everyone wants.

Trade Winds
04-14-2015, 11:35 AM
Ahem. So again.

APRIL MEET
WHERE
WHEN

April 19th??? If yes, can we all quickly agree? That way I can get some waterproof bandages for my new piercings.

Do we want want to do Hugh Smith again, or try Northlake Pool?

AmbrGlows
04-14-2015, 11:42 AM
I thought Northlake was closed on Sundays.

AmbrGlows
04-16-2015, 08:08 AM
I'm really hoping a few of you ladies are able to get together on Sunday. The meet-up is the driving force behind me getting off my butt to make my Selkie tail. I bought my flippers on Amazon an hour ago and I'm going Friday to buy material, ribbon and a zipper. I'm aiming to get it all done by the end of Saturday so I can wear it at the meet-up.

LauraLWatson
04-17-2015, 09:19 PM
I'm in for next Month, May 31 in Plano, if that's a go? But not the 19th.

Mermaid_Katyah
04-17-2015, 10:38 PM
I'll be able to make next month. This month is a bit too busy for me.


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AmbrGlows
04-18-2015, 08:59 PM
Okay, guess I'm gonna get some sleep tomorrow since no one has said they are going tomorrow.

Trade Winds
04-22-2015, 01:44 PM
So looks like April isn't happening.

I am still good for May 31st. (Piercings should be good to swim by then lol).

Seatan
04-22-2015, 03:16 PM
I would be interested in coming in May. Don't have a tail anymore, but still a mermaid at heart! (And still have my Competitor, LOL)

Trade Winds
04-23-2015, 12:21 PM
Here's a new idea to kinda combine with monthly meets...for those in DFW and surrounding areas, who can't make it to the yearly meet up down south for whatever reason, how interested are you in a weekend long, local meet this summer? I don't think there's any clear water around here, but I have no prob whatsoever having a massive mermaid meet at Joe Pool, Eagle Mountain, or whatever places you have in mind (no pools! somewhere natural and outside!). Any takers? I know it's kinda late to start this, but maybe we can plan something! Otherwise, I guess we can stick to a monthly meet thing.

I tried to plan a few last year after the yearly meet down in Austin, but they got no response.

With that in mind, where does everyone like to swim in the summer? I think we should start pre-planning a few months ahead of time if we want to make this a reoccurring event.

Seatan
04-23-2015, 12:34 PM
We could go to Clear Springs SCUBA park. It is $20.00 a person, but it is a CLEAR manmade lake in DFW that has cool things to dive such as a giant metal shark and sunken ship. Great for freediving.

I also have a lake cabin at Palo Pinto Lake that we could hit up, however, right now it is SUPER LOW because the town of Mineral Wells drank all the freaking water!

Trade Winds
04-23-2015, 12:36 PM
We could go to Clear Springs SCUBA park. It is $20.00 a person, but it is a CLEAR manmade lake in DFW that has cool things to dive such as a giant metal shark and sunken ship. Great for freediving.

I also have a lake cabin at Palo Pinto Lake that we could hit up, however, right now it is SUPER LOW because the town of Mineral Wells drank all the freaking water!


The first place sounds interesting! Do they allow mermaids?

Or we could hit up your place. Fewer people to get in our way, more space, and plus you own the property. Depends on how many people we get together, cuz I wouldn't want to overload your lake house!

Seatan
04-23-2015, 12:40 PM
They allow divers and snorkelers, so I assume that they would allow freedivers, aka mermaids. We would need to call them to be sure, though.

Clear Springs Scuba Park (http://clearspringsscubapark.com/)

Our lake house can handle about ten people if you share the queen and king beds. But it is soooo low. If it comes back up, however, we have a boat, a kayak, and a Jet Ski too!

Trade Winds
04-23-2015, 12:55 PM
Tbh the appeal off your lake house beats out Clear Springs. It's up to you. If we do, we will have to do a reservation-style thing for those who plan to go, and cap it at 10 or whatever number you are most comfortable with. I love the idea of having all that space to ourselves. I grew up on a lake and miss that freedom.

