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I'm not a hypocrite, but I play one in real life [Jun. 21st, 2008|11:33 pm]
spinthemoon

The New Pool opened up about a month ago. The New Pool and I have a long history. When the city first started talking about replacing the oldest pool (we have two), I thought it was a good idea. Because the old pool was very old.

But then things started to get dicey. Instead of just replacing the pool, someone got the bright idea to build an "Aquatic Center". Because heaven forbid the kids should just have a pool to play in. And then the funding for the Aquatic Center somehow got rolled in with the funding for other things the city wanted to do. So that when the funding came up for a vote, anyone who voted against the pool was also voting against replacing the fire house, and improving the police station, and replacing or improving some other things that actually did need  replacing or improving.

And then somehow the Aquatic Center wasn't good enough. No, we needed a million-dollar pool house with a conference center to go with it. And the aquatic part of the aquatic center kept getting bigger and more elaborate. Oh, that park over there? We'll just grab most of it for the Aquatic Center. That money that was supposed to build a new firehouse? We'll just use some of that for the Aquatic Center.

Only now the money wasn't enough. So the fundraising and soliciting and begging began. And the decision to make the pool public to non-residents in order to get some matching grant money. And more begging and soliciting and fundraising.

In which I firmly refused to participate. I found the whole thing distateful. It was pride. It was ego. It was a group of people wanting to be "cutting edge" just so they could brag about living in a city with a cutting edge Aquatic Center. I swore that I'd never set foot in it. It represented everything I hate about consumerism and conspicuous consumption and posturing. I found it a misuse of my taxes. Did I mention that due to the design of the New Aquatic Center, it required more lifeguards to staff a single shift than the city currently employed to fully staff the two existing pools for three shifts? And that admission would be more than double the existing admission price?

Ug. I hated everything about it. I couldn't even bear to drive past the site, as the construction went on for nearly a full year past the original opening date.

And then it finally opened. And, of course, the kids wanted to go. So, of course, today we took the kids to the new Aquatic Center.

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[User Picture]From: millimom
2008-06-22 07:17 am (UTC)
We were supposed to have a community pool. A nice pool all the residents could enjoy. The then hoo-ha, much like you described above, began - about 3 years ago.

The pool hasn't been built yet but a couple of weeks ago I got an expensive looking, super glossy, tri-folded flyer asking if my family would like to be members of the Country Club which will feature (you saw it coming) a super fancy schmancy, mondo huge, pool.

Btw, Jzygail is wrong about the shared brain thing. That entire post could have been written by Newman.

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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2008-06-23 01:08 pm (UTC)
Don't tell Newman!
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[User Picture]From: beckyleea
2008-06-22 01:03 pm (UTC)
I agree with the funding issue. Seems the city can do things like that...much like the school districts around here!! Anyway, it sounds really nice and I know that the kids had a great time!! Maybe you can post pictures of the kids at the new aquatic center???
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2008-06-23 01:09 pm (UTC)
I really wish I had taken the camera because The Boy was just over the moon. We stayed two hours and he wasn't ready to leave.
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[User Picture]From: julzlady
2008-06-22 02:43 pm (UTC)
Whereas in these parts, we close our city pools intermittently because the city is so broke they can't even afford to keep the pools running.

And in spite of my talk about building community and wanting to be a part of a true neighborhood, me and mine eschew the usually-crowded city pool right up the hill and go to the county pool. Which is inaccessible to anyone without a car and therefore rarely crowded.

So you're not the only hypocrite out there. I am sometimes willing to sacrifice my ideals in order to accomplish less-stressful outings.

I comfort myself by pointing out that the children who go to the pool up the hill are also the children who stare at and otherwise behave cruelly toward Quinn. And I can't deal with spending our entire trip to the pool protecting him from rude, bratty children.
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2008-06-23 01:15 pm (UTC)
DH and I speculated about how long they'll be able to keep this one up and running...in addition to the extra lifeguards it seems like a very high-maintenance pool - lots of moving parts and valves and pumps.

It's a good thing my words are tasty, because since I've had kids I've sure had to eat a lot of them.
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[User Picture]From: onelargecat
2008-06-22 04:07 pm (UTC)
Was it any good??? :)
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2008-06-23 01:12 pm (UTC)
It's actually very nice - definitely geared towards younger kids. Which made it nice because there weren't a lot of older kids there, meaning no unsupervised tweens being rowdy and not paying attention to the little ones. Admission was a bit pricey ($18 for the four of us) so it's not a place we'd go every day, or even every weekend. And they do have a small (only 4 lanes) lap pool, so Middle Daughter and I got some actual swimming in.
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[User Picture]From: aims814
2008-06-25 03:02 am (UTC)
I'm laughing out loud at the title of your post!

I'm glad y'all had a good time. Next time, take the camera so we can all see!

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