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The (possibly) N#ked Pool Man?!?

August 17, 2011

Our pool hasn’t been fit for swimming for the past 5 weeks. The pool guy went MIA just after Morgan’s birthday and stopped putting chemicals in. That, coupled with some heavy rain as monsoon season hit the desert gave us green algae. Add a few more weeks with no pool guy and we had BLACK algae. We were not amused. The temperatures have averaged 100 degrees every single freaking day here and we have not been able to swim.

I was beyond angry. Swimming is the only thing that you can do for fun with two small kids when it’s THAT hot outside. So, we finally called around and found a new pool company. It wasn’t an easy task in August–still peak pool season. We were so far down on the priority list that instead of getting our pool cleaned on Friday afternoons (the prime time to ensure a beautiful pool on the weekend) we are now Tuesday clients.

The new pool company had to do a “special treatment” to get rid of our black algae problem. My doorbell rang last week and I opened the door–Chihuahuas and children spilling noisily into the entry way–to this overly tanned dude who could have been 20 or 45–the sun does that here. “Hi” He smiled “I’m going to be cleaning your algae today and I just wanted to introduce myself.”

What service! I thought…juggling my daughter in my arms…still with the one functioning hand. NEVER has a pool guy introduced himself. They usually go about their day without a word. “Nice to meet you” I responded.

Then it got weird.

“I just wanted to let you know that I’m here” he told me “Because I have to get in the pool to scrub the algae.” OK? “And sometimes people are like…upset. Like, This isn’t the YMCA, buddy.”

OK?

“And I don’t have my suit.” WHAT?!?! He smiled again. “So um, you might want to close your shutters in the back.”

OK. A (potentially) n@ked pool man scrubbing my algae?

He touches Leighton under the chin. “Cute kid. How old is she?”

I tell him “fourteen months” and he replies “I have a one year old.”

That’s Nice.

He grins again. “And a two-year old. And a three-year old…And a five-year old” He starts to laugh. “I’ve got ALOT of kids”

I see. N@ked and extremely fertile in my pool. I checked the dead bolt and closed the shutters. I saw a pile of clothes and a pair of sneakers next to the hot tub. Good thing there would be caustic amounts of bleach in the pool.

An hour later my doorbell rings and I answer again. He’s standing there dripping on the sidewalk holding his shoes. “You’re all set, Ma’am.”

Yup. My neighbors probably enjoyed this one.

But my pool is extra sparkly!

Last night we celebrated by jumping in after dinner. Morgan got to skinny dip (it was a spur of the moment decision and seemed to merit the indulgence.)

Oh well… it probably wasn’t the first (or last) time.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. bunnysmom permalink
    August 17, 2011 6:51 pm

    That totally would have been my picture of the day. Damn I want a naked pool guy….

    • August 18, 2011 12:12 am

      I could see you now with your telephoto lens peeping through the blinds 🙂 WHY don’t you live closer??
      🙂

  2. Laura Hodges permalink
    August 17, 2011 8:12 pm

    As usual, Jen, you crack me up! I just LOVE how you tell a story….thanks for sharing this…

    Hope the hand/fingers is/are healing well….

    • August 18, 2011 12:12 am

      They’re getting better every day. I’m typing with two hands for the first time since it happened. Hugs.

  3. August 17, 2011 8:43 pm

    Ok THAT is the weirdest pool story I have ever heard! And we have had our share of strange-ish pool people come in and out every week! I literally laughed out loud. I would have been taking photos and posting to facebook. Is that crude?! 😛

  4. August 18, 2011 12:11 am

    It was probably worth seeing…I just couldn’t figure out a stealth way to do it! Why ARE most pool guys so weird?? Crazy from the heat?

  5. August 18, 2011 1:45 am

    OMG. That was so funny. I am dying here.

  6. August 18, 2011 3:49 am

    Hilarious story!!!

  7. August 18, 2011 6:14 am

    Oh how I needed that laugh…I even read it to Aaron which I rarely do for a blog post! thanks!

  8. August 18, 2011 1:35 pm

    Ha! That is hysterical!

  9. Lisa permalink
    August 21, 2011 1:58 pm

    I hope he was good-looking at least! 🙂

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