Idk what costs would be involved if we go that route. I will bring my own food since I'm vegan and won't touch anything other people cook, probably.

I also suggest meeting everyone who will be at your house. That way you know you can trust them. Mary Marine can assure you I am safe. We went to last year's pod meet together. :P

In the mean time we will need to watch the water levels.

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Seatan
04-23-2015, 01:02 PM
Yeah, it is seriously low. As in only 10% full. They practically drained it dry last year. Unsurprisingly the people who own property on the lake are not happy.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lake-Palo-Pinto-Marina/373866639751

Trade Winds
04-23-2015, 01:17 PM
Ahhh, that sucks. So Clear Springs is our first priority unless the water level goes up, unless anyone has other suggestions.

I am also up for a month to do this...doesn't matter to me, as long as we can avoid the second Sunday of every month as I have furry fandom stuff those days.

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Seatan
04-23-2015, 02:38 PM
I'm good whenever as long as its not June 13th-20th. I am out of the country then. I teach school until June 8th and then I am REALLY free for the summer... at least until I find a new job or move out of the country, LOL

EDIT: I meant 13-20, not 6-13!!!!

Trade Winds
04-23-2015, 03:31 PM
Ok, so any date not June 13 to 20, July 11 to 12 (me, anyway), or August 8 to 9 (me). I think doing a weekend thing is best for everyone.

edit: tried to call Clear Springs just now (1.45) to see if they are ok with mermaids and no one picked up...


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ItsyFlowerFire
04-27-2015, 10:12 PM
Hi! I'm new to the pod and live in Granbury, TX. I don't have a tail but would love to meet up. I'm also up for Skype if a physical meetup isn't possible atm :)

Trade Winds
04-27-2015, 10:33 PM
Hi! I'm new to the pod and live in Granbury, TX. I don't have a tail but would love to meet up. I'm also up for Skype if a physical meetup isn't possible atm :)

Hi! You don't need a tail to hang with out (altho I do believe a few of us have extra tails they may let you borrow...). Hope to see you at a meet soon!

ItsyFlowerFire
04-28-2015, 12:25 AM
That would be so awesome! <3

AmbrGlows
04-28-2015, 08:33 AM
If I'm wearing my selkie tail I have a monofin that can be borrowed. And if you're around a size 24W my tailskins might fit.

ItsyFlowerFire
04-29-2015, 02:04 AM
Thank you! I'm very interested in trying a monofin to start out with and work my way up to a tail. I love your profile pic AmbrGlows!

AmbrGlows
04-29-2015, 02:16 AM
We should totally meet up sometime so you can give it a swim.

Thank you. It's the best of all my mermaid pictures so far.

Trade Winds
04-29-2015, 11:15 AM
in case anyone missed it lol. Seavanna suggested Clear Springs scuba park for a weekend meet this summer. Any date not June 13 to 20, July 11 to 12 (me, anyway), or August 8 to 9 (me). I think doing a weekend thing is best for everyone.


Here's a new idea to kinda combine with monthly meets...for those in DFW and surrounding areas, who can't make it to the yearly meet up down south for whatever reason, how interested are you in a weekend long, local meet this summer? I don't think there's any clear water around here, but I have no prob whatsoever having a massive mermaid meet at Joe Pool, Eagle Mountain, or whatever places you have in mind (no pools! somewhere natural and outside!). Any takers? I know it's kinda late to start this, but maybe we can plan something! Otherwise, I guess we can stick to a monthly meet thing.

I tried to plan a few last year after the yearly meet down in Austin, but they got no response.

With that in mind, where does everyone like to swim in the summer? I think we should start pre-planning a few months ahead of time if we want to make this a reoccurring event.

Mermaid Enora
04-29-2015, 11:42 AM
Not sure if I'll make it to any summer meet ups my weekend and weekday availability is crazy changing right now.

LauraLWatson
04-30-2015, 11:13 PM
There's a state wide meetup in the Corpus Christi area June 6 and 7. There is Mercademy in the DFW area August 3-8 (www.TheMercademy.com), and a Texas Convention is in the planning stage in far west Texas for September.

