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Rockin' in Rio

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I’ve been an avid fan of the Olympic Games ever since I can remember.

It all started with the 1960 Games in Rome, which I watched with my brothers and sisters through some of the few hours of available television coverage.  Mostly I recall Rafer Johnson’s and C.K Yang’s duel in the decathlon, with the mere concept of competing in ten separate events blowing my young mind.  And I recall watching Cassius Clay in boxing

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Fountain Foolishness?

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Where do you stand when it comes to people using off-limits public fountains to beat the heat?

With the arrival of the dog days of summer, I’ve spotted a generous selection of news items about people getting in trouble (or at least being chased away) when they’ve sought cool comfort in the waters of

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Milestone Time

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I was chatting with a high-school friend a couple weeks back – someone I hadn’t spoken with in quite a while, so we had lots of catching up to do.

Once we passed beyond kids and grandkids and a brief discussion of the vicissitudes of advancing age, he asked how I was spending my time these days and let me know he’d heard through another of our shared friends that I wasn’t in the magazine business

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A Timely Proposition

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I grinned from ear to ear a couple weeks ago while reading a press release from the National Swimming Pool Foundation.  It was about a request for proposals to create a “Learn-to-Swim Index” – a system designed to track how many people are completing formal swimming lessons in the United States – and I’m still smiling today.

What NSPF is after, I believe, is

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The Power of a Pool

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Through the past couple years, I’ve followed with great and growing interest a collection of news items about international efforts to bring safe, spacious swimming facilities to urban waterways.

If memory serves, the first stories I noticed were about the Flussbad (“river pool”), a proposal to transform a section of a canal into a

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What's Up with the News?

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The news wasn’t great for public pools, hot tubs and waterparks in the days leading up to Memorial Day and the start of the 2016 swimming season:  In five big states (Florida, New York, Texas, Arizona and California), a series of aquatic-facility inspections by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) found widespread violations and in some cases closed facilities pending remedial action.  

News of these inspections went viral

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A Personal First

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As I noted a couple weeks back, my to-do list of household projects has long included installation of a small fountain.  

In the place I had always intended to put it, I figured that the watershape would be visible from the redwood deck where we do most of our warm-weather entertaining; from the stone deck where we

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Generational Joys

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Every once in a while, the fact that I’m not getting any younger smacks me right upside the head.

This time, it’s had to do with becoming a grandfather for the second time – an event that’s led me to do more than the usual amount of reflecting in recent days and, in particular, think about instances when I’ve intertwined my personal and professional lives.

My oldest daughter was born in 1985, just before I returned to Los Angeles after a few years’ absence to take on the top editor’s job with Pool & Spa News.   By the time

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Wow -- Just Wow

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I’m still stunned by news of the intended merger between the National Swimming Pool Foundation and the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals.  I’ve been a professional observer of the pool/spa component of the watershaping universe for more than 30 years now, and I was caught completely off guard by

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Forward Progress

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I feel as though I’ve just taken a big step into the Modern Age – and now I wonder why the heck it took me so long to get here.

Long story short, I was having a problem with one of the valves on our pool-equipment pad not long ago, gave up with fixing it myself and called in a service-technician friend of mine to have a look.  He took care of the problem, then lectured me about

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Resonance

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Is watershaping well served by the way things are going?  

My roundabout discussion of this question, its origins and implications has occupied several of my blogs through the past half year and more.  I’ve enjoyed this process of stepping back and taking a long view of

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Time (Mostly) Well Spent

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I see something of this nature on the web about once a week in peak season and about monthly this cooler time of year.  In this instance, it was labeled as “55 Most Awesome Swimming Pool Designs on the Planet.”  I feel obliged to check out these things, but I always do so with a high level of reluctance because I’ve generally seen all of the collected pools before and almost invariably end up

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Simpler Solutions

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The lengthy headline atop the news item definitely made the story worth a look.  It read:  “Couple blow £4,000 on two-year legal battle with neighbour over his ‘noisy’ water feature, which they claim makes them need the loo.”

The article appeared February 16 in the online version of the Daily Mail, a U.K.-based publication known for sensational headlines up top with detailed text below that doesn’t always

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