Beat the heat

Our apartment is the only complex that has a swimming pool within a mile radius.  We are the envy of the neighbours when summer comes.    
Having a pool is a big job for the managers. I watch them labour away to have it ready for the health inspector’s approval before opening the pool. 
Of course there are pool rules.

  •        Private Property
  •        For tenants us only
  •        Swim at your own risk
  •        No lifeguard on duty
  •        Children must be supervised by an adult

 Since I don’t know how to swim, I stay away from the pool. 
It’s fun to watch the playfulness of the children as they splash on the water, big boys jumping off in the deep end and the parents tuck at the corner supervising them with eagle’s eyes.  
2013 Aug 14 swimming pool
As for the adults, they gently float away trying to ease the stress after work.  Some will just lie down doing the shake and bake type thing.  Some will just dip their feet in the water. 
I’ve seen crazy activities in the pool.  
Transient people will sneak in and stay overnight.  Of course, the police chased them away.  Young man will invite curvy women.  A big no-no.  The women are not tenants.  They, too, must leave.  
One day, it was really scorching hot, a tenant jump into the water clothing and all.  I suppose people do strange thing when it’s unseasonably hot. 
The strangest thing happened in the middle of the night.  I couldn’t sleep and I step out in the balcony to cool off.  In the dark, I could see that there is someone or something swimming.  
This thing was doing the back stroke, front stroke, butterfly stroke.  As I was gradually getting used to seeing in the dark, I realized this wonderful swimmer was no other than a racoon. 
I laughed and at the same time I heard laughter in other balconies, too.  I wasn’t the only one who couldn’t sleep that night and out in the balcony. There were three of us watching this Olympic swimmer.

25 thoughts on “Beat the heat

  1. Sometimes, in summer, when it’s really hot, I might think about a pool. But it’s never been my most fav thing to do, and owning a pool is seriously hard work.
    I’m sure the raccoon enjoyed the respite from the heat 😉

  2. Oh well, the poor thing probably couldn’t read. And no one was using at the time. To see that, though, kinda makes up for not sleeping, eh? Thank you for your post, P! Made me smile! 🙂

    • They can be such a pest. Thank goodness we have no compost around but I know they come around digging in the garden. So, I put ground cayenne pepper all over the garden. That solves the problem.

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