Trade Winds
05-03-2015, 09:01 AM
I can't imagine that Texas convention happening this year.
I know of the southern pod meet, but I wanted to do one up here for those who can't go down there and whatnot.
If anyone wants to give feedback so we can get that started...

ALSO, is May 31st happening for everyone so Laura will know to expect us?

ItsyFlowerFire
05-03-2015, 06:28 PM
Is that at Clear Springs Scuba Park?

Trade Winds
05-04-2015, 11:01 AM
Probably, unless someone suggests something else.

As of right now I am gonna say that's where it will be, and I am gonna set a tentative date for July. If no one has any probs I will just declare a date and location and that's that.

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ItsyFlowerFire
05-04-2015, 04:54 PM
Sounds fun!

LauraLWatson
05-05-2015, 06:52 PM
I say just declare a date- it's much easier and more efficient than trying to get everyone to agree on one.

May 31 is still good for me.

Trade Winds
05-19-2015, 01:38 PM
Is every still down for May 31st in Plano? Laura, could you give us the exact location and whatnot?

How about June? Does anyone want to hit up Joe Pool or some other lake one weekend? I still want to do a weekend long meet (July?)! Clear Springs scuba park is still #1 on my list! Have to see if my piercings are going to agree with it.

I'll organize stuff for everyone, but idk if I'll show up. (Aside from swimming with new piercings being a bad idea, I've been very involved in furry fandom and am making local meets a priority over everything else). Never get a piercing right before summer.

Mermaid Enora
05-19-2015, 01:59 PM
I can't make it to any of the above listed dates. But sometime in June I'm going to Balmorrhea so I'll post what dates I'm going and anyone is free to meet me there.

LauraLWatson
05-20-2015, 05:06 AM
Is every still down for May 31st in Plano? Laura, could you give us the exact location and whatnot?



YES. May 31 is still a go. It's at AquaFit in Plano (an indoor salt based pool. At the deepest, it is only 5 feet.) Address: 1400 Summit Avenue Suite D2 Plano, TX 75074. Cost is $5/person plus $25 if you want in on the poolside photoshoot with Captivated Transparency. Free to bring food (no glass bottles.) Time would be 6-8pm

If we prefer a deep pool, we could always come to my outdoor pool in Arlington. IT'S FREE! :-) It is a chlorine pool. Deep and shallow ends. We can do anytime we want. The address is 2430 Henderson Dr. Arlington 76010. Edit: Pool side photo shoot is also available here for $25/person for a 30 minute session.

And, shameless plus: The Mercademy will be announcing our INTERNATIONAL panel of instructors for our professional workshop this year on Mer-Morial Monday. We are bringing in the very best and brightest. The current early bird registration cost is $500. The price goes to $650 on July 1. www.TheMercademy.com (http://www.TheMercademy.com)

Mermaid Enora
05-27-2015, 11:52 PM
Hey Y'all!
My sister's taking a scuba class at UT Dallas and has to take her certification at clear springs dive park in Terrell. Since she's already there I'll be there too with my mermaid tail on Sunday June 21st. If anyone else wants to meet up there let me know. I'll be there regardless of anyone else showing up.

Seatan
05-28-2015, 12:00 AM
Hey Enora, I will try to make it, but I am returning from a full week of SCUBA in Honduras on the 20th, so I may not be up for any more underwater fun yet... May be catching up on my sleep. It's awesome that she's getting certified. SCUBA certs are like potato chips... can't get just one!

Seatan
05-28-2015, 12:01 AM
YES. May 31 is still a go. It's at AquaFit in Plano (an indoor salt based pool. At the deepest, it is only 5 feet.) Address: 1400 Summit Avenue Suite D2 Plano, TX 75074. Cost is $5/person plus $25 if you want in on the poolside photoshoot with Captivated Transparency. Free to bring food (no glass bottles.) Time would be 6-8pm

If we prefer a deep pool, we could always come to my outdoor pool in Arlington. IT'S FREE! :-) It is a chlorine pool. Deep and shallow ends. We can do anytime we want. The address is 2430 Henderson Dr. Arlington 76010. Edit: Pool side photo shoot is also available here for $25/person for a 30 minute session.

