Category Archives: Sep/Oct 08

Manners Matter

The weekend trip hadn’t gone well. The drive was long. The kids were grumpy. And, everybody, myself included, had forgotten the basic Auth rule – “Having Fun is Hard Work.” This motto, a hold-over from my childhood, is supposed to act as a reminder to me and my family that when you go to do something fun you have to work hard together, as a team. If everybody does their job cheerfully or at least without complaint, than everybody has … Continue reading

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Grade “A” Lifeguard

“As a lifeguard you have six hours of boredom [interrupted] by 30 seconds of terror,” says Mike Howard, operations director for Coney IslandPark in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Sunlite Pool at Coney Island receives almost a half-million guests at its three-million-gallon pool during the summer season. When prospective lifeguards interview, Howard takes into consideration not only the person’s demeanor, but also the answers to a questionnaire, intelligence and previous levels of responsibility. Don Amblo, vice president of operations for American Leisure, … Continue reading

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Perpetual Heat

The water is too cold! The water is too hot! The water is not hot enough! The major reasons for heating a pool are for swimmer comfort, relaxation, exercise and therapy. Aquatic facility managers must regulate pool heating based on the various usages of the facility. As seen in the following table, competitive swimmers enjoy a cooler temperature while students in “teaching children to swim” programs desire 84 degrees. Efficient use of energy is prominent in today’s news. The pool … Continue reading

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Human Foosball

Foosball–or table football–can be traced back to the original patent in the 1890s, according to Wikipedia. Aleandro Finistierre wanted to make a table form of soccer that would be fun for physically challenged children who could not play actual soccer. He commissioned Francisco Altuna to develop the first game. The table game has grown so much that there are competitions and national and international tournaments today. Almost everyone has walked up to a foosball table at one time or another … Continue reading

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Green Latrine

Michigan’s Grand Haven State Park — 48 acres of sumptuous white-sand beach along the shores of Lake Michigan — serves over 92,000 campers each year, and generates over $1 million in revenue. Since campers flock to the park to enjoy the million-dollar views, it was an unavoidable necessity to use the 50-year-old park bathrooms and shower house. The dark, damp and antiquated facilities inadvertently promoted water saving as campers hated to go there. All of that changed this spring with … Continue reading

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