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 a book to read on your pool float. Whether you set the jets to go around one way or the other.
It’s called Blue Rubber Pool. A sort of memoir.