And, shameless plus: The Mercademy will be announcing our INTERNATIONAL panel of instructors for our professional workshop this year on Mer-Morial Monday. We are bringing in the very best and brightest. The current early bird registration cost is $500. The price goes to $650 on July 1. www.TheMercademy.com (http://www.TheMercademy.com)

*perks up* You're in Arlington? Me, too! Would love to swim with you sometime! I am going to try and make the 31st.

Mermaid Enora
05-28-2015, 12:04 AM
Hey Enora, I will try to make it, but I am returning from a full week of SCUBA in Honduras on the 20th, so I may not be up for any more underwater fun yet... May be catching up on my sleep. It's awesome that she's getting certified. SCUBA certs are like potato chips... can't get just one!
No worries, just let me know so I can keep any eye out for you if you do come.

Mermaid_Katyah
05-28-2015, 10:52 AM
My work schedule looks to be lining up with the May meet. I'll have a monofin by then, but still super excited to meet some look need. :)


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Trade Winds
05-28-2015, 11:06 AM
Hey Y'all!
My sister's taking a scuba class at UT Dallas and has to take her certification at clear springs dive park in Terrell. Since she's already there I'll be there too with my mermaid tail on Sunday June 21st. If anyone else wants to meet up there let me know. I'll be there regardless of anyone else showing up.

This is happening. I'll put it on the first post of the thread as the June meet. I'll do it as June 20-21st. This is a weekend I should be able to make, whether or not my piercings like it.

I also put the May 31st info on the main post. I probly won't be going tho. I haven't found anything good to cover my nipple piercings with yet.

AmbrGlows
05-28-2015, 11:09 AM
This is happening. I'll put it on the first post of the thread as the June meet. I'll do it as June 20-21st. This is a weekend I should be able to make, whether or not my piercings like it.

I also put the May 31st info on the main post. I probly won't be going tho. I haven't found anything good to cover my nipple piercings with yet.


You could at least come sit water side & socialize.

Trade Winds
05-28-2015, 11:12 AM
You could at least come sit water side & socialize.

I am not going to torture myself sitting around while everyone swims...

Mary Marine
05-28-2015, 11:49 AM
I'm working two jobs (again!) but if I have a morning shift on Sunday I'll come to the May meet up. Might ask off for one of the June meet up days, I really want to go, but I also really need this job. :( It's a temporary position and I'm trying to work my way into getting hired full time. Ugh, being a responsible grown up sucks.

ItsyFlowerFire
05-29-2015, 12:51 AM
I'm available Sunday afternoon, although I'd prefer the Arlington location due to distance.

Mermaid Enora
05-29-2015, 01:18 AM
I'm available Sunday afternoon, although I'd prefer the Arlington location due to distance.
Clear springs scuba park is not an official meet up.
I'm just going to be there and I'm letting everyone know in case they also want to show up in the same place. :)

Trade Winds
05-29-2015, 11:49 AM
Clear springs scuba park is not an official meet up.
I'm just going to be there and I'm letting everyone know in case they also want to show up in the same place. :)

I'd like it to be 'official'...but would need more people weighing in on if they'd be there or not. I'll be there, maybe drag along a non-mer who will be made into my mertender. Mary, you should come with me...if anyone near Arlington wants a ride I could do that.

LauraLWatson
05-30-2015, 06:46 AM
I will not be attending the event June 20-21. I have an all day mermaid gig with the city of Arlington on the 20th and a show on the 21st.

Sunday May 31- who is in? And do we prefer indoor in Plano ($5/mermaid) or outdoor in Arlington (free)? Weather is most def an issue. Don't laugh at the irony but our pool in Plano had some flooding issues.

Edit: Either location would begin at 7pm.

AmbrGlows
05-30-2015, 12:33 PM
I'm in for Sunday.

Seatan
05-30-2015, 01:59 PM
I'm in for Sunday.

LauraLWatson
05-30-2015, 05:51 PM
Location preference?

