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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Is that poo in your pants or are you just excited?

Some of you have already seen what I'm posting here, either because you go to the same pool with me or because you saw my status on Facebook. But two days later, it still cracks me up, so I've decided to share it here.

It's the opening paragraph from an email sent to pool members by the pool managers on Monday. Not sure if it was intended to be hilarious or not, but I laughed until I snorted the first time I read it. Also, I think it's relevant to the story to know that the pool managers are a married couple with school-age children and she is a former NASA engineer and science teacher, i.e. they're "grown-ups" and not teen-agers.

Seems that we had a "code brown" at the neighborhood pool on Monday -- the second since the pool opened a month ago. So our pool managers are understandably frustrated because of whatever de-tox/sanitation process they have to go through to be able to re-open the pool.

And now, without further ado, the excerpt (emphasis, mine):
"We had to close the pool this afternoon because of another fecal incident. Our apologies to anyone who showed up during pool hours to yet another locked gate. These things do happen, but you could help us by reminding the younger kids to use the bathroom before they come to the pool and during the rest periods. It is a wonder of childhood that you can be having so much fun that you don't realize you are about to crap in your pants."
Did I mention how much I love my neighborhood?

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  1. Hilarious! I've gotta ask...I don't think any of my pool friends will see this question...what are the rules? Thankfully I have not had this problem with my kids (I SWEAR!) but a certain friend has. What are the rules? If a little ones poos in his/her swim diaper, and mom catches it after the little one has obviously been swimming, is it CLOSE THE POOL & RUN!!?? Or is there some other sanitation rule? Honestly, I would like to know the rule...can you help? (Not sure if I will have the nerve to tell my friend, but maybe...)

  2. When you put on FB, I was cracking up. Now, it's got me laughing all over again. Thanks for sharing, we needed a good laugh.


  3. Hi Anonymous -- My understanding is that as long as the poo stays in the swim diaper, you're fine. It's only a problem if the child is not wearing a swim diaper or if the poo somehow escapes.

    Since I wasn't at the pool when either incident happened, what I really want to know is if someone went up to a lifeguard and confessed or if someone randomly found poo in the pool. So far none of my friends will admit to being related to the perpetrator of the incident, so I don't have an answer.

  4. Juni and Pip's DadJuly 1, 2009 at 9:14 PM

    I thought it was just a Baby Ruth...

  5. Totally laughed hysterically when I read it in the email, too! As a matter of fact, I was cracking myself up as I walked to the pool this afternoon thinking of that particular line from the email as I was wondering whether or not the gates were going to be open after huffing it up the hills to get there! :) Good times!

  6. Oh my gosh, we used to have kids at Hamilton try to make a "fake poo" just so they'd get out of afternoon swim practice. The best one was made from a nast water-logged Snickers (they would try just about anything. Gross!


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