Posted by: Debbie Abrams Kaplan | January 16, 2010

Pool Time

It may be January, but it’s time to start thinking about the pool. The community pool, that is. Most towns around here have a community pool. Ours is so popular there’s a huge waiting list to get in. That’s right. Even residents aren’t guaranteed membership.

In the past, hopeful members (or those who didn’t send in their forms ontime) waited in line starting during the wee hours of an April morning to get a spot. We knew if they did that again, we’re guaranteed a spot, because Mark vowed to get there at 10 p.m. the night before. It may be ridiculous, but we have control over when we get in line. This year, however, they’re doing away with the line and relying on the waiting list. I had the foresight to put my name on that list in the summer, just in case.

There are more than 9,000 pool members (that’s actual people, not family units). In the past, about 1,000 of those people did not renew. Last year, given the terrible economy, only 500 didn’t renew – half the number of usual slots. A $350 summer membership is cheaper than any camp alternative. My neighbor got in line at 4:30 a.m. and didn’t get in. She’s now 68th on the waiting list. We’re 265th. That would be in family units, not individual people. We’re probably not getting in this year. If there are 500 slots, and an average of 4 members per family, they’ll only make it to number 125 on the list.

There’s no way of knowing how many will renew this year – especially since forms haven’t gone out yet. So we’ll wait by our mailbox, and email box for the word that we can apply. We can still go to the pool – if a member lets us in, it costs us $5-6 a person for the day. So not terrible, but it means coordinating with someone to let us in – or looking pathetic outside the entrance and convicing one of the members to say we’re their guest (and of course, we pay the guest fee). Sadly, we did that last summer. Convinced a mom bringing in her kids to bring us in as her guest. She was even nice enough to give Mark her husband’s card while we walked in, saving us $5.

So keep your fingers crossed that we get in this year. So when you come visit, you can be OUR guest at the pool.

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