ItsyFlowerFire
05-30-2015, 06:19 PM
I can make it if it's in Arlington tomorrow, but if everyone else prefers Plano I totally understand

AmbrGlows
05-30-2015, 11:28 PM
You said start time would be 7. What time would be be over? And what's the water temp of the outside pool?

LauraLWatson
05-30-2015, 11:35 PM
End time would be 9pm. And the outdoor pool temp is COLD but my tail keeps me warm, especially if I keep moving. I don't have a thermometer, but I'm guessing that water temp is in the 60s, maybe low 70s.

AmbrGlows
05-31-2015, 09:24 AM
Sounds lil indoor would be warmer for those in fabric tails.

Mermaid_Katyah
05-31-2015, 11:42 AM
So sorry, but I have to drop out for the meet today. I've been scheduled later than expected. But! I've made sure to ask off for the next meet.


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Seatan
05-31-2015, 01:30 PM
Since it's in Plano I will probably not be able to make it. I have to finalize end of year grades tonight. :(

LauraLWatson
05-31-2015, 01:40 PM
Well, the indoor pool doesn't have electricity. Hasn't since late last night, so the pump is not working and the water is not swimmable. We could do the outdoor pool, but at 7pm tonight, that will be COLD. Do we just want to meet somewhere for coffee? Please reply that you got this as I don't have anyone's phone numbers and wanted to alert you before you drove!

Edit: Here is my phone number 817-269-2105

Seatan
05-31-2015, 03:49 PM
I'm in for coffee tonight!

LauraLWatson
05-31-2015, 04:05 PM
We are meeting in Arlington, at the Starbucks at Cooper and Park Row, at 7pm if anyone would like to join us.

Edit: I have on a bright pink top with dark blonde hair in a pony tail. My cell phone is 817-269-2105

Seatan
05-31-2015, 07:53 PM
And I am the bohoish beach bum lookin chick with two nose rings, no makeup, no bra, and short messy hair. :cool:

ItsyFlowerFire
05-31-2015, 08:07 PM
I am running late and don't think I'll make it to Arlington in time for coffee tonight. I was looking forward to it. 😕 Maybe next time!

Seatan
05-31-2015, 08:55 PM
I'm here outside with Sammy

Trade Winds
06-01-2015, 11:02 AM
Oh man! If I had gotten notifications for this thread like I'm supposed to, I SO would have been there! Oh well! Hope we can get some mers at the June meet, or just whenever we wanna meet. I am ALWAYS down for Starbucks meets.

Laura, I am gonna add your number. I would throw mine out there but my phone has been getting tons of spam. PM me if you want it. We can share numbers and stay in touch, and i can let you know when I may be swimming! (My piercings should be just fine by the June meet, so you can bet I am gonna be doingt tons of swimming on my weekends.)

Mermaid Enora
06-06-2015, 12:35 AM
Hey y'all so no tails required or needed for this.......
I have a marvelous creek by my house. I'm near bush and 75.
Anyone free during the day on a Monday or Tuesday and interested in going creek walking with me?
It has a swing over a deeper part and everything!!
Also, nice and shady and not covered in junk.
Some fish and turtles.

Mermaid_Katyah
06-06-2015, 04:54 PM
Monday could work for me. I think my class let's out early that day. What time were you thinking?


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Mermaid Enora
06-06-2015, 05:38 PM
Afternoon sometime but I'm not sure yet.
I think I have a piano lesson to teach at 3pm.
how are you with dogs? I usually bring one with me.

Mermaid_Katyah
06-06-2015, 05:44 PM
Love 'em just about as much as Cats.


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Mermaid Enora
06-06-2015, 06:27 PM
Love 'em just about as much as Cats.
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Is that good or bad?

Mermaid_Katyah
06-06-2015, 06:27 PM
I'm okay with you bringing a dog. :)


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Mermaid Enora
06-06-2015, 10:30 PM
I'm okay with you bringing a dog. :)


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ok then!
I don't have a piano lesson that afternoon so why don't we meet up at 2pm at the Westwood Park in Plano. It's right by the creek and it's near Custer and Plano parkway.
I'll be the tall girl with the giant Newfoundland water rescue dog.
i usually bring my chacos my phone and wear a bikini under my clothes.


