Lou Marcelli and his pals at the Dolphin Club have been swimming the frigid waters of the San Francisco Bay together for as long as they can remember — more than 50 years. Marcelli loves to cook after warming up. Depending on the day, he might grab a bag of fresh calamari he picked up that morning on the pier, and head into the club's 120-year-old kitchen to make his legendary pasta calamari.
Marcelli is known as "an old stove" — the term people in North Beach have for someone who has put in some serious time in the kitchen. His nickname is "the Glue" — because, he says, "I have the tendency to hang around in one spot."
The average age of Marcelli and his friends is somewhere in the mid-70s. The average amount of time they spend swimming: half an hour. Afterwards, they linger in the club's common kitchen, talking and eating together as they have for decades.