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By any measure, the past year has been a time of tumultuous change – and I’m not referencing the current microbiological situation. (In fact, let’s just declare this space a “virus-free” zone for now.)

Rather I’m talking about the tumbling dominoes that have been falling throughout the pool and spa industry since last spring. Dating back to the

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After a long, satisfying run, this will be the last blog I’ll write for WaterShapes: With the next edition of this newsletter on April 8, that’s a privilege I’ll transfer to Eric Herman with gratitude and best wishes.

While I have this chance, I have some additional thanks to

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I’ve heard it often enough in the past couple years that I’m becoming a believer: It looks as though more and more watershapers are finding seats at the design table and have become respected participants in water-related aspects of significant projects led by

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If you haven’t already heard, there are two huge development in the world of WaterShapes, the first having to do with a transition, the second with an addition. Both are exciting and please me more than I can say.

First, as was announced a just few days ago, Eric Herman will soon come aboard

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I promise not to be insufferably happy in too many more of these blogs, but I have to say that the trade show I just attended as a new member of the Watershape University team was an over-the-moon experience for me.

It has been decades since I can recall being even slightly

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Through the years, I assembled a pair of large computer files containing links to two specific sorts of news items. At the time, I considered them to be never-the-twain-shall-meet categories that I would eventually write about separately. But now I see them as interwoven,

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The Number One question I have been asked since the announcement of the acquisition of WaterShapes by Watershape University is fairly blunt: “What does this mean for WaterShapes?”

My usual answer is, “Not much – and everything!”

The “not much” part pertains to the fact that

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Before I write my end-of-year blogs, it’s generally been my habit to take a look at my last year-ending thoughts to get a sense of how on (or off) target I was and figure out what I need to do to refine my prognostications for the current version. For the most part, I usually don’t find anything dramatic, but this year was 

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These last few weeks have been a whirlwind: Unusually frequent texts, emails and phone conversations. Urgent messages to accountants, attorneys, board members and stakeholders. Logistics and practicalities to consider. Contracts to sign. I recall this sort of tumult from 1996, when I founded my company – although with some nostalgia I don’t recall

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Before I headed to New Orleans early in November, I contacted Bill Drakeley and Dave Peterson to see if they were available for dinner on Sunday night before the show opened.

They were, and we met in a little bistro near the hotel where they were staying. I wanted more information about their new Watershape University, its relationships with other organizations and its ambitions moving forward. I had no inkling that, within days after the show concluded, they’d suggest

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In uploading this set of newsletter articles to the WaterShapes database, I was struck by the fact that two of them involve large measures of cross-disciplinary collaboration – in one case between a designer and two skilled contractors, in the other between a pool designer, a home designer and a skilled contractor.

As I’ve spent time these past few weeks thinking about what’s happened in the

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I’m almost ready to board a plane for my trip to New Orleans and the 2019 International Pool|Spa|Patio Expo, and I have to say I haven’t been this curious about what’s going to happen at a trade show for many, many years.

Change is definitely in the wind these days – with

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My last blog – the one about the emergence of Ask the Masters and Watershape University as evolutionary extensions of the Genesis movement – was written when I had no inkling there would be more big news coming. But come it did, when Skip Phillips announced late in September that he was

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