Anyone one else interested in joining us?

Mary Marine
06-08-2015, 12:33 PM
Since Clear Springs doesn't like to answer their phone I sent them an e-mail:

"I was looking over your rules and didn't see anything regarding monofin or mermaid swimming. I regularly freedive in my monofin while wearing a mermaid tail swimsuit and wanted to make sure this was permitted before coming to the park.

Thank you,
Mary"

Mermaid Enora
06-08-2015, 12:38 PM
Since Clear Springs doesn't like to answer their phone I sent them an e-mail:

"I was looking over your rules and didn't see anything regarding monofin or mermaid swimming. I regularly freedive in my monofin while wearing a mermaid tail swimsuit and wanted to make sure this was permitted before coming to the park.

Thank you,
Mary"

good thinking!
I'm not sure how they'd really enforce it since it a big place and I'm pretty sure they don't have life guards all around.
apologize later instead of asking first? :)

really though, I am interested in their reply.

Trade Winds
06-08-2015, 02:07 PM
Since Clear Springs doesn't like to answer their phone

Mmmmm, yep. I called back when I came up with the june meet idea. No answer.

Mary Marine
06-09-2015, 02:10 PM
If they don't respond I'm taking that as a yes. :p

Trade Winds
06-09-2015, 02:19 PM
If they don't respond I'm taking that as a yes. :p

I would like to see them try to regulate a huge body of water. Probly would be like Krause Springs last year, where no one was stopping mermaids from climbing all over the place.

Mary Marine
06-09-2015, 02:56 PM
...no one was stopping mermaids from climbing all over the place.

Climbing is a bit generous for what we did, LOL. More like flopping and scooting.

Seatan
06-09-2015, 04:13 PM
You would be surprised--Clear Springs is very vigilant and will toss your ass out. So I wouldn't think if it as a sure thing...

Mary Marine
06-10-2015, 12:42 AM
Finally got a reply back from Clear Springs:

"You must have on mask, snorkel and fins anytime you are in the water. You must also enter and exit using the same docks the divers use.

Dive Safe

Tim
CSSP"

...Which doesn't answer my question (it sounds more like an automated response than a person who read my e-mail), yet kinda does at the same time.

So mers, unless you own (or want to rent) a mask and snorkel, don't go to Clear Springs. I'm going to dig up my mask/snorkel and plan to be there on the 20th with my dad. Though which a reply like that, I half wonder if I'll be told to take off my tail anyway. :doh:

Mermaid Enora
06-10-2015, 01:20 AM
well i have a mask and snorkel but can i use it with my tail?
Does that count as fins?
Anyone want to try and clarify this?

I'll be there on the 21st so let me know how things go on the 20th.

Trade Winds
06-10-2015, 11:06 AM
Finally got a reply back from Clear Springs:

"You must have on mask, snorkel and fins anytime you are in the water. You must also enter and exit using the same docks the divers use.

Dive Safe

Tim
CSSP"

I think we need to try calling them again, constantly until they answer they phone. I am not okay with this email response. That said, I do have a mask, but I have to see if I have a snorkel around somewhere. I don't mind wearing it the whole time since my vision is so poor anyway.

Monofins are fins, and tails are just a distraction from the fact we're wearing a fin. Call it a part of the swimsuit. Who knows. Buuuut I think we should all just try calling constantly.

Here is their #: (972) 524-6820

If Clear Springs doesn't allow tails, doesn't give us a clear response, or never answers the phone, I vote for not going there at all. If they can't do their job, they aren't gonna get my business. I wouldn't mind heading to Joe Pool or some other lake instead.

Mary Marine
06-10-2015, 11:44 AM
Honestly? This place makes their money from people who scuba dive. It's a scuba park. Aside from the divers' family who come along to snorkel, they probably don't give a crap about anyone who isn't diving and don't want their water cluttered up with people who aren't diving. Now, there must be people who go there just to snorkel or freedive, but there is ZERO mention of that on their website. I'm really getting the impression that anyone other than divers are grudgingly admitted. Now, maybe if I got a person on the phone they'd turn out to be really welcoming once I explained what exactly mermaiding is, but who can say? I'll keep calling, but at this point I'd almost rather just go to a closer lake, forget the mask and snorkel, and not care of about water visibility.

