Yesterday was free community swim day at the YMCA. It was also the warmest day of the year (to date), which is a recipe for overcrowding of a pool. I went to the Y to work out yesterday afternoon and there was a plethora of people lining up for their chance of a free afternoon of swimming and frivolity in the sun. I looked at the pool at one point and I swear there was no water in it--just a mass of human beings in there jammed close together.
Even the indoor pools were crowded--a seeming mass of humanity. There's just something about the thought of a free dip in the pool that brings out the crowd.
But then, we had a disaster in the indoor pool. Some one either tracked in some poop or someone pooped in the pool--they weren't sure which. Which means you have to shut down the whole kit and kaboodle while you figure out if any got into the pool and then shock it with chlorine back into submission. Needless to say, I was less than thrilled as I'd waited until right at the time when the guest time was over and had just begun my laps. Well, by begun I mean avoiding every small child who sees a pool for swimming laps used by adults and thinks--man, you know, I need to jump in there.
I swear, what is it with people sometimes? You've got two good sized pools that you can jump in, splash about and have all kind of frivolity in, but you see a lap lane or a pool for laps only and it's suddenly the most tempting thing in the world and you just have to be in it!
Or maybe it's just that I'm getting old and becoming a curmedgeon.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 6/06/2005 03:01:00 PM