Saturday, June 05, 2004

It's opening day of Cheap Plastic Pool Season! It's a feeling that comes over me. A compulsion seizes my senses, and I must float. The beach is crowded, often times polluted, and too difficult to manage with three boys moving at different paces. There are no public pools. There is a private/club pool, but it lacks backyard spontaneity, and casual indifference to unfashionable bathing attire. This leaves no choice, but to scan the Target aisles for a cheap plastic pool. There are several options. I've been too spoiled by the real thing to settle for the molded plastic 6.99 variety, but the 15' Family Adventure Pool is a big commitment. Inflatable could be risky. There is another kind with stiff vinyl sides, but I'm not sure what size it comes in. Well, I doubt I could float in anything but the Family Adventure Pool, but 8'-12' could get us all cool and refreshed.

It's hot today, but June is a fickle month. We are more likely to have overcast days and foggy mornings until July, which means our pool will be a very cold puddle, attractive only to fallen leaves and mosquitos. But Cheap Plastic Pool Season never listens to reason! Geoff advises me to get the cheapest Cheap Plastic Pool; he knows it will be an algae coated eyesore by September. Point taken.

I'm a harmless dreamer. Just thinking about pool shopping has me so fatigued and nauseous I can't proceed.

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