Trade Winds
06-10-2015, 11:59 AM
That's pretty much how I feel. If they don't reply, Enora can be our mer-guinea pig when she goes. Then we can go from there. Anyone else wanna give input? If not I'd say just hit Joe Pool next weekend if we can't get an answer. I went there last year around this time before the pod meet and had no prob swimming and whatnot...plus it's closer and only $5 per car or person- don't recall which. I don't really care about visibility. I just wanna swim.

Trade Winds
06-10-2015, 01:10 PM
Btw Mary your inbox is full and I can't message you!

Mermaid Enora
06-10-2015, 04:16 PM
So my mom says clear springs is only open on Saturdays and Sunday's so I doubt you'll get them on the phone before then. I'm off work this Saturday so I'll try to call them.

Trade Winds
06-10-2015, 04:35 PM
So my mom says clear springs is only open on Saturdays and Sunday's so I doubt you'll get them on the phone before then. I'm off work this Saturday so I'll try to call them.

I finally found their facebook page. Idk how I missed it all this time. It's on the front page of their antique website. Altho I am not sure exactly how to phrase 'do you allow beautiful women to swim as mermaids lol' (j/k). Sometimes Facebook pages are better to use.

https://m.facebook.com/pages/CLEAR-SPRINGS-SCUBA-PARK/21648911456

Hours:
Summer hours of operation
Friday 10:00am to 8:00pm.
Saturday 8:00 am to 8:00pm
Sunday 8:00am to 6:00pm

I guess we shoulda looked at that first. *shrug* either way that email still irks me.

Mary Marine
06-11-2015, 12:38 AM
Apparently my dad used to dive at Clear Springs. He went back after his certification expired because he wanted to snorkel and the lady who worked there grudgingly admitted snorkling was allowed, but he could tell that anyone not diving is unwelcome. He also mentioned that the visibility is only that clear at lower depths, so where we would be swimming would still be kinda green and murky. Better than other lakes, but not the clear water I was hoping for.

So yeah, no Clear Springs for me. Seahorse Mystery and I was muddy lake mermaids anyway! :p What do you say, good ol' murky Joe Pool Lake on the 20th or 21st?

Trade Winds
06-11-2015, 11:44 AM
I am down for Joe Pool, obviously. I changed the meet info to there. Same day. Open at 6am, apparently. I vote for getting there super early to avoid looooooooooooong, out-to-the-highway lines and decent parking. They have a nice beach in the Lynn Creek area, and a good deep end near the wavebreakers where there won't be many people in the way. So you will find me (and Mary too I hope) at Lynn Creek.

http://www.joe-pool-lake.com/lynn-creek-park/

Enora can inform us of her swim at Clear Springs and maybe we can try next month if they let her.

Trade Winds
06-11-2015, 04:52 PM
ignore this post lol

Mermaid_Katyah
06-13-2015, 02:26 PM
I'm gonna try to make this upcoming meet. If not, then July for sure. :) Looking forward to meeting more locals!


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Trade Winds
06-13-2015, 06:55 PM
I will be there Saturday for sure. Not sure on Sunday yet. Idk if I mentioned it but I will have my friend/potential-mertender there with me. Hoping for some success and more than just a couple mers showing up. :3

Mermaid_Katyah
06-13-2015, 07:44 PM
That's an odd way to measure success, don't you think? We're a small community, sure, but at least we're willing to talk and attempt meeting others. In the beginning, it's going to be this way till we all get to know each other, schedule wise!


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Mary Marine
06-14-2015, 03:00 PM
Welcome to the pod, Katyah!

At this point I don't care if we have two mers or twenty, I'm just excited to swim! And I'll have my new tail done! :dance: Looking forward to seeing whoever can make it.

Mermaid Enora
06-14-2015, 03:51 PM
Hey everyone!!
so I called clear springs today and they said that mermaid tails are allowed!
They do suggest that you have a mask and snorkel on while swimming.

