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Experience the ultimate summer with Intex 18′ x 48″ Easy Set Swimming Pool and relax and play with family and friends! Equipped with the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, this added safety feature shuts off the pump if electrical current is exposed to water. The pool will hold 5455 gallons at 90 percent capacity. You just simply spread out on level ground, inflate the top ring, fill the pool with water, and the pool will be ready for water in just 30 minutes! Connect the Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump for clean, refreshing water and enjoy the fun! This pool set includes a cartridge filter pump with 1500 GPH, a ladder, ground cloth, debris cover and set-up instructional DVD.

This is the one. The Intex 18-foot above ground pool. I got mine at Big Lots for $200 including pool, pump and ladder. The year was 2012.

Call it unrequited love. Call it culture shock. Call it mid-life crisis. These and more drive me into the water that summer. I would not have survived the tsunami of angst and paranoia without this cheap-o kiddie pool. Setting the jets to float me float clockwise or counter-clockwise was as much decision-making as I had going just then.

Strange surroundings, odd clients, aging parents, estranged daughters, an arrest, too many guns and not enough boat time, cynicism, a blown out knees, a Led Zeppelin discovered in a moving box along with a long lost bag of weed…

When I finally came out of the water, I felt reborn. Maybe you will too.

I’m not selling pools. I’m selling the book you should read on your pool float.

It’s called Blue Rubber Pool. Part memoir. Part head trip.

Check it out here.

(Great reviews so far! More on Amazon…)