Sunday, April 29, 2012

TSG's Annual "State of the Pool" Report

In a word (well, three words actually), it ain't good.  Now, TSG loves animals as much as anyone, but setting up a duck habitat in the cement pond is strictly hillbilly in our book.  We almost had a verbal altercation with one of the pro-duckpond crowd who couldn't see a problem with foul fowl droppings on the already-stained pool bottom.

We missed a chance to get pictures from earlier in the week when someone threw a bunch of deck chairs in the pool in a bizarre attempt to scare the ducks off.  We did, however, capture the impromptu feeding platform that was set up on day one. (note the relatively clean pool bottom in the upper left corner image)

Management assures us that the pool will be emptied and cleaned before Memorial Day.  Whether they act in time to prevent further staining remains to be seen. We have suggested a pool cover to the manager multiple times, but the idea has fallen on deaf ears. It seems like such a simple fix...not to mention it's probably more cost effective than having to drain the pool for situations like this.  But hey, what the heck do we know?


Parm said...

Hmmm. I don't recall Tony Soprano having to deal with duck poop when those ducks came to chill at his backyard pool. Editorial freedom, I guess.

We have ducks at the pond and quite enjoy them. So, I get why some people like having them around. Especially if the duck lovers could care less about the pool anyway.

On another level, kudos for the fine collage of pool/ducks/poop you put together. Well balanced, and tells its own story very nicely!

Donald/Daffy Biscuit said...

The big issue for me is the continuing degradation of the pool over the past 6 years--the ducks are just a symptom of the owner's policy of benign neglect. Like I said, I like ducks as much as anyone, but the stains--that they never really get rid of completely even when they drain the pool--are a huge turn off.

There's nothing more inviting than a sparkling pool on a hot day, but a duck-pooed pool? Not so much. Swimming in the summer is one of the great joys of my life, and I've got a problem with anyone who thinks it's a good idea to let the quackers have the run of the pool during the off-season.

Not to mention that most of the pro-duck crowd are cat ladies who's furry charges are fully responsible for decimating the local population of my beloved alligator lizards.

End of rant. On to happier topics!