Mermaid Enora
06-14-2015, 07:25 PM
Now my family wants to head to six flags as soon as my sisters done so idk what I'm doing now.

Trade Winds
06-15-2015, 12:04 PM
so I called clear springs today and they said that mermaid tails are allowed!

Yay! If all goes well when you go on Sunday, we'll do Clear Springs in July. Anyone wanna suggest good dates so we can all get together, or should I throw something out there? July 12 won't work for me. The 5th is probly a bad idea too since it's the day after the 4th o' July (I imagine it'd be hella busy like everywhere else).

AmbrGlows
06-15-2015, 12:28 PM
July 25th is my mom's 50th birthday party so I wont be available then.

Mermaid_Katyah
06-15-2015, 04:05 PM
I'm good with anything after the 10. I'm on my way to Austin for a con, 24-26.


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Trade Winds
06-15-2015, 04:40 PM
How about July 18 or 19? Do we want Saturday, Sunday, or the whole weekend?

Mermaid_Katyah
06-15-2015, 07:23 PM
I could do either dates, I think.


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Trade Winds
06-16-2015, 05:23 PM
July 18th, anyone? Clear Springs, maybe, if things go well for Enora if/when she goes Sunday. Otherwise I think another trip to Joe Pool or some other lake would work. I've always wanted to hit up Eagle Mountain but I still haven't after two years of living here. *shrug*

Anyway, as for this month, attached is a pic where you will find me and Mary Marine at Joe Pool/Lynn Creek! There is a beach protected by a wave breaker circled in red/to the left. Parking is right behind it. There's also a non-sandy beach that I think lacks a wave breaker, to the right. I prefer rough water and high waves, so I wanna be over there. Not sure how well others can swim in turbulent water tho, so mostly we'll have to decide when we all get there. I swam on the other side of the beach's wavebreaker last year, so if the weaker swimmers want to hang there we can chill on either side of the wavebreaker. Obviously don't go too far out from the wavebreaker unless you want to get shredded by a boat.

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Mary Marine
06-18-2015, 12:46 PM
Bad news, both Loyd park and Lynn park are not allowing swimming right now due to flooding. I'm hunting for another location right now, will post what options I find.

Mary Marine
06-18-2015, 12:59 PM
Looks like some of the parks on lake grapevine are open. Murrell and Rockledge on the north shore are open, it's the south side that's flooded.

AmbrGlows
06-18-2015, 01:02 PM
Looks like some of the parks on lake grapevine are open. Murrell and Rockledge on the north shore are open, it's the south side that's flooded.





Where are you finding this information? According to http://www.lake-grapevine.com/murrell-park/ all the parks are still closed due to high waters. My cousin lives just 3 blocks from the lake off. This is what the City of Grapevine posted on Facebook yesterday... http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/06/18/2874e46a7475fdb355d1bb109d806273.png

Trade Winds
06-18-2015, 01:56 PM
Eagle Mountain? They're open to boating right now but that's all I could find.

What about Burger's Lake? Could someone call and see if they're open? http://www.burgerslake.com/

If all is lost, we could do Northlake pool? I NEED to swim this weekend. Of course we do have another day to wait but I doubt that will change anything.

Trade Winds
06-18-2015, 02:10 PM
Burgers Lake is OPEN. See link in above post. They said they should ok with mermaid tails and monofins. (I called.) How about there, everyone?

Mary Marine
06-18-2015, 02:11 PM
It's been pretty hard to find current information on the parks, the city websites have incomplete information on exactly which parks are closed/open. Some are open for boating but not swimming. I also can't find a straight answer on if swimming is only allowed in designated areas or if you can still swim in the lake, the park is just closed.

AmbrGlows
06-18-2015, 02:14 PM
It's been pretty hard to find current information on the parks, the city websites have incomplete information on exactly which parks are closed/open. Some are open for boating but not swimming. I also can't find a straight answer on if swimming is only allowed in designated areas or if you can still swim in the lake, the park is just closed.


My cousin said the city of Grapevine has blocked all lake access roads near her and made some catastrophe declaration about the lake and creeks.