So true Scoop, I'm definitely with you, especially the last 2 sentences :)
At least my local master club allows me to join on paper (they train only on evening and I can train only on early morning). Actually I'm mostly interested on open water events, and last year I affiliated on paper and entered a couple of ow races. This year I didn't join because my club now requires pool racing participation as well, and pool master events are almost always about sprint distances (there's only one 1500 and one 800 in the schedule throughout the year in my area).
Anyway, for the next year I think I'll accept this compromise and will enter some pool event as well, in the end